This is an article from the April 28, 2008 issue
Nice arms! Arizona's top three starters—Brandon Webb, Dan Haren (above) and Micah Owings—were a combined 10--0 with a 1.95 ERA through Sunday, leading the D-Backs to MLB's best record (13--5). An even bigger lift: Lefty Doug Davis, recovering from April 10 thyroid cancer surgery, has begun throwing. "I feel great," he says.
A week after his Masters debut the tobacco-chewin', grouse-huntin' self-proclaimed redneck cruised to his second career PGA win, at Hilton Head (payday: $990,000). Said the 6-foot 210-pounder after closing at -15, "I wanted to do the moonwalk."
The Stars' goalie, superb in the regular season, got past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in four years. He had a shutout in Game 1, survived the crease-crashing of Anaheim's Corey Perry in Game 5 and had Dallas fans belting "Mar-ty, Mar-ty" as the Stars pulled away in the Game 6 clincher.
Nine games into his big league career, the Rays' third baseman was batting only .233—but hit the jackpot with a six-year, $17.5 million deal. His near namesake is chipper too: Eva Longoria (right) saw hubby Tony Parker and the Spurs take Game 1 of the playoffs from the Suns.
Brutal bats! In slipping to an NL West--worst 7--11 at week's end, L.A. was hitting .244 with runners in scoring position. Manager Joe Torre's advice to strugglers such as cleanup man Andruw Jones (above, .169 batting average, three RBIs)? "Everyone has to exhale," Torre told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Davis Love III
A week after missing the Masters—he failed to qualify after making 70 straight majors—the turkey-hunting Georgian shot a 76 on Sunday to tie for 36th at Hilton Head (payday: $25,905). The leader board has been mostly Love-less in 2008: His best finish is 24th.
The NHL's top playoff goalie gave up bad scores (see Game 1, Game 4), was spectacularly abused by Rangers pest Sean Avery, endured New York fans' derisive chanting of his name and saw his postseason end early. Then, in the postseries lineup, Brodeur (left) wouldn't shake Avery's hand.
In his 19th big league season the Blue Jays DH was hitting .167 through Saturday, when Toronto benched him. After he complained, the club cut him loose the next day. "Reduced playing time," said general manager J.P. Ricciardi, "is not something that he was interested in."
SI PLAYERS NHL POLL
Who is the WORST SKATER in the NHL?
Derian Hatcher, Flyers D ....... 11%
Derek Boogaard, Wild LW ....... 10%
Georges Laraque, Penguins RW ...... 9%
Colton Orr, Rangers RW ..........9%
Hal Gill, Penguins D ............ 6%
Players could not vote for a teammate or for a goalie.... All of the top five vote-getters except Boogaard were still active in the playoffs through Sunday.... Laraque and Gill were the only teammates among the top 10 vote-getters.... Fifteen of the top 20 are forwards.... Hatcher, 35, is the eldest of the top five vote-getters; Boogaard, 25, is the youngest.
[Based on a survey of 365 NHL players] • For more on the poll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.