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As Danica Patrick gears up for her fourth start in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, SI.com looks at the women in racing today and their potential legacies in the sport. Plus ...

• Behind-the-scenes and in-the-pits reports from the Brickyard by writer Lars Anderson

• Five Minute Guide to Indy

• Photo galleries: A look at the most influential women drivers through the years and at celebrity picks for the 500

DAILY RACING NEWS, DRIVERS TO WATCH AND ANALYSIS AT SI.COM/RACING.

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NCAA LACROSSE FINAL FOUR

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This week SI.com writer Kevin Armstrong previews the NCAA men's lacrosse Final Four in Foxborough, zeroing in on such players to watch as Johns Hopkins attackman Steven Boyle (left). Also read Armstrong's feature on Duxbury (Mass.) High, which has won four straight Division 1 state titles and stimulated the sport's growth throughout New England.

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FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAY 30, 1994

SI.com regularly digs into the archives for a classic SPORTS ILLUSTRATED story. This week it's Phil Taylor's 1994 piece on the NBA conference finals, which featured four feisty guards: Utah's John Stockton, Indiana's Reggie Miller, New York's John Starks and Houston's Vernon Maxwell.

ONCE conventional wisdom held that a poised, clearheaded backcourt was a key to winning a championship. But that was before the playoffs turned into snarling, mean-spirited tournaments in which the body slam is as much a part of the action as the slam dunk. It seems now that heat is preferable to cool, that a guard who can ignite his team, even if he loses control from time to time, is as important as one who can calm his club down.

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PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (PATRICK)WOMEN'S TOUCH These four rev up motor sports. DANICA PATRICK PHOTOKRISTINBUMBERA.COM (BUMBERA)[See caption above] KRISTIN BUMBERA PHOTONHRA/AP (FORCE)[See caption above] ASHLEY FORCE PHOTOBRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS (FISHER)[See caption above] SARAH FISHER PHOTOMEL LEVINE (THOMPSON) PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (WAHL) PHOTOKEVIN NOVAK/CSM (BOYLE) FOUR PHOTOS
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