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March 19, 2012
March 19, 2012

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March 19, 2012

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
  • As it starts its 17th season, MLS has become a hotbed for talented players from Latin America—especially Colombia, which has a long history with the U.S. game

  • Everyone wants to see the Suns move their point guard—except for Steve Nash, who's happy to keep things as they are

  • These five players were once can't-miss kids. They're still kids and (for the most part) still have a chance to bust out like the Royals' Alex Gordon did in 2011

NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
PRO FOOTBALL
PRO HOCKEY
  • St. Louis has found its happy groove under coach Ken Hitchcock, who has taken his new club from unheralded to seemingly unbeatable

BASEBALL
ANTOINE WALKER
POINT AFTER
Departments

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NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

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40 ANTHONY DAVIS

The path to the NCAA title goes through Kentucky and its imposing freshman

BY KELLI ANDERSON

• DAVIS'S CHART OF REJECTION

• MEMORABLE TOURNAMENT BLOCKS

51 SI'S 2012 BRACKETS

BY PABLO S. TORRE

58 LONG BEACH STATE

A former bracket-busting coach is back to try again with another West Coast school

BY GEORGE DOHRMANN

• THREE OTHER SLEEPERS TO FEAR

71 5-MINUTE GUIDE

BY SETH DAVIS

78 BRITTNEY GRINER

Opponents have just six more games to find a solution for Baylor's 6'8" center

BY RICHARD DEITSCH

• WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR PICKS

FEATURES

86 PRO FOOTBALL

PEYTON MANNING

The 2012 NFL season will be all about the former Colts QB

BY JIM TROTTER

90 PRO HOCKEY

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Under Ken Hitchcock the club has found its happy groove

BY MICHAEL FARBER

96 BASEBALL

ROBIN VENTURA

The ex--White Sox star was stunned Chicago made him its manager

BY ALBERT CHEN

Antoine Walker

102 How did the three-time NBA All-Star end up in the remotest of hoops hinterlands?

BY CHRIS BALLARD

DEPARTMENTS

8 Leading Off

14 The Mail

17 Scorecard

Huzzah! Harvard hoops has the Crimson in clover

26 Faces in the Crowd

28 Just My Type

VCU coach Shaka Smart on the shifting pressure of the NCAAs

BY DAN PATRICK

30 Inside ...

Soccer

NBA

Baseball

112 Point After

An esteemed NHL family makes a plea for tolerance

BY PHIL TAYLOR

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPH OF ANTHONY DAVIS BY AL TIELEMANS; DAVID E. KLUTHO (15); ANDREW HANCOCK (10); GREG NELSON (9); FRED VUICH (8); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (7); JOHN BIEVER (4); BILL FRAKES (4); AL TIELEMANS (4); DAMIAN STROHMEYER (3); SIMON BRUTY; ADAM HUNGER; US PRESSWIRE (26); PORTER BINKS (21); AP (5); CAL SPORT MEDIA (4); ICON SMI (4); GETTY IMAGES (2); JENNIFER R. GRAD (2); ZUMAPRESS.COM (2); MITCHELL LAYTON

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PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (MICHIGAN STATE-NORTH CAROLINA)51 AIMING SKY-HIGH On Nov. 11 in San Diego, North Carolina and Michigan State tipped off the season aboard the USS Carl Vinson; the same two teams will end it in New Orleans, where they will meet for the title.PHOTODEANNE FITZMAURICE (WALKER)