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April 09, 2012
April 09, 2012

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April 9, 2012

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PRO BASKETBALL
BASEBALL
DESTINATIONS
FICTION
  • In his latest novel, the best-selling author of The Firm—and dyed-in-the-double-knits baseball fan—spins the tale of Cubs first baseman Joe Castle, the most scintillating phenom to hit the big leagues since ... maybe ever. In this exclusive excerpt, the son of a veteran Mets pitcher describes what happens when a fresh-faced star in the making crosses paths with an embittered hurler who knows he's past his prime

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HOT: NO DJOKING

This is an article from the April 9, 2012 issue

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won his third Sony Ericsson at Key Biscayne, Fla. (where he didn't lose a set in six matches), beating Andy Murray 6--1, 7--6 (4). Said Djokovic, "I'm playing at the peak of my form, the best tennis that I have played."

NOT: TERRIBLE TWOS

Former No. 2 NFL draft picks Charles Rogers (2003, Lions) and Ryan Leaf (1998, Chargers; below) are both in trouble: Rogers for alleged drug possession and malicious phone calls, and Leaf for allegedly stealing prescription meds—twice.

HOT: KING-CROWNED JAYS

The Blue Jays won 18 straight full-squad spring training games to close out March, thanks largely to an MLB-best 2.74 team ERA. They even made a believer of retired talk show host Larry King (a Dodgers fan), who tweeted that they'd take the AL East.

NOT: ET TU, BRUTUS?

Less than a day after Ohio State's 64--62 Final Four loss to Kansas, OSU students received a poorly timed (and likely automated) e-mail that led with, "What an exciting time to be a Buckeye!" and asked students to "celebrate responsibly."

HOT: SPURS CLICKING

San Antonio had seven straight W's and sat just three games behind first-place OKC in the West through Sunday. Even stone-faced coach Gregg Popovich is having fun: His score sheet had a sidelined Tim Duncan as dnp—old for a recent game.

PHOTODOUGLAS JONES/US PRESSWIRE (DUNCAN)PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (OHIO STATE)PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SI IMAGING: RICK ROWELL/DISNEY XD/GETTY IMAGES (KING)PHOTOBRIAN BAHR/GETTY IMAGES (LEAF)PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (DJOKOVIC)