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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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FINAL FOUR

34 KANSAS VS. KENTUCKY

The Jayhawks and the Wildcats met in a blue-blooded battle in New Orleans to determine this season's national champion

• THE TOP 10 FOR 2012--13

FEATURES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

44 KNILE DAVIS

Arkansas's Heisman hopeful is keeping alive the memory of the man who put him on the path to stardom

BY LARS ANDERSON

• OTHER HEISMAN CONTENDERS

• SPRING SENSATIONS

PRO BASKETBALL

52 THE 76ERS

They're unselfish, take care of the ball and play stifling defense. But how far can they go without a gunner?

BY LEE JENKINS

BASEBALL

58 A NEW SEASON

The dawning of a new era, with an expanded postseason, fresh money and a Technicolor park that looks forward, not back

BY TOM VERDUCCI

GATEFOLD

60 DESTINATIONS

A dozen well-traveled SPORTS ILLUSTRATED writers name the most delightful fan experiences in the sports they know best

BOOK EXCERPT

66 CALICO JOE

The best-selling author spins the tale of the most scintillating phenom to hit the big leagues

BY JOHN GRISHAM

DEPARTMENTS

2 SI Digital

4 Leading Off

10 The Mail

13 Scorecard

How the number 18 has become sports' holy grail

20 Faces in the Crowd

22 Just My Type

Steve Nash on possibly taking his talents to South Beach

BY DAN PATRICK

24 Inside ...

MLB

Hockey

NBA

NFL

74 Point After

Let Eric play

BY PHIL TAYLOR

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PHOTOGENE J. PUSKAR/AP (MCKECHNIE FIELD)The intimate atmosphere at McKechnie Field makes the Pirates' spring training home in Bradenton, Fla., one of SI's top sports places to visit.PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (KANSAS'S THOMAS ROBINSON)PHOTOGREG NELSON (KENTUCKY'S ANTHONY DAVIS)