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LEADING OFF

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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PHOTOPhotograph by Peter Read MillerRUSSELL, WITH MUSCLE Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook parted the Lakers last Thursday en route to a 36-point performance in Oklahoma City's 102--93 victory. In the third quarter alone, Westbrook had 17 points, just two fewer than the entire Los Angeles lineup.PHOTOPhotograph by Nic Bothma/EPALIGHT MORNING EXERCISE The peleton climbed through the sunrise during Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race in the Overberg region of South Africa last Thursday. The premier multistage mountain bike race, the Epic drew more than 1,200 riders for the eight-day, 781-kilometer race that included 16,300 meters of climbs.PHOTOPhotograph by Damian StrohmeyerPANE AND SUFFERING Bruins forward Chris Kelly led with a glass jaw during last Thursday's game against the Capitals at Boston's TD Garden. Despite blowing a 2--0 lead, Washington, eighth in the Eastern Conference at week's end, won 3--2 in a shootout to breathe life into its playoff push.