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BIG FINISH

April 30, 2012
April 30, 2012

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April 30, 2012

Sports Illustrated DIGITAL
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LEBRON JAMES
BASEBALL
PRO HOCKEY
  • The scars worn by rugged Kings captain Dustin Brown, who led L.A. to a stunning first-round upset of the Canucks, tell the tale of a postseason marked—and marred—by mayhem

REBECCA SONI
BLUEPRINT
  • While football nation shifts into draft overdrive, the Giants go about business their own way, with no headlines and no hype. How has the recent two-time Super Bowl winner been built? Through teamwork among the decision makers—and a knack for finding treasures in the late rounds and beyond

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BIG FINISH

As the Premier League approaches its end games, TV goes all in

The final Sunday of the EPL season is often one of the most dramatic days in sports, and U.S. soccer fans learned last week that for the first time, they'll be able to see every minute live. When the league's 20 teams take the field at 10 a.m. EDT on May 13, all 10 games will be aired, using nine Fox-owned channels plus ESPN2. NFL, take note: It's the one time each season that every game takes place at the same time, the better to prevent shenanigans and keep eyes glued to the standings.

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At the top, Manchester United and Manchester City, separated by three points heading into their April 30 showdown, could be playing, separately, for first place as Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea jockey for two Champions League spots. Meanwhile the bottom three finishers will be relegated to England's second tier. Wolves have secured their place among that lot; two other castoffs are likely to come from Blackburn, Bolton, QPR or Wigan (above, celebrating on Relegation Sunday 2011).

Fox plans for live look-ins and cutaways, a new perspective on the season's final day—a view, incidentally, that fans in England won't have the real-time luxury of seeing.

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