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Sports Illustrated DIGITAL

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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DRAFT CONFIDENTIAL

With more than a dozen staffers stationed at Radio City Music Hall and around the country, SI.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the NFL draft from April 26 to 28. Catch NFL guru Peter King's special postdraft edition of Monday Morning Quarterback as well as his thoughts on top picks such as USC tackle Matt Kalil, Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Also, go inside the draft huddle with our live blogs, pick-by-pick analysis and draft tracker, plus a look ahead to the top 25 players in 2013.

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The concussion issue is so complicated. Even doctors aren't in total agreement when discussing a player's susceptibility to them.

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Epic evening in SF. On patio at local pizza joint having first Lagunitas IPA brew, watching the Giants and a reborn Barry Zito. Life is good.

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Nadal solves the Djoker riddle, 6--3, 6--1. Yes, Djokovic's head and heart were surely elsewhere. But big win for Nadal nonetheless.

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONILLUSTRATION BY GLUEKIT; FOOTBALL PHOTOS: JOHN PYLE/CAL SPORT MEDIA (KALIL), JOHN BIEVER (BLACKMON, RICHARDSON); JED JACOBSOHN (LUCK); GREG NELSON (GRIFFIN)PHOTOMICHAEL ZAGARIS (DOHRMANN)PHOTOHOWARD SCHATZ (WERTHEIM)PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (JAMES)PHOTOSI.COM (KING)PHOTOJAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES (NITKOWSKI)PHOTO