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LEADING OFF

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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PHOTOPhotograph by CJ Gunther/EPAHUNDRED YEARS WAR Wearing the double knits of their forebears who played the first game at Fenway Park exactly a century before, the Red Sox and the Yankees (then the Highlanders) locked up in an old-school matchup last Friday. New York's Raul Iba√±ez was not able to avoid Mike Aviles's tag here, but the Yankees went on to a 6--2 win.PHOTOPhotograph by John W. McDonoughLICKETY SPLITTER The Lakers' Troy Murphy (14) takes it on the chin from Tiago Splitter (22) as the Spurs' center reaches for an inbounds pass from teammate Manu Ginóbili (20) on April 17 at Staples Center. San Antonio continued its second-half surge with a 112--91 rout.PHOTOPhotograph by Damian StrohmeyerREMEMBER THE TENNESSEE TITAN The legacy of Pat Summitt, who stepped aside as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team last week, eight months after announcing that she had early-onset dementia, goes beyond her 1,098 wins—the most for any NCAA coach, male or female—eight NCAA championships, 16 SEC regular-season titles, 161 players and 75 coaching protégés. Summitt (pictured after winning the 1991 national title, her third) didn't just build an iconic program; she lifted her sport into the mainstream, setting standards for coaches' salaries, facilities, marketing and recruiting budgets, attendance and television coverage. Ever the tireless, fearless ambassador for her school—she dressed as a cheerleader and sang Rocky Top during a nationally televised 2007 Tennessee men's game, which will be a YouTube staple for years to come—Summitt has added beating Alzheimer's to the causes she fights for. She and her son, Tyler, helped create the Pat Summitt Foundation to provide grants to nonprofits that raise awareness of and advance research for the disease. "Pat has set the bar so high for all of us, not only with the success her teams have enjoyed on the court but [with] the way she has carried herself off the court, with such class, dignity and grace," said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. "It's a standard of excellence that will never be matched in our game."