What does Houston's Chris Snyder (career average: .229) have in common with the Splendid Splinter? Now even he sees defenses deploy radical alignments to stop him. The Ted Williams Shift—it isn't just for legends (or lefties) anymore
TITLE IX'S IMPACT HAS REACHED WELL BEYOND THE PLAYING FIELD, FOREVER CHANGING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY. AS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAW APPROACHES, SI EXAMINES NINE STORIES THAT REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF IX
BEAR TRAP Clippers forward Blake Griffin closed in on Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley as Conley tried to score during Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals in Memphis on Sunday. Griffin and Conley each scored 17 points as L.A. rallied from 27 down late in the third quarter to edge the Grizzlies 99--98 (page 31).
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RUBBER-NECKING Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) turned to look at the puck as it flew over the crossbar during Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals in Glendale, Ariz., last Friday. The unsuccessful shot was by Predators forward Gabriel Bourque (out of frame). Phoenix won the game 4--3 in overtime (page 38).
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SNAP SHOT A punch from challenger Chad Dawson changed Bernard Hopkins's outlook during their 12-round WBC light heavyweight title fight in Atlantic City last Saturday. Dawson, 29, took the belt from the 47-year-old Hopkins by majority decision (page 40).