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May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012

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May 14, 2012

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
JUNIOR SEAU
HORSE RACING
BOXING
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
THE BRYANTS
  • You might assume that Kobe Bryant inherited his talent for basketball and his burning need to dominate from his father, former NBA and Italian league player Joe (Jellybean) Bryant. But Joe and Kobe are substantially different, and while the son got some gifts from his father, he got his fire from an unexpected source

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IN MEMORIAM

38 JUNIOR SEAU

His suicide left even those who knew him best stunned

BY JIM TROTTER

• PETER KING: PLAYING IN PAIN

• DAVID EPSTEIN: DEPRESSION IN FOOTBALL

HORSE RACING

48 KENTUCKY DERBY

An undervalued horse ridden by an unknown jockey roared to victory and began pursuit of the Triple Crown

BY TIM LAYDEN

BOXING

52 FLOYD MAYWEATHER

He survived a furious challenge from Miguel Cotto, but his antics outside the ring continue to tarnish his legacy

BY CHRIS MANNIX

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

56 RUSSIAN QUESTION

Players from the former Soviet bloc have been a source of drama. Are they playing to type, or just playing hockey?

BY MICHAEL FARBER

BONUS

60 KOBE & JELLYBEAN

The Lakers' star inherited some of his basketball gifts from his father, but he got his fire from an unexpected source

BY CHRIS BALLARD

DEPARTMENTS

2 SI Digital

4 Editor's Letter

9 Leading Off

16 The Mail

19 Scorecard

Indelible sports memories

26 Faces in the Crowd

28 Just My Type

No-hit wonder Jered Weaver

BY DAN PATRICK

30 Inside ...

MLB

NBA

NHL

NASCAR

68 Point After

Let my son play football?

BY PHIL TAYLOR

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT A. BROWN/ICON SMI

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PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (ABOVE)LAST RESPECTS Hundreds remembered Junior Seau on Sunday by paddling out in front of his Oceanside, Calif., home.PHOTO