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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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THE POSTSPRING TOP 25 TEAMS

USC: TROJAN HERO

Senior quarterback Matt Barkley is the preseason favorite for the Heisman Trophy.

LSU: LEADERS OF THE PACK

Junior cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (a.k.a. Honey Badger) is one of 15 starters back for No. 1 LSU.

ALABAMA: O SHOULD ROLL

The Tide lost a ton of talent on defense, but junior quarterback AJ McCarron leads a loaded offense.

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FROM THE SI VAULT: SEPT. 6, 1993

HARD CHARGER

A look back at San Diego's Junior Seau when he was at the crest of the new wave of NFL linebackers

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PETER KING

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I wonder how many parents woke up today, read about Seau and Saints bounties, and said, "I'm not letting my kid near a football field."

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Most evident difference between Clippers' playoff crowd and Lakers' playoff crowd: Clips fans wear the giveaway T's. All red in here.

TIM LAYDEN

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Bode Miller the skier, namesake of Bode Baffert the kid, also likes Bodemeister: "He looks like a badass. He looks like a racehorse."

SI BOXING

POUND-FOR-POUND

In the wake of his unanimous win over Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains at the top of SI.com's boxing rankings. SI.com's Bryan Armen Graham writes, "Whether you believe his assertion that he chose to enter a toe-to-toe battle with Cotto or you think he showed signs of slippage, the five-division champ proved why he's one of the modern era's greatest."

PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (BARKLEY)PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (MATHIEU)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (MCCARRON)PHOTOMEL LEVINE (KING)PHOTOROBERT BECK (MAYWEATHER)PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. (SEAU)TWO PHOTOS