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March 11, 2013
March 11, 2013

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March 11, 2013

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
MIAMI BASKETBALL
  • THE HURRICANES HAD NEVER BEATEN A NO. 1 PROGRAM, NEVER BEEN IN CONTENTION FOR A TOP TOURNAMENT SEED AND NEVER WON AN ACC CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THIS SEASON. SO WHY DOES ALL THIS SUCCESS FEEL SO FAMILIAR?

THE POWER ISSUE
  • OVERREACHING OVERLORDS BUILDING (AND BUYING) EMPIRES ON THE BACKS OF THE YOUNG AND THE STRONG. SHIFTING ALLEGIANCES AND SHIFTY DEALS. AND DRAGONS! (WELL, NO.) THE STRUGGLE FOR INFLUENCE ATOP THE GAMES WE LOVE CAN SEEM LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A FANTASY EPIC

  • By Text by Albert Chen

    SI RANKED (THEN SHUFFLED, STARTED OVER AND RERANKED) THE 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN SPORTS. DON'T LIKE OUR LIST? TRY US AGAIN IN A YEAR WHEN, INEVITABLY, TODAY'S LEADERS WILL BE UNDERPERFORMING OR UNDER ASSAULT. FOR NOW, YOUR LEADER ...

  • OVER HIS TWO DECADES AT THE HELM OF THE NHL, GARY BETTMAN HAS INCURRED THE FROSTY WRATH OF FANS—AND A NATION. BUT IS HE REALLY AS TERRIBLE AS EVERYONE SAYS?

  • WHEN TAKING STOCK OF THE CURRENT NHL COMMISSIONER, CONSIDERATION MUST BE GIVEN TO THE LEAGUE'S ROGUES' GALLERY OF FORMER LEADERS

  • ATTENDEES AT THE ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BANISH A 300-POUND OFFENSIVE TACKLE, BUT PLENTY OF THEM COULD BENCH-PRESS ONE. AT THE CITADEL OF STRENGTH, ACOLYTES WORSHIP—AND VENDORS PEDDLE—POWER IN ITS PUREST FORM

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

34 MIAMI

The Hurricanes had never beaten a No. 1 program and never won an ACC title before this season. So why does their success seem like déj√† vu?

BY LUKE WINN

THE POWER ISSUE

40 KINGDOMS OF SPORT

The struggle for influence can seem like a fantasy epic

BY STEVE RUSHIN

44 THE MASTER LIST

SI's ranking of the 50 most powerful people in sports—at least for now ...

The top 12 athletes

52 GARY BETTMAN

Is the NHL commissioner really as bad as fans think?

BY MICHAEL FARBER

Former NHL leaders

58 ARNOLD CLASSIC

The annual mecca of muscle celebrates—and sells—strength in its purest form

BY JEFF PEARLMAN

IM-PEC-ABLE FORM

Bodybuilder Ed Nunn was pumped to compete at the Arnold Classic.

DEPARTMENTS

4 SI Digital

6 Leading Off

12 The Mail

14 Scorecard

An exclusive visit with Lance Armstrong leads to more questions

22 Faces in the Crowd

23 Just My Type

Denard Robinson is ready to receive

BY DAN PATRICK

64 Point After

Easing global tensions with Dennis Rodman

BY PHIL TAYLOR

ON THE COVER: Illustration by Tim O'Brien

PHOTOSIMON BRUTY