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LEADING OFF

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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LEADING OFF

PHOTOPhotograph by Toru Hanai/ReutersHeadless Moundsman It's unlikely that Chinese pitcher Li Shuai will ever be enshrined in Cooperstown, but he would look right at home in another iconic village in New York: Sleepy Hollow. The submariner pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Sunday, but China lost to Japan 5--2 in World Baseball Classic pool play.PHOTOPhotograph by Jason WiseJaws of Victory Elite wrestlers don't just pin their opponents; they feed them to an angry bear. Arizona State's Jake Meredith (in maroon) beat Cal Poly's J.T. Goodwin in the 197-pound division at the Pac-12 championships in Tempe, helping the Sun Devils to a third-place finish. You'd think Cal's Golden Bears would dominate on that mat—it was borrowed from a local high school—but the title was won by the Beavers of Oregon State.PHOTOPhotograph by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesWanted: A Mini Miikka Kiprusoff Still angry that there was no Winter Classic this year? Take a break from bashing NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (page 52) and enjoy this scene from the annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic in Alberta last weekend. In this match Coaches Corner (in red) beat the Shamrocks, who can seek revenge next year—assuming the event isn't canceled by a lockout.