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LEADING OFF

April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013

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April 15, 2013

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
MARCH MADNESS
  • AT THE HEART OF LOUISVILLE'S THIRD NATIONAL TITLE WAS THE SPECIAL BOND FORGED AMONG ITS CAST OF SPIRITED CHARACTERS—A BROTHERHOOD THAT STOOD TOGETHER THROUGH A TUMULTUOUS RUN TO A FINAL FOR THE AGES

  • NOW ON TO THE NEXT BIG THING: KENTUCKY'S JOHN CALIPARI RELOADS WITH SUPERTWINS AARON AND ANDREW HARRISON, A PAIR OF TOP-RATED GUARDS WHO HOPE TO EARN AN NCAA TITLE, THEN TWO SPOTS IN THE NBA LOTTERY

  • This season may have just ended, but it's never too early to start thinking about which teams will be at the top of the polls next fall

DRAFT PREVIEW
  • SLAMMED BY A MOST SCATHING SCOUTING REPORT, GENO SMITH IS OUT TO PROVE A GREATER TRUTH: THAT HE'S MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE BEST BET IN A SUBPAR QUARTERBACK CLASS

VERNE LUNDQUIST
LARRY SANDERS
  • THE NBA'S FIERY ANGEL HAS SEEN THE DARKEST CORNERS OF CRAZY, HE'LL TELL YOU. BUT THEN HE FOUND HIS HAPPY (IF STILL OCCASIONALLY VOLATILE) PLACE. LET THE GAME'S FIERCEST DEFENDER DRAW THE PICTURE FOR YOU

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PHOTOPhotograph by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesFloor-De-Lis That could only be the court at the New Orleans Arena, which hosted the women's Final Four. Louisville (in red), which has never won a women's hoops national title, took down Cal (white) in the first semifinal on Sunday, setting up an all--Big East final against Connecticut on Tuesday (after SI's deadline for this issue). The Huskies beat Notre Dame to advance to the final.PHOTOPhotograph by Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesLords of The Ring No, Marco Scutaro didn't give his right index finger to win a championship—though who could blame him, since before last October he had played 1,255 big league games without going to the World Series. Scutaro and the rest of the Giants received their Series rings on Sunday at AT&T Park. Watching enviously from the visitors' dugout was Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran. His World Series drought (1,925 games) is the third longest among active players.PHOTOPhotograph by Andrea De Silva/ReutersThe Winner Is the GOAT Forgive the residents of Tobago if they weren't glued to the NCAA tournament or baseball's opening week: The island's annual Buccoo Goat and Crab Race Festival, a traditional post-Easter celebration, was held last week. Goat racing has been a popular pastime on the island since 1925.