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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

30 Hockey Rules

All postseasons are great, but the traditions, desperation and facial hair of the NHL's tournament set it apart

BY STEVE RUSHIN

BASEBALL

38 Evan Gattis

The Braves' rookie catcher is more than making a name for himself. His Bunyanesque power and Kerouacian journey are already the stuff of legend

BY JOE LEMIRE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

46 Staff Wars

The FBS power teams are rushing to expand their rosters of support staffers

BY STEWART MANDEL AND ANDY STAPLES

NBA FINALS

52 The Biggest Three

After winning three rings together in the last 10 years, the Spurs' trio of mismatched stars gears up for one last championship run

BY CHRIS BALLARD

THE 1993 FINALS

The principals recall the greatest NBA title series

BY JACK MCCALLUM

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DEPARTMENTS

2 Editor's Letter

4 Leading Off

10 The Mail

13 Scorecard

A new Captain America

22 Faces in the Crowd

24 Just My Type

Robbie Rogers on coming out, coming back

BY DAN PATRICK

76 Point After

The Soccer Man's dream

BY PHIL TAYLOR

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: Photographs by Robert Seale for Sports Illustrated (Spurs), David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated (Blackhawks-Kings), Gregory Shamus/NHLI/Getty Images (Bruins-Penguins)

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PHOTOEDWARD A. ORNELAS/SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS/ZUMAPRESS.COM (SPURS)THE THREE AMIGOS The Spurs' unlikely core of (from left to right) Ginóbili, Parker and Duncan is gunning for another title. PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (1993 FINALS)

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