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Faces in the Crowd

April 14, 2014
April 14, 2014

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April 14, 2014

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2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
  • After they were banned from the NCAA tournament a season ago, coach Kevin Ollie held the Huskies together by giving them a higher sense of purpose. Then he guided the No. 7 seed to upset after upset—and, with a steely win over Kentucky, to the school's second title in four years

  • The 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

PATRICK BEVERLEY
BASEBALL
  • The economic landscape is set for this season: The Dodgers sit atop the payroll heap, the Marlins at the bottom. But in an era of LONG CONTRACT EXTENSIONS (this spring everyone from Indians catcher Yan Gomes to Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera got one) some teams have players signed through 2024. Here's a season-by-season look at each club's salary commitments over the next decade.

  • The seven-year, $215 million extension he signed in January didn't just make Clayton Kershaw the game's HIGHEST-PAID PITCHER—it also made him the ninth player the Dodgers must pay at least through 2017. The Giants and the Reds have L.A. beat on long-term commitments, though: They already have payroll obligations through '21 and '24, respectively.

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Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Brianna Turner | Pearland, Texas | Basketball

This is an article from the April 14, 2014 issue Original Layout

Brianna, a 6'3" senior wing at Manvel High, hit a jumper with 53 seconds left to lift the West past the East 80--78 at the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago. She was named MVP. The Gatorade national basketball player of the year, Brianna averaged 20.8 points and 11.5 rebounds to lead Manvel to the Class 5A state title.

Sean Newcomb | Middleborough, Mass. | Baseball

Newcomb, a junior lefthander at Hartford, maintained the longest 0.00 ERA in Division I pitching this season at 40 innings before giving up four earned runs in a 6-4 win over Maine. He had fanned 54 and allowed 3.91 hits per nine innings, third fewest in the nation at week's end. Newcomb is ranked ninth on Perfect Game's list of MLB draft prospects.

Jamie Lee Rattray | Kanata, Ont. | Ice Hockey

Rattray, a senior forward at Clarkson, had a goal and an assist to help the Knights upset two-time defending champion Minnesota 5--4 for the national title. She finished the season with an NCAA-leading 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) and received the Patty Kazmaier Award, which goes to the top female collegiate player.

Jacob Roark | Concord, Ark. | Basketball

Jacob, a 5'11" senior guard at Concord High, set an Arkansas record with 398 career three-pointers while helping the Pirates go 40--2 this season and win the Class 1A title 57--40 over Wonderview High. Jacob, who is also No. 2 on the state's alltime scoring list (3,617 points), has signed to play for Division II Harding in Searcy, Ark.

Meghan Lynch | Greenwich, Conn. | Swimming

Meghan, 10, a fifth-grader at the Parkway School, turned in a 1:08.07 in the 100-yard breaststroke while competing at the Eastern Zone Short Course Championships in Webster, N.Y., to break her national-age-group record by 1.72 seconds. She also set the 50-yard breaststroke mark with her 31.73 split.

Michael Hixon | Amherst, Mass. | Diving

Hixon, a freshman at Texas, won the one-meter (443.50) and three-meter (457.20) at the Division I championships to become the first Longhorn to sweep the springboard events since four-time Olympian Troy Dumais in 2002. Last summer Hixon and Dumais finished fifth in the three-meter synchronized dive at the worlds in Barcelona.

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PHOTOSUSAN GOLDMAN/GATORADE (TURNER)PHOTOSTEVE MCLAUGHLIN (NEWCOMB)PHOTOGARY MIKEL/CLARKSON UNIVERSITY (RATTRAY)PHOTOELISHA MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY (ROARK)PHOTOCHI CHI UBINA (LYNCH)PHOTOUT ATHLETICS PHOTOGRAPHY (HIXON)