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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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Who came out of the dugout swinging? Which teams are off to a slow start? Check out SI.com/mlb for our 2014 MLB Power Rankings. With their 4--1 start, the Tigers top the list, while the Cubs, with an anemic .294 SLG, are mired at the bottom. Detroit's offense has been blazing with a league-best .488 SLG and an .825 OPS. Two-time and defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera has started his campaign to repeat, with seven hits and three RBIs in his first 20 at bats. Setting the table for him is Torii Hunter, who also homered in three straight games.

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Thirty-eight years ago the ABA All-Star Game featured the greatest halftime invention since the restroom: the first annual Slam Dunk Contest, a high-flying, mind-blowing spectacle for which the Doctor was most definitely in.

By John Papanek

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