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April 14, 2014
April 14, 2014

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April 14, 2014
  • 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

  • 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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PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY BRUCE BENNETT GETTY IMAGESClose Your Eyes and Spray Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad (27) delivered a glass-rattling shot to defenseman Travis Hamonic, who scored a first-period goal in the Islanders' 4--2 home victory on April 1. Upon reflection, the hit seemed symbolic: New York was officially knocked out of the playoff race two days later, marking the sixth time in seven years that the club has failed to reach the postseason.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BAZEMORE APFinal Floor UConn guard Bria Hartley (in white) had her eyes on a return trip to the NCAA championship game during a Final Four matchup on Sunday in Nashville. After tripping up All-America forward Chiney Ogwumike and the Cardinal 75--56 behind Hartley's 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, the Huskies battled for their ninth title under coach Geno Auriemma. For more on the final against Notre Dame (which tipped off after SI went to press), visit PHOTOSWWEMat Finish You can question wrestling's place in sports, but you can't question the place of sports in wrestling. Brock Lesnar, an NCAA champion grappler at the University of Minnesota in 2000, stole the show at WWE's WrestleMania XXX on Sunday in New Orleans by breaking the Undertaker's 21-match win streak (below). Lesnar is just one in a long list of jocks who've played along. 1 Hulk Hogan and ref Muhammad Ali at WrestleMania I (1985) 2 Lawrence Taylor floors Bam Bam Bigelow ('95) 3 Pete Rose gets a lift from Kane ('98) 4 Mike Tyson flattens Shawn Michaels ('98) 5 Floyd Mayweather Jr. beats up the Big Show (2008)PHOTOWINSLOW TOWNSON/AP (ROSE)[See caption above]PHOTOJIM BOURG/REUTERS (TYSON)[See caption above]PHOTOJONATHAN BACHMAN/AP/WWE (LESNAR)[See caption above]


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