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May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014

Table of Contents
May 19, 2014

GOLF PLUS
THE MAIL
CARLOS GOMEZ
NBA PLAYOFFS
2014 NFL DRAFT
BASEBALL
MAY 25, 2013
POINT AFTER
Departments

LINEUP

BASEBALL

This is an article from the May 19, 2014 issue

30

Carlos Gomez

The Brewers' centerfielder plays with passion—too much for some opponents' taste—and doesn't buy the idea that a leadoff hitter should be patient. Yet he has turned his career around and become an MVP candidate. So, what's not to like?

By Luke Winn

Features

NBA PLAYOFFS

36

Kevin Durant

The next step for the newly crowned MVP will be the hardest: leading the Thunder to a title

By Chris Ballard

43

Roy Hibbert

He has gone from All-Star to no-show and back again. Can anyone solve the 7'2" Rubik's Cube?

By Chris Mannix

NFL DRAFT

46

Inside an Agency

SI spent the weekend with the representatives of 16 hopefuls, including the No. 3 pick

By Austin Murphy

BASEBALL

52

The Comeback

The 558 fans who thought they'd see a typical Class A game instead glimpsed the incredible

By Thomas Lake

MOTOR SPORTS

56

Death at the Track

Last year three men driven only by their love of racing came up against the harsh reality of risk

By Lars Anderson

Departments

4 SI Digital

6 Leading Off

12 The Mail

14 Scorecard

24 Faces in The Crowd

26 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Jeff Fisher's call to Michael Sam

64 Point After

Jon Hamm: The ever-growing church of baseball

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (DURANT); GENE J. PUSKAR/AP (GOMEZ); BRAD PENNER/USA TODAY SPORTS (MANZIEL); MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MANZIEL BACKGROUND)

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF HAYNES FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDHOME STRETCH Milwaukee reliever Francisco Rodriguez and catcher Martin Maldonado get ready to face the Diamondbacks at Miller Park.