LINEUP

May 26, 2014

Features

NHL PLAYOFFS

36

Jonathan Toews

Two Stanley Cups. Two Olympic golds. It's time to start thinking of the Blackhawks' captain as the best player in the world

By Sarah Kwak

BASEBALL

42

Quarter Masters

With one fourth of the season in the books, SI examines the most compelling MLB story lines

By Joe Sheehan

HORSE RACING

52

California Chrome

With a gritty, brilliant win in the Preakness, the horse and his blue-collar connections went from being folk heroes to something much more profound. Now the 1½ miles of the Belmont is all that stands between them and immortality

By Tim Layden

BASEBALL

48

Information Rage

An exclusive look at a cutting-edge motion-tracking system—and a glimpse into the game's data-driven future

By Ben Reiter

WORLD CUP 2014

56

Mexico

As El Tri backs into Brazil, the onetime regional power looks to an unlikely savior: a manager known as the Louse

By Eric Nusbaum

PRO BASKETBALL

66

Adam Silver

All of us, not least Donald Sterling, now know this: The commissioner is his own man

By Lee Jenkins

Special reporting by Emily Kaplan

Departments

6 SI Digital

8 Leading Off

14 The Mail

17 Scorecard

24 Faces in the Crowd

26 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Tommy John's advice for young pitchers

76 Point After

Steve Rushin: Grave-hunting for baseball greats

ON THE COVER: PAINTING BY TIM O'BRIEN

PHOTO REFERENCE BY CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY IMAGES

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY BILL FRAKES/SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDBREATHING EASY Victor Espinoza rode California Chrome—and his now-famous nasal strip—to victory in the Preakness.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)