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King of New York

Who is the best goaltender in the game? The Blackhawks' Corey Crawford is 9--4 in the postseason with a 1.90 goals-against average, while the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist is 9--6 with a 1.99 GAA. But who is working behind the stronger defense? Check out SI.com/nhl for complete coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, including Allan Muir on the Blue Shirts' chances of sending the Habs home and Brian Hamilton on the Wild West battle between Chicago and Los Angeles.

The MMQB

Check out The MMQB's 10-part series, NFL 95: A History of Pro Football in 95 Objects, commemorating the 95th season of the league. Each Wednesday through the start of training camp in July, The MMQB will unveil one longform piece on an artifact of particular significance to the history of the NFL, accompanied by other objects that trace the rise of professional football in America. This week senior writer Tim Layden looks at artificial turf, an innovation that for better and for worse, has changed the game from the ground up. Read it at TheMMQB.com

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Mark of a Champ

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May 26, 2008

Six years ago believers said the mysterious white spot on Big Brown's front left leg signified a horse of destiny—how else could they explain his rise from humble origins to odds-on favorite to win the Triple Crown?

By Tim Layden

SI COMMENTARY

Jay Jaffe on ...

The Rockies

Picked by some august publications (ahem) to finish last in the NL West, 25--20 (third in the NL) Colorado has been one of the league's most surprising teams. The Rockies are usually better at home but haven't been this much better in more than a decade: They're 15--6 at Coors Field. As a team they're hitting .352 in Denver and .251 on the road. Take shortstop Troy Tulowitzki: He has 13 homers, 35 RBIs and a .393 average this season. At home he has 36 hits in 63 at bats; that's a .571 batting average. Read more of Jaffe's take on the Rockies atSI.com/mlb

PHOTOAL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LUNDQVIST) PHOTOBILL FRAKES/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BIG BROWN) PHOTORUSSELL LANSFORD/ICON SMI (TULOWITZKI) PHOTO

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