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THE NEXT KELLY

March 02, 2015
March 02, 2015

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March 2, 2015

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KYLE WILTJER
DAYTONA 500
NFL
  • Every year NFL prospects, coaches, GMs and insiders descend upon Indianapolis, and what unfolds—on the field, at the podium, in the lobbies and the bars—is the foundation of a new season. Here are SI's eight biggest takeaways from the 2015 combine

NHL
  • The Predators have bet big and lost before. (Peter Forsberg, anyone?) But their latest and riskiest gamble—on troubled center Mike Ribeiro—has them positioned for something never seen in Nashville: a long playoff run

GIANCARLO STANTON
  • Jeffrey Loria knows big-ticket collectibles, but the Marlins' owner and notable art dealer outdid himself when he gave Giancarlo Stanton the biggest contract in sports history. Baseball's best power hitter could have gotten paid anywhere—so why did he take the Marlins' money?

MINOR LEAGUE HOOPS
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THE NEXT KELLY

Eleven-time ASP world champ Kelly Slater is going strong at 43, but as the 2015 surfing season kicks off on Saturday with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast event in Queensland, Australia, it's time to think about who will be the next face of the sport. Here's how the two most likely candidates stack up.

BOARD SHORTS

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JOHN JOHN FLORENCEGABRIEL MEDINA
22/ Oahu, HawaiiAGE/HOMETOWN21/ Maresius, Brazil
JJFNICKNAMEThe Freak Kid
Third overall in '14; won the Quiksilver ProTOUR SUCCESSWorld champ in '14; he and Slater only under-21 winners
Tops in Surfer magazine's '14 poll, ending Slater's 10-year runPOPULARITYOne of Brazil's biggest TV networks, GLOBO, started covering surfing last August
Barrels; first surfed Pipeline when he was fiveSIGNATURE STRENGTHAerials; pulled off arguably the best backflip ever
"The pinnacle of surfing for me is to have a heat against this guy in big barrels."KELLY SAYS"He's passed every test. He doesn't really have a weakness."
Implied textual repartee with Taylor SwiftCONTROVERSYStormed off after finishing second at the '12 Rip Curl Pro

THEY SAID IT

"I guess I make them mad."

Brandon Dubinsky

Blue Jackets center after his scrap last Thursday with Sidney Crosby made him the only player in the NHL to fight both the Penguins' star and the Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin.

PHOTOKIRSTIN SCHOLTZ/ASP/GETTY IMAGES (FLORENCE)PHOTOKELLY CESTARI/ASP/GETTY IMAGES (MEDINA)PHOTOMATTHEW PEARCE/ICON SPORTSWIRE (DUBINSKY)