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March 02, 2015
March 02, 2015

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March 2, 2015

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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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FOR MARCH 2, 2015

This is an article from the March 2, 2015 issue

The Bucs Start Here

Now that the 2015 NFL combine (page 38) is complete and the draft is only two months away—it begins on April 30—all eyes are on the Bucs. Who will they take with the No. 1 pick: Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston? If speed and agility are paramount, Mariota is the front-runner, posting a 4.52 40 at the combine, the fastest of the 13 quarterbacks who participated. However, it was Winston who was impressive on the throwing end, easily hitting receivers in stride during drills. Who would you take? Go to SI.com/nfl for a complete breakdown of each player's attributes, as well as rankings of the nation's other top prospects, in Don Banks's NFL Mock Draft.

SI DIGITAL BONUS

MAD DASH

From the SI Vault Aug. 10, 1998

The 40 has become the most trusted measurement of speed in football, even though it's totally unreliable

By Ivan Maisel

To read this and other stories from the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED archive, go toSI.com/vault

120 SPORTS

Go to the Video

Looking for another way to stay in the game? Check out 120 Sports, the all-digital network that provides 24-hour access to highlights and analysis. In conjunction with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, MLB.com, the NBA, the NHL, NASCAR and Campus Insiders, 120 Sports features live and on-demand videos driven by topics trending on social media. To see more, go to 120sports.com

SI.COM'S Top Stories

1 The Unlikely MVP

For a roundup of last week's most popular stories on SI.com, including Lee Jenkins's feature on the Rockets' James Harden, go to SI.com/topstories

2 Courtroom Dram

Kurt Busch's accuser says she's paying a heavy price

3 More from Mariota

Is Marcus Mariota more than just a spread-offense QB?

4 Re-ranking the recruits

A new look at the 2012 CFB recruiting class

5 Winter World Cup

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