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April 20, 2015
April 20, 2015

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April 20, 2015

  • After a tumultuous final act with the Jets, Rex Ryan has landed in Buffalo, instantly infusing the Bills with three qualities they've been short on since their Super Bowl heyday: personality, excitement and optimism

  • With a pure putting stroke and a maturity that belies his 21 years, Jordan Spieth put on a record-setting show at Augusta and stamped himself as America's future star

  • After winning his 10th title, UConn's top dog discusses John Wooden, his NBA fantasies and coaching (maybe) the best women's player ever


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PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY DAMIAN STROHMEYER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDHigh Friars Boston University senior forward Cason Hohmann skated away disconsolate as Providence—the 15th seed in a 16-seed tournament—celebrated its first NCAA title after a 4--3 victory at TD Garden in Boston last Saturday. Trailing 3--2 in the third period, the Friars got goals from juniors Tom Parisi and Brandon Tanev to take the lead with 6:17 to play. Providence junior goaltender Jon Gillies, who made a career-high 49 saves, including 37 over the first two periods, was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY SUE OGROCKI APOU? Oh, Yes Oklahoma senior Sergey Resnick looked momentarily concerned during his parallel bars routine last Saturday at the NCAA men's championships in Norman, Okla. But he came through with a third-place finish to help the Sooners cap a 26--0 season with their ninth national title, the sixth since 2000. Stanford came in second and Penn State third.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDShades Of Rae In this photo taken through an infrared filter, Jordan Spieth tees off last Friday on number 12 at Augusta National, a par-3 over fabled Rae's Creek in the heart of Amen Corner. He parred the 155-yard hole and finished the second round 14 under, a Masters record. Spieth went on to tie the tournament mark by finishing 18 under and, at 21 years old, claimed his first major title (page 42).