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April 30, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 18

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In sports, greatness is judged in part by your competition. While both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are great, Nicklaus won 18 majors against golf legends such as Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and...

April 30, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
As an NFL draft prospect is downgraded for a history of concussions, the question arises: Should this be the way of the future?

April 30, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
Police in suburban Philadelphia last week arrested on charges of trespassing and theft four people—some in scuba gear—who had been diving into country club ponds and reselling the roughly 8,000...

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April 30, 2012 | Tim Newcomb
After a rapper was revived in a new form, one might ask, If Tupac, why not a jock?

April 30, 2012 | Tim Newcomb
"It's everybody's house."

April 30, 2012 | Grant Wahl
As the Premier League approaches its end games, TV goes all in

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Who is the dirtiest player in the NBA?

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April 30, 2012 | David Epstein
A U.S. weightlifter's positive HGH test could have repercussions in the NFL

April 30, 2012 | Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

April 30, 2012 | Mark Beech
An Army All-America who died a hero in Vietnam receives a long-sought honor

April 30, 2012 | DAN PATRICK

April 30, 2012 | DAN PATRICK

April 30, 2012 | TOM VERDUCCI
Rebuilt by the game's best pitching coach, Philip Humber made history

April 30, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
Mike Trout, one of the two best prospects in the game, has nothing left to prove in the minors. So why is he still there?

April 30, 2012 | Ben Duronio,
This season SI's weekly ranking of all 30 teams looks different. Powered by Fangraphs, it's based not on opinion or the standings but on data, with teams slotted by Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a...

April 30, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
Clint Dempsey is about to complete the best season ever by an American in Europe. Will an offer from a big-name team be next?

April 30, 2012 | ZACH LOWE
He's good on D (except when he isn't). He takes bad shots (but they go in). The bizarre season of the NBA's most polarizing player

April 30, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
A look at four issues as the NBA heads into the postseason

April 30, 2012 | GENE MENEZ
While the Kentucky Derby prep races have revealed no strong favorites, they have showcased a deep stable of talent. Here, in order, are SI's top 5 for May 5, plus one long shot special

April 30, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
It isn't difficult to pin down who will be the leader of the U.S. wrestling team in London: first-time Olympian Jordan Burroughs

April 30, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Several former gold medalists fell short in their quest to return to the Olympics

April 30, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
After a tumultuous first year in Miami, LeBron James locked himself in his house, rued disappointing his teammates—then worked hard to hone his game. The result: one of the best seasons in NBA history

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April 30, 2012 | BEN REITER
Through years of losing, the Nationals stuck with a draft-and-develop plan. Happy days are here again in the capital—and they aren't going away anytime soon

April 30, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
The scars worn by rugged Kings captain Dustin Brown, who led L.A. to a stunning first-round upset of the Canucks, tell the tale of a postseason marked—and marred—by mayhem

April 30, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON
There's not another swimmer in the world like American breaststroker Rebecca Soni, who could win three golds in London

April 30, 2012 | PETER KING
While football nation shifts into draft overdrive, the Giants go about business their own way, with no headlines and no hype. How has the recent two-time Super Bowl winner been built? Through...

April 30, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
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