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LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
SIDNEY CROSBY
JAW-DROPPING
CONCUSSED, CRACKED IN THE MOUTH WITH A PUCK—YOU CAN'T KEEP SIDNEY CROSBY DOWN. YOU CAN ONLY MARVEL AT HOW HOCKEY'S BEST PLAYER KEEPS COMING BACK EVEN BETTER THAN WHEN HE LEFT
HORSE RACING
Saving Race
ON A DREARY DAY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FAVORED ORB CHARGED TO A ROUSING VICTORY IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY, PROVIDING SWEET REDEMPTION FOR TWO OWNERS AND A TRAINER WHO HAD EACH ENDURED MOMENTS OF EPIC MISFORTUNE
NBA PLAYOFFS
SPACE ODYSSEY
THE DURATION OF THE PLAYOFF JOURNEYS OF MANY TEAMS (THE SUPERSTAR-LADEN HEAT INCLUDED) WILL BE DETERMINED IN LARGE PART BY THE SEDENTARY SHOOTERS WHO GIVE THE BIG NAMES ROOM TO OPERATE
DRINKING AND DRIVING
DRINKING AND DRIVING AND DYING
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DON'T CAUSE MORE DUI FATALITIES THAN OTHER AMERICANS—THEY JUST MAKE MORE HEADLINES. BUT WITH SO MANY HIGH-PROFILE TRAGEDIES IN RECENT YEARS, WHY DID JOSH BRENT AND JERRY BROWN NOT LEARN FROM THEM?
YOENIS CESPEDES
The Risk WORTH TAKING
Money-conscious Oakland shelled out $9 million a year for a Cuban slugger no other team would touch at that price. Now Yoenis Cespedes is drawing comparisons to Bo Jackson and, ahem, Willie Mays—and proving yet again that the A's know a baseball bargain when they see one
POINT AFTER
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Out and About
Robbie Rogers, who announced he is gay three months ago, is ready to return to MLS—a progressive league that should welcome him
Anti-Frankenstein
Looking to build a ballplayer? Don't bother going to New York, where healthy body parts are at a premium
Vanderbilt to Last
The Commodores' pitching staff has become a pipeline to the majors, and this season the SEC power is home to two hurlers bound for the bigs