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So we know that five-to-seven percent of players tested positive last year. And we know that they'll be tested again this year. But what else have we really learned about steroids in baseball? Ted Kluck says we've learned about as much as Lou Costello did when he asked Bud Abbott for the name of that fellow on first.
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New York finally plays its home opener on Thursday, which means that Derek Jeter will have to introduce teammates Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown and the other newcomers to the City that Never Sleeps. Page 2 is here to help, with the Yankee captain's handy Guide to Gotham.

The Sports Guy Off Base
To Page 2's Bill Simmons, the verdict was a slam-dunk from the start. But as the regular season winds down, the Sports Guy delivers his closing arguments on those Darko vs. 'Melo draft-day decisions.
Forget BALCO. Forget asterisks. Barry Bonds is about to move past Willie Mays and into third place on the all-time home run charts, and Page 2's Jim Caple says we ought to stand up and cheer the feat.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
The Daily Quickie doesn't have to read too far between the lines to get to the real meaning of Hootie Johnson's state-of-the-Masters proclamations. Plus, the Tigers' dynasty begins, and an overrated Manning.


Our dream finish for this year's Masters? Tiger facing John Daly in extra holes. That finish might be exciting enough to crack the top 10 list of most thrilling Masters finishes:

10]  Norman's long, sad walk (1996)
In an epic meltdown, Greg Norman led by six shots entering the final day, but blew the lead by the 11th hole. He shot a 78, while playing partner Nick Faldo shot 67 to win the green jacket.
9]  Burke's big comeback (1956)
Jack Burke Jr. hadn't won in three years and trailed amateur Ken Venturi by eight shots on the final day. Burke shot 71 while Venturi struggled with an 80, giving Burke the one-shot victory.
8]  Sarazen's shot heard 'round the world (1935)
Gene Sarazen's famous double-eagle on 15 on the final day set up a tie with Craig Wood and a Monday 36-hole playoff. Sarazen won by five strokes, shooting 24 straight pars at one point.
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MLB AL WEST ODDS TO WIN
2004 World Series Angels 8-1
2004 World Series Athletics 20-1
2004 World Series Mariners 30-1
2004 World Series Rangers 300-1


 
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THE SPORTS GUY
Forget "One Shining Moment," and let Bill Simmons take you through every minute of the NCAA championship.

THE LIST
A blowout in the championship game capped off what was a forgettable NCAA Tournament.

UCONN CRAZIES
How crazy are the Husky faithful? Some who attended the men's final are on their way to the women's final.

WATER COOLER
It's the best day of the year -- Opening Day, the NCAA finale and Masters Monday.

ON BASEBALL
Sorry, Red Sox and Cubs fans, this ain't gonna be your year. And that's good for the rest of us.
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Golf: The Masters
4 p.m. ET, USA
Tiger will be on the prowl.
 
Break Up the Bombers: Yanks on Trial
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Will The Boss take the oath?
 
NBA: Minnesota at Sacramento
10 p.m. ET, TNT
A Western Conference final preview?  
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