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Thirty years ago today, Al Downing threw the pitch that Hank Aaron launched into the left-field bullpen in Atlanta for career home run No. 715, doing Babe Ruth one better. ESPN Insider Jim Baker honors the record on its anniversary, and wonders why Aaron isn't appreciated for all his other wonderful baseball accomplishments.
BAKER: TIP OF A LEGENDARY ICEBERG




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If you want answers, you've come to the wrong place. But questions? Page 2's Ralph Wiley has you covered on questions, now that the NHL playoffs have begun and the NBA postseason is just around the corner. Like, what's up with Kobe and those pajamas he's wearing on the court?

Overhyped Huskies The Jeter Way
Page 2's Jason Whitlock has heard enough about Emeka Okafor and Diana Taurasi. It's time for a reality check. Plus, Jason gets a very interesting response to last week's column about Candace Parker.
That Derek Jeter . . . He can do it all, can't he? Page 2's Eric Neel says the Yankee captain's winning way extends well beyond the diamond, too. Plus, Derek Jeter's Guide to New York for his new teammates.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
The Daily Quickie gives thanks every day that Jessica Simpson allows him to live in her world, especially now that Ms. Simpson tops Maxim's "Hot 100" list. Plus, the Tiger Effect at Augusta, and the D-Train rides again.


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
Yes, the Pistons are fine with Darko on the pine. But they'd be better with Melo on the floor.

OFF BASE
Maybe Barry Bonds has been aided by steroids. Maybe not. But no matter what, he's performed better than anyone else.

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.

WATER COOLER
It's the best day of the year -- Opening Day, the NCAA finale and Masters Monday.
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As the Masters begins, we dip into the archives for this match. It's golfer Ernie Els, right, and NBC's late-night funny-man, Conan O'Brien. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


Golf: The Masters
4 p.m. ET, USA
Will Tiger even make the cut?
 
NBA: New Jersey at Indiana
8 p.m. ET, ESPN
A battle of first-place teams.
 
NHL Playoffs: Dallas at Colorado
9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Dallas tries to even things up.  
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