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Page 2's Power Poll dares to rate the teams that are currently wielding the most power in the entire sports universe.

Each week, our poll will rate the 10 teams at the top of the power heap -- and the five teams that have lost the most power in the past week. And, by the way, Page 2 uses its own definition for a "team" -- any group of two or more bonded together for the common purpose.

Our Momentum Meter also predicts the direction these teams will be heading in future weeks (see the bottom of the page for a full explanation).

If you've got anything to say about our Top 10 or our Bottom 5, click here to comment -- or forever hold your peace.

1. Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins Besides rest of AL Central, who doesn't hope their great start continues?

2. New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils Continued red-hot season-ending stretch into first-round dominance of Hurricanes. Who will Scott Stevens KO next?

3. Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers Everything is Pacific for defending champs as they enter postseason on an eight-game roll.

4. Superstar golfers Annika Sorenstam Annika comes from 10 back to win record-tying fourth straight; Tiger's absence from last week's PGA event (whatever that was) more noteworthy than any other golfer's presence.

5. Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche Canucks playing them close, but Avs are still winning calmly and efficiently.

6. San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs Best record in NBA and headcase-free going into playoffs.

7. Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners With best record in baseball, M's provide A-Rod first-hand look at winning team.

8. Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks Clinched Central title, their first division championship since 1985-86.

9. Honest wrestling Rulon Gardner Olympic gold medalist and Greco-Roman giant slayer Rulon Gardner wins James E. Sullivan Award as U.S. outstanding amateur athlete.

10. Long-suffering baseball teams Red Sox and Cubs Cursed BoSox and jinxed Cubs -- no championships in 174 years -- at least flying high in April.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Toronto Maple Leafs, Miami Heat, Bob Baffert stables, NFL draftniks, Kenyan women's marathoners, Brothers Schumacher

5. Horses owned by pro hoops bomb-outs Songandaprayer Bobby Hurley's Songandaprayer (pictured) and Rick Pitino's A.P. Valentine running themselves out of Derby picture.

4. Arizona men's basketball Arizona Costly price of success: National championship runner-up loses all four non-senior starters to NBA draft.

3. Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers Combusting at just the right time.

2. Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators A game away from being swept out of playoffs, second seed in the East sends out APB for Alexei Yashin.

1. Oakland pro sports teams Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox A's (.286) barely have better winning percentage than Warriors (.210), while Al Davis and Raiders still show fondness for L.A. in court.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Kenyan men's marathoners, Yankee pride, Cisco Systems, "Josie and the Pussycats"

Mo' Meter explained:
No mo'; holding

Still climbing the charts

Peaked; all downhill

Page 2's Power Poll: April 5-11, 2001

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