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ESPN The Magazine 04.10.17

ESPN The Magazine is for the NEXT generation of sports fans who want to stay on top of the athletes, teams, topics and upcoming events in their own sports world. The Magazine celebrates not only sports, but the cultures and lifestyles that are an integral part of them - all with ESPN's unique personality and authority.

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3 min.
bubble watch

Photographer Marcus Eriksson on Corey Seager’s cover shoot: “Leading up to the assignment, I kept seeing photos of Corey blowing bubbles during games. This image stuck out to me as a very cool and unique look for a young baseball player. So I thought, ‘Why not try this during the photo shoot and see what happens?’ Turns out Corey takes his bubble gum game very seriously. When it came to capturing the shot, Seager timed the bubbles just right every time. Obviously, I wanted to capture the bubble at its peak point, so I just aimed for that and Corey delivered. I kept saying, ‘Make the bubbles bigger.’ Little did I know that Corey had at least three or four pieces of gum in his mouth for every bubble.” MORE…

2 min.
top uncommitted basketball prospects

Michael Porter Jr. SF | ESPN 100: NO. 1 Porter Jr. and brother Jontay, an ESPN 60 junior, reneged on Washington after the firing of Lorenzo Romar. Family ties make Mizzou a near lock, as new Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin might hire Porter Sr., a Romar assistant who once worked for Mizzou women’s coach Robin Pingeton, his in-law. Need more? Two sisters play there. Trevon Duval PG | ESPN 100: NO. 4 Arizona is a slight favorite here despite already having ESPN 100 PG Alex Barcello. Duval covets the Cats. Seton Hall is also in the mix: Duval’s close friend Myles Powell is on the Pirates’ roster and could play a key role in recruitment. And don’t count out Duke; it offered late but generally doesn’t strike out in the ninth. Mohamed Bamba C | ESPN 100:…

1 min.

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4 min.
the numbers

You can count the number of MLB closers who reliably post dominant numbers year after year on one hand. On Three Finger Brown’s right hand, actually. Injuries and inconsistency cause so much churn in so many bullpens that it’d be fantasy gold if we could forecast the next men up—if we could predict which pitchers teams will turn to when their current relief aces fail or get hurt, which hidden gem could jump to 35 saves from out of nowhere. Start mining with this: It is notoriously difficult to project the performance of relievers from statistics that purportedly measure a closer’s overall quality, such as saves or ERA. But there are finer-grained metrics that correlate with the emergence of new relief aces. Since 2014, 26 MLB relievers have had a season…

17 min.
the way of the captain

Nick Foligno didn’t know how to begin. The Blue Jackets’ captain had taken off his helmet and jersey, revealing the ragged pallor of a creature reared in hockey rinks. He had left the ice for the dressing room but decided to skate back out to speak to the fans. Now he was center ice with a microphone in his hand, looking lost. “Hi, guys,” he began slowly. He made a long “uhhh” sound. Columbus had just lost on Fan Appreciation Night, in one of the final games of the 2015-16 season. Foligno laughed anxiously, stating the obvious, grasping for some bigger message. “We would’ve liked that one to be a little different for you tonight, so our apologies on that one,” Foligno said. “On behalf of my teammates, a huge thank-you.”…

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p.k. subban

D NASHVILLE PREDATORS MARCH 13 BRIDGESTONE ARENA NASHVILLE “You can learn from the things around you—it doesn’t have to be from a designer magazine.” How would you describe your style? “It’s continuing to develop. I don’t think it’s defined yet. I think you’ve got to flirt with being fashion-forward but also maintaining classiness.” How do you keep up with the trends? “Fashion is everywhere around you. I’ve gathered my inspiration in suits from a show I used to watch—Boardwalk Empire. I used to see a lot of cool combinations that I would try to get my tailor to design.” How did you put this outfit together? “It was really chilly that day, so I just put on something simple. Sometimes simple is best. You can’t go wrong if you have a great peacoat with black tie, black…