Sports Illustrated Kids January/February 2020

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in this issue

1 min
freeze frame

SHOULDERING A HEAVY LOAD November 10, 2019 • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t just put his own team on his back, he put a member of the Thunder there as well. (That would be center Nerlens Noel.) The reigning MVP had a game-high 35 points and 16 rebounds as the Bucks held off Oklahoma City 121–119. Noel had 14 points—and four fouls. CAN’T WIN ’EM ALL Novemeber 30, 2019 • Killington, Vermont But if you’re Mikaela Shiffrin, you can come pretty close. She finished third in the giant slalom at the Homelight Killington Cup. Don’t feel too bad for her, though. She won the slalom the next day, tying her for second all-time among female skiers with 62 career World Cup wins. Oh, yeah—she’s just 24.…

3 min
when does spycraft cross the line?

YOU’VE PROBABLY ALREADY seen the video on YouTube by now. White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar is pitching in the eighth inning of a 2017 game against the Astros with the bases empty. Houston’s Evan Gattis is batting. White Sox catcher Kevan Smith puts down the sign for a changeup. A faint bang can be heard in the background. Gattis takes the pitch outside for a ball. Smith signals for a fastball. Gattis swings and misses. The changeup sign comes down again, and this time two audible bangs can be heard in the background. Gattis takes outside again. The next pitch is a fouled-off fastball. Pitch five is a changeup—BANG! BANG!—Gattis is sitting on the pitch, and, perhaps overeagerly, rips it foul. Eventually, Smith steps off the rubber and points to his ear.…

1 min
what to watch/know about in january & february

WINTER CLASSIC, SOUTHERN STYLE The Predators and Stars face off New Year’s Day in the Cotton Bowl for this year’s Winter Classic. Their jerseys pay tribute to the history of Southern hockey. JANUARY BIRTHDAYS 4 Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry turns 26. 7 ▶ Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson turns 23. 11 Phoenix Mercury guard Briann January turns 33. 13 ▶ Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid turns 23. 15 New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees turns 41. 16 ▶ Los Angeles Angels first baseman and designated hitter Albert Pujols turns 40. 19 Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor turns 21. FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS 2 Arizona Coyotes left wing Christian Dvorak turns 24. 7 Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Davies turns 27. 8 Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones turns 31. 17 ▶ Utah Royals FC forward Amy Rodriguez turns 33. 18 New York Jets running back…

1 min
on our radar

MIA CHAPMAN HEIGHT: 5' 6" BIRTHPLACE: FLORENCA, AZ BIRTH DATE: AUGUST 29, 2002 SPORT: OFF-ROAD RACING Mia, a senior at Insight Academy of Arizona, secured her first win in the Production 1000 class at the 2019 Lucas Oil SoCal Regional in San Bernardino, California, in September. She ended the 2019 off-road season with three podium finishes. Mia first started racing when she was seven years old. She won seven age-division modified kart championships in three different series before she turned 14. She also has more than 100 top three finishes during her off-roading career and was the 2015 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Rookie of the Year. When she was 15, Mia became the first female off-road driver to be sponsored by Red Bull. In her final season of modified kart racing, Mia fought through…

3 min
flipping out, favorites and funny bits

IF YOU’VE BEEN to a football or basketball game, you’ve probably seen a basket toss. It’s a stunt in which one cheerleader (the flyer) is propelled into the air by three others (two bases and a backspot). The bases grab each other’s wrists, forming a square launchpad for the flyer. The backspot stands behind the flyer and supports the back of her thighs. Moving together, the bases and the backspot push their arms up as hard as they can, and send the flyer soaring. They keep their arms high and catch her on her way back down. You’d likely be very surprised at the amount of work that goes into a basket toss, not to mention all of the other complicated pyramid stunts and tumbling passes that wow fans on game…

6 min
prime time

Justin HERBERT TEAM Oregon Ducks POSITION Quarterback SPOTLIGHT After returning to school for his senior season, the hometown hero led his team to a conference title while solidifying his position as one of the top QBs in the NFL draft. One year ago at this time, Justin Herbert was projected as the No. 1 pick in many mock drafts. But the Eugene, Oregon, native and general science major with a 4.01 GPA made the surprise decision to come back to his hometown school for his senior year. Herbert wanted one more season with the Ducks and a chance to be teammates again with his younger brother, Pat. Herbert’s 240-pound frame and arm strength fit the mold of a model NFL QB, but his personality isn’t what you’d expect of a future franchise leader. At the end of last…