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Sports Illustrated

February 25, 2019

Through emotional storytelling and award-winning photography, Sports Illustrated provides you with complete coverage of all your favorite sports, including the NFL, College Football, Baseball, College Basketball, the NBA and more.

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A Mover and a ShakerLONG BEFORE he was known as El Terremoto (the Earthquake), Léo Santa Cruz made the miles-long trek from La Habra Heights, Calif., to a boxing gym in East Los Angeles on foot because he couldn’t afford the bus fare. His father, José, had a dream that one of his four sons would not only become a champion but also earn enough money to take care of the rest of the family. After defeating Rafael Rivera for the WBA World Super Featherweight title on Feb. 16 and earning $1 million, Léo has done all that and more.In His Corner, the latest documentary from SI.TV, follows Santa Cruz around the neighborhood where he grew up as well as the suburban mansion he shares with his extended family. He…

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FLYING DUCKFormer Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen (near right) narrowly defended his title in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, winning in 7.61 seconds.SO CLOSE, SO FASTIn the men’s Wanamaker Mile, Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia finished .01 of a second short of breaking Hicham El Guerrouj’s indoor world record of 3:48.45, which has stood since 1997. In another race at that distance, St. Louis native Amos Bartelsmeyer won the Allan Steinfeld men’s mile—which serves as a warmup to the Wanamaker. English Gardner—who won gold with the U.S. 4 × 100 relay team in Rio in 2016—took the women’s 60 meters n a personal best of 7.10 seconds.FOLLOW@SPORTSILLUSTRATED ■…

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LET’S TALK ABOUT SIXThe Patriots as the Greatest of All Teams? They are not even the G.O.A.T. of New England! That would be the Boston Celtics, who from 1957 to ’69 went to 12 NBA Finals and won 11 of them! Now that’s a run of dominance and excellence that will never be surpassed.Rick KleeSouth BendEnough of this Greatest of All Time stuff. It’s all relative. I’d love to see if Tom Brady could dominate in, say, Johnny Unitas’s day. Yes, the Patriots are amazing, but we have no idea how they would stack up against the heavyweight teams of the past, like the Steelers of the 1970s and 49ers of the ’80s. Maybe we should give it a new name: Greatest of Their Generation.Elaine SnowGamaliel, Ark.FUEL TO THE FIREI…

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crash course

FORTY YEARS before Sunday’s Daytona 500—or, to be precise, 39 years and 364 days before—NASCAR was a largely regional sport that got a fortuitous break. The 1979 edition of the Great American Race was the first nationally televised flag-to-flag 500-mile stock car event. The weekend of Daytona, bad weather hit just about everywhere. (Four of the five Great Lakes froze over, an unprecedented occurrence. Atlantans were photographed skiing down Peachtree Street. It even snowed in the Sahara for the first time in recorded history.) In those precable days, that meant people were stuck inside with only a handful of channels to watch.Viewers saw a battle that came down to the final lap. Cale Yarborough, the three-time defending NASCAR champ, and Donnie Allison, a leadfoot who never seemed to catch a…

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frank robinson 1935–2019

WHEN FRANK ROBINSON was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, even the famously competitive Robinson knew the headliner that day was fellow inductee Hank Aaron, who gained election with 406 of the 415 votes cast by baseball writers. Overshadowed again, Robinson received 370 votes. “It seems like I’ve been chasing him for a long time,” Robinson noted that day. “I’ve always been one step behind or one year behind. When I broke in, all the talk was about Hank Aaron, and I must say we’ve had a long and friendly rivalry on the field.”Baseball and America lost one of its great noble warriors on Feb. 7 with the death of Robinson at age 83. Aaron hit more home runs, and fellow contemporaries Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente played…

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he’s history

LESS THAN a month after he won his sixth Super Bowl title, Bill Belichick arrived at another milestone: the 23rd anniversary of his firing as the Browns’ head coach. Belichick’s rocky five-year tenure, which included his cutting beloved QB Bernie Kosar, ended on Feb. 15, 1996. Of course, now Belichick has become, with little room for debate, the greatest football coach in NFL history. A look back at the hot takes from Belichick’s time in Cleveland show that Browns fans didn’t exactly see that coming.AKRON BEACON JOURNAL (NOV. 11, 1993)BROWNS PUT KOSAR BEHIND THEM“The fans outside the practice facility, waving their anti-Belichick placards feverishly, wondered why Kosar fits in with Dallas but isn’t good enough for the Browns. Belichick offered no answer. Instead, he wondered if the fans ‘spelled my…