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Sports Illustrated June 3, 2019

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1 min
toast of the coast

THE BIGGEST stage race in the U.S., the Tour of California attracts the world’s top riders, who traverse a course that ranges from beaches to vineyards to snowcapped mountains. In recent years it has also become a proving ground for up-and-coming talent, and the 14th edition, from May 12 to 18, was no exception. Four men won their first World Tour stages, including Tadej Pogacˇar of Slovenia, 20, who took the overall title. The reigning women’s world road champ, Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands, 29, was untouchable over three stages. FOLLOW @SIFULLFRAME…

17 min
war and cleats

IN SALVADOR, DEATH STILL PATROLS. THE BLOOD OF DEAD PEASANTS HAS NOT DRIED, TIME DOES NOT DRY IT, RAIN DOES NOT ERASE IT FROM THE ROADS.—Pablo Neruda IT RAINED hard in Mexico City on June 27, 1969, the night the national teams of Honduras and El Salvador played for the chance to become the first Central American side to participate in a World Cup. It was the second-most-important conflict being waged between those two countries at that moment—and by far measure. The first half at Estadio Azteca was played calmly, considering what was at stake. Players displayed none of the fervent nationalism that had been stoked by their respective governments back home, none of the animosity that had exacted a grave human toll already and would turn even worse in the days…

2 min

THE LAST WALTZ? It was strange to read about the Warriors being so good even without their best player, Kevin Durant, only to watch them finish off Houston and sweep Portland while KD sat out. Most great players make their teammates better—Durant never has. He said he joined the Warriors because they play basketball the way it’s supposed to be played, yet they do that better when he’s not on the floor. It will be more fun to watch them win a title without him. Kerry Walsh Clinton, Ind. Golden State played the most gorgeous basketball I’ve ever seen before KD got there. Now the Dubs run way too much isolation for him. It may make them more efficient, but it’s not as much fun to watch. Tork Mason Stevens Point, Wis. (Via Facebook) DIVINE SECRETS I found it…

4 min
a force de tour

BROOKS KOEPKA will arrive at Pebble Beach Golf Links this month seeking his third straight U.S. Open title—which, like most things with Koepka these days, seems utterly impossible and entirely likely. He was not supposed to win two straight Opens. He was not supposed to follow with two straight PGA Championships. He has turned the expectations of the sport inside-out. How much longer can he do it? Any attempt to put Koepka in historical context runs the dual risks of overhyping or diminishing him. Yes, what he has done in the last two years is reminiscent of the best runs of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. No, this does not mean he is as good as Nicklaus or Woods. And no, that is not an insult. Other golfers (chart, next page) have…

1 min
now on si tv

Flight Club JOSH DOBBS is proud to be a nerd. Before he was drafted in the fourth round by the Steelers in 2017 to back up quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he graduated from Tennessee with a 4.0 average and a degree in aerospace engineering. “I was always fascinated with airplanes,” says Dobbs, who grew up in Alpharetta, Ga. In the latest installment of 24 Hours With … SI TV traveled with Dobbs to Waco, Texas, as he fulfilled a childhood dream: flying a fighter jet with the Air Force demonstration squadron known as the Thunderbirds. While he tries to fend off Mason Rudolph on Pittsburgh’s QB depth chart, Dobbs has an eye on his post-NFL career, which may include designing airplanes. “Kids have dreams in athletics and academics, and people try to put…

1 min
trophy life

LISTEN THE GREAT ONE ON 1 Available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NHL.com Last year, while filming a series of sit-downs with celebrity hockey fans, Wayne Gretzky would warn his guest that he was still learning how to conduct interviews. “I can be interviewed all day long and it doesn’t bother me,” Gretzky says. “It’s not as easy to ask the questions.” This year, taping a four-part podcast for NHL Studios, he was less nervous—partly thanks to that past experience, but also because he was talking about a subject he knows well: winning a Stanley Cup. Gretzky and his guests—Mark Messier, Luc Robitaille, Martin St. Louis and T.J. Oshie—discuss playoff memories and what it’s like to win it all. “By no means am I Doc Emrick,” Gretzky says, “but Doc Emrick can’t skate…