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Sports Illustrated July 29, 2019

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now on si tv

Courting Fashion “I ALWAYS try to make a statement when I walk out on the court,” says Serena Williams. “To be bold and unique.” To her 23 Grand Slam championships Williams has added another title in 2019: SI’s most fashionable athlete. SI TV was in London to get a behind-the-scenes look at Serena’s self-styled photo shoot (page 85). The confidence Williams exudes on the court also shapes her clothing line, S by Serena. “People always have things to say when you’re wearing fashion,” she says. “It could be good things. It could be bad things. My life is far too complicated to worry about people that want to say mean things.” HOW TO WATCH For classic sports movies and TV shows, plus Crossover TV and other compelling original programming, go to SI.TV…

2 min

UNFLAPPABLE. UNAPOLOGETIC. UNEQUALED I found it ironic that your story on the World Cup champion USWNT suggests how underappreciated the women’s game is but then fails to mention the defense. Crystal Dunn should have been the tournament MVP, Becky Sauerbrunn is so soccer savvy, Abby Dahlkemper has great power out of the back, and Kelley O’Hara’s runs forced opponents to shift their marks. This U.S. defense was a huge part of its win. Matt Berg Rising Sun, Md. I would have preferred a picture of the entire team on the cover rather than the one featuring Megan Rapinoe. Sure, she had an outstanding tournament and is a tremendous player. However, calling it “the f------ White House” was a shame. Great team, fun to watch, but there was a cloud over the whole thing for…

4 min
golden opportunity

ONE YEAR FROM now, the flame will be lit in Tokyo, the XXXII Olympic Summer Games will begin, and Americans will set aside their differences for at least 30 seconds before pushing each other into the fire. This is where we are, America. We have a year to decide if it’s where we want to be. The Olympics, to some degree, are inherently political, and they occasionally become the backdrop for protest, such as Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s podium demonstration against racism in 1968. But nowadays nobody sticks to sports anymore, it seems, and so the event that used to (more or less) unite us faces an odd challenge. Will American athletes make it political? If they do, will you hold it against them? If they don’t, will you hold…

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IF YOU STAND on the 5th green at Royal Portrush Golf Club and look to the east, you can see the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Four hundred years ago it was the center of Dunluce. The town’s streets are now buried beneath the castle and the fields that surround it, but who knows? Maybe next week they will resurface. The British Open’s return to Northern Ireland was such a success that anything seems possible. Golfers gushed about the course. Crowds fawned over the golfers. When 32-year-old Irishman Shane Lowry won the Claret Jug by six strokes on Sunday, it was the perfect ending to a nearly perfect week. Royal Portrush is supposed to get another Open; the better question now is if it becomes part of the rota. In any event, last…

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pernell whitaker: 1964–2019

TRYING TO catch Pernell Whitaker was often, in the words of SI’s William Nack, like “chasing wisps of ringside smoke.” Never a big puncher, the boxer known as Sweet Pea instead relied on his evasiveness, waiting for his opponent to miss—and he would miss—and then pouncing. The strategy led to world titles in four divisions and a five-year run as The Ring magazine’s best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. But Whitaker’s style often left matters in the hands of judges, a notoriously shady group. Of Whitaker’s four losses, one was a clear case of larceny, and one was at least petty theft. The biggest fight of his career, in front of 65,000 in the Alamodome against Julio César Chávez, ended in a draw so dubious that SI ran a photo of…

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talkin’ baseball

SOMETIMES, WHEN HE was alone, Jim Bouton would open Ball Four, his controversial 1970 memoir, to a random page and laugh. Not because his writing was particularly amusing, but rather because, he explained, “ballplayers are funny.” That subtle observation, offered with characteristic restraint, was the driving force behind one of the most unforgettable books of the 20th century and perhaps the most important insight in the history of sports journalism. Bouton revealed the simple yet shocking truth that athletes aren’t gods but mortals, often more flawed than those who aren’t blessed with their particular gifts. And for that blasphemy, he would suffer. Bouton, who died at his home in Great Barrington, Mass., on July 10, at the age of 80, was said to be the first fan to make the big…