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Sports Illustrated November 2020

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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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6 min.
positively brilliant

RAFAEL NADAL wins the French Open is as redundant as Please RSVP, as surprising a bit of Paris-based news as “Tourist poses for photo near Eiffel Tower,” or “American speaks French in café; garçon responds in English.” Nadal’s success at Roland Garros has been an immutable truth, as much a part of the tableau as the red clay itself. Now 34, Nadal made his annual traipse through the draw last month, the event rescheduled from early June to early October due to COVID-19. In many ways it was peak Nadal. He dropped no sets in winning his 20th major championship, tying the men’s record held by Roger Federer. He thrashed No. 1–ranked Novak Djokovic 6–0, 6–2, 7–5 in the final to win the title for the 13th—you read that right—time since…

1 min.
the good life

READ ONE LIFE By Megan Rapinoe The title of Megan Rapinoe’s autobiography comes from a couplet by Mary Collins: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?” So, life is meant to be lived fully, but also cherished and protected. The USWNT star certainly embraces the wild part, but as she points out, her decisions have a tendency to put all that she’s worked for at risk. “I’m not much of a forward thinker,” she confesses. “I didn’t map out what might happen if I took various political stands.” But that hasn’t stopped her from taking a knee or speaking out on equal pay and social justice, of course. If it made her life tougher, well, she’s had plenty of experience facing down difficult situations, including…

1 min.
feast for the eyes

MUCH HAS been made of the NBA’s declining TV ratings, but the fact remains that due to the pandemic, the Finals were held in the middle of a televised sports bonanza. With so many choices—and with streaming continuing to cut into network and cable TV audiences—ratings for virtually everything (except the WNBA) are down. “There’s only so many eyeballs you can get,” says Austin Karp, managing editor of Sports Business Journal. “These were the least-watched NBA Finals ever, but they were going against things like Sunday Night Football. There is no Sunday Night Football in June. There’s too much competition—that’s why sports are [normally] spread out so much throughout the year.” DAVID E. KLUTHO (BUTLER); PERRY NELSON/USA TODAY SPORTS (VERHAEGHE); DANIELLE PARHIZKARAN/USA TODAY SPORTS (OSAKA); GETTY IMAGES (TV)…

10 min.
one for the books

ON THE night when the NBA’s most glamorous franchise won the league’s least glamorous edition of the postseason, the sport’s biggest star did the grunt work. LeBron James had given self-care his best shot in the bubble. He had one of the two big suites on the Lakers’ floor at the Gran Destino in Orlando, two doors down from Anthony Davis. He had a wine fridge in there, and a hyperbaric sleep chamber for his daily naps. He did all of it so he would be ready for a night like this. He guarded Miami’s Jimmy Butler for long stretches of the decisive Game 6. He took hits; he tried to draw a charge, failed, ran down the court, got the ball after a missed shot, turned around, thought he got…

2 min.
brutal blow

LIKE A spine-chilling, startling scene in a horror film, the injury happened unexpectedly, at a moment of peak anticipation. As Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott turned the corner on a nine-yard run in the red zone, he was tackled by Giants defensive back Logan Ryan, forcing his right ankle into an unbearably awkward position, nearly bent at a 90-degree angle in the wrong direction. “You knew it was a devastating injury because all the ligaments and the support structure on the outside had to be broken in order for the foot to be turned that way,” says John Early, an orthopedic surgeon at Texas Orthopaedic Associates who specializes in foot and ankle care. Officially, the team announced that 27-year-old Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, which means…

1 min.
before he was king

MICHAEL LEBRECHT was a 25-year-old lighting assistant at the ABCD basketball camp in July 2001, where a 16-year-old LeBron James was not the event’s most heralded star. But the elite hoops summit in Teaneck, N.J., ended up providing a spark for both their careers. LeBrecht wanted to try out new camera equipment in his spare time at the event. He recruited several of the high school phenoms for shoots and asked James’s mother, Gloria, whether her son could pose. “He was just another camper trying to make a name for himself,” says LeBrecht. He wanted the shots to feel intense, the athletes to look like warriors. So he had them pose in a field of high weeds outside the gym. Now one of the most animated photo subjects around, James was…