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Sports Illustrated June 2021

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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16 Edities

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1 min
springing ahead


12 min
the fault in our (tiny) stars

AN ASTERISK is a small star; it shares a root with asteroid, astronomy and—to the delight of T-shirt makers—the Astros. On the 1955 Major League Baseball schedule, in newspapers, an asterisk was affixed to the date of each night game, all those little stars evoking an evening sky in print. But the sun is also a star, and the asterisk more often behaves like that celestial sphere, brightening some lives—denoting, for example, high honors in a newspaper’s roll call of graduates—and casting others into shadow, as an asterisk did 60 years ago this summer, to Roger Maris. An asterisk might direct a reader to a footnote, insisting that there is more to this story. (And there is more to this story—read on.) During the coronavirus pandemic, every team was at risk…

2 min
leading edge

ON SEPT. 24, the day after it was announced that there would be no criminal charges in the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville police, Napheesa Collier (above) of the Minnesota Lynx read a statement on behalf of her team before their game that night—a very public indication of her commitment to social causes. But the 24-year-old forward has been doing activist work in a more private setting as well. Along with power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Grizzlies, Collier serves as cochair of the Jr. NBA Court of Leaders. The program, which was launched late last year, provides mentors for 18 of the best boys and girls basketball players in the country. As elite athletes navigating their teenage years as well as a pandemic, they face…

2 min
fair play

WATCH CHANGING THE GAME Hulu, premieres June 1 “I am a man,” says Mack Beggs, a wrestler for Euless (Texas) Trinity High, to open Changing the Game. “And I am the state champ of female high school wrestling.” He gulps, and the film sits uncomfortably in that silence before the title appears on screen. Director Michael Barnett, producer Alex Schmider and others began working on the documentary in 2017, slowly building relationships with their athlete subjects. So they couldn’t have foreseen that in 2021, as they prepared for the movie’s wide streaming release, that transgender athletes would become such mainstays of the U.S. news cycle. Since last year, a handful of states including Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas have enacted bans on trans athletes participating in sports at public schools and colleges. “They’re so…

1 min
watch the birdies

FOLLOW @SIFULLFRAME FORTY-FIVE YEARS ago, the sports world was in the midst of Birdmania. Tigers righthander Mark Fidrych was dominating American League hitters while displaying a refreshing level of idiosyncrasy, grooming the mound and talking to the ball. His long arms and curly hair earned him the nickname Bird, and, on Aug. 3, 1976, the rookie met his nicknamesake when the star of Sesame Street surprised him at Yankee Stadium. The next spring, Fidrych was a no-brainer for the cover of the baseball preview issue, for which Sports Illustrated decided to reunite him with Big Bird. Lane Stewart shot the pair, and occasionally things devolved into Abbott-and-Costello absurdity. (“Bird, would you mind moving about six inches to your left?… Not you, Mark. I said the Bird.”) The picture turned out, but the…

11 min
sweet deal

CARIS LEVERT remembers thinking he had been waiting a lot longer than usual for the results of a routine medical exam. It was Friday, Jan. 15, and LeVert had just been traded to the Pacers in a landscape-altering move that sent James Harden to Brooklyn. The night before, LeVert packed a couple of suitcases and caught a late-night flight with his brother, Darryl, from New York to Indianapolis. LeVert had to complete his physical before he could join his new teammates in Los Angeles, where they were in the middle of a road trip. Unlike most NBA teams, the Pacers included a lower back MRI in their physical. LeVert thought nothing of the procedure and had been in the hospital biding his time for about three hours when he asked a nurse…