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ESPN The Magazine 06.04.18

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3 min.
a pair of aces

“I had a lot of friends when I was young,” Wozniacki told me as we rode around Fisher Island in her golf cart. As her visibility and rank climbed, her social life contracted, and now her “circle is very small.” Fame forced Wozniacki to choose her confidants wisely and to see that not everyone has her best interests at heart. It’s a painful adjustment made easier by ally Serena Williams. The champions met when Wozniacki was a teenager. Now Wozniacki and Williams are BFFs. The relationship allows both women a rare window to be themselves in a world invested in painting them a certain way. Says Wozniacki, “Serena is someone I don’t need to pretend around.” MORE ON PAGE 70 Drop shot? There’s no such thing at a Wozniacki photo shoot. Senior…

4 min.

Bikram Choudhury is a 74-year-old native of India who once made millions of dollars a year teaching Bikram, his sequence of 26 poses, performed in front of a mirror, in a room heated to 105 degrees. If you’ve never heard of him, the most concise description of Choudhury is this: He’s the yoga version of Harvey Weinstein. Both men built empires (Bikram has hundreds of eponymous yoga studios worldwide). Both were career makers (Bikram could approve, or veto, a teaching license or studio application). Both created corporate frameworks that allowed them to prey on women (Bikram hosts monthslong “teacher trainings” that draw hundreds of devotees). And both have been accused of a range of sexual misconduct, including rape (Bikram has settled about half a dozen lawsuits, and a list of women…

40 min.
secrets within the game

BOOK ONE A little over a year ago, I gave a speech to the Auburn Tigers softball team. I did not give it at a banquet or any kind of official ceremony; I delivered it from the aisle of a tour bus, at the prompting of a coach who wanted me to explain to the girls—and he never called them, nor did they ever call themselves, anything but girls—why a writer with a precarious hold on middle age had decided to travel with them for their three-game series with the Florida Gators. ¶ And so, on a highway somewhere between Alabama and Florida, I told 19 Division I softball players what I’m telling you now. I was traveling with the Auburn softball team because I love softball, and I love softball…

1 min.
a doomed dynasty

June 14, 2013 Clint Myers (left) is named head coach at Auburn after going 427–102 at Arizona State. Aug. 16, 2013 Corey Myers joins the Auburn staff as assistant coach. June 8, 2016 Auburn loses to Oklahoma in the championship series of the Women’s College World Series. Aug. 2, 2016 Corey Myers (right) is promoted to associate head coach. Sept. 2016 Auburn investigates an anonymous complaint of “inappropriate activity on the softball team” but can’t confirm wrongdoing. March 27, 2017 Players discover texts, described as intimate in nature, between Corey Myers and a team member. Hours later, Haley Fagan (right) and Florida coach Tim Walton exchange shoves in a postgame handshake line. March 30, 2017 Corey Myers resigns as associate head coach. May 27, 2017 Auburn is eliminated from the NCAA tournament. May 31, 2017 Alexa Nemeth (right) files a Title IX discrimination complaint alleging misconduct by…

4 min.
improv comedians in indycars

I’ve never felt like this,” Josef Newgarden says. “I’ve never, ever, ever felt like throwing up. I actually feel like I’m going to throw up.” IndyCar’s defending champ and I are standing backstage as we anxiously (yeah, we’re panicking) wait to join Chicago’s famed Second City improv troupe for a sold-out performance. Just a few hours ago, after we took an “improv fundamentals” workshop with members of the cast, Newgarden was feeling bullish. But after sitting in the audience for the early part of the show, we realize the cast members were only in second gear during the workshop. Now they’re at 240 mph and the crowd is roaring. We’re screwed. In between biting our nails, I ask Newgarden about being the face of IndyCar, dealing with nerves and why…

2 min.
one formula for change

Any race fan will tell you, often loudly, that nothing beats the thrill of a pass for the lead with the green flag waving. And any Formula One fan will admit, quietly, that the thrill is long gone. So far, every 2018 F1 race has been won due to either a fast pit or strategy, a fact not lost on four-time world champ Sebastian Vettel. His daring if futile attempt to pass Valtteri Bottas at the Azerbaijan GP on April 29 left him with flat-spotted tires, an unwanted pit and no chance to win. “Obviously, it’s easy to say it was not the right move,” Vettel said of locking up his tires in Turn 1. “I had to try. I tried, and it didn’t work.” Colorado billionaire John Malone led Liberty Media’s…