Friday August 28th, 2015

Here is a roundup of SI.com's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.


No rivals in Serena's way

With a chance to win her 22nd major and complete tennis's first calendar-year Grand Slam in nearly three decades, top-ranked Serena Williams enters the U.S. Open at the height of her game, with no true rival to stand in her way. By Jon Wertheim.


Astros imagine, 'What if?'

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The Astros are atop the AL West and cruising toward the playoffs, but the loss of outfielder J.D. Martinez back in 2014 is a huge "what if" for Houston. By Ben Reiter.


U.S. Open Crystal Ball

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SI's tennis experts and writers Jon Wertheim, S.L. Price, Richard Deitsch, Elizabeth Newman, Stanley Kay and Jamie Lisanti discuss this year’s top storylines and predict the winners for the U.S. Open. By SI Tennis Staff.


Season of the Storm

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Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and changed lives forever. After an interrupted season Tulane football helped the city heal. By Joan Niesen.


How sports helped a city heal

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New Orleans continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina. As the 10-year anniversary approaches, our author looks out what role sports played in the rebirth of the Crescent City. By Tim Layden.


A round with Steph Curry

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The reigning MVP talks about golfing with the president, his busy off-season and his plan to repeat with the Warriors this season. By Matt Dollinger.


From heartbreak to full health

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Since Laquon Treadwell's 2014 season ended with a nationally televised snap of his left leg late in the fourth quarter against Auburn, he has been working nonstop to get back on the field. By Andy Staples.


If you believe every year

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It has been more than 50 years since the Browns won the city’s last title. Yet, through decades of heartbreaking losses, Cleveland’s love for the Browns never wavers​By Jenny Vrentas.


The NFL's latest nonsense

The regular season looms, but is there any doubt the NFL’s nonsense level has reached an all-time high this summer? By Don Banks.


Race night with David Letterman

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The recently retired Late Show star David Letterman talks about IndyCar's wild, bittersweet season and more. By Andrew Lawrence.


SI Vault: Remember 'Chocolate Thunder'

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Darryl Dawkins' former coach writes about the high expectations set for the NBA's first manchild. By Dave Wohl.

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