In 1998, Jamaican Jody-Anne Maxwell earned celebrity status in her home country as the first non-U.S. winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ever since, the island nation has been enchanted by its native spellers and the competition itself. Can the country’s brightest young minds can break the drought and bring a championship back to the spelling-crazed nation?
He tears down rims. He texts Drake. He's the most famous prep star since LeBron James. Meet Zion Williamson.
A plane crash in November 2016 turned a fairy tale story into a national nightmare for Chapecoense. Months later, the survivors—and the rest of Brazil—are struggling to carry on.
Nearly a quarter century ago, the mischievous developers at Midway created NBA Jam, marrying video games and sports in a way never seen before. SI gathered those involved—behind the scenes and on the screen—to reminisce about the iconic coin-gobbling arcade game
Could a 45-year-old writer with no baseball experience beyond seventh grade, armed with only desire and an obsessive work ethic, go deep in a major league park? It would take a helluva lot of swings to find out
In 1954, long before the Cavaliers even existed, Cleveland was at the center of the sports world, with the Browns and the Indians on title marches. The attention only intensified when the city’s biggest star became embroiled in a sensational murder trial that riveted the nation
Two crosstown rivals. One title. The most dramatic conclusion to a Premier League season ever. On the fifth anniversary of Manchester City’s heart-stopping triumph, key figures recall an unforgettable coronation
Two months ago in Houston, Tom Brady’s jersey was stolen from the Patriots’ postgame locker room. The investigation spanned thousands of miles, involved two nations and unfolded against the backdrop of a tense geopolitical drama. And the culprit might never spend a night in jail
Four years ago “Lightning” Lee Murray made his Ultimate Fighting Championships debut in Las Vegas. Today he sits in a prison cell in Morocco, the alleged mastermind in the largest cash heist in history
He’s an Instagram phenomenon who fascinates college coaches—but he’s not quite a sure thing. Meet Nico Mannion, a 15-year-old (sorta-maybe) basketball prodigy
When Randy Lanier sped to rookie of the year honors at the 1986 Indianpolis 500, few knew his racing credentials, let alone his status as one of the nation's most prolific drug runners, smuggling in tons of marijuana when he wasn't on the track
Fifteen months ago Joseph Randle was the Dallas Cowboys tearing up the NFL. Then came a possible concussion, an array of off-field misdeeds and massive confusion about it all
With the 428th pick in the 1974 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected. . . one of the most violent killers in U.S. history. No one is saying football led Randall Woodfield down his dark path—but did it perhaps deter him from it, at least for a while?
In 2016 the sport of football, like this country, finds itself somewhere between a crossroads and an existential crisis. SI spent an entire month traveling the U.S., interviewing hundreds of people touched by the many tentacles the game stretches through society. The result: A portrait of today’s sport that answers the question, How do we feel about football right now?
From their days as a founding member of the National League to their Deadball Era dominance to the 108-year championship drought that has come to define them, the Chicago Cubs have never lacked for memorable moments. Here’s a look back through the Cubs’ long and often torturous—and perhaps even cursed—history.
. . . That, at least, was the narrative being pushed in the immediate aftermath of Will Smith’s shooting death six months ago: an NFL superstar fallen victim to a villainous face of lawless New Orleans. The truth is far more complex.
The beloved Red Sox slugger sat down to reflect on the highs and lows of his stellar career and to answer perhaps the most perplexing question of all: Why would Big Papi retire when he's still at the top of his game?
At age 50, his baddest-man-on-the-planet persona long shed, Tyson 2.0 (3.0? 6.0?) talks about diets, finding Zen onstage and loving life as a tennis dad.
What has nearly 12 years on the job taught the man responsible for resurrecting USA basketball? Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mike Krzyzewski reflects on his time coaching the national team, the state of international hoops and more
If anyone can understand how Aaron Hernandez went from NFL stardom to life in prison for murder, it’s his older brother, D.J., whose perspective cost him a way of living
A decade ago he smoked his way into becoming an NFL punch line; now 20 NFL teams play in states where some form of marijuana is legal—and that number will grow. A pothead reputation, Williams has found, is not such a bad thing
In an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes Sports and Sports Illustrated, Marshawn Lynch discusses retirement, life after NFL.
The five-time world player of the year shares his excitement about playing in the U.S. during Copa América—and how he hopes the trip ends Argentina’s trophy drought
Two years ago, Brandon Ingram wasn't even a consensus top-20 recruit in his high-school class. Now, as the 2016 NBA draft approaches, he's threatening to be the No. 1 overall pick. How did a once (and still somewhat) frail, small-town North Carolina kid make a case for himself as the most sought-after basketball prospect in the world?
Bryant’s Hall of Fame career with the Lakers was so long and so decorated that even “The short version” could go on for pages and pages. With Bryant heading into retirement this week, here’s a year-by-year retrospective tracing his journey from teenage rookie to living legend.
One of the most iconic players in baseball history, Jackie Robinson was a Hall of Famer and a hero for his exploits on the field with the Dodgers and for breaking the game’s color barrier in 1947. In honor of one of the all-time greats, here’s a timeline of some of his greatest moments, plays and achievements.
We’ve been there for all the big games. Relive the most memorable moments with SI as we take you back in time with our greatest photos from every Super Bowl.
After flirting with history, the ’85 Chicago Bears tempted fate with a memorable music video
The 2015 Sportsperson of the Year fell short of the Grand Slam in 2015, but she continues to make a case as the sport’s GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).
Long before the Kick Six, Alabama’s Van Tiffin capped an Iron Bowl that remains unforgettable
Don Denkinger’s errant ruling in Game 6 changed the course of the World Series—and has been a part of the umpire’s life ever since
Fiery Yankees skipper Billy Martin’s fight with his own pitcher was one for the ages
Just 20, pitching prodigy Dwight Gooden delivered a season for the ages
Key figures from MLS's inaugural season relive the league's humble beginnings
The strange finale of the fun, upstart league on a rainy night in the Meadowlands
How Magic, Kareem and the Lakers finally beat Bird's Celtics
I was 42 and 6’1”, with small hands and one huge obsession.
I had no idea what I was in for.
Thirty years after the Knicks landed Georgetown’s big man, the first Draft Lottery remains a seminal—and much dissected—moment in NBA history
Boxing’s biggest bouts that lived up to the hype
Villanova's NCAA Final victory over Georgetown shook the sport and transformed the lives of the Wildcats coaches and players
Just 18 when he turned pro, Mike Tyson was boxing’s ultimate destroyer. He remains its ultimate survivor
The author, a longtime SI writer, looked at the revived American Basketball Association and thought, fatefully, Even I could be an owner. The rest is history (with a moose mascot): The crazy, joyful, mournful tale of the Vermont Frost Heaves
Indiana coach Bob Knight's infamous chair toss was just 'Bobby being Bobby'—which is also what led, in time, to The General's downfall
For Dan Marino, Super Bowl XIX was supposed to be just the beginning. 'Next time' would never come
There was no action in the TCU locker room before the 1957 Cotton Bowl, but what Marvin Newman photographed there is as close to the essence of sports as anything that happens on a playing field
Gonzaga coaches traveled to Spain and Turkey to sign freshman forward Domantas Sabonis. But that was nothing compared with what LSU coach Dale Brown went through in 1986, when he tried to lure Domantas’s father, Arvydas, from behind the Iron Curtain to Baton Rouge
For the more than 100,000 students on U.S. youth, public school and college teams who have no stable place to live, sports provide a way to survive - and even thrive
Twenty-five years after Donnie Moore's death, it's time to dispel the myth that the pitcher killed himself because of a playoff home run. The truth is both darker and more relatable
In a series of revealing interviews, the most familiar ballplayer ever reflects on what has changed in the game (lots) and in himself (little) over two decades in the New York glare
Seven years ago undersung Appalachian State brought down the Big House—and rocked college football—with a season-opening upset of Michigan. Now, with the teams poised to meet again, some Mountaineers share their memories of the momentous moment
For even the most competitive athlete, the transition game is never easy. So what drives Kobe Bryant at age 36, as he comes off serious injury and prepares for his 19th NBA season—and all that lies beyond?
Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer talks about his favorite boxing pictures, which include Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston and others.
’Tis the season when pro rodeo riders punish their bodies and endure endless miles of bad road and worse food for just eight seconds on the back of an angry horse—with no guaranteed pay—and consider it a gift
Players from an indiginous tribe in the Brazilian Amazon have brought their own style and heart to the pitch, even as they struggle for acceptance in that soccer-mad nation
Can Houston’s radical rebuilding project—featuring a Nerd Cave led by a blackjack dealer turned rocket scientist—actually work? Maybe sooner than you think
Sixteen years after his first world Cup experience as a lonely U.S. supporter, the author traveled with his star-spangled buddies to this year’s cup in Brazil and discovered the brave new world of American soccer fandom
In waging the most glorious Triple Crown campaign ever, Secretariat made racing history in 1973. In the doing, he took the author on an unforgettably exhilarating ride
Memorial Day weekend is motor racing’s annual showcase. But last year, far from the spotlight of Indy or NASCAR, three men driven only by their love of racing came up against the perils of the nation’s small-time dirt tracks
An epic playoff series 35 years ago turned on a single penalty that forever altered hockey’s most enduring rivalry
One ill-fated 1982 phone call jump-started the NFL's longest run of ineptitude. The bizarre and calamitous story of Booker Reese only got worse from there
One year after terrorist bombs shattered the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, the strength of the city and of the race is more evident than ever—especially in the faces and voices of runners, spectators and first responders
In the early 1990s, a team from a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania embarked on a harrowing streak, bringing pain and joy and bonding a group of men together forever
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Princeton’s near-upset of Georgetown in a 1989 first-round game made sure Cinderella would always get invited to the ball
For anglers everywhere, the Bassmaster Classic is the ultimate fish story
Sports Illustrated's Alexander Wolff looks back at an Olympics built from scratch and weighs how the 2014 Games—at which the security held and the competition shone—played out in the eyes of the world
Sochi is close to Russia’s disputed border with Georgia and to the political tinderbox of the north Caucasus. Just how secure can these Games be?
Already drawing comparisons with Lindsey Vonn, U.S. prodigy Mikaela Shiffrin, 18-years-old and skiing in her first Olympics, is a once-in-a-lifetime talent.
Once the dominant force in international play, Russian hockey hasn’t been the same since the demise of the Soviet Union.
On skates, skis, sleds or boards, America's athletes are the very image of Olympic dedication and desire.
The 230 U.S. athletes in Sochi embody the realities and challenges of today's America
From Cortina to Vancouver, a look at the Olympians whose achievements left a golden impression
America’s athletes took time before Sochi to sound off on what success means to them, their hidden talents and things they’re not good at, and what it means to represent their country
How a drum major known as Tommy the Toe begat the best (Bono, Jacko, Jagger) and worst (Up With People!) segment of every Super Bowl Sunday
From Tokyo to Rio to Istanbul, FIBA’s new three-on-three World Tour showcases halfcourt hoopsters from around the world—as the game makes a drive for Olympic inclusion
Fourteen-year-old Jack Wellman of Newtown, Connecticut, has demonstrated resilience and compassion beyond his years in earning the 2013 SportsKid of the Year award
He prayed. He won. And then he disappeared. Will we ever see Tim Tebow in the NFL again?
Jesse Owens wasn’t afraid of Adolf Hitler or Jim Crow, but he feared
Jeff Lukas was the top assistant to his legendary father, thoroughbred trainer D. Wayne Lukas. One morning at Santa Anita, site of this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, he stood in the path of a charging horse and lost everything. Or did he?
Defying Ditka—and all logic—Jim McMahon delivered one of the most memorable and gutsiest performances of his career on a Thursday night in September 1985.
Bison Dele, once known as Brian Williams, left the NBA behind to explore the world. His quest carried him to a mysterious end near Tahiti. More than a decade later, his spirit sails on.