's 10 most popular stories from the week ending July 17

Friday July 17th, 2015

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

Driving with Pete Rose

Join Sports Illustrated on a long, strange drive with Pete Rose from Las Vegas to Los AngelesBy Tom Verducci.

Carli Lloyd's rise to World Cup hero

See the story behind Lloyd's journey from Delran, N.J., to global stardom after her incredible World Cup final performanceBy Grant Wahl.

Karl Towns' talent is shining through

Minnesota's No. 1 overall pick Karl Towns turned lemons into lemonade in the Las Vegas Summer LeagueBy Ben Golliver.

Brett Favre: "I think I could play" 

Sports Illustrated's 'Where Are They Now?' cover story takes you inside the legendary quarterback's retired life in MississippiBy Greg Bishop.

Dak Prescott unfazed by pressure

After a big 2014, the Mississippi State quarterback is fully prepared for the national spotlight this upcoming seasonBy Zac Ellis.

Serena holds back the clock

After winning her sixth Wimbledon championship, Serena Williams is waging a worthy challenge against Father Time. By Richard Rothschild.

The end of the USFL

Take a closer look at the league's 1985 championship game, which ultimately proved to be the USFL's final contestBy Greg Bishop

Looking back at Wimbledon 2015

Recapping Serena Williams' dominance, Novak Djokovic's win's historical context and Martina Hingis' rejuvenation with 50 parting thoughts.  By Jon Wertheim.

Where does NASCAR stand on the Confederate flag?

With its deep ties to the South, NASCAR has struggled to balance its stance on the Confederate flag with the actions of many fansBy Elizabeth Newman.

MLB awards watch

At the All-Star break, Sports Illustrated takes a look at the the midseason MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year leaders. By Tom Verducci.

SI Vault: Jim Valvano

Leah Still was honored with the Jimmy V award at the ESPYs this week. Remember legendary coach Jim Valvano with a classic Sports Illustrated story about Jimmy V fighting for his lifeBy Gary Smith

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