The Yankee Stadium crowd rose in tribute as shortstop Derek Jeter (page 96) slapped a single to right off Orioles righthander Chris Tillman last Friday night for the 2,722nd hit of his career, eclipsing the team record held by Lou Gehrig. Jeter received a three-minute standing ovation as his teammates rushed the field to congratulate him.
This is an article from the Sept. 21, 2009 issue
Calling it the greatest shot of his career, Roger Federer went between his legs for a dazzling winner that set up match point against Novak Djokovic in Sunday's U.S. Open semifinals at Flushing Meadow. Federer put the victory away a point later but on Monday was denied his bid for a 16th major title (page 60).
Passing The Buckeyes
USC senior running back Stafon Johnson high-stepped into the end zone untouched from two yards out for the winning touchdown last Saturday in an 18--15 defeat of Ohio State in Columbus. Johnson's score, which came with 1:05 to play, was his second of the game and capped a 14-play, 86-yard drive.
Bad Hare Day
The Energizer Bunny couldn't seem to get going last Thursday at the Great Reno Balloon Race, even as a crew tried to light a fire under its grounded form. The race, now in its 28th year, is the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the nation, drawing more than 100 competitors and 140,000 spectators.