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LEADING OFF

Sept. 09, 2013
Sept. 09, 2013

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Sept. 9, 2013

SI.com
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
BEATING BAMA
The MMQB
PRO BASKETBALL
BOXING
PITTSBURGH'S SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER
  • To a generation of Pittsburgh fans, September has always been about school, football ... and the irrelevance of the Pirates. But the franchise's 20-season losing streak is about to end, and now a reawakened baseball town is asking: ARE YINZ READY FOR OCTOBER?

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PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY ELISE AMENDOLA APBaltimore Flop No wonder scouts rave about Manny Machado's plate coverage: The Orioles' third baseman left little doubt that he touched home when he scored in the first inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 28. Alas, Baltimore lost to the Red Sox 4--3, and Machado's isn't the kind of slide that's top of mind in Baltimore right now. The O's went 12--14 in August and through Sunday trailed the Rays by three games in the race for the second American League wild-card spot.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY ERICH SCHLEGEL FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDTaylor Made Catch The rest of us will remember Texas A&M's 52--31 win over Rice last Saturday in College Station as the game in which Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first half, then threw three touchdown passes in the second. But for Owls receiver Jordan Taylor (in white), it will be the day he made the grab of his life. Despite a hit from A&M safety Clay Honeycutt, Taylor, who finished with seven catches for 68 yards and a TD, came down with this ball for a gain of 13 in the first quarter.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY CARLOS M. SAAVEDRA FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDTrapezius Artist Serena Williams doesn't carry her sport on her back—there are plenty of other stars in women's tennis. But it looks like she could if she had to. Williams cut a swath through the first week of the U.S. Open, smashing Yaroslava Shvedova in the third round (left) and then beating Sloane Stephens in the fourth on Sunday. Williams lost only 13 games (and no sets) in four matches as she chased her second straight championship in Queens.