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FACES IN THE CROWD

Sept. 21, 2015
Sept. 21, 2015

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Sept. 21, 2015

INBOX
U.S. OPEN
  • THE U.S. OPEN IS THE TOUGHEST VENUE IN TENNIS, WHETHER YOU'RE FIGHTING THE HEADWINDS OF A HOSTILE CROWD OR CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY ON YOUR RACKET. BUT NEW YORKERS HAVE BIG HEARTS, TOO: WHILE NOVAK DJOKOVIC WON OVER FANS WITH HIS MASTERLY FINALS WIN, ADMIRATION FOR SERENA WILLIAMS ONLY INTENSIFIED EVEN AS SHE FELL SHORT OF A GRAND SLAM

NFL
  • THE MANY SIDES OF THE NFL'S BEST QUARTERBACK: HE'S FRIGHTENINGLY SMART, BUT WOULD RATHER LISTEN THAN TALK. HE SHIES FROM FAME, BUT DATES A CELEBRITY. HE'S ONE OF THE GUYS IN GREEN BAY, BUT ALSO THE BOSS. AND HE'S PRETTY CHILL, BUT HE REMEMBERS EVERY SLIGHT ... AND THAT'S WHY HE'S CONSTANTLY IMPROVING

NFL WEEK 1: ROOKIE QBS
Question? EVERYTHING
  • The importance (and income) of the left tackle position is based on an old NFL. It's time to adapt

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • Braxton Miller's move from QB to H-back was born out of necessity; his NFL stock, for one, was at stake. The inside look at the switch that spun college football on its head

  • Though it's not uncommon for a quarterback to shift to receiver in college or the NFL, there's no blueprint for the move either. Braxton Miller is off to a good start, but here are a few pointers from guys who have successfully made the switch

DWIGHT GOODEN
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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Nick Pratto | Huntington Beach, Calif. | Baseball

This is an article from the Sept. 21, 2015 issue

Nick, a senior lefthander at Huntington Beach High, struck out nine and allowed just one run on six hits to lead the U.S.'s 18-and-under team to a 2--1 win over Japan and a third straight world championship. In two tournament starts he pitched 141/3 innings, giving up two earned runs while fanning 17. Nick has verbally committed to USC.

Paige Hofstad | New Braunfels, Texas | Cross-country

Paige, a senior at New Braunfels High, won the Class 6A title at the 5K Southlake Carroll Invitational in 17:23.13. It was her first major race since being sidelined with a left-hip stress fracture in March. In 2014, Paige finished second at the Nike Cross Nationals and fourth at the Foot Locker Nationals and was Texas's Gatorade cross-country runner of the year.

Carandal Hale | Greenville, Texas | Football

Carandal, a senior running back at Greenville High, raced 50 yards for a touchdown with 58 seconds left to lift the Lions to a 21--14 win over North Garland High. He finished with 282 yards and three TDs on 18 carries. The following week Carandal gained 383 yards on 11 carries with four scores in a 60--41 loss to Royse City High.

Claudia Bowman | Barrington, N.J. | Field Hockey

Claudia, a senior right wing at Haddon Heights High, began the season with a hat trick in a 6--2 victory over Gateway High. Her team-high 15 goals last year helped the Garnets reach the Central Jersey Group 1 quarterfinals. Claudia was also runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles at the Group 1 state meet in May.

Cooper Woodyard | The Woodlands, Texas | Football

Woodyard, a junior quarterback at Division III Austin College in Sherman, Texas, threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards and two more scores in a 55--41 win over Hendrix College. Making his first start at quarterback after playing wide receiver the past two seasons, he completed 15 of 30 passes.

Sydney Miles | Oklahoma City | Volleyball

Miles, a 6'1" senior setter at Emory, had 33 assists and two aces in a 3--0 season-opening win over Birmingham Southern. She was also named to the Calvin College Labor Day Weekend Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 11.93 assists, 2.57 digs and 0.94 blocks for the Eagles, who are ranked No. 1 in Division III.

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THEY SAID IT

"HE HAD NINE RBIS? A FOUR-HOUR GAME—I FORGOT ABOUT ALL OF THAT."

Ned Yost

Royals manager trying to conjure the details of third baseman Mike Moustakas's performance last Saturday, which included a grand slam and a three-run homer in a 14--6 rain-delayed win over the Orioles.

PHOTOROBERT BECK FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (YOST)PHOTOCOURTESY USA BASEBALL (PRATTO)PHOTOPEGGY PARKS PHOTOGRAPHY (HOFSTAD)PHOTOAARON SLIDER (HALE)PHOTOJOE CRAMP (BOWMAN)PHOTOJOE FUSCO (WOODYARD)PHOTOCOURTESY OF EMORY SPORTS INFORMATION (MILES)