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Aug. 31, 2015
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Aug. 31, 2015

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GOLF PLUS
  • THE HEADLINER IS SOME GUY NAMED SPIETH, AND WITH YOUNG GUNS SUCH AS JUSTIN THOMAS, THE CLASS OF 2011 MIGHT GIVE THE PGA TOUR ITS MOST CELEBRATED CAST IN DECADES

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U.S. OPEN
  • For Serena Williams to lose her bid for the calendar-year Grand Slam, another player would have to step up and beat her, something that hasn't happened at a major in more than 14 months. While there will be 127 potential candidates for the role of vanquisher, there are few obvious choices. Serena has no rival—no Nadal to her Federer—nor has any one colleague played the burr in her saddle and vexed her. Still, before the making of the U.S. Open draw, here are five potential spoilers.

PRO FOOTBALL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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FOR AUG. 17, 2015

This is an article from the Aug. 31, 2015 issue

Frank Gifford was one of my childhood heroes. He always looked like an idol, whether he was running sweeps around end or just standing on the sideline. As a broadcaster, his description of skier Franz Klammer's gold-medal-winning downhill run at the 1976 Olympics perfectly captured the drama of the moment.

John Deppen

North Haven, Conn.

While I enjoyed Tim Layden's tribute to Gifford, I did raise an eyebrow at his description of Don Meredith as cornpone. It felt derogatory. As the perfect foil to Howard Cosell, Meredith was folksy and unpretentious, but every bit as insightful.

Paul Welvang, Edina, Minn.

As a Diamondbacks fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Ben Reiter's article on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. While you were right to say that he is almost unknown to the public, it didn't help that your photos showed him only from the back or at a distance. How about a close-up?

Gary Sumner, Towanda, Pa.

FROM THE EDITOR

Many of our readers wrote in to inquire about the lack of Goldschmidt close-ups. Upon further review, we tend to agree. So here's a picture of Goldschmidt taking a selfie.

COVER

Although we've heard stories similar to Antonio Brown's before, they never cease to inspire. It's incredible how a combination of fortuitous moments, hard work and a little support can lift one out of poverty and on to the American Dream.

Christian Milord

Fullerton, Calif.

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SCORECARD

Reading about how USA Track & Field will not allow middle distance runner Nick Symmonds to compete for the U.S. team at the world championships because he wouldn't wear Nike gear at all times made me think I had stumbled upon your Sign of the Apocalypse.

Brian Kass

Springfield, N.J.

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POINT AFTER

I enjoyed Michael Rosenberg's column on minor league home run king Mike Hessman. Given the Tigers' dismal season, you would think they would have called him up by now.

Bill Finch Wayland, Mass.

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