PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY JORDAN NAHOLOWA'A MURPH FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Quiet, Please Astonished spectators at Chambers Bay grabbed their heads in disbelief after Dustin Johnson (center) missed a four-foot putt for birdie on the U.S. Open's final hole on Sunday that would have forced a playoff. Instead, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth won his second major championship of the year while Johnson (below), 31, contemplated his fourth near miss at a Grand Slam event (page 34).
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Lightning Rod Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez drilled the first pitch he saw last Friday—a 95-mph fastball from the Tigers' Justin Verlander—into the rightfield seats at Yankee Stadium, becoming the 29th player to reach 3,000 hits and only the third (with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays) to also have 600 homers. A-Rod might have reached the milestones sooner, but he sat out the 2014 season while suspended for PED use. Afterward he received a pat from teammate CC Sabathia (inset).
Why is Steph Curry smiling? Because he's got an adorable, press conference--stealing daughter, another child on the way, the sweetest stroke in the game and—after Golden State's Finals win—an NBA championship
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Max Effort When Nationals ace Max Scherzer delivered this pitch—his 102nd last Saturday—to Pirates pinch hitter Jose Tabata, he was one strike away from throwing the 24th perfect game in major league history. But after fouling it off, Tabata was struck on the elbow—did he lean in?—by Scherzer's next offering. The following batter, Josh Harrison, flied out to left, and Scherzer had his no-hitter and the Nats a 6--0 victory.