Since being promoted at 30, the Yankees' GM has thrived for nearly two decades in the cauldron of the Bronx. Whether or not he earns a fifth ring this fall, he's already one of the most iconic—and most fearless—figures in franchise history
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Major Dad Before Jason Day could receive the Wanamaker Trophy for winning the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, he had to come to grips with his three-year-old son, Dash, on Sunday in Kohler, Wis. After a series of disappointments on golf's biggest stages, the 27-year-old Day fired a 67 in the final round to hold off Jordan Spieth and earn his first major title, finishing at 20 under par, a record for a Grand Slam event (page 32).
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Poppin' Jay While Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was attempting to work out his preseason kinks, completing 4 of 7 passes for 42 yards, Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake of the Dolphins appeared to be in midseason sacking form last Thursday in Chicago. The Bears won 27--10.
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The Flight Fantastic Simone Biles scored a 16.25 on this vault—an Amanar 2½ twist with a blind landing—to surge into first place last Thursday at the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis. The 18-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, won her third straight U.S. title with a two-round total of 124.100, a whopping 4.950 points better than Maggie Nichols. Biles, a two-time world champion, is unbeaten in her last nine meets.
Before he became the premier postseason performer of his generation, the Patriots icon was a middling college quarterback who invited skepticism, even scorn, from fans and his coaches. That was all—and that was everything