FOR AUG. 26, 2013
Queen of New York
Fatigue and a resilient, second-ranked Victoria Azarenka may have undone the world's No. 1 in the final of Sunday's Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, but make no mistake: Title aspirants at the U.S. Open—which begins on Aug. 26—must still go through defending champ (and four-time winner) Serena Williams, who's 60--4 in 2013. Follow the action from Flushing Meadow at SI.com/tennis, including Jon Wertheim's men's and women's seed reports and match analysis in Courtney Nguyen's Beyond the Baseline blog.
SI.com celebrates the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt—last week he won three gold medals at the world championships in Moscow—with a gallery of shots, including one of Bolt striking his To Di World pose with Prince Harry.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED senior writer Andy Staples breaks down the three things to keep an eye on in the Big 12 this season and explains why it has gotten a bit crowded for Texas and Oklahoma at the top of the conference.
From now through the college and pro football seasons, as well as during the Winter Olympics, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will regularly feature the most intriguing on-the-climb athletes across all its platforms. To see a video on this week's Rising Star, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, on your laptop or mobile device, go to SI.com/risingstars
SI Tablet Extra
Little Big Time
From the SI Vault
Aug. 25, 2003
For kids and fans alike, the Little League World Series has become a major league event, complete with a heavy international focus and voluminous media coverage.
By Stephen Cannella
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLE ZIGMONT
BOB MARTIN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
ERICK RASCO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
MARK J. REBILAS-USA TODAY SPORTS (PETERSON)
CHUCK SOLOMAN/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LLWS)
PETER READ MILLER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (TEXAS)
CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY IMAGES (BOLT AND HARRY)