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TENNIS

Serena NOW

AS THE WORLD'S TOP PLAYER PREPARES TO DEFEND HER U.S. OPEN TITLE, THE TENNIS WORLD WONDERS IF HER WIMBLEDON MELTDOWN WAS A SIGN OF HER FINAL FADE. OR IS A LITTLE CONTROVERSY EXACTLY WHAT THIS FEROCIOUS COMPETITOR NEEDS TO KEEP GOING?

By S.L. Price

BASEBALL

IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME

Really. No franchise has gone longer without a postseason appearance, none have inspired more mockery and fewer fans. And yet here we are, on the cusp of September, and the Royals are drawing a line in the first-place sand

By Ben Reiter

SPECIAL REPORT

OUT OF POWER

By Pete Thamel

Kobe Bryant

Twilight The Saga

For even the most competitive athlete, the transition game is never easy. So what drives Kobe Bryant at age 36, as he comes off serious injury and prepares for his 19th NBA season—and all that lies beyond?

By Chris Ballard

LONGFORM

ROGER FEDERER

He may not be the Grand Slam colossus he once was, but the Swiss master is definitely not slouching toward retirement

By L. Jon Wertheim

NICK PUNTO

Until there's a metric for headfirst slides, the A's infielder will never have gaudy numbers. But a long career built on hustle and versatility has no end in sight

By Emma Span

MICHAEL PHELPS

By Brian Cazeneuve

BECKY HAMMON

The WNBA great's body is breaking down, but her basketball mind is beautiful—and well-suited for a gig as an NBA trailblazer

As told to Joan Niesen

POINT AFTER

Summer Of Love

By Steve Rushin

Departments

SI.COM

THE ACE OF THE PLACE

Mo'ne Davis has been many things at the Little League World Series. More than anything? A cool 13-year-old kid

By Albert Chen

Where Did the Shine Go?

Notre Dame's latest academic scandal makes clear that it is no longer the gold standard in college football

By Tim Layden

Love Hurts?

The Cavs might be too good for their own good

By Ted Keith

Soft Landing

Alex Bernstein washed out of the NFL but reemerged as a tech mogul

By George Dohrmann

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

HOLLYWOOD THRILLS

By Emily Kaplan

HOT | NOT

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Changing Baseball

By Joe Sheehan