(The Forgotten Four (clockwise from top left): Marion Motley, Bill Willis, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode)
The story of how Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 is the stuff of legend. But there’s another story about the desegregation of a professional sport that hardly gets told.
A year before Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, four black football players broke the football’s color barrier. Kenny Washington and Willie Strode played for the Los Angeles Rams and Marion Motley and Bill Willis played for the Cleveland Browns. And it’s their journey to the NFL that’s the focus of the new documentary Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football.
The Kirk Cousins Era might be upon us. After completing two of his first three pass attempts for 38 yards (the only incompletion was a drop), Robert Griffin III suffered a non-contact injury to his ankle that turned out to be a dislocation and is expected to miss at least eight weeks. That won’t be a killer for Washington’s playoff hopes if Cousins plays the way he did on Sunday.
MADRID (AP) Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.
James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to a tournament full of them.
CHICAGO (AP) The Phoenix Mercury were without star center Brittney Griner. However, they still had Diana Taurasi.
Taurasi scored 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship.
"We have the best player in the world, Diana Taurasi," Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. "When you put the ball in her hands at crunch time, she makes it happen."
The volume of fantasy transactions, trade proposals and roster shuffling is never higher than it is in the days following Week 1. An unexpected breakout star will suddenly find himself owned in nearly every league, while desperate fantasy owners will rush to shop veterans who looked like they'd lost a step in the season-opener. In this week's roundtable, SI.com fantasy experts Michael Beller, Alex Hampl, David Gonos, Ben Eagle, Bette Marston and Eric Single make the case for players whom you'd be wise to sell high on now.
If you’re a soccer fan and you’re looking for a movie to watch this weekend, you might want to check out Believe.
Based on a true story, the film focuses on 11-year-old Georgie, a gifted soccer player in 1980s Manchester who dreams of winning the Manchester Junior Cup. His friends and teammates want to win, too. Only problem is they don’t have a manager. And they’re not really that organized, as teams go. But everything changes when Georgie steals the wallet of Sir Matt Busby. Sir Matt was a legendary Manchester United coach who survived a tragic plane crash that killed eight of his players. After Georgie pinches Sir Matt’s wallet, Sir Matt tracks him down, sees he has some skills, and decides to come out of retirement and coach the kids in the tournament.
The film is loaded with drama and comedy, which you can see in this exclusive clip and the movie's trailer:
Last-second kicks, overtime games and several surprising upsets. And that’s all in the very first week of NFL action. Here’s how the rankings look after every team got some real playing time under their belts.