Becky Hammon Coaches Spurs to Summer League Championship

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  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • July 21, 2015, 4:32 PM

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Last August, former WNBA star Becky Hammon made history as the first woman to become a full-time assistant coach in the NBA.

Earlier this month, she was named the first woman to ever coach an NBA summer league team.

And on Monday, Hammon led the summer league San Antonio Spurs to a 93-90 win over Phoenix to capture to the third ever Las Vegas Summer League title.

The win was the first for the Spurs and the first time a women’s coach had led an NBA team to a championship at any level.

“You never know what your journey has in store,” Hammon told Sports Illustrated. “You just work hard and keep your nose to the grind. You do things the right way, you treat people the right way and good things happen.”
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SportsKids of the Month: July 2015

In each issue of Sports Illustrated Kids, we feature three kids who excel in sports, does well in school, and gives back to the community. These young athletes do it all — on and off the field! Meet this month’s SportsKids of the Month!

sportkids of the month july 2015 cuyler baxterCuyler Baxter, 9
Greensboro, N.C.

During the second game of the USSSA Spring Break Bash tournament in March, Cuyler blasted a left-handed home run and then hit a right-handed in his second at bat. He also recorded six RBIs and helped Team Majestic Greensboro finish as runners-up in the 9U division.

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Zach Johnson Tops Jordan Spieth in Playoff to Win British Open

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  • Associated Press
  • July 20, 2015, 5:29 PM

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Jordan Spieth's spirited bid for a Grand Slam was stopped Monday by Zach Johnson, who is no longer just a normal guy from Iowa.

Not with a Claret Jug to go with that green jacket.

Johnson captured his second major, winning The Open in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman that capped off five wild days at St. Andrews and a suspense-filled final round.

The 39-year-old Johnson now has two majors among his 12 PGA Tour victories, an astounding record and an example that a good wedge game and putter can still go a long way in this era of the long ball. Johnson was in tears when he was interviewed off the green, and he cradled the jug after his acceptance speech.

"I'm grateful. I'm humbled. I'm honored," Johnson said. "This is the birthplace of the game, and that jug means so much in sports."
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Women's Soccer Added to FIFA Video Game, Alex Morgan Shares the Cover of FIFA 16

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • July 20, 2015, 3:51 PM

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Going through Women's World Cup withdrawal? EA Sports has just what you need — even if you have to wait a couple months for it. FIFA 16 hits stores on September 22, but today we get our first look at the cover, featuring Messi and American star Alex Morgan.

“It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of EA Sports’ FIFA,” said Morgan. “I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer.  And now to share the cover with today’s greatest player is surreal.”

But Morgan’s more than just a cover star — she’s also part of the game.
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Buffalo Sabres Winger Patrick Kaleta is a Handy Builder

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Buffalo Sabres rightwinger Patrick Kaleta talked to SI Kids about his mini construction projects — and the super cool room he built to hold them all.

Right around the 2010 World Cup, I heard soccer star David Beckham was doing the Taj Mahal Lego set. I had broken my hand, and I figured if David Beckham can do it, there's gotta be something to it. I started off just goofing around, and ultimately it turned into a whole room in my house dedicated to Legos.

I'm not a person who can sit down and relax. At first I was curious, and it ended up being pretty good therapy for my hands, just rehabbing after breaks and surgeries. (I've had four surgeries.)
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Evan Bergen-Epstein

NBA-Caliber Basketball Returns to Seattle — For a Night

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The Seattle Supersonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. Since then, Key Arena has remained without NBA action. And with each passing season, basketball fans in the Pacific Northwest long more and more for the best basketball players in the world to return in the Emerald City.

That hunger is satisfied — at least in part — by the Seattle Pro-Am Basketball League’s opening night, hosted by Los Angeles Clippers guard and Seattle native Jamal Crawford.

Every year, Crawford brings other acclaimed basketball stars from the Pacific Northwest back to Seattle. They compete in a game that acts as a celebration of Seattle basketball history and heritage. All proceeds from the event and the Seattle Pro-Am Basketball League go to the Jamal Crawford Foundation.

The 2015 opener took place last week. Crawford brought many NBA stars to Key Arena, including Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey, Wizards guard Martell Webster, Kelly Olynyk and Isiah Thomas from the Celtics, Justin Holliday from the Hawks, and Spencer Hawes from the Hornets.
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What to Watch For in the Second Half of the MLB Season

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All 30 Major League Baseball teams are back in action today after the four-day All-Star break. The second half of the season will fly by as teams make their push for the postseason, respectability, or trying to land a key player by the July 31 trade deadline.

Here are 10 key storylines to watch for as the regular season begins to wind down.
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