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New York Jets Quarterback Apologizes for Liking Domino’s Pizza

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He was shamed by the New York pizza community

Did you know you can order a Domino’s pizza simply by tweeting the pizza emoji? Well, the New York Jets’ rookie quarterback Bryce Petty recently found out about this and shared his excitement on Twitter.

What Petty didn’t realize is that he’d really, really upset Jets fans, most of whom live in the New York and New Jersey areas and take pizza very seriously.

Naturally, fans began to publicly shame him:

Once Petty realized how much damage he’d done, he crafted an apology:

In the end, though, Petty realized that the controversy could have been worse:

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University of Illinois Fires Coach Tim Beckman Over Allegations of Player Mistreatment

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Joe Robbins—Getty Images Illinois University football head coach Tim Beckman looks on during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 1, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

Beckman is accused of player mistreatment and inappropriate behavior

(CHAMPAIGN, Ill.) — Illinois fired coach Tim Beckman one week before the start of the season Friday, saying preliminary results of an investigation found some truth to allegations of player mistreatment and inappropriate behavior.

Athletic director Mike Thomas said the timing is unfortunate, but “it was in the best interests of student-athletes to act now.” Thomas said the final report would not be publicly released until during the season.

The Illini face Kent State at home Sept. 4 to start the season. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has been named interim coach.

Thomas said during a preliminary briefing from the external reviewers handling the investigation, he learned of efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries. Thomas also said in some instances student-athletes were treated inappropriately with respect to whether they could remain on scholarship during the spring semester of their senior year if they weren’t on the team.

Former starting lineman Simon Cvijanovic complained first on Twitter on May 9 and in numerous interviews that Beckman and his staff had tried to shame him into playing hurt misled him about medical procedures following a knee injury.

“All I can say right now is I think it’s a step in the right direction,” he told The Associated Press by phone after learning Beckman had been fired. “It seems like there’s more than just Beckman that needs to be held accountable.”

Beckman was 12-25 at Illinois, improving the team’s record each season. The Illini went 6-7 last year.

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AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.

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Serena Williams’ Fashion Future Was Hinted at Years Ago

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Cover Credit: ADREES LATIF The Sep. 3, 2001, cover of TIME

A TIME cover story from 2001 offered a glimpse at Serena Williams' still-to-come future

At the U.S. Open, starting Monday, Serena Williams will have the opportunity to make history with tennis’ always-elusive Grand Slam—victories in the four major tournaments all in the same year. That’s a huge deal for any athlete, but for Williams it could be especially so: as revealed in a New York Magazine cover story earlier this month, even though she’s at the top of her game the 33-year-old has her eye on what might come next.

There’s every indication that that next phase in Williams’ career will be to continue the work she’s already done in the world of fashion—which would be no surprise to anyone who read TIME’s 2001 cover story about Williams and her sister Venus. As the story revealed, the siblings were already taking their first steps toward a fashion career as they were first entering stardom:

They are up front about the fact that tennis is merely one aspect of their lives. They take the autumn off, for example, to attend a fashion design school located next to a strip mall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Because the ranking system of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) adds up the best 17 events over the previous 52 weeks, neither sister has a realistic shot at a No. 1 ranking. Still, Venus, who won Wimbledon in July, is ranked fourth, while Serena, who has played even less, is 10th. They are part-time players with a full-time presence.

…Along with Anna Kournikova, 20, who may be the most photographed woman in the world, the Williams sisters are celebrities as much as they are tennis players. “We’re two sisters. That’s new and exciting,” says Serena, sounding very much like a younger sister. And they act like sisters. Really close sisters. Besides living together, they usually share hotel rooms at tournaments. They sit next to each other in their classes. They want to start a clothing business together. When Venus loses her wallet, which is surprisingly often, Serena often finds it. Venus even sticks her nose in Serena’s mouth to find out what she ate. They make the Jolie siblings look estranged.

Read the full story from 2001, here in the TIME Vault: The Sisters vs. The World

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What to Know Before the U.S. Open

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Jewel Samad—AFP/Getty Images World number one Serena Williams of the US answers a question during a press conference at the US National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2015.

Serena's Grand Slam, Djokovic's great year, and other story lines to follow

You may have heard: This is the summer of Serena.

At the 2015 U.S. Open, which starts Monday in New York, Serena Williams will be chasing down two milestones in tennis history. With a title, she’d become the first woman to win a calendar year Grand Slam—a sweep of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open—since Steffi Graf did in in 1988. At the same time, a victory would give her 22 career major tournament singles titles, tying Graf’s mark and leaving her just two behind the all-time leader, Margaret Court. “It is time to look around you,” Darren Cahill, the tennis coach and ESPN commentator, said during the tournament’s draw ceremony, “and appreciate the moment we’re in.”

Serena’s not the only player shining. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic, for one, is having a fine year himself. His only Slam loss came in the French Open final, to Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic is aiming for a repeat of 2011, his breakout year, when he won the Australian, Wimbledon, and then owned New York. A 2015 U.S. Open title would give Djokovic 10 Grand Slam tournament wins. It sure seems like he has many more in him: Will Djokovic be the player to top Roger Federer’s record 17 titles?

Not that Federer’s done winning, himself. His impressive effort at the Cincinnati tune-up tournament has Fed-fans chirping. The New York crowd will want nothing more than one last cheer for the five-time U.S. Open champ. Plus that little Serena Grand Slam on everyone’s mind.

Here’s a closer look at the this year’s tournament, bracket by bracket.

The Women

American Onslaught United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams drew the names for this year’s tournament, and promptly made life miserable for several American women, as Venus Williams, Madison Keys, and Sloane Stephens—the top American hopes not named Serena—were all placed in Serena’s bracket. But fans win here, as Serena’s road to the semis is now festooned with potentially compelling matches: She could meet Stephens in the third round, Keys in round of 16, and her big sister in the quarterfinals. Another name to remember in this bracket: Belinda Bencic, the Swiss teen who stunned Williams in the the semifinals of the Toronto tournament earlier in August.

Whither Maria? Maria Sharapova headlines the other quarter on Serena’s side of the draw. Sharapova hasn’t played a match since Wimbledon; a right leg injury kept her out of the hard court tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati. And even if she does make the semis, Serena, who has beaten Sharapova in 17 straight matches, awaits.

Woz World Caroline Wozniacki wants to spoil her good friend’s life. Off the court, Wozniacki and Serena are pals: Williams helped Wozniacki through her high-profile breakup with golf star Rory McIllroy last year (they were engaged to be married). On the court, Wozniacki is a threat: She made last year’s finals, where she lost to Williams, 6-3, 6-3. Also lurking in this bracket is the last woman to win a U.S. Open besides Serena, Australian Samantha Stosur, who took the 2011 title, and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who has won two Slams on grass (Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014), but has yet to conquer hard courts.

Challenge Bracket If you had to bet on a bracket to produce the player who upsets Williams, put your chips on Simona Halep’s quarter. Halep is seeded second in the tournament. Although Williams beat her in the Cincinnati final in August, Halep handed Williams one of her worst hard court losses, a 6-0, 6-2 drubbing during the round robin stage of last year’s WTA championships. Victoria Azarenka is also lurking here. Williams has won a startling 30 out of the last 32 tournament finals she’s played, but Azarenka handed her both those losses, in Doha and Cincinnati in 2013, both on hard court. She’s also pushed Williams to three sets at the US Open, in the 2012 and 2013 finals.

The Men

Big Name Quarter For the second time this Grand Slam season, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are poised to meet in a quarterfinal, a sure sign that Nadal’s game has tailed off this year—he’s an 8th-seed. (Djokovic beat Nadal on clay at the French Open, ending his 39-match winning streak at that tournament). Nadal will be lucky to make it that far. He could meet fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who beat Nadal in the third round in Cincinnati, in the round of 16.

Small Name Quarter What the other bracket on Djokovic’s side of the draw lacks in star power—no Nadal, no Andy Murray, no Roger Federer, not even a Stan Wawrinka—it makes up for in next-wave talent. Last year’s U.S. Open finalists, defending champ Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori, headline the group, along with the player many pros see as the most naturally gifted upstart: Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

Andy vs. Nasty Enemies of Aussie Nick Kyrgios—there are many, including, apparently, Nadal—surely cheered upon hearing that that he’d face a top opponent like Murray, the third seed, in the first round. Kyrgios’ meltdown at Wimbledon, where he repeatedly cursed and appeared to quit on his match, and in Montreal, where he insulted the girlfriend of Stan Wawrinka, have put him in the headlines. Murray should cut Kyrgios’ New York stay short. The 2012 Open champ could face Wawrinka in the quarterfinal.

Fed Finale One thing that tennis pundits could agree upon at the draw ceremony: Federer got a pretty friendly path to the semis. Sure, American John Isner, a potential round of 16 opponent for Federer, could always serve his way to an upset on home soil. And Tomas Berdych, who would play Federer in the quarterfinals, did bounce Federer out of the Open in that round three years ago. But Federer says he’s feeling real good. He reached the semis last year. Could his first finals appearance since 2009 be far behind?

TIME Track

Segway Cameraman Who Knocked Over Usain Bolt Says He’s Sorry

Kin Cheung—AP Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, receives a gift from the cameraman who hit Bolt with a segway after the 200m final on Aug. 27.

The two make peace

The cameraman who took out Usain Bolt with a Segway on Thursday says he later apologized to the world’s fastest runner. With a handshake, the pair made peace at the 200m medal ceremony.

“The important thing is that he is OK. I’m fine and ready to get back to work,” Song Tao told the Guardian through a translator.

Song gave Bolt a red bracelet, and Bolt gave song a pat on the back. Bolt had won his record 10th gold medal at the world championships moments before the Segway incident.

“The rumor I’m trying to start right now is that Justin Gatlin paid him off,” Bolt joked later about the cameraman and his rival, Gatlin, whom Bolt had just beaten.

[The Guardian]

TIME Basketball

NBA Star Enes Kanter Looks Like a Child Next to the World’s Tallest Man

Kanter is 6 ft. 11 in., Kosem is 8 ft. 3 in.

At 6 ft. 11 in., Turkish basketball player Enes Kanter is much taller than most regular people and more than a few of his NBA peers.

But if there’s anyone who can tower head and shoulders over the Oklahoma City Thunder center (literally), it’s his compatriot and the world’s tallest man Sultan Kosen.

The duo met at a school opening in an Atlanta suburb on Thursday, and a local reporter tweeted a picture of them standing side by side that really lays bare the difference in their heights.

At 8 ft. 3 in., Kosen would probably be near impossible to defend if he played in the NBA. Kanter, for one, is definitely open to the idea of having him as a teammate.

TIME Basketball

Former NBA Player Darryl Dawkins Dies at 58

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AP Darryl Dawkins, Philadelphia 76ers is shown in 1980

He was 58

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force.

The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something very unique about Dawkins’ game.

“A guy who never saw me,” a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 televised interview, “gave me the name ‘Chocolate Thunder.'”

The name stuck, and the rim-wrecking, glass-shattering dunks remain unforgettable — as will the giant of a man who changed the game with them. Dawkins died Thursday at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to the Lehigh County coroner’s office. He was 58, and even though officials said an autopsy would be performed on Friday his family released a statement saying the cause of death was a heart attack.

“Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart,” his family said. “His family, wife Janice, children Dara, Tabitha, Nicholas and Alexis, along with countless family, friends, and fans, all mourn his loss.

“More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career as the inimitable ‘Chocolate Thunder,’ he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father,” his family added.

Dawkins, the first player to go from high school into the first round of the NBA draft, spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. He averaged 12 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 career regular-season games.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Dawkins was “beloved around the league.”

“The NBA family is heartbroken by the sudden and tragic passing of Darryl Dawkins,” Silver said. “We will always remember Darryl for his incredible talent, his infectious enthusiasm and his boundless generosity. He played the game with passion, integrity and joy, never forgetting how great an influence he had on his legions of fans, young and old.”

Dawkins was selected No. 5 in the 1975 draft by the 76ers. His two backboard-shattering dunks came about a month apart early in the 1979-80 season, one against Kansas City, the other against San Antonio.

“You were one of my favorite players of all time,” Houston center Dwight Howard posted Thursday on Instagram under a photo of Dawkins dunking in a game. “You were very inspirational to a lot of young players. Thank u for the long talks and great memories. I can’t believe that you’re gone. But you are in a better place. You were the originator of the dunk.”

Dawkins’ shows of force unquestionably changed the game. The NBA soon went to breakaway rims and mandated that backboards be shatter-resistant.

“Simply put, Darryl Dawkins was beloved-by his family, friends, former teammates and his fans all over the globe,” 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said. “His endearing charm, infectious smile and unparalleled sense of humor will be sorely missed. ‘Chocolate Thunder’ will always have a special place in our hearts. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Dawkins was, by any measure, a character. His love for the game was unquestioned and unwavering — he appeared at an 76ers alumni event earlier this month and recently posted a photo to his Twitter account of him coaching a summer-league girls team.

Dawkins was as revered off the court as he was on it. He remained enormously popular after his playing days were done, even during his stint as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. He would name his dunks — the “look out below,” the “yo-mama” and the “rim wrecker” among them — and often boasted that he hailed from the “Planet Lovetron.”

In actuality, he was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, growing up impoverished with dreams of giving his mother and grandmother better lives.

“A great man, entertainer, athlete and ferocious dunker,” former NBA guard Kevin Johnson wrote on Twitter. “He will be missed but not forgotten.”

Injuries plagued Dawkins late in his NBA career, and he went overseas for several more years to play in the Italian league. He also briefly had stints in the Continental Basketball Association and the International Basketball Association. He also coached at times, at both the minor-league and junior-college levels.

He averaged double digits in nine consecutive NBA seasons, with his best year likely being the 1983-84 campaign for New Jersey. He averaged a career-best 16.8 points that year, with only foul trouble — 386 that season, still a league record — holding him back.

“Darryl Dawkins is the father of power dunking,” Shaquille O’Neal once said. “I’m just one of his sons.”

TIME Basketball

Derrick Rose Denies Involvement in Gang Rape

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Nathaniel S. Butler—NBAE/Getty Images Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs at The Quicken Loans Arena on May 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

An unidentified woman filed a suit against the Chicago Bulls player on Wednesday

A lawyer representing the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose called a lawsuit filed against the point guard accusing him of rape “outrageous.”

The suit, which can be read in full on the Chicago Tribune website, was filed Wednesday by an unidentified women who accuses Rose and two other men of drugging her and gang-raping her in Aug. 2013. The woman, who claims she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013, says the men slipped something into her drink while at the former MVP’s Beverly Hills home. According to her account, she was able to escape, but later that night Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her while she was incapacitated.

Rose’s lawyer Lisa Cohen wrote in a statement that the accusations were “completely false and without any factual basis.” Cohen acknowledged that Rose was involved in a relationship with the woman in question during that time period, but that it was both consensual and not exclusive.

“This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete,” the statement said. Cohen added that her legal team has “complete confidence that the case will be dismissed.”

The Bulls issued a statement Thursday: “We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The Chicago Bulls and a lawyer for Derrick Rose did not immediately respond to Time’s request for comment.

[Chicago Tribune]

 

TIME Usain Bolt

Watch Usain Bolt Get Mowed Down By a Cameraman on a Segway

Usain Bolt knocked off his feet moments after winning his record 10th gold medal

Usain Bolt always outruns his competition. But the world’s greatest sprinter was recently taken down — by a clumsy cameraman on a Segway.

Moments after winning his fourth consecutive world 200m title, with a 19.55 second time over American Justin Gatlin, Bolt was toppled by the Segway only to leap up, seemingly unharmed. But that hardly put a damper on the fact that he had just won a record 10th gold medal at the world championships.

The Jamaican sprinter also beat Gatlin in the 100m days earlier in a photo finish – Bolt won the raise at 9.79 seconds, just 0.01 seconds over his rival.

Here’s the other photo finish moment again in slow motion:

 

TIME athletics

Usain Bolt Wins Record 10th Gold Medal in World Champs 200m Sprint

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Christian Petersen—Getty Images Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line to win gold in the Men's 200 meter final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on Aug. 27, 2015.

In 19.55 seconds

Usain Bolt put his sprinting supremacy beyond doubt.

With one of his coasting-at-the-end performances in the 200 meters on Thursday, Justin Gatlin still couldn’t get close as the Jamaican won a record 10th gold medal at the world championships.

Looking left and failing to see any red from Gatlin’s jersey, Bolt lifted both arms and punched his thumbs into his chest to show once again he is the greatest sprinter of all time.

With a time of 19.55 seconds, he set the best time of the season. And despite slowing down, he still beat Gatlin by .19 — much more than the .01 second edge Bolt had in Sunday’s 100 final.

Bolt is now 2-0 in Beijing against Gatlin, who had been unbeaten in two seasons, with only the 4×100 relay to come on Saturday.

Once he sat down to savor his victory on a trackside chair, Gatlin came over to congratulate Bolt and the two rivals shook hands and chatted.

Seven years ago, Bolt started his amazing run of gold at the Beijing Olympics and has not lost a major 200 race since. The Jamaican, however, had been struggling with injury since winning his third straight 200 title at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

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