Pebble Beach, Calif. — It wasn’t a “typical” U.S. Open. There wasn’t carnage. The bogeys didn’t vastly outnumber the birdies. And the winner wasn’t a household name (until now). It was, however, a deliciously entertaining major championship that produced fantastic storylines, genuine Sunday drama and a worthy champion.
The introduction of new schemes, the clarifying of depth charts, the arrival of future freshmen who could make or break the next season: There’s a lot at stake during spring football, which is serious business across the U.S., but especially in South Bend. Four months after its loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal, Notre Dame reconvened to prepare for 2019, taking the field on April 13 for the 90th annual Blue-Gold game. SI photographer Erick W. Rasco spent three days with the team, chronicling the Irish awakening.
The new SailGP is re-defining the sport of sailing. As a completely new global sports series featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism, SailGP puts the fan at the center of the sport. The racing takes place in some of the world’s most iconic city waterfronts, where athletes from rival nations will race head-to-head on the newly redefined F50 wingsailed catamarans, which fly above the water on wave-piercing hydrofoils at speeds of over 50 knots (60 mph). Check out the first event of the season in 2019, that took place in the Sydney Harbour, Australia!
Henry Cejudo defended his title this past weekend against former bantamweight titlist turned flyweight, TJ Dillashaw. Sports Illustrated Photographer Erick W. Rasco went ringside to cover the main event and undercards in Brooklyn, NY.