Monday’s A.M. Hot Clicks: Whitney Johns: The Year’s Last Tennis Major

Serena Seeking History at the U.S. Open Again

Serena Williams returns to the U.S. Open this week, not with the first grand slam in 27 years on the line this time, but rather a chance to surpass Steffi Graf for the most grand slam titles of all time. Four of the five SI tennis writers who were asked for their opinions predicted someone other than Serena will win. …Check out SI.com’s analysis of the men’s draw and the women’s draw. … Here’s what to expect on the first day. … Beyond the favorites, here are six players who could make a run at the titles. Gallery: The 100 best photos from the 2015 U.S. Open.

All’s Well that End(s)well

A team made up of New York kids won the Little League World Series for the first time since 1964 as Endwell lived up to its town’s name by edging South Korea 2-1. Your guess is as good as ours as to whether any of this year’s crew will join this list of Major Leaguers who once played in the Series? 

Seaver played in the Spartan Little League in Fresno, California. He retired from Major League Baseball with 311 wins, three Cy Young Awards, and a World Series Championship with the New York Mets. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Long before reaching iconic status with the Yankees and winning four World Series titles under Joe Torre, Jeter played for his dad in the Westwood Little League in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Detroit Tigers designated hitter helped his Belmont (Florida) Little League team reach the 1980 Little League World Series. Now in his 20th season, Sheffield has played in nine All-Star Games and won the World Series with the Florida Marlins, in 1997.

McClendon, played for Anderson Little League of Gary, Indiana. In the 1971 LLWS, he pitched and hit five home runs with 10 RBI in TK games. McClendon was the first former Little Leaguer to manage a major league team when he was hired to skipper the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 2000.

Ripken played for the West Asheville (North Carolina) Little League and is a member of the Little League Hall of Excellence. As the shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles, he broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played. He was twice named league MVP and led the Orioles to a World Series championship in 1983.

Ryan started his baseball career in the Alvin (Texas) Little League. He finished it as major league baseball's all-time strikeout leader. The Hall of Famer was the 18th pitcher to win 300 games.

Baker played Little League in Riverside, California before taking his game to the pros. He won the World Series as an outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 and has managed the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Cincinnati Reds.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the all-time leading scorer in NBA history and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, also had game on the baseball diamond. Abdul-Jabbar, who was named Lew Alcindor at the time, played Little League Baseball in New York City's Inwood Little League.

Flutie played Little League baseball in Natick, Massachusetts before attending Boston College and throwing one of the most famous touchdown passes in history -- a hail mary in the closing seconds to beat Miami. Flutie was also the recipient of the 1984 Heisman Trophy.

Drury is a center for the New York Rangers and has won the Stanley Cup and an Olympic silver medal. But Drury first appeared on the national stage in 1989, as a pitcher for the Trumbull (Connecticut) Little League team. In the championship game, Drury pitched a complete game five-hitter and drove in two runs to lead Trumbull to the title.

Before winning three National League MVP awards and 10 Gold Gloves, Schmidt played in the North Riverdale Little League in Dayton, Ohio.

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T-Minus Preseason Week 3 and Counting

With the NFL season almost upon, and fantasy leagues ramping up, here are some lessons gleaned from Week 3 of the preseason. If you haven’t drafted yet or still have other drafts to master, here’s a handy draft kit that could do you wonders.

Whitney Johns: Lovely Lady of the Day

Fitness trainer, competitor and model Whitney Johns is today’s lovely lady. (Click here for full-size version.)

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

Whitney Johns :: @Whitneyjohns/instagram

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Move Over, Nyquist

A horse named after Noah Syndergaard is expected to be one of the Kentucky Derby favorites next year. 

Remember These Names

Ten freshmen football players who could impact the college football playoff race.

Odds Ends

This glitch in Madden ’17 has gamers upset … The dozen VMA moments everyone is still talking about, including the appearance by the Final Five (sans Gabby Douglas) … Colin Kaepernick says he’ll continue to sit for the national anthem until there’s significant change … First the Dodgers demoted Yasiel Puig to the minors. Now they’ve put the polarizing outfielder on waivers … Michael Phelps reveals what song he was listening to when he became a meme … Netflix titles on their way in and out in September.

Uh, oh. Tony Romo is trending again

You Gotta Watch This

Paige VanZandt calls her knockdown move in Saturday’s bout, “Kick the Can”

Summer of Swim Festival

SI held it’s inaugural Summer of Swim Festival Sunday on Coney Island and a fun time was had by all. Gallery: 

Ashley Graham and Nina Agdal

Hannah Jeter

Hannah Ferguson, Hannah Jeter, Kate Bock, Samantha Hoopes, Mia Kang and Barbara Palvin

John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and Baby Lulu

Samantha Hoopes

Hannah Ferguson

Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin

Hannah Ferguson

Samantha Hoopes

Ashley Graham and Nina Agdal

Nina Agdal and Hannah Jeter

Ashley Graham and Barbara Palvin

Nina Agdal

Ashley Graham and Hannah Ferguson

Kate Bock

Kate Bock

Mia Kang and Ashley Graham

Hannah Ferguson

Samantha Hoopes, Barbara Palvin and Hannah Ferguson

Kate Bock

Ashley Graham

Hannah Ferguson, Adam Maclay and Samantha Hoopes

Samantha Hoopes

Samantha Hoopes

Barbara Palvin

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ICYMI: Brittany Spears is Back

After a decade away from the Video Music Awards stage, the controversial singer made her return appearance Sunday night and fizzled, according to the L.A. Times.

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