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On the cover this week: Hoping to avoid early playoff exits, fans of the Beltway teams pins its championship hopes on Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Capitals center Alex Ovechkin.

On the cover this week: Hoping to avoid early playoff exits, fans of the Beltway teams pins its championship hopes on Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Capitals center Alex Ovechkin.

Thirteen-year-old sensation Mo’ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention. 

SI STAFF: More information on Mo’ne Davis cover 
GALLERY: View all of SI’s 2014 Covers

 

Thirteen-year-old sensation Mo’ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention. 
SI STAFF: More information on Mo’ne Davis cover GALLERY: View all of SI’s 2014 Covers
 

LeBron James is going home. Read this week’s cover story about his return to Cleveland here: http://on.si.com/1qcBk7m

LeBron James is going home. Read this week’s cover story about his return to Cleveland here: http://on.si.com/1qcBk7m

Goose Gossage acknowledges the crowd during the introduction of the lineups of the 1984 All-Star game.








Goose Gossage acknowledges the crowd during the introduction of the lineups of the 1984 All-Star game.

USA fans in Miami, FL, watching the World Cup match. The U.S. tied Portugal, 2-2, on Sunday. (Photo: Alan Diaz/AP)

See more World Cup fan photos here: http://on.si.com/1szqPvJ.

USA fans in Miami, FL, watching the World Cup match. The U.S. tied Portugal, 2-2, on Sunday. (Photo: Alan Diaz/AP)
See more World Cup fan photos here: http://on.si.com/1szqPvJ.

On June 20, 2004, Ken Griffey Jr. joined the 500-home run club with a blast off the Cardinals’ Matt Morris in St. Louis, and later shared a hug with his dad at the game. It couldn’t have come on a better day, as it was Father’s Day. (Photo: Dilip Vishwanat for Getty Images)

On June 20, 2004, Ken Griffey Jr. joined the 500-home run club with a blast off the Cardinals’ Matt Morris in St. Louis, and later shared a hug with his dad at the game. It couldn’t have come on a better day, as it was Father’s Day. (Photo: Dilip Vishwanat for Getty Images)

Two-time Stanley Cup champions, the L.A. Kings, played 26 playoff games this past spring, matching the NHL record for the longest postseason run. Los Angeles has played 64 playoff games over the last three years, setting another league record. (Photo: David E. Klutho/SI)

Two-time Stanley Cup champions, the L.A. Kings, played 26 playoff games this past spring, matching the NHL record for the longest postseason run. Los Angeles has played 64 playoff games over the last three years, setting another league record. (Photo: David E. Klutho/SI)

30 years ago, on June 9, 1984, Mario Lemieux or "Super Mario" was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as the top pick in the NHL Draft. Lemieux — which means "the best" in French — later snapped Wayne Gretzky’s seven-year hold on the scoring title and eight-year grip on the Hart Trophy. A six-time NHL scoring leader, three-time MVP, Rookie of the Year and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, number 66 made miraculous comebacks from Hodgkin’s disease and multiple back injuries and, as an encore, bought the team and saved it from bankruptcy in 1999. (Photo: Michael O’Neill/SI)

30 years ago, on June 9, 1984, Mario Lemieux or "Super Mario" was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as the top pick in the NHL Draft. Lemieux — which means "the best" in French — later snapped Wayne Gretzky’s seven-year hold on the scoring title and eight-year grip on the Hart Trophy. A six-time NHL scoring leader, three-time MVP, Rookie of the Year and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, number 66 made miraculous comebacks from Hodgkin’s disease and multiple back injuries and, as an encore, bought the team and saved it from bankruptcy in 1999. (Photo: Michael O’Neill/SI)

Tim Duncan won his fifth NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs on June 15, to become one of only 12 NBA players to win five titles. The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat, 104-87, in Game 5 to end the series. (Photo: Greg Nelson/SI)

Tim Duncan won his fifth NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs on June 15, to become one of only 12 NBA players to win five titles. The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat, 104-87, in Game 5 to end the series. (Photo: Greg Nelson/SI)

Stephen Colbert poses during an SI photo shoot dressed in a uniform for the US Speedskating Team, whom “The Colbert Report” sponsored at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  It was announced today that Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of “The Late Show” when Letterman retires in 2015. (Michael O’Neill/SI)

GALLERY: Stephen Colbert and Sports

Stephen Colbert poses during an SI photo shoot dressed in a uniform for the US Speedskating Team, whom “The Colbert Report” sponsored at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  It was announced today that Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of “The Late Show” when Letterman retires in 2015. (Michael O’Neill/SI)
GALLERY: Stephen Colbert and Sports

Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden and quarterback Ken Stabler celebrate after defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI on Jan. 9, 1977 in Pasadena, Calif.  The Hall of Fame coach and former color commentator turned 78 today. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden and quarterback Ken Stabler celebrate after defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI on Jan. 9, 1977 in Pasadena, Calif.  The Hall of Fame coach and former color commentator turned 78 today. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

The Ultimate Warrior (James Hellwig), one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, has died at 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans.  (Jonathan Bachman/AP; The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Ultimate Warrior (James Hellwig), one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, has died at 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans.  (Jonathan Bachman/AP; The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Gary Carter celebrates with teammates Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez after the New York Mets finished the 1986 season with a major-league best 108-54 record.  Carter, an 11-time All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher who died of brain cancer at age 57, would have turned 60 today. (John Iacono/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Gary Carter

Gary Carter celebrates with teammates Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez after the New York Mets finished the 1986 season with a major-league best 108-54 record.  Carter, an 11-time All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher who died of brain cancer at age 57, would have turned 60 today. (John Iacono/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Gary Carter

On April 8, 1974, Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium was packed with a record 53,775 fans as Hank Aaron hit career home run No. 715 in the fourth inning off of Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing, surpassing Babe Ruth as the game’s all-time leader in home runs. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Hank Aaron Retrospective

On April 8, 1974, Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium was packed with a record 53,775 fans as Hank Aaron hit career home run No. 715 in the fourth inning off of Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing, surpassing Babe Ruth as the game’s all-time leader in home runs. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Hank Aaron Retrospective

Pitt running back and Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett poses as Superman during a photo shoot for SI on Dec. 1, 1976.  The second overall pick of the 1977 NFL draft and four-time Pro Bowler with the Dallas Cowboys, who was inducted into both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame in ‘94, turned 60 today. (Manny Millan/SI)

Pitt running back and Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett poses as Superman during a photo shoot for SI on Dec. 1, 1976.  The second overall pick of the 1977 NFL draft and four-time Pro Bowler with the Dallas Cowboys, who was inducted into both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame in ‘94, turned 60 today. (Manny Millan/SI)