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The 76ers' Plan to Win (Yes, Really)

The team’s grand, analytics-driven experiment led by a business school grad who won the GM job after giving a “PowerPoint presentation that Sixers executives now recall as an ‘investment thesis.’”

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And He Shall Lead Them

Lester Cotton’s transformation from reluctant football player to top Alabama recruit, and the hopes and dreams of a neighborhood that ride on his shoulders.

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Precious Memories

On former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, who died Saturday, and his battle with dementia.

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Wes Welker Will Not Be Denied

When should a football player, and in particular one who has suffered three concussions in 10 months, retire?

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The Final Walk-Off

An essay on Derek Jeter.

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How the Ray Rice Scandal Unfolded

An investigation into who knew what, and when.

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Total Recall

On LeBron James’s photographic memory.

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Awakening the Giant

Y.A. Tittle, an 87-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback with dementia, travels to his hometown for the last time.

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Portrait of a Serial Winner

A profile of Luis Suarez.

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Lest Ye Be Judged

On a preacher who counsels and ministers Major League umpires.

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Nothing Can Stay Buried

A profile of Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic, who has come home after escaping the war more than 20 years ago.

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Uncontested: The Life of Donald Sterling

A profile of the Los Angeles Clippers owner, an oft-sued real estate baron with a documented racist streak and a penchant for heckling his own players, on the occasion of him winning an NAACP lifetime achievement award.