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The Right Thing to Do vs. The State of Florida

After Devaughn Darling died during a workout with the Florida State football team, his family was awarded a payout of $2 million. That was 13 years ago. Only $200,000 has come.

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Gold In The Mud

The story of imprisoned boxer James Scott, who contended for the light heavyweight title by staging fights inside Rahway prison.

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The Many Crimes of Mel Hall

A flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sex predator.

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Why We Play

The allure of dangerous sports.

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Heroes for Sale

A final visit with late boxer Teófilo Stevenson, who could have fought or even been Muhammad Ali had he not stayed in Cuba.

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The Istanbul Derby

A trip to Turkey for a soccer game between bitter rivals and its accompanying madness.

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Meet The Bag Man

How to buy college football players, in the words of a man who delivers the money.

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What Happened To Jai Alai?

Jai Alai once packed Florida’s frontons with gamblers and glamor. Today, America is down to a single top-level pro who plays under the name Tevin in honor of Tevin Campbell.

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Broken Stride

The death of a runner and the “ongoing culture war between fitness enthusiasts and automobiles.”

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The Sordid End of David Meggett

Meggett was an All-Pro running back for the New York Giants. He was also a serial rapist.

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Wilderness Women

The wild competition to be “worshipped” by Alaska’s most eligible bachelors.

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Requiem for a Welterweight

How much time does Manny Pacquiao have left?

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20 Minutes at Rucker Park

A basketball player, broke and without a Plan B, travels across the country for one last shot at glory.

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Death of A Ballplayer

Billy Dillon was about to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers. Instead he was convicted–wrongly–of first-degree murder and spent the next 27 years in prison.

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Elegy of a Race Car Driver

The life and sudden death of NASCAR’s Dick Trickle.

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Who Was Stella Walsh?

The murder of an Olympic champion and the autopsy that shook a city.

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The Prospect

Montaous Walton couldn’t throw, catch or hit. But he wanted to be a ballplayer. And with the help of the internet, the media, and an ambitious young agent, that’s what he briefly became.

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The Unknown Slugger

The story of Héctor Espino, the greatest hitter never to play in the majors.

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The Legend of Malacrianza

A profile of Costa Rica’s most famous bull, who is responsible for two riders’ deaths and a brand of craft beer.

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The Crush of the Ring

“He was, it must be said, a pig. And my heart grew fonder.”

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No Sleep 'Til Fairbanks

An account of Yukon Quest, Alaska’s grueling, thousand-mile dog sled race.

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The Importance Of Being Francesa

On the cranky king of New York sports talk.

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Still Richard

Richard Simmons at 64, sweatin’ to the oldies (and country and disco) thrice weekly.

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Last Champions of the Third Reich

The story of the 1944 German national soccer championship game.

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The Two Rogers

Reflections on Mr. Angell, Mr. Kahn and Dad.