An essay on the pitcher, friendship and death.
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.
The story of imprisoned boxer James Scott, who contended for the light heavyweight title by staging fights inside Rahway prison.
A flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sex predator.
A final visit with late boxer Teófilo Stevenson, who could have fought or even been Muhammad Ali had he not stayed in Cuba.
A trip to Turkey for a soccer game between bitter rivals and its accompanying madness.
How to buy college football players, in the words of a man who delivers the money.
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.
The death of a runner and the “ongoing culture war between fitness enthusiasts and automobiles.”
Meggett was an All-Pro running back for the New York Giants. He was also a serial rapist.
The wild competition to be “worshipped” by Alaska’s most eligible bachelors.
A basketball player, broke and without a Plan B, travels across the country for one last shot at glory.
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.
The murder of an Olympic champion and the autopsy that shook a city.
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.
The story of Héctor Espino, the greatest hitter never to play in the majors.
A profile of Costa Rica’s most famous bull, who is responsible for two riders’ deaths and a brand of craft beer.
“He was, it must be said, a pig. And my heart grew fonder.”
An account of Yukon Quest, Alaska’s grueling, thousand-mile dog sled race.
Richard Simmons at 64, sweatin’ to the oldies (and country and disco) thrice weekly.
The story of the 1944 German national soccer championship game.