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One Hundred Years of Arm Bars

How three generations of a Brazilian family evangelized for and fought over the sport of Gracie jiu-jitsu as it moved from the Amazon to Hollywood to the UFC.

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The Heart of Football Beats in Aliquippa

The story of a small town just outside Pittsburgh that has suffered through a half-century of economic decline, racial tension, and endless crime. Despite that trajectory, or perhaps because of it, Aliquippa has also produced an astounding number of NFL players.

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Beyond the Breach

The people who survived Katrina, ten years later.

Saturday, August 22

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Silence at Baylor

How a Texas university eagerly accepted a top football player as a transfer even though he had just been kicked off another school’s team for a previous incident of violence involving a female student.

Friday, August 21

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Adrian Peterson's Suspended Reality

The running back’s life since he was indicted on charges of beating his son and suspended from the NFL.

Tuesday, August 18

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How Darrelle Revis Became the NFL's Savviest Negotiator

“In an industry in which millions of people are invested in his success – in which he’s constantly being advised, praised and berated, often by total strangers – Revis’ tranquillity might be his greatest asset. He isn’t just an island. He’s a fortress.”

Monday, August 17

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Friday Night Lights

On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.

Wednesday, August 12

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The Unretiring Serena Williams

“Richard Williams raised her to go to war with the world. Post-tennis, she plans to live in it.”

Monday, August 10

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Zero To Mandalay

A trip to learn about Myanmar’s traditional sport, chinlone, goes awry.

Friday, August 7

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The End of the Hoop Dream

A broke agent hustles on the extreme fringe of pro basketball.

Sunday, July 26

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The Moment I Became a Novelist

The baseball game that launched a career in fiction.

Wednesday, July 22

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Out of Thin Air

Joe Namath believes hyperbaric oxygen treatment can reverse the brain damage he and others suffered playing football, so much so that a treatment center carries his name. The science, however, doesn’t support his claims.