Wednesday, September 18

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Tomato Can Blues

Charlie Rowan was a small-time cage fighter who couldn’t catch a break. He owed money to impatient people and needed to start over. Late one night, he came up with a plan.

Saturday, September 14

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The Great Red Hype

On boxer Canelo Alvarez.

Wednesday, September 11

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Beso de los Exoticos

On lucha libre’s exóticos, “wrestlers who dress in drag and kiss their rivals, never quite revealing whether the joke is on their opponents, themselves or conservative Mexican society at large.”

Saturday, September 7

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Ryan Leaf's Jailhouse Confessions, Written By His Cell Mate

A profile of the NFL quarterback gone bust.

Thursday, September 5

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A Death in Valdosta

In January, the body of a 17-year-old athlete was found in his high school’s gym. The authorities ruled it an accident. His friends and family aren’t convinced.

Friday, August 30

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Tommy Morrison's Latest Big Fight

In search of the former boxing champ, who refuses to believe he has HIV.

Wednesday, August 28

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The Gangster in the Huddle

On the fall of Aaron Hernandez, who friends say had been “twisted on dust for more than a year” before the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Tuesday, August 27

Sunday, August 25

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The Match Maker

On September 20, 1973, 50 million Americans watched Bobby Riggs lose to Billie Jean King in a tennis match dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes.” This spring, a man named Hal Shaw came forward with a secret he’d held for 40 years: Riggs, in debt to the mafia, had lost on purpose.

Friday, August 23

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D'Andre Brown's Basketball Dream

On not making the NBA.

Thursday, August 22

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The Last Days of Stealhead Joe

On the troubled, legendary Deschutes River fly-fishing guide.

Tuesday, August 20

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The Cruelest Sport

“Professional boxing is the only major American sport whose primary, and often murderous, energies are not coyly deflected by such artifacts as balls and pucks.”