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.
Sunday, August 25
Friday, August 23
Thursday, August 22
On the troubled, legendary Deschutes River fly-fishing guide.
Tuesday, August 20
“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.”
A father and his 9-year-old daughter watch Harvard play Yale in football.
Sunday, August 18
The house at 114 Lake Avenue in Bristol, CT that kept calling Aaron Hernandez, a NFL star by 20, back to “a volatile underworld of guns, drugs, and violence.”
Thursday, August 15
Basketball on a Crow reservation and a player named Jonathan Takes Enemy trying to escape.
Wednesday, August 14
A profile of Russell Baze, the winningest jockey in American history.
Tuesday, August 13
The family history behind college football’s most talked-about player.
Monday, August 12
An interview on nature vs. nurture with the author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science Of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.
Sunday, August 11
How the heir to a horse racing empire became an informant on the Zetas cartel as they pushed their money laundering operations into the lucrative quarter horse trade.
Thursday, August 8
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.