Corruption, Murder, and the Beautiful Game
On FIFA’s history of scandal.
On FIFA’s history of scandal.
How Frank and Jamie McCourt bought the Dodgers for “for less than the price of an oceanfront home in Southampton” and eventually became entangled in one of the most expensive divorces in California history, which laid bare their finances and confirmed what many already knew: they had bankrupted one of the most storied franchises in baseball.
In all, the McCourts reportedly took $108 million out of the team in personal distributions over five years—a sum that Molly Knight, a reporter with ESPN who has extensively covered the story, notes is eerily similar to the cash payment that she says Frank McCourt has claimed he made for the team.
Was Steinbrenner’s Partner the “Madoff of Memorabilia”? Inside a collector’s hoax.
What happens to 7-footers when they step off the basketball court?
On witnessing an incredible junior college basketball game 23 years ago in North Dakota.
Fred Wilpon, the owner of the hapless New York Mets, had more than $500 million tied up with Bernie Madoff when the Ponzi scheme was exposed. Now he may be forced to sell his beloved ballclub.
A profile of Felipe Lopez, high school phenom.
In his first Major League at bat, Adam Greenberg was hit in the head with a fastball. He never made it back.
On recommitting to the Knicks after “a decade of dysfunction and delusion.”
The author came late to basketball. A profile of his favorite player:
He creates a sense of danger in the arena and yet has enough wit in his style to bring off funny ideas when he wants to.
Basketball is considered one of the most difficult sports to effectively bet on, therefore gamblers like Haralabos Voulgaris who make a handsome living on NBA lines are a rare breed, whose knowledge of the game and personal statistical databases rival most of the league’s front-offices’.
What one learns about Jose Canseco while trying, unsuccessfully, to interview Jose Canseco.
A profile of Carmelo Anthony, newly anointed savior of the New York Knicks.
Manny Ramirez is a deeply frustrating employee, the kind whose talents are so prodigious that he gets away with skipping meetings, falling asleep on the job, and fraternizing with the competition.
The inner workings of a high school basketball team stacked with international talent.
Behind-the-scenes the Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleaders.
An ode to the fastball and the pitchers who throw it best.
“My name is Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., and my name is also Abdul Kareem, but I’ll explain about that much later.” A three-part personal essay on basketball, family, race and religion.
After the 1919 Black Sox scandal, Ring Lardner, America’s first great sportswriter, walked away from the game.
The story of the 2010 NCAA championship game between Duke and Butler, and what would have been greatest shot in college basketball history.
On Baylor’s freshman basketball star Perry Jones and how the new era of one-season careers has changed the landscape of college basketball.
A profile of the highest paid coach in college basketball. A pioneer of one-and-done recruiting, Calipari is also the only coach in NCAA history to have two runs to the Final Four removed from the record books for rules violations.
The story of Nate Fleming—walk-on point guard at Oklahoma State, fan favorite, golden child—and the 2001 plane crash that took his life.
Guz Dominguez says he was trying to help baseball players from Cuba; the U.S. government says he was smuggling athletes. The truth is more complicated.
A 15-year-old dies shortly after collapsing from heatstroke during a high school football practice. Was it has coach’s fault? The state thought so, and put him on trial.