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All Richard Hoffer Stories

Jan. 18, 1993

Return of the King

Wayne Gretzky, recovered from a career-threatening injury, is back on the ice

Dec. 03, 1990

Magic's Kingdom

Laker star Magic Johnson owns L.A., and someday he plans to own a lot more.

June 27, 1994

Fatal Attraction?

O.J. Simpson stands accused of brutally killing two people, one of them the woman he loved

Feb. 26, 1990

Hey, Champ!

New heavyweight king Buster Douglas is probably the only one in boxing who believed he would earn the right to that title

May 27, 1996

Sitting Bull

Phil Jackson may invoke Sioux lore and zen mysticism in coaching Michael Jordan & Co., but the real message: Play smart basketball

Feb. 19, 1990

He Got Up And...

Buster Douglas was floored by Mike Tyson in the eighth round, but then...knocked out Tyson in the 10th round to win the heavyweight crown (no matter what Don King says) in perhaps the biggest boxing upset ever

Dec. 06, 1993

Cheryl Miller

It was a Rookie mistake. Meeting with her players for the first time on Sept. 2, just hours after she had been announced as USC's women's ...

Dec. 18, 2006

Still Standing

He's thicker and slower in Rocky Balboa, but Stallone's punchy hero recaptures his youthful appeal in Round 6

May 17, 1999

Inside Boxing

NORTHBOUNDA hero in Mexico, WBC 122-pound champ Erik Morales storms theU.S. Erik Morales was born in a gym, or so his personal ...

Dec. 20, 1993

Todd Ewen

Yes, we believe Todd Ewen of Anaheim's Mighty Ducks might have a place in children's literature. Ever read Where the Wild Things Are?

Sept. 19, 1994

29 BILL RASMUSSEN

You know the old saying, unemployment is the mother of invention? Well, ESPN might never have come to our living rooms—all 8760 hours of ...

Oct. 17, 2011

AL DAVIS 1929--2011

The Raiders' patriarch did it his way for nearly five decades, running a renegade outfit that inspired loyalty and instilled fear, forever at war with ...

April 29, 2013

Pat Summerall 1930--2013

The iconic NFL star brought insight, understated dignity and a mellifluous voice to the booth

Oct. 25, 1999

Inside College Football

SEE YA, SOONERSMount Union broke Oklahoma's record with its 48th straight win For a team that likes to keep the ball in the air, Mount ...

Oct. 22, 2012

Alex Karras 1935—2012

Alex Karras was from the generation of NFL foot soldiers: faceless linemen, doomed to anonymity, in a game that hadn't quite captured the ...

April 16, 2007

Eddie Robinson 1919--2007

IT'S ALWAYS asurprise to find that our biggest agents of change are actually such examplesof constancy. Eddie Robinson, who died last week ...

Feb. 09, 2009

Ingemar Johansson 1932--2009

IN LATER YEARS, and in certain of the early ones, Ingemar Johansson ate with more hands than he punched with. But that right mitt, when ...

April 28, 2014

Rubin (Hurricane) Carter 1937--2014

HE WAS THE subject of an Oscar-nominated film, a Top 40 hit by Bob Dylan and, of course, his best-selling autobiography, the one with a ...