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Thomas Lake

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July 21, 2014

BRAVES

WE LIVE 100 yards from the railroad tracks, and we hear the noise day and night: the blasting horns, the clattering boxcars, the MARTA trains ...

Feb. 06, 2012

UNDER SIEGE

IN CRIME-RIDDEN VENEZUELA, EVERY CELEBRITY IS A POTENTIAL TARGET AND BASEBALL STARS HAVE BECOME AN INVITING ...

Aug. 30, 2010

FIVE-YEAR-OLD SLUGGER

THE VIDEO OF HIS BATTING-CAGE EXPLOITS HAS TURNED HIM INTO AN INTERNET CURIOSITY AND A MEDIA STAR. HOW CAN A KID ...

Dec. 08, 2008

2 on 5

One night in 1992, in a small town in Alabama, the North Jackson Chiefs won a game against seemingly insurmountable odds. Then came the ...

Feb. 24, 2014

SHOCKERS AND AWE

TONIGHT THE NATIVES wear blue paint and blue rubber gloves and they worship a blue fox named Sycamore Sam and they shower the ...

May 19, 2014

THE COMEBACK KIDS

On a breezy evening in the heartland, 558 people pa id for what they thought would be some typical Class A baseball: O.K. music, quirky ...

March 04, 2013

Once More, With Meaning

LAST YEAR BRAXTON MILLER HAD THE BEST SEASON NO ONE PAID ATTENTION TO. WITH HIS BUCKEYES BOWL ELIGIBLE AGAIN, OHIO STATE'S HEISMAN HOPEFUL QB IS LEANING ON HOME AND HARD WORK AS HE PREPS FOR ANOTHER RUN AT PERFECTION. LESS THAN 280 DAYS UNTIL MICHIGAN

March 16, 2009

THE SHOT THAT SAVED LIVES

One year ago Mykal Riley sank a three that kept fans out of the path of a tornado. But Riley would never have been there if not for an intricate ...

April 11, 2011

BAD NIGHTS IN THE NFL

Early on Jan. 1, 2007, Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot to death after a New Year's Eve party at a Denver nightclub. The police ...

Sept. 17, 2012

The Boy They Couldn't Kill

Thirteen years ago, NFL receiver Rae Carruth conspired to kill his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn son. The child has not only survived but ...

Feb. 20, 2012

THE LEGACY OF WES LEONARD

You may have heard about the Michigan high schooler who made a game- winning basket and then died. Here's the rest of the story: a violent ...

June 29, 2009

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

The gift moved bywire and satellite, leaving a saltwater trail. It came from a field on the edgeof the Cascade Mountains and traveled around the ...

July 26, 2010

Thumbing His Way Back Home

Retirement is calling, and Bobby Cox has the Braves in first place (again). How has he managed to win so many games? Maybe by getting ...

May 13, 2013

DRINKING AND DRIVING AND DYING

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DON'T CAUSE MORE DUI FATALITIES THAN OTHER AMERICANS—THEY JUST MAKE MORE HEADLINES.

Dec. 23, 2013

The Five Lives of Jonny Gomes

THE HOME RUN THE RED SOX OUTFIELDER HIT IN GAME 4 OF THE FALL CLASSIC WAS THE TURNING POINT OF THE SERIES. IT WAS THE PERFECT CODA, TOO, TO A CAREER JOURNEYMAN'S SURVIVAL STORY, WHICH RUNS FAR DEEPER THAN FIVE TEAMS IN 11 SEASONS

Dec. 06, 2010

The Boy Who Died of Football

Three days after he collapsed from heatstroke at practice in 2008, 15-year-old Max Gilpin became one of at least 665 boys since 1931 to die as ...

Nov. 24, 2014

THE OTHER SIDE OF A MIRACLE

YOU GET 29,000 mornings, if your life is the average length, and some of those mornings follow sleepless nights, and sometimes your head ...

Jan. 23, 2012

Strange Turn in a Sad Story

After MJ's high school coach lands in jail, one wonders: Where will this tale end?