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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 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 crashes and the gunshots and one man's fateful choice

Jan 16, 2012

Did This Man Really Cut MICHAEL JORDAN?

For years the NBA Hall of Famer has claimed that his high school coach underestimated his talent as a sophomore. Clifton (Pop) Herring, whose life has been a struggle since then, tells a different story

Mar 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

Nov 19, 2012

COLLIN KLEIN FIRST KISSED HIS WIFE AT THE ALTAR. COLLIN KLEIN IS ALSO ONE BAD DUDE

27 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BEST PLAYER ON THE NEW BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY

Jul 21, 2014

BRAVES

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 car crash, a bone-shaking tackle, a near-perfect season, a reluctant substitute and a search for the will to carry on

Mar 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 web of chance meetings, false starts and a terrible crime

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?

May 13, 2013

DRINKING AND DRIVING AND DYING

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DON'T CAUSE MORE DUI FATALITIES THAN OTHER AMERICANS—THEY JUST MAKE MORE HEADLINES. BUT WITH SO MANY HIGH-PROFILE TRAGEDIES IN RECENT YEARS, WHY DID JOSH BRENT AND JERRY BROWN NOT LEARN FROM THEM?

Apr 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 launched a massive investigation that included multiple interviews with two other Broncos who were at the same club that night. But years would pass before the full story came to light

Jan 14, 2013

Hello. My Name Is Thomas, and I'm a Falcons Addict

Over more than two decades, the author has learned some of life's bitterest lessons as a hopelessly devoted fan of luckless Atlanta. But this year? This year is different.

Nov 24, 2014

THE OTHER SIDE OF A MIRACLE

The 2013 Iron Bowl was highly anticipated in Alabama. But for some, the Kick-Six proved more tragic than magic

Sep 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 thrived—thanks to the unwavering love of his grandmother

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 promotions, young men chasing big league dreams. What they got instead was one of the most incredible games in hardball history

Jun 29, 2009

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

THE STORY OF AN ATHLETE'S SINGULAR GESTURE CONTINUES TO INSPIRE. CAREFUL, THOUGH, IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY