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When Michael T. Joyce of Los Angeles serves, when he tosses the ball and his face rises to track it, it looks like he’s smiling, but he’s not really smiling -- his face’s circumoral muscles are straining with the rest of his body to reach the ball at the top of the toss’s rise. He wants to hit it fully extended and slightly out in front of him -- he wants to be able to hit emphatically down on the ball, to generate enough pace to avoid an ambitious return from his opponent

Shortly after ten-thirty in the morning on Wednesday, March 19th, a real-estate agent named Paul Alarab began hiking across the Golden Gate Bridge. Midway along the walkway, which carries pedestrians and cyclists between San Francisco and Marin County, he stopped and climbed the four-foot safety railing

Early hours of New Year’s Day, police responded to a call from the girlfriend of Denver Broncos defensive back Willie Middlebrooks. She told them that she and Middlebrooks had fought earlier that night, and he was still angry when he came home. According to the police report, he grabbed her by the hair and then tried to choke her twice, once so forcefully that he lifted her off the floor. She was treated for injuries at a local hospital; he would later plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge

So why is it so hard to figure out whether an NFL head coach is good? You can figure it out pretty quickly on the extremes — Bill Belichick is good, every Bill Belichick assistant1 is pretty bad — but our opinion on most other head coaches seems to oscillate wildly from month to month and year to year, much further than they ever do about most players at any position. Our attitudes toward coaches have a

The Bag Man excuses himself to make a call outside, on his "other phone," to arrange delivery of $500 in cash to a visiting recruit. The player is rated No. 1 at his position nationally and on his way into town. We're sitting in a popular restaurant near campus almost a week before National Signing Day, talking about how to arrange cash payments for amateur athletes.

That’s part of what made last night so fun — knowing that a month ago, not a soul in America knew Larry Donnell’s name, and now he’s the best receiver on one of the most visible football teams we have.

The Tallahassee medical examiner unzipped the body bag. Here was an 18-year-old, muscular, black male with white sneakers and gray boxers and gold Florida State shorts. Here was an 18-year-old, muscular, black male with white sneakers and gray boxers and gold Florida State shorts and a tube up his nose and a tube down his throat and IV needles in his arm and his neck and automated external defibrillator pads still stuck to his chest. Here, cinched to his left wrist, was an emergency room bracelet. Here, on his left upper arm, was his only tattoo, a cross and three words: THE BLESSED ONE.

The thick-armed man moves quickly, establishing a perimeter and securing the entryway. This is his seventh year on Kobe Bryant’s overseas security team, and he knows how quickly things can go sideways, especially in China. Once, four years ago in Shandong Province, a guy slept overnight on the roof of a gym, curled in the darkness, and then, when Kobe approached, leaped from a low overhang, yelling, “Kohhhh-beeee!”

On AT&T Stadium's revolving stage ablaze in blue light, country music legend George Strait is crooning the encore of his final concert. Up in the darkened owner's suite, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is dancing with Kate Bosworth, a 31-year-old blond actress and model.

He was angry because the brothers play beep baseball, an adaptive sport for the blind and visually impaired, and in this modified version of the game, the pitcher and hitter are on the same team. Kevin wants Wayne to make contact. Wayne, a compact fifty-year-old with a wraparound mustache, has been blind since the second grade. That’s when the disease retinitis pigmentosa progressed into a full-fledged impairment. 

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