The Best American Sports Writing 2014

Glenn Stout

Language: English

Pages: 415


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“Excellent . . . A no-brainer pickup for the sports collection.” — Booklist

“An affirmation of the strong state of American sportswriting.” — Kirkus Reviews

From more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, Christopher McDougall, best-selling author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, hand-selected the very best sports journalism of the past year.

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Terri, on hand to watch DJ play, was angrily confronted by her niece and slapped in the face. The aftermath, says the friend, “hurt Aaron bad and broke his heart. ” He might have held it together, or handled the fallout better, if Dennis had been around to see him through it. But in January 2006, Dennis checked himself in for a hernia repair at a local hospital. Something happened on the table, though, and he contracted an infection; two days later, he was dead. He was 49, in otherwise splendid health, and beloved by virtually everyone in town.

While his loved ones still thought he was dead, he sneaked away to meet with Michael Gomez in Gladwin—the circumstances remain murky. Gomez and his lawyer did not respond to multiple requests for comment. At the meeting, Gomez threatened to hurt Martinez and her kids, Rowan said. The walls were closing in. But Charlie Rowan, still presumed dead, had one last idea. An Opportunity to Strike On a cold March afternoon, Roxie Robinette served lunch to her husband, Richard. The bell rang next door in their store, Guns and Stuff: a new customer.

I don’t get anything for this. I know deep in my heart—Riggsy had taken a fall, but made it look good. He was a showman, and he pulled it off. ” But Lornie Kuhle angrily denied Shaw’s allegations during an interview at his home in Decatur, Illinois. “I’ve never heard anything so far-fetched,” he says. “It’s just complete bulls——. ” As for Shaw, he said, “I mean, that’s ridiculous—unless he’s got Alzheimer’s, and people do get that when they’re 79 years old. ” He added, “I never heard anything so far-fetched as this guy in Tampa.

Spelman’s president, Beverly Daniel Tatum, found the imbalance difficult to justify. She told me that early last year, while watching a Spelman basketball game, “it occurred to me that none of these women were going to play basketball after they graduated. By that I don’t mean play professionally—I mean even recreationally. I thought of all the black women I knew, and they did not tend to spend their recreational time playing basketball. So a little voice in my head said, Well, let’s flip it. ” That April, after getting approval from her board and faculty, she gathered Spelman’s athletes and coaches in an auditorium and announced that she was going to cancel intercollegiate sports after the spring of 2013, and begin spending that $1 million on a campuswide health and fitness program.

It don’t matter but imma hit you, said Hernandez at 9:39. If my phone dies imma hit u when I charge it. Tonight, though, wouldn’t be anything like Friday. All weekend, Hernandez had been stewing in his 7,000-square-foot mansion 45 minutes outside Boston in North Attleborough, not far from Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play, fixated on something that happened in the club two nights earlier. Per a close friend of Lloyd’s, they’d been getting buzzed in VIP when Lloyd saw two of his cousins downstairs.

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