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It’s a Friday morning in early April, and Mark Cuban is limping through the underbelly of American Airlines Center in Dallas. He’s sore for two reasons: His surgically replaced...(full article)

Two weeks from now, our nation's preeminent collegiate football talents will gather in downtown Chicago and participate in an event that has become nothing more than a relic of a s...(full article)

A New Yorker artist, the editors of Esquire and Time, a novelist and playwright, and the founding editor of ESPN the Magazine walk into a bar -- no, make that a French restaurant. ...(full article)

Britt McHenry’s one-week suspension is an embarrassing slap on the wrist from a network that has been doling out recent suspensions like it’s Roger Goodell on a power trip....(full article)

Nothing is certain, the saying goes, except death and taxes, though for professional athletes it's more like death, taxes — and more taxes. The rest of us mostly file state in...(full article)

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