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Body 2017

EVERYBODY HAS A BODY, BUT NO BODY IS PERFECT. Think all great athletes are flawless? Javier Baez was born with crooked feet that needed braces—and now patrols the infield for the Cubs. Kirstie Ennis lost a leg in Afghanistan—then made herself into a multisport superstar. Guard Isaiah Thomas peaked at 5-foot-9—and last season scored more points than anyone his height in NBA history. Heck, softball player A.J. Andrews broke multiple bones in her hand—and still became the first woman to win a Gold Glove. Yes, everybody has a body—and as this, our ninth Body Issue, proves, every body tells a stor
NPR
4 min read

Batting With A Rock-Hard Ball, For The Love Of The (Cricket) Game

It was an all-American scene to be sure, but not your typical 4th weekend of July family sporting event. Between the catered boxes of chicken curry and the booming Punjabi music, the recent weekend tournament in West Haven, Connecticut had the feeling of a big Indian family reunion. The sport was cricket — and the vast majority of the families, easily 95 percent, were South Asian. To explain a little — and generalize a lot — Indians LOVE cricket. The game is "part and parcel of what India is all about," according to Dr. Prasad Srinivasan, an allergist and Connecticut State Representative who s
NPR
3 min read

Federer Seizes Record 8th Wimbledon Title, Beating Cilic In Straight Sets

With Roger Federer at the top of his game — and his opponent, Marin Cilic, hobbled by a foot injury — the Swiss superstar seized his record eighth Wimbledon singles title on Sunday, winning in straight sets yet again. For Federer, 35, the win breaks a tie he had held with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw. It also adds to his record for most Grand Slam singles championships, giving him 19. Federer's first win in Wimbledon came in 2003 — and after Sunday's victory, he said he'd like to come back next year. "The tournament I played — not dropping a set and holding the trophy — it's magical. It's
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Gut instinct vs. big data…

Does incorporating data analysis take away from the art of sports, or does it sweeten the taste of victory? This “Moneyball”-esque tale about the MLB Pirates puts in the hard work & examines the raw data to find out.