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Magazine Features

Shaun’s work has appeared in such places as Glamour, Maxim, the New York Times, Esquire and The Village Voice. He is also a founding writer with ESPN Magazine. A select archive is curated here.

Return Game

Wonder why the tennis world hates Maria Sharapova so much? Read my behind-the-scenes look into her comeback from a drug suspension, and why what worked on the court backfired in the court of public opinion.

Skin in the Game

Counter-Strike has spawned a wild multibillion-dollar world of online casino gambling; it’s barely regulated and open to any kid who wants in.

Broken Route

A former Texas A&M standout committed an unthinkable crime. How did so many people miss the warning signs?

The FBI vs FIFA

The exclusive account of how a small band of federal agents and an outsized corrupt official brought down the sports world’s biggest governing body.

The Shadow Life of Jim Irsay

This look into the secret life of Indianapolis Colts owner James Irsay was named a best sports story of the year by USA Today.

For Self or For Country

Li Na and Peng Shuai have launched a tennis craze in China. But by challenging the communist sports machine, they’ve also forced the next generation to choose sides.

Portrait of a Point Shaver

To Brandon Johnson, it seemed harmless enough: a quick way to make some money, help out a friend, and quietly stick it to the university he’d come to loathe. Then the FBI rolled up to the Houston town house in full arrest mode.

Up in Smoke

An eight month investigation into Auburn’s 2010-11 national championship team reveals how the use of the synthetic marijuana among its star players caused one of the fastest downfalls in college football.

Sammy Wanjiru

I travel to Kenya’s Rift Valley to unravel the mysterious death of the country’s star marathoner, and come away with more sure than ever that he was murdered.

Cheating is So 1999

In the largest genetic study ever undertaken among U.S. pro athletes, I asked 100 current and former NFL athletes to give me their DNA. The result: A revealing look at the way genetic testing is about to transform training.