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For Self or For Country

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

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

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

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

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.

A Dummy’s Guide to PEDs

A Dummy’s Guide to PEDs

Here’s a quick (and dirty) cheat sheet for navigating tomorrow’s headlines. And please, don’t try these at home.

Punchline

Punchline

John Odom didn’t ask to be traded for 10 maple bats. But that didn’t stop us from laughing at him all the same.

You Have No Idea

You Have No Idea

As an Indianapolis Colt, Marvin Harrison shattered records on the playing field. But all it took was one gun-fueled incident in a North Philly to shatter the veil of secrecy he kept around himself. Co-writer Peter Keating helped look into the 2008 incident that continues to follow Harrison to this day.