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Steve Prefontaine’s Last Run

Forty years after the track icon’s death, his life continues to affect athletes everywhere — and his loss haunts those at home

Into Orbit

The Astros weren’t supposed to be this good this soon. Thanks to maturing talent, shrewd investments, and a fierce commitment to a controversial rebuilding process, however, they’re leading the AL West before the top-prospect cavalry even arrives.

The Pride of U2

A free album no one asked for. A massive tour millions will see. A legendary career. An army of haters. To be U2 is to be in contradiction with the culture, while trying to be the culture. Thirty-five years into its existence, what does the band mean now?

Permanent Ink

Sydney Leroux has followed a map to the stars — from Canada to the U.S., and now, on the eve of the Women’s World Cup, back again. Will the tatted and tenacious striker leave her mark on the big tournament?

The Quiet Man

Facing elimination in the Eastern Conference finals, the Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap remains stoic and determined, like he’s always been

May 18 - May 24, 2015

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30 for 30 Shorts: The Anti-Mascot

Our latest film, directed by Colin Hanks, tells the story of how a bad team and an even worse idea were an ugly combination in San Francisco

Poster Child

Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov never let early NBA notoriety define him, and the steady work ethic he’s displayed since arriving from Russia has LeBron James on the verge of another trip to the Finals

My Letterman Years

Mafia hit men out for revenge. Drew Barrymore stripteases. Beer-guzzling camels. Madonna high on ‘endo.’ It was all in a day’s work in his first job out of college. These are Daniel Kellison’s memories of working for David Letterman in the 1990s.

May 11 - May 17, 2015

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The Other Trout

Jeff Trout, Mike’s father, never made it to the majors. But he was a baseball star in his own right until injuries derailed his career, and if we better understand his excellence, we can better appreciate his status as the evolutionary link to a legend.

Gay Talese’s Address Book

A new short film chronicles the celebrated writer’s 50-year habit of never throwing away a phone number or the story that went with it

Jamie xx Is All Ears

The producer and DJ behind the xx has struck out on his own in search of the perfect beat

Blur Lines

From fruit-picking to pub-crawling to stadium-rocking, the members of Blur have been connected — in some form or another — for four decades. Now, they’re officially reformed, in more ways than one, and as great as they’ve ever been.

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