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The Knock Down

Over the 13 months leading up to the 2004 summer games, the U.S. had dispatched Puerto Rico five separate times. Julio Toro, then the head coach of the affectionately nicknamed ‘magnificent twelve’ christened the American squad ‘the colossal from the north.’ It had been 12 years since the Dream Team...
Last September, the ‘Silverbacks’ of Uganda etched out regionally dominant Rwanda, as well as Kenya and Somalia, to finish second to Egypt in the Zone 5 FIBA regional qualifier for this year’s Afrobasket. On Wednesday, the East African nation will make their first ever appearance at Afrobasket. Anchored by players like Henry Malinga and John...
Three thousand eight hundred and fifty-one miles from the distorted reality of the TD Garden, Dimitry Coronel is in the crevasse of the basketball universe. At just 23, Coronel has already become a hardwood vagabond, forgotten in the same treasure trove as Starbury, the Continental Basketball Association and the Grouses of Toyama. Today, he sits in a Senegalese hotel...
According to a 2006 Harvard University study, the odds of an American dying in a commercial plane crash are 1 in 11 million. Meaning, Joe the Plumber is more likely to succumb to food poisoning (1 in 3 million) after putting down a McRib; incinerate because of rogue fireworks (1 in 650,000) at a Fourth of July...
In middle school, the perfect “mental health day” (see: the official playbook for Jewish mothers) started with a bowl of chickarina soup, saltines on the side and reruns of The White Shadow on ESPN Classic — Ken Howard, with his rutty-faced New York-Irish good looks playing a retired Chicago Bull now coaching high...

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