Farewell Mr. Smith

Gary Smith, the great Sports Illustrated writer, announced his retirement this week. SL Price wrote a nice tribute to the man. Smith’s tenure at Sports Illustrated spanned 30 years during which he received numerous accolades. Known for his probing human-interest stories, Smith’s M.O. was his ability to relate to complex subjects. One of my favorites: Damned Yankee (1997) – the story of John Malangone, the would-be successor to Yogi Berra whose baseball career was derailed by the remorse he felt after accidentally killing his uncle as a young boy. Smith’s writing will be missed.

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The legal standing behind the NBA’s ousting of Donald Sterling – The Wall Street Journal

> Cap Speaks

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar takes down the Donald Sterling fiasco – Time

> Warrior Walk-Off

The Golden St. Warriors planned a game-time boycott had the NBA not acted swiftly – San Jose Mercury News

Pinch Pitchers

The history of position players pitching in Major League gamesSports on Earth

In Technicolor

How TV makers use sporting events to sell big screens – Quartz

Can’t Catch, Dribble or Shoot

The player no one wants to pass to in the NBA – Regressing.Deadspin

Life Aquatic

What it’s like to live underwater – Gear Patrol