Steve Prefontaine died 40 years ago. The tenacious track star was crushed by the weight of his own car after a mysterious late night accident. A multi-time national champion at the University of Oregon and Nike’s first-ever sponsored athlete, “Pre” was the face of amateur athlete rights – key legislation was passed because of his advocacy. Mary Pilon reports beautifully for Grantland on Pre’s legacy and controversial death.

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Inside Looking Out

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RIP Jerry Dior

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Choose Your Battles

Warriors coach Steve Kerr chose the right place at the right timeCBS Sports

Doin’ Time

Rafael Nadal’s $775,000 watchThe Wall Street Journal

Cover shot: Indy Car – USA Today Sports Images