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It’s Time to Tell Your Kids It Doesn’t Matter Where They Go To College

When my daughter Jora was in high school, she went to a talk I gave on the adolescent brain, during which I pointed out that high school grades don’t …

All the Things You're Doing Wrong When You Travel, According to Anthony Bourdain

The globe-trotting TV host shares his advice for all types of budgets.<p>Anthony Bourdain thinks traveling to Paris just to stand atop the Eiffel Tower …

'I have daily struggles': Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles reflective after victory

Not even a Super Bowl MVP award could make Nick Foles’s head swell. Barely 12 hours after firing the Philadelphia Eagles to a sensational 41-33 victory over New England – in which he threw for three touchdowns and caught another – he stood on a podium and told reporters that this noted individual …

NFL

The Fall of Rysheed Jordan: How the Streets of Philly Swallowed an NBA Prospect

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center sits on a strip of forgotten land between Interstate 95 and the Delaware River, 11 miles northeast of Philadelphia's downtown. It's a tucked-away part of America's seventh-largest metropolis, home to a sprawling campus of five city …

Basketball

Stone Cold Steve Austin's Best, Worst and Most Outrageous Moments in WWE Career

The name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin carries with it fond memories of chaos, destruction, scathing anti-authority promos and acts of insubordination the common man could only dream of.<p>It also inspires vivid imagery of epic encounters featuring the greatest wrestlers of all time and an Attitude Era …

Vince McMahon

The world without Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi might not be medicine, but he can feel like it. Watching Messi with a ball at his feet is a testament to the rest of our possibilities. …

The Making of Kawhi Leonard, the Silent Superstar

<b>Kawhi Leonard</b> made a joke once.<p>The San Antonio Spurs’ do-everything virtuoso forward reluctantly held court before a media throng at February’s All-Star Weekend. A reporter asked what he looked forward to most while in New Orleans. “Mardi Gras, of course,” he responded with a hearty guffaw. He …

Basketball

Why the NBA will never see another legend quite like Dirk Nowitzki

The 38-year-old Dallas Mavericks legend became the first international player to breach the 30,000 point barrier.<p>Thirty thousand points. The holy …

Eternal Darkness of the Warrior Prince: The Troubled Life of Pele's Son Edinho

On the afternoon of New Year's Day, a riot broke out in the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary in Manaus, Brazil. Beheaded bodies began to be thrown over the boundary wall, and by the time police restored control at 7 the following morning, 56 lay butchered.<p>Last October, in the Boa Vista prison in the …

Brazil

I Cried When I Told My Daughters Donald Trump Will Be President

On Nov. 9, 2016, I woke up three minutes before my alarm went off at 6:22 a.m. I went into my bathroom and I sat there for 20 minutes, my stomach …

John Saunders showed how good he was by not telling anyone about it

If I have figured one thing out during all the years I have worked in journalism, it is that those who are the best at what they do rarely need to be told — or tell others — just how good they are.<p>They just know.<p>John Saunders, who died suddenly and shockingly Wednesday at age 61, was one of those …

Rose Bowl

Aaron Hernandez's Brother Opens Up About Visiting Him in Jail

<b>Aaron Hernandez</b>'s brother is spilling the beans about visiting the ex-NFL star in prison.<p><b>DJ Hernandez</b> opened up to <i>Sports Illustrated's</i> <b>Michael Rosenberg</b> about what it's been like to be related to a convicted murderer and having to visit his brother in jail. The former NFL star was found guilty of …

Crime

Non-Nike logos are absent in Team USA photo

It has become a tradition. When USA Basketball team photos are taken, the feet of the players who aren't wearing shoes with Nike swooshes are …

Spain's golden generation ended against Italy

Recognizing the demise of one of the finest international sides ever to grace the game.<p>They've got another couple of weeks to muck about with the trophy, but as of Monday evening it became official. When Euro 2016 ends, Spain, for the first time since 2008, will not be in possession of a major …

Soccer

Farewell Dani Alves - Messi's chief assistant and the best full-back in Barcelona's history

The Brazilian completed a move to Juventus after eight trophy-laden seasons at Camp Nou in which he has established himself as the finest full-back the club has ever seen<p><b>COMMENT</b><p>Sometimes you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Many Barcelona fans love to criticise Dani Alves for lapses in …

Soccer

Chicharito has been loved, hated and loved again

<i>This story will also be posted in Spanish. It originally appeared in ESPN The Magazine's June 6 World Football Issue. Subscribe today!</i><p><b>HE'S THE FIRST</b> …

Soccer

Leicester City astonishing season in photos

Leicester City and the greatest underdog story ever told: a primer for Americans

On Sunday morning, at about 11am eastern time, a unglamorous team from the unglamorous East Midlands, which has never won the title in its 132-year history, could find itself in a place it’s never been before. If Leicester City beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Foxes, as they’re known, …

Soccer

Kobe Bryant has had a lasting bond with L.A., and now he reaches his final game

Twenty years, gone in the flash of a fadeaway swish.<p>Twenty years, crushed by a clenched fist, chewed by gritted teeth, disappeared beneath a solitary gloating march neither fueled by love nor slowed by hate.<p>He showed up on this city's doorstep in the summer of 1996 as a teenage Laker with an adult …

Basketball

Kobe Bryant ends his career Wednesday on a mellow note

The goodbye tour finally says farewell.<p>Kobe Bryantwill walk off the court one last time Wednesday, capping a 20-year career that included sevenNBA Finalstrips and five championships.<p>He used to be driven to catch<p>Michael Jordanat six titles. It consumed him, bothered him, forced him to the local …

Napa Valley

Beneath the Gruff Exterior, Gregg Popovich Is Just a Big Teddy Bear

MIAMI — Gregg Popovich isn't an NBA bully—he just often appears as such on TV.<p>The longtime San Antonio Spurs coach and Air Force Academy grad can be uncomfortably direct, brutally honest and comically terse during interviews. But just beneath the gruff exterior is a kind-hearted individual who has …

Basketball

Inside Eric Weddle's Free-Agency Chess Match

<i>Eric Weddle became an unrestricted free agent last week after nine years as a member of the Chargers. On Monday, he signed with the Ravens. Weddle granted Bleacher Report exclusive access to his free-agent experience.</i><p>The day after the 2015 season ended, the Chargers held their final team meeting. …

La Jolla

Kawhi Leonard Drives 1997 Chevy Tahoe from HS, Freaks If He Loses Wings Coupons

Kawhi Leonard is a simple man.<p>The 24-year-old is a superstar on the court—but not off it. He's not flashy. He's a true San Antonio Spur.<p>On Tuesday, <i>Sports Illustrated</i> published a story about the All-Star written by Lee Jenkins. Though Leonard isn't too talkative, Jenkins uncovered some peculiar …

Kawhi Leonard

Amari Cooper Credits Sleep As Crucial Factor To Stellar Rookie Season

"I take pride in my sleep," Cooper tells HuffPost.<p>A lot was expected out of Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper this season. A unanimous All-American during his junior year at Alabama (he compares the "strict" Nick Saban program to the NFL) Cooper won the Biletnikoff Award, given …

Sleep

Inside the Elite Mexican Marine Corps That Recaptured 'El Chapo'

In the darkness before dawn this morning, the Mexican marines stormed into the house in northwestern Mexican city of Los Mochis, confronting drug …

Will Smith: Movie 'Concussion' touches raw nerve for NFL

<b>(CNN) —</b> By now, even the most casual NFL fans are aware that head injuries are a serious cause for concern in the sport. But this Christmas the Hollywood blockbuster "Concussion" is set to spread that message to the masses.<p>"I probably won't be getting my free Super Bowl tickets this year," said …

Kinesiology

Watch Abby Wambach's New Tearjerker Commercial

After leading the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to a World Cup championship earlier this year, Abby Wambach is set to play her final game on …

The Dying Dream of Ronaldinho: Brazil's Childlike Genius Who Never Grew Up

In July, a crowd of 41,764 made it to Rio's Maracana Stadium for a league match between Fluminense and Vasco da Gama.<p>A large part of the draw, of course, was the fact that this was a local derby with league points at stake, but there was an extra reason for the Fluminense supporters to turn up. …

Soccer

Caron Butler: Arenas-Crittenton locker room gun incident like 'Old West'

While in the Washington Wizards locker room before a practice in December 2009, Javaris Crittenton pointed a loaded gun at teammate Gilbert Arenas, …

Lionel Messi's Continued Heartbreak with Argentina Should Not Alter His Legacy

For Lionel Messi, undoubtedly the biggest disappointment of his career to date produced one of the iconic sporting images of recent times.<p>In the aftermath of last year's World Cup final, one photographer captured Messi, isolated even amid the crowd, casting a wistful glance at the World Cup trophy, …

Soccer