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Schools and Libraries Giving Comic Books the Boot

My 12-page feature for <i>Print’s</i> February issue examines how and why comic books and graphic novels have been suppressed in the United States. The story …

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Countdown: Top 10 Things That Made “Superior Spider-Man” a Superior Comic Book

When it was announced that “Amazing Spider-Man” was coming to an end and that Doc Ock would be taking over Peter Parker’s mind to become the …

Will Preacher be the ultimate comic book TV adaptation?

The much revered road trip western is violent, often hilarious – and has been greenlit for the screen by cable channel AMC<p>Preacher is a cherished 1990s comic book story set in motion by an affair between a demon and an angel. So perhaps it is appropriate that attempts to transfer it to the screen …

10 Best Comic Books to Buy Your Valentine

For that super special someone in your life.<p><i>Note: This list originally ran February 12, 2014. If you already haven't, give it a read, then check out</i> …

Is Derek Jeter the Last of New York Yankees' Homegrown Immortals?

For the New York Yankees, the lineage of legends is a very long and linked line, one that extends from, among others, Babe Ruth to Lou Gehrig to Joe DiMaggio to Yogi Berra to Mickey Mantle to Thurman Munson to Don Mattingly.<p>And now the latest link, Derek Jeter, is leaving.<p>The longtime Yankees …

New York Yankees

Derek Jeter's Monotonous Greatness

As a kid, it was easy to root for the improbably perfect rookie. But as Jeter's mythical status faded, I learned to see Derek for Derek.<p>Derek Jeter is my favorite baseball player in the whole world—a distinction he has held for two decades, for straightforward reasons. Sports fandom everywhere is a …

Derek Jeter Will Retire As The MVP Of His Generation

A Yankee era is ending with a thud. Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte are both retired. And now Derek Jeter says he’s next. Having signed a $12 million deal for the 2014 season, during which he’ll turn 40 years old, he’s calling it a career.<p>The $12 million might be a bargain for a Yankee …

Farewell, Derek Jeter -- You Taught Me Not to Shoot the Messenger

Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the upcoming baseball season. Having spent my '90s childhood as a crazy Baltimore Orioles fan, my feelings on the subject are... complex.<p>Look, I hated the Yankees as a kid (still do) -- and I don't mean just the <i>Damn Yankees!</i> idea of …

Baseball

A Red Sox Fan Ranks Derek Jeter in the Annals of Recently Retired One-Team Athletes

He's at the top, even if you spent two decades hating him.<p><b>Derek Jeter announced his retirement</b> yesterday, posting on Facebook that he plans to retire from baseball after the 2014 season. It was easy to see coming -- Jeter's struggled with nagging injuries to his ankle, quadriceps and calf in the …

Boston Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez Is Yankees' Perfect Heir to Derek Jeter's Shortstop Throne

When the dust settles on Derek Jeter's farewell season, the Yankees will be forced to face a question that's been dormant for nearly two decades in New York: Who is going to play shortstop next?<p>For most teams, this is a yearly or frequent exercise. Unless a stud emerges from the farm system, …

Los Angeles Dodgers

With Jeter's retirement, Yankees will say goodbye to 'Core Four' era

After 2014, the Yankees will be without Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte or Jorge Posada for the first time since 1994.<p><b>MORE:</b> Jeter to …

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Where Derek Jeter Ranks Among the Best Players of His Generation

A year after Mariano Rivera called it a career for the New York Yankees, another legend is set to hang it up, as shortstop Derek Jeter announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the 2014 MLB season.<p>The 39-year-old announced the news on Facebook, and he will likely enjoy a similar …

Baseball

Derek Jeter helped baseball through scandal and self-destruction

Yankees captain Derek Jeter is retiring after the 2014 season. His importance to the game goes beyond the numbers.<p><b>MORE: Jeter to retire after 2014 |</b> …

Twitter Reacts to Derek Jeter's Announcement He Will Retire After 2014 Season

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter took to Facebook on Wednesday to announce that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2014 MLB season.<p>In a long letter posted on his Facebook page, the 39-year-old shortstop, who played just 17 games in 2013 and has battled nagging injuries in recent seasons, …

Baseball

Derek Jeter's Dating History Gets Turned into a Baseball Diamond

Derek Jeter has done a remarkable job of keeping his private life out of the spotlight, but that hasn't kept the world from uncovering some of his old flames.<p>The Captain has been in so many star-studded relationships that ESPN's <i>SportsNation</i> was able to populate each spot on the baseball field with …

Baseball

Derek Jeter Will Be Remembered as Once-in-a-Lifetime MLB Icon

In the sports world, hyperbole is commonplace. This, however, is more of a fact than an opinion: There will never be another Derek Jeter.<p>Scoff if you choose, but the announcement of Jeter's impending retirement doesn't change the narrative of his career; it simply illuminates a player that will be …

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Derek Jeter Announces On Facebook That He's Retiring After The Yankees' 2014 Season

The farewell tour for New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will apparently begin on April 1. In a lengthy message posted to his official Facebook fan page on Wednesday, the 39-year-old announced that he will retire after the 2014 season.<p>"And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my …

Report: Sting Wants to Face the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX

It seems that die-hard Sting fans might not be the only ones eager to see The Undertaker vs. Sting at WrestleMania XXX.<p>Per a recent report, the former WCW champion himself has also been pushing hard it for it, although whether WWE management will acquiesce to his request is another matter …

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Spring training 2014: Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes highlight AL East NRIs

The AL East's group of non-roster invites includes a few veterans who are looking for another big league shot and a couple of prospects who are hoping to impress in major league camp.<p>Each AL East squad has announced their non-roster spring training invitees for the upcoming season. Per usual, these …

As always, Derek does it just right

Suddenly Derek Jeter is going, going, just about gone. A man of few words said goodbye in a 15-paragraph Facebook post, a poignant love letter to the …

CC finds weight loss frets 'hilarious'

TAMPA, Fla. -- CC Sabathia has the following message for anyone who is concerned about his weight loss: Don't worry, be happy.<p>Over the past few days, …

Cesar Gracie: Melendez won't be 'punked' by Dana

The MMA world has been figuratively (not literally) turned upside down by news that Gilbert Melendez, regarded as one of the top 3 lightweights in …

To Strive, To Seek, To Find: The End Of A Baseball Era

The step is not as quick. The swing is not as crisp or as powerful. In the career of every great athlete, there comes a moment of profound reckoning: Should you continue when your skills have clearly diminished? If you can't be the absolute best anymore, should you settle for just being really, …