Sports : Opinion Brief
LeBron James, villified after abandoning his hard-luck Clevaland Cavaliers to join the glitzy Miami Heat, is finally an NBA champion.

How long will the Miami Heat's NBA reign last?

After winning the NBA championship, LeBron James' Heat are arguably favorites to repeat next year — and the year after that, and the year after that...

Sports : Opinion Brief
The Miami Heat lead the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-1 in the best-of-seven NBA finals, putting villified superstar LeBron James just one win from his first NBA title.

The NBA championship: Would a Miami Heat victory redeem LeBron James?

Basketball fans love to hate the three-time MVP, but an NBA finals victory could erase much of that ill will

Sports : Analysis
Roger Clemens pitches for the Boston Red Sox in 1990: With 300 wins and 4,000 strikeouts under his belt, Clemens remains one of baseball's greatest pitchers.

Does Roger Clemens deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?

The star pitcher is acquitted of charges that he lied about using steroids, but that may not be enough to absolve him in the eyes of Cooperstown voters

London Olympics : Opinion Brief
Runners compete at the 2000 Olympics: Screening for female gender was banned before the 2000 games for scientific and ethical reasons, but may soon be resurrected.

Is it unfair to ban female Olympians with too much testosterone?

Olympic officials are reportedly considering new "gender verification" guidelines that would bar women from competing if they are too masculine

London Olympics : Photos
London Olympics: 11 athletes to watch

London Olympics: 10 U.S. athletes to watch

One of the world's fastest men, the new face of U.S. swimming, and a little-known basketball player named LeBron James all hope to make a splash at this year's games

Extreme Sports : Analysis
Illuminated by huge production lights, Nik Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls on a two-inch-wide wire suspended 200 feet above the churning water.

The 'unbelievably insane' tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls

The scion of one of America's most famous acrobatic families, the Flying Wallendas, accomplishes a lifelong dream — and makes history

Sports : Instant Guide
Flaunting a curiously cool bespectacled style, Oklahoma City Thunder all-stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant speak to the press Thursday.

The NBA's geek-chic craze: What's with the nerdy glasses?

Post-game news conferences have turned into veritable fashion shows, and the hottest accoutrement are oversized, Urkel-esque specs

Sports : Burning Question
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong used testosterone and blood-doping products to boost his performance — allegations that the cyclist denies.

Will Lance Armstrong's legacy survive new doping charges?

Formal allegations from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency threaten to strip the Tour de France champ of his seven titles — as well as his reputation

London Olympics : The List
Olympic Games Opening Ceremony director Danny Boyle presents a model of his vision for the event, which resembles the British countryside, babbling brook and pagan hill included. 

The London Olympics opening ceremony: 7 crazy new details

Director Danny Boyle's plans for the massive spectacle include a mock British countryside, a cricket team, 12 horses, three goats, two cows, and Sir Paul McCartney

Penn State Scandal : Instant Guide
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the first day of his trial in Bellefonte, Pa., on June 11. Sandusky is expected to take the stand in his trial, which will likely last about three weeks.

The Jerry Sandusky trial's opening day: 6 revelations

The former Penn State football defensive coach is in court fighting charges that he sexually abused 10 boys. On the first day, one accuser detailed his story

Extreme Sports : Essay
Cheryl Strayed's treacherous 1,100-mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail is described in her new book Wild, which Oprah Winfrey has selected for her Oprah's Book Club 2.0.

Lost in the great alone: A hiker's quest on the Pacific Crest Trail

Bloodied, terrified, and exhausted, I was two days into a 1,100-mile hike, says Cheryl Strayed, and ready to quit

Extreme Sports : Opinion Brief
Laverne Everett, 80, is apparently one of the lucky ones: She survived a terrifying skydiving experience, while eight people have died during jumps with the Parachute Center in the last 10 years.

An 80-year-old woman's 'skydiving trip from hell'

A California grandmother treats herself to a parachute jump to celebrate a landmark birthday ... and gets more of a thrill than she bargained for

Extreme Sports : Opinion Brief
British stuntman Gary Connery plummets toward the ground at 80 miles an hour, wearing only a winged suit.

The man who skydived without a parachute

Watch British daredevil Gary Connery jump nearly half a mile from a helicopter, with only a winged suit to slow his 80-mile-per-hour free-fall

Extreme Sports : By the numbers
A group of climbers on Mount Everest's summit: Thousands of people have made it to the top of the world's tallest mountain, but hundreds have died trying.

The deadly odds of climbing Mount Everest: By the numbers

Four climbers were killed over the weekend, raising the towering peak's death toll to 225. And still, 200 more climbers are preparing to challenge Everest this weekend

Extreme Sports : Best Video
Garrett McNamara said the 78-foot wave only felt big toward the end when the white water poured down on him "like a ton of bricks."

The biggest wave ever surfed: The mind-blowing video

Surfer Garrett McNamara officially enters the Guinness Book of World Records for narrowly escaping a 78-foot-tall oceanic monstrosity

The NFL : Instant Guide
Junior Seau is inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 2011: The ex-linebacker is the fifth former NFL player to take his own life in recent years.

Junior Seau and the disturbing NFL suicide trend

The tragic death of the 43-year-old former linebacker reignites concerns over the link between head trauma and suicide. Can anything be done?

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