Very rarely does a person get the opportunity to write the final chapter to his or her own fairytale, but New York Yankees Hall of Fame shoo-in Mariano Rivera (recently featured in Sports Illustrated) is in the process of doing just that.
He’s without question Major League Baseball’s most prolific closer, and this month his career comes to a close—but on his own terms. More than 1,100 games played, more than 1,100 strikeouts, 657 career saves, and 5 World Series Championships are part of a resume that Cooperstown will welcome with open arms.
The end of the road comes for a figure in a recruiting scandal that refuses to die
When rookie free agent Albert Means was cut by the Houston Texans last month, it likely signaled the end of his unremarkable football career. Once the most promising high school defensive lineman in the country, he'll be remembered for being at the heart of a recruiting scandal that left one booster headed to prison, two schools on probation and several coaches' careers in disarray.
Battling the clock, wretched facilities and random violence, Iraq's new Olympic committee races to build a team for Athens
It was after midnight, and what lay ahead was a 14-hour ride across the desert of western Iraq. Still, the passengers on the decrepit bus were beaming. The Iraqi soccer team, fresh from a 4-0 victory over Oman in an Olympic qualifying round on March 3, was headed home to Baghdad.