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Kim Yu-na

I wrote about Kim Yu-na and where an athlete can possibly go from perfection for The Atlantic.

February 22, 2014   No Comments

Michael Vick

When Michael Vick resurfaced with the Philadelphia Eagles after a 21-month prison sentence for his role in a dog-fighting ring, it was more than a football story; it was a cultural flashpoint that dominated the national conversation for months. Yet the quarterback went largely unnoticed this weekend in what looks to have been his last game with the Eagles, a curious scene I wrote about for The Atlantic.

January 6, 2014   No Comments

Manny Pacquiao rises again in Macau

Traveled to China to write about the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight at the Venetian Macao for The Guardian. Spent time with both Pacquiao and Rios during the buildup and covered the ugly pre-fight conflagration between the camps. The fight itself was surreal — the card started at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning to accommodate the American audience on Saturday in prime time — yet the outcome was just as expected.

November 24, 2013   No Comments

Saying goodbye to a complex Philly icon

Allen Iverson formally announced his retirement yesterday more than three years after his final NBA game and I wrote about it for The Guardian. Iverson was more than just a superstar athlete; he was a vital counter-cultural icon of the ’90s and ’00s, which I wrote about for The Atlantic.

October 31, 2013   No Comments

Lunch with Floyd Mayweather

Had lunch with the highest-earning athlete on the planet yesterday in Manhattan and wrote about it for The Guardian.

September 26, 2013   No Comments

Rafael Nadal as G.O.A.T.?

Rafael Nadal conquered Novak Djokovic for the U.S. Open title and I wrote about it for The Atlantic.

September 10, 2013   No Comments

The Glastonbury experience

More than 170,000 people descended on a dairy farm in rural England last week for the Glastonbury Music Festival. I was there and wrote about it for Esquire.

July 2, 2013   No Comments

Fight night in Buenos Aires

I traveled to the Argentine capital for the homecoming of Sergio Martinez, the middleweight champion who hadn’t fought on home soil in more than decade. The fight, reportedly made possible by a $5 million guarantee from the government, took place at the Estadio José Amalfitani, the 50,000-seat home of Vélez Sársfield football club. I had a chance to spend time in Martinez’s penthouse suite two nights before the fight, which had commanded the attention of the city of three million, then covered the bout itself, which took place amid a violent thunderstorm.

I also wrote a feature for Boxing News magazine in the U.K., the iPad edition of which appears below.

April 30, 2013   No Comments

WrestleMania comes home

I collaborated with the photographer Lauren Caulk for this multimedia piece on WrestleMania’s return to the New York area. It was my first time attending pro wrestling’s showcase event and the atmosphere, captured brilliantly with Lauren’s images, surpassed even my wildest expectations.

April 9, 2013   No Comments

My interview with Gucci Mane

It took me a long time to corner Gucci Mane for an interview, but I finally caught up with the elusive, enigmatic Atlanta trap rapper and it was worth the chase. The Spring Breakers star talked about working with Harmony Korine, his unlikely friendship with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, his thoughts as a Falcons fan on the Michael Vick saga and why he thinks college athletes shouldn’t be paid.

March 22, 2013   No Comments