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Conn writes features for The Ringer. He is the author of ‘The Road From Raqqa,’ runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and is currently working on a book about masculinity in America.

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Walker Zimmerman Made Himself Into a USMNT Mainstay

A little over a year ago, Zimmerman fielded a phone call from Gregg Berhalter explaining why he wasn’t invited to USMNT camp. Now he’s one of the most important players on Berhalter’s World Cup roster.

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JaVale McGee Is Getting the Last Laugh

Once an NBA punch line, McGee has become the role player every title contender needs

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“Do You Want to Get Closer to God?”: The Rise of Auburn Men’s Basketball

Under Bruce Pearl, the Tigers have gone from a sleeping giant to a no. 2 seed in this season’s NCAA tournament. Here’s how.

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How Atlanta’s Tyler Matzek Conquered the Yips to Become a World Series Champion

At the heart of Atlanta’s unlikely 2021 title run is an even more improbable story: the indispensable pitching of a reliever who years prior had lost the ability to throw and fallen completely out of the game

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Chris Paul Game 4 Theories, Plus Anthony Slater on the Finals and Warriors Trade Ideas

Jordan Ritter Conn also joins the show to discuss his excellent new narrative podcast, ‘What If? The Len Bias Story’

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“It Haunts All of Us”

In this excerpt from "It Just Feels Like Loss," the finale of The Ringer’s narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ those who watched Bias play reflect on his memory

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“I Was Scared Shitless”

In this excerpt from "Who Can You Trust?," the sixth episode of The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ Bias’s childhood friend Derrick Curry reflects on the unjust drug policies passed in the wake of Bias’s death

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“I Loved Leonard Bias Like He Was My Son” 

In this excerpt from "Someone Had to Pay," the fifth episode of The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ legendary Maryland coach Lefty Driesell discusses the charge he faced in the wake of Bias’s death

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“Just Poison”

In this excerpt from "They Weren’t Grown Men," the fourth episode of The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ investigators shift their attention to the cocaine that killed Len Bias

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“Let Me Take a Hit”: Spencer Haywood and Cocaine in the NBA 

In this excerpt from Episode 3 of ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ Hall of Famer Haywood recalls freebasing cocaine for the first time after moving to Los Angeles