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What Do Cities Lose When They Lose Pro Sports?

In negotiations between the Oakland Athletics and city officials over the future of the A’s in Oakland, more is on the line than just baseball

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How Has March Madness Changed the 2022 NBA Draft Big Board?

Which players are rising and falling thanks to their performances this month? We break it all down.

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Presenting The Ringer’s WWE Power Board

‘WrestleMania’ is here. So is our ranking of WWE superstars based on a new formula: Power of the Push. How do the biggest names stack up?

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If This Record Doesn’t Kill PUP, Nothing Will

The Toronto rockers are back this week with ‘The Unraveling of PUPTHEBAND,’ an album that can only be described as the most PUP experience possible. For fans of the quartet, that’s a great thing.

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Kevin Durant Is Learning to Let Go

Whether it’s Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status, the James Harden trade, or the other James Harden trade, Durant’s Nets tenure has been full of disruptions. Yet, as he enters his mid-30s, KD is more Zen than ever.

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The Hidden and Eternal Spirit of the Great Dismal Swamp

For nearly all of its modern existence, the Great Dismal Swamp has been excluded from U.S. history. Now there’s a push to bring its significance to light—and it’s revealing what really goes into remembering the truths of our ancestors.

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Breaking Down Every Team’s Needs Entering the NFL Draft

The league landscape has completely changed after some blockbuster trades and a whirlwind free agency period. What will that mean for the way teams approach the draft?

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The More Things Change, the More Bomani Jones Remains

After a distinguished run on ESPN, Jones has moved into the anchor’s chair for his own HBO show. But it isn’t so much about the vessel as it is the man steering it.

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When Nicolas Cage Became the Biggest Action Star of the ’90s

In this exclusive excerpt from ‘Age of Cage,’ Keith Phipps chronicles how Hollywood’s most singular actor stepped into the role of blockbuster hero with ‘The Rock,’ ‘Con Air,’ and ‘Face/Off’

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NFL Mock Draft 3.0: The Lions and Panthers Get Their Franchise QBs

With nearly a week of free agency in the books, teams will have to look to the draft to address many of their most pressing needs. Who will your squad take?

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Deciphering the Real Pat Riley, With Adrien Brody

HBO’s ‘Winning Time’ catches the iconic coach in an unrecognizable state—before the championships, before the slicked-back hair. "It’s like having utter faith that it will happen," says the man who plays him.

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How ‘Drive My Car’ Is Changing the Definition of Best Picture

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s film is the first from Japan to ever land in the Oscars’ most prestigious category—the next step to making sure the Academy Awards don’t feel so local

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The Oral History of Odd Future’s Chaotic, Joyous “Oldie” Video

In March 2012, an XXL photo shoot for the most blog-famous act in rap spontaneously became the backdrop for a music video. Ten years later, Tyler, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, and others reflect on the viral clip and what it meant.

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The Determination of Destiny

No. 1 South Carolina’s biggest X factor shows up when it matters most, largely because the big moments she stares down on the hardwood pale in comparison to what she’s endured in real life

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The Rise and Fall of the Erotic Thriller

By the time ‘Basic Instinct’ debuted in 1992, sex was selling in Hollywood. But less than a decade later, the bedroom doors were closed.

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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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The Top 30 Players in the 2022 NBA Draft

March Madness is here—and so is draft season. Check out our in-depth scouting reports, NBA comps, and rankings for the top 30 prospects in this class.

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The 27 Most Influential People of the 2022 Formula One Season

How will the new car regulations work? Can the FIA regain the trust it lost last year? And who’ll win the world championship? These people hold all the answers about how this F1 season could shake out.

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Rookie Comps: 2021 NBA Draft Class

Is Jalen Green the next Bradley Beal? Whose career paths will Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley follow? We ran the numbers to come up with five comps for every notable (qualifying) rookie from the 2021-22 season.

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How the Perfect Pilot Set ‘The Shield’ Up for the Perfect Ending

The FX corrupt-cop drama is known as one of the best shows of the 21st century. But it stands virtually alone in one regard: Its fully formed pilot episode planted the seeds for virtually everything that happened at the series’ conclusion.

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‘Journey’ Made a Convincing Case That Video Games Could Be Art

Ten years ago, ‘Journey’ helped crystallize a new goal for video games: to evoke meaningful emotion through interactivity

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How the Deaths of Biggie and 2Pac Changed Rap Media Forever

Twenty-five years ago Wednesday, the Notorious B.I.G. was killed, marking the end of the most violent chapter in hip-hop’s history. For the writers and editors who covered his and Tupac’s lives and music, the tragedies stick with them to this day.

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It’s Showtime!

How the team behind ‘Winning Time’ brought prestige TV and basketball together to retell the glitzy, highly dramatic tale of the Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s

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Who Will the Packers Look to Draft After the Davante Adams Trade?

The NFL’s latest blockbuster shakes up the mock draft. What will Green Bay do now?

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The Top 25 Players in the NBA in 2021-22

Ranking the very best the league has to offer as the season nears its conclusion

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The Top 50 Prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft

The NFL combine has come and gone. How has a week of testing and interviews in Indianapolis affected our Big Board?

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The Future of NFL Defenses Lies in a Lime-Green Dot

Recently a few teams have shifted the responsibility of on-field headset communication from linebackers to defensive backs—a shift in thinking that could be just as impactful as putting headsets into helmets in the first place

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The Oral History of Prince’s ‘Batman’ Soundtrack

Batman is an eccentric hero with a cape, so when it came time to pick an artist to make the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s 1989 film, the choice was obvious

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America’s Favorite Dysfunctional Family: The Oral History of ‘The Osbournes’

Twenty years after the MTV reality show’s debut, family members and the crew behind the show reflect on the wild experiment that turned into a massive success

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The 25 Best Batman Villains, Ranked

Every superhero needs a nemesis—these are the ones who have given the Dark Knight the best fight on the big screen

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The Long and Twisted History of Designing Gotham City

Batman and his city are inextricably linked, and in developing their Dark Knight movies, filmmakers from Tim Burton to Matt Reeves have always paid special attention to how that city looks

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Welcome to the Age of Peak Tech TV

Starting this Sunday, three series centered on three infamous tech companies arrive to streaming services within three weeks of each other. It marks a new wave in television, and perhaps the end of another for startup culture.