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Weekly Roundup: August 8-14

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News says farewell after 33 years as a sports writer.

Mark Purdy also wrote a series on his long and storied career, including this one where he describes his best and worst assignments.

Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN tells the story of a small town in rural Texas where a young girl is making the difference on the high school football team.

David Gardner of Bleacher Report profiles Myron Rolle, an All-American defensive back at Florida State and former NFL player, who is now a brain surgeon.

Weekly Roundup: August 1-7

Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated tells the story of Hideki Irabu, the former Yankee pitcher who never lived up to the lofty expectations.

Don Van Natta of ESPN profiles Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame over the weekend.

Sam Borden of ESPN tells the story of former NBA player Darko Milicic and the unlikely turn to farming after his career ended.

Ryan Goldberg of Texas Monthly wrote on the Tarahumara of Northern Mexico, who are famous for running incredibly long distances, but are now being forced to ferry drugs across the border for cartels.

Joon Lee of Bleacher Report profiled Aaron Gibson, who was once the heaviest player in the NFL, and his journey to lose the weight and regain his life through love.

Weekly Roundup: July 25th-31st

Dave Kaplan of The National Pastime Museum tells the story of longtime baseball writer Claire Smith, the first African American woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquier also wrote on Claire Smith and the gender and race barriers she broke in her storied career.

Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post wrote about Jordan Murphy and Reichen Posey, who survived the Aurora and Sandy Hook Shootings, respectively, and have since made a connection through their survival and football.

Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune told the story of the shooting death of local basketball star Jonathan Mills and its impact on the community.

Mike Strange of the Knoxville News Sentinel gives a heartfelt goodbye after 40 years in sports writing, 34 of which were with the News Sentinel.


Weekly Roundup: July 18th-24th

Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated profiles MLB umpire Joe West and his quest to preserve umpiring and traditional baseball as technology becomes a bigger part of the game.

David Fleming of ESPN gives some inside perspective on athletes and what happens when they need to relieve themselves.

Will Magee of Vice Sports relives the contentious and controversial 2002 World Cup.

Mark Alewine of Champion magazine, and current Sports Capital Journalism student, profiles Paul Morrison, who has dedicated most of his 100 years to Drake University athletics.

Weekly Roundup: July 11th- 17th

Grant Brisbee of SB Nation writes the Marlins will soon be a powerhouse in Major League Baseball.

Seth Wickersham of ESPN profiles Greg Oden and his return to earn his degree from Ohio State.

Jessica Luther of Bleacher Report tells the story of an all girls travel baseball team whose players aspire to make it to the major leagues.

Jim Weeks of Vice Sports profiles Joel Runyon and his fundraising challenge to run an ultra marathon on all seven continents.