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Miller

Miguel Sano Overcame Death of Child, Suicidal Thoughts to Reach MLB Superstardom

But the very best thing this summer is found in Sano's own nest, where bright smiles have replaced anguish and tears, where son Dylan Miguel, just 10 months old, is living proof of the gifts each new sunrise can deliver. You see, it was bad enough in the spring of 2014 when Sano's elbow popped as he was throwing from third base, making him the rare position player to lose a season to Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. But early that December his first child, Angelica, died of a heart defect one week after her birth in the Dominican Republic.
Pompei

'The Sky's the Limit': Marcus Mariota Is Ready for Superstardom

Chugging tallboy cans of working-class beer, holding a catfish overhead and removing their shirts, the five starting offensive linemen of the Tennessee Titans fired up the crowd at Bridgestone Arena before Game 3 of the NHL's Western Conference Final between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks. The quarterback waved a rally towel. You might have assumed Marcus Mariota really wasn't one of the guys—that he was just there because the Predators wanted the sizzle from his big name. You might have remembered NFL scouts had concerns about his leadership ability when they were studying him prior to the 2015 draft. You might wonder how a soft-spoken teetotaler ever could be respected by those burly, tattooed, wild-eyed men.
Weitzman

Stanley Johnson Is Humbled and Hungry to Improve Entering His 3rd NBA Season

The funny part, says Stanley Johnson, is that he didn't even get off to a strong start. "I only had like seven points, and we're down 10 early," he tells Bleacher Report over the phone from Las Vegas. He's talking about his 86-point performance Friday night in the OVO Bounce tournament, an annual showcase sponsored by Drake. How, he's asked, can a player who's never averaged double figures in points in an NBA season come within sniffing distance of 100, especially in a game where other professional hoopsters—such as Frank Kaminsky, Cory Joseph, Brady Heslip and Brandon Jennings—are sharing the floor?
Snowden

Paulie Malignaggi: Conor McGregor Had 'Dark Intentions' in Sparring Session

Former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi (36-8), now an announcer for Showtime, knew something was up the minute he walked into the UFC's new performance institute to square off for a second time with the promotion's lightweight champion. The first time he'd sparred with Conor McGregor, who is preparing for a bout with boxing's greatest contemporary fighter, Floyd Mayweather, things were quite a bit different. That session was about putting in work, a private, gritty affair where the few men in the gym had to leave their cellphones in a box to ensure no unauthorized video or pictures leaked out.
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