| Jan 5, 2014
During one of his final staff meetings as Virginia Tech's athletic director, Jim Weaver revealed how much pain he was enduring, how Parkinson's disease and two failing hips had not only fast-tracked his retirement but also compromised basic, daily living....
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:46 PM
STORRS — Life is about percentages. As one of the six men interviewed late in 1998 by Lew Perkins, Don Patterson had a 16.7 percent chance of replacing Skip Holtz for the head UConn coaching job. Diagnosed with Stage IV tonsillar cancer in 2008,...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:00 PM
It didn't take long for Jason Maxiell to make an impression – or maybe a dent -- on the Magic.
He already might have left a bruise or two.
Coach Jacque Vaughn stopped the Magic's first practice on Tuesday during a drill. He wanted to show his...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:34 PM
It's October, and you don't need me to tell you the annual Pepto-Bismoling of nearly everything in sight is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The grand opening this week of the latest Wawa in town? Pink down to the aprons worn by cops and...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 8:35 PM
Players come and go in the NBA. They have their glory, get old and live later lives out of the limelight. Unless your name is Michael Jordan or a few others, you depart Earth in the company of family, a few friends and a neighbor or two.
Then there is...
| Jul 19, 2013
Jeff Keith had his right leg amputated when he was 12. He went on to captain the Fairfield Prep ski team and play goal for the Boston College lacrosse team. He ran across America on one leg.
That's right. One leg. Nine months. Boston to Los Angeles via...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 5:59 PM
BOSTON — This story begins with a swollen lymph node in Lesley Breslow's neck when she was only 14 and, for her brother Craig, the story does not end until every kid goes home from the hospital free of cancer, free of fear.
The Red Sox relief...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 12:30 PM
In the final two races of his prep track career last June, Lukas Verzbicas quickly stood the running world on its ear with a sub-four mile and a high school record in the two mile.
His transition to college running -- and college -- understandably has...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 1:27 PM
In a moment of triumph, Lukas Verzbicas began to have doubts about his decision to abandon triathlon and become a runner at the University of Oregon.
Verzbicas started to think his gold medal at September's World Junior Triathlon Championships looked...
| Sep 11, 2011
| 9:21 AM
Lukas Verzbicas made good on his vow.
Within hours of learning his friend, Kevin McDowell, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, Verzbicas decided to extend his triathlon career to bring home the gold medal he was sure McDowell would have won....
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:17 PM
Nick Pesek was coming off the best season of his football career. He was a 1,000-yard rusher for a Saint Xavier University team that hit a peak one year earlier than its coaches had expected and was returning 16 of the starters who won the NAIA national...