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Rocky pot

Late last May, a goofy-looking guy named Charles Austin Corn — a student at the University of Tennessee — was shot in South Knoxville in what looked like an attempt to rob his stash. He was unable to communicate with police after the shooting and died fi
It's murder time in Tennessee; Plus, Warren Sapp gets flagged for hands to the face
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 19, 2010

Texas stranger

Gilbert Arenas, you might've started something.
A Dallas fullback plays cowboys and valets; Plus, the Laird brothers learn from their elders
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 12, 2010

Slam Dunk Season

Back in the fall of 2008, WJAB sports guy Chris Sedenka hosted Red Claws bigwigs Jon Jennings and Bill Ryan Jr. on his afternoon radio show. They were solidifying their plan to bring an NBA development league basketball team to Portland, Maine, a schem
How the Red Claws took Portland by storm
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 05, 2010

NBA shoot-around

Sometimes, even superstar athletes just wear out their welcome. When Gilbert Arenas came into the league back in 2001, and especially after he moved to the Wizards in '03, "Agent Zero" was poised to be the next big thing in basketball.
Gilbert Arenas brings the Bullets back to Washington. Plus, a D-lineman dustup.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 29, 2010

Throwback shame

Well, another year in sports crime has come and gone.
Nice try, Tiger. But sports crime in 2009 was ruled by the ghosts of Foxboro past.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 08, 2010

Let’s recap

With the decade drawing to a close, it's fitting to reconsider the moments and developments of the last 10 years that forever changed sports in Portland and New England.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 01, 2010


Ten years of great sports

Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009

The China syndrome

There was always a little something off about Kirk Snyder, the onetime University of Nevada Wolf Pack star and NBA washout.
Kirk Snyder's strange tale gets stranger. Plus, Texas Lutheran's divine intervention.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 18, 2009

Goal rush!

Get two journalists in a room these days, and before the conversation is five minutes old they'll probably be kvetching about the grim state of the news business. Unless, that is, they happen to be sports journalists, in which case the conversation wil
How long can Boston's frenetic sports-media explosion last?
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 04, 2009


How do we find hidden gems? You can't just look under the radar. Sometimes the hiding place is behind a famous name, as is the case with ArtBar.
A pleasantly unpredictable treat sneaks out of the shadows
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 13, 2009

Jason returns

As next week will feature a Friday the 13th, it’s time to check in on the NBA’s very own Jason, Tim Donaghy.
Publisher stuffs game-fixer Tim Donaghy's book idea; Antoine Walker's broke
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 06, 2009


Taking sides

The stakes are high in the battle for Massachusetts’s first new US senatorship in a quarter-century.
The US Senate election is forcing Massachusetts pols to choose their team. Plus, Pagliuca’s plan, and the state GOP tries to get serious.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 30, 2009

Punch drunk

Charges have finally come in on Aqib Talib, the frequently high (if you believe his pre-draft drug tests) and drafted-up-high (20th overall in 2008) Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback who reportedly decked a cabbie because . . . well, it’s still not exactly
Aqib Talib's press coverage. Plus, the Whizzinator wilts, and Christmas comes early to Philly.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 30, 2009

Hoop nightmare

It wasn’t quite the world-shattering, where-were-you-when moment as the space shuttle Challenger exploding into cottony plumes earlier that year. But I still remember my naive and dazed disbelief upon hearing that basketball star Len Bias had died of a
Len Bias’s death was more than just a basketball tragedy.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 30, 2009

Injustice department

Thank you Harvey Silverglate for shining a light on our criminal-injustice system with your new book Three Felonies a Day. And thank you Peter Kadzis for a great interview.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 2, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 02, 2009

What's the scam?

Back on the morning of June 7, 1982, a man walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank on the 25th floor of a Madison Avenue office building and tried to deposit a $2 million check. The man, a native of the United Arab Emirates, left without
Trying to bilk the Scientologists
By JIM SCHUH  |  September 25, 2009


Six for the seat

Over the next few months, as candidates for the US Senate travel the state, you're likely to hear them say again and again that nobody can ever truly replace Ted Kennedy. That's the truth. But what does the state want next, after such a legendary, la
After a tumultuous week, these half dozen are still in the mix for Kennedy's seat.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 18, 2009

Fall guys

No shortage of sports-crime activity this week — in fact, it's been an extremely busy time, so much so that it's worth a bullet-point to get to some of the developments in brief.
As summer winds down, sports crime picks back up
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 04, 2009


There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 28, 2009

Smear tactics

In the world of sports crime, there are two kinds of arrests. In the first, an athlete causes a public scene in some way, the police come, and the athlete is eventually squeezed into the back of a cruiser and taken away. The other kind of crime happen
Accused athletes unleash their attorneys
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 28, 2009

Michael Mazur, 1935 - 2009

"He was so alive ," a friend wrote to me a few days after Michael Mazur died, on August 18.
Painter, printmaker, teacher, art historian, curator, political/social/arts activist, Red Sox and Celtics fan
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 28, 2009


Magic man

Magic mushrooms may make for amusing Eminem lyrics, but are not and never have been a strong theme in the ongoing sports-crime story.
A former NBA scrub gets caught speeding. Plus, Patrick Kane is sent to the penalty box.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 21, 2009
wat list

The Wat Misaka story

He only played three games and scored seven points in the 1947-48 season, but Wataru Misaka's story is netted, slammed, and sealed in NBA history. The 5'7" Japanese-American was the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick and the first non-white basket
Making a rebound
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  August 07, 2009

The Times Co.'s super-potent silent treatment

In an earnings conference call last week, Janet Robinson, the president and CEO of the New York Times Co., had choice words — make that one  choice word — for published reports on the Times Co.'s attempts to unload the Boston Globe.
If a tree falls in the Forest Dept.
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 31, 2009

Felonious dunk

The Antoine Walker Era was one of the most depressing in the history of Boston sports — having to root for that guy was like having to be a groomsman at your sister's jailhouse wedding to a shoplifter with a club foot.
Antoine Walker throws up a brick. Plus, breaking and entering, Arkansas-style.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 24, 2009


Remember the spirit and savor of the old-time North End red-sauce restaurants? Amici still does.
Odd hours make this a rare North End treat
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 25, 2009


Interview: Louis CK

"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009

Pat D. parses Starbury

Before, the bottom line is it was all about Stephon Marbury: me me me.
The Phoenix's sports everyman weighs in on the Celtics' newest addition
By PAT D.  |  March 04, 2009

Celtic crossed

It was nice knowing ya, Gabe Pruitt.
If a certifiable crazy man is signed to your position, here is what you don't do: act weirder than him
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 04, 2009

The wild bunch

By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 04, 2009