The Metaphysics of Big Sausage (…and Little Things)
Boston, known as “Title Town,” is home to some of the most famous food vendors in the world. How has the pandemic impacted them, and what does it all mean? Time for a little help from an unexpected guru: The Sausage Guy.
In cities like Madison, Wis., Clemson, S.C., and State College, Pa. — the small- and mid-size college towns whose vibrant local sports scenes are part of their lifeblood — the pandemic has rocked entire communities.
Iliana Limón Romero has combined her passion for sports and commitment to journalism in a distinguished career of almost 20 years. Recently appointed Deputy Sports Editor for the Los Angeles Times, she talks about engaging readers, collaborating with writers, and mentoring aspiring journalists.
Medical-tech gains bring the bionic human closer to reality
Humans may be running faster, jumping higher and going longer than at any point in our history, thanks to technology. Ultramarathoner Richard Donovan is leading the way — even after having his knee replaced.
High-tech prosthetic limb keeps this soldier in the game
Sgt. 1st Class Brant Ireland, who had a leg amputated above the knee after he was injured serving in Afghanistan, trains for the 2021 Warrior Games. Ireland set up a workout room in his garage during the pandemic.
Artificial muscles tech + a 3-D printer = a bionic sports bra
3-D printed cells and wearable artificial muscle fabrics are just some of the ways materials scientists and biomedical engineers are improving human performance. Renowned expert Professor Gordon Wallace discusses his cutting-edge work in the field of medical bionics.
Black puzzles celebrate, affirm children's identities
As the country struggles with Covid, a range of legitimate social and political debates, and a tough economy, young Black entrepreneurs are using the medium of jigsaw puzzles to help Black children see themselves in the world.
Netflix and Covid reignite a childhood passion for chess
Nathan Wells enjoyed chess — and even competed — during his youth, but that didn't carry over into his adult years until the pandemic and a binge-worthy Netflix show reminded him how it can bring people together.
Weighing the risks for athletes — and their futures
Big-time sports was one of the first industries to get back to business post-pandemic lockdown. However, Covid-19 continues to spread through the sports world with little information about how athletes are impacted.
Runner returns to training after recovering from Covid
Danny Cohen, a senior distance runner on the University of Pennsylvania track and field and cross-country teams, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Dec. 1, 2020. He is assessing his health as he returns to training after recovery.
On your mark, get set … go virtual — for a good cause
Road races get creative when the pandemic places obstacles in the way. Many runners are grateful for the chance to keep running for a cause as charities and nonprofit clubs grapple with revenue shortfalls.
Thousands of student-athletes sidelined by Covid shutdowns
Hundreds of college sports have been cut, leaving thousands of college athletes with their sports cancelled or suspended. But there is some good news: The NCAA is granting an extra year of eligibility to players.
Some colleges add new sports teams and opportunities
While many universities have ended some college sports programs, a handful of colleges have added teams, including one small liberal arts college in western North Carolina that now offers men’s and women’s lacrosse.
NCAA ruling could benefit UConn player, female athletes
Paige Bueckers built her career and social media presence while playing in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Proposed NCAA changes could allow her and athletes like her to profit from allowing use of their names and images, which would be especially significant for female athletes.
Saturdays, athletes, social media: 'Another day, no dollar'
Stephen Good was one of the top high school football prospects from Texas. Congressman Bill Thomas was known as “the hottest temper” on the Hill. On playing fields worlds apart, they’re connected by the rules of the game.
The road not taken: Player opts to wait out shutdown
As some high school athletes sought opportunities across state lines to sidestep local pandemic restrictions, this family decided to stay put, but still wonder if that was the right decision for their basketball-playing son.
High school pitcher makes move to keep dreams in play
When faced with the cancellation of the high school baseball season in Minnesota due to the pandemic, the Ferrell family chose to take a chance. Caideyn Ferrell left home, chasing his baseball dreams in another state.
Beyond the playing field: Equality for women in sports
Cori Frankenberg, community relations manager for the Minnesota UFC, talks about what it’s like to navigate the field of sports leadership — often considered a “man’s world”— and how her passion fuels her commitment.