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  1. Kenny McKinley and O.J. Murdock were college teammates with big N...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    They arrived at South Carolina on the same day, irrepressible wide receivers with ungodly physical skills, ready to take over the world of college football and, soon enough, the NFL. But then their lives and dreams began to go incomprehensibly wrong.

    Story | Conversation | December 18, 2012
  2. Kevin Bracken, former Illinois State and Olympic wrestler, still ...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    When Kevin Bracken was a kid, he dreamed of wrestling in college. Today, the former Olympian mourns the loss of Illinois State wrestling, one of dozens of teams cut in the Title IX era as schools have made tough choices to comply with the law.

    Story | Conversation | April 25, 2012
  3. Hope Solo tackles her rise to fame following U.S. women's soccer ...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Four years ago, Hope Solo was considered a malcontent and was temporarily banished from the U.S. women's soccer team after speaking her mind. Now look at her. America can't get enough.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2011
  4. Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones now a role model for young swi...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Cullen Jones was 5 when he headed down a water ride at an amusement park and nearly drowned. Today, using his stature as an Olympic gold medalist, he's encouraging other African-American kids to learn to swim.

    Story | Conversation | February 16, 2009
  5. Convicted stalker arrested following Indiana State athlete

    Elizabeth Merrill

    A man convicted of stalking was arrested again for allegedly following an Indiana State athlete.

    Story | Conversation | February 09, 2009
  6. The absolute best and worst two weeks of Hugh McCutcheon's life

    Elizabeth Merrill

    There may be no way to sum up the past 15 days, the absolute worst and best of Hugh McCutcheon's life, other than to say he's now an Olympic champion.

    Story | Conversation | August 24, 2008
  7. Ping's emotional return to China ends with surprising medal run

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Inside a special old haunt where Lang Ping once played, it could be said the U.S. women's volleyball coach had the best of almost everything. But by the end of it all, she seemed ready to escape the fanfare.

    Story | Conversation | August 23, 2008
  8. Taormina takes solace in knowing she didn't quit on her Olympic d...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Sheila Taormina may not remember the Beijing Olympics as being the most fun experience of her life, but the modern pentathlete takes comfort in knowing she didn't quit.

    Story | Conversation | August 22, 2008
  9. Coach's wife, family still at heart of U.S. volleyball's run

    Elizabeth Merrill

    The U.S. men's volleyball team had just pulled off an upset to advance to the gold-medal game. But coach Hugh McCutcheon's mind was still elsewhere -- with his grieving wife back home.

    Story | Conversation | August 22, 2008
  10. Could this loss actually bring back Olympic softball?

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Some say softball was taken off the Olympic docket because the United States was too dominant in the sport. So, could Japan's shocking upset of the Americans help bring back softball?

    Story | Conversation | August 21, 2008
  11. Askren's long wait for shot on Olympic mat ends in tears

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Ben Askren was a rock star at Missouri, known for his funky style and big blond fro. But what impact would the young wrestler have in Beijing? We followed him during his Olympic experience.

    Story | Conversation | August 20, 2008
  12. Solo no more: Goalkeeper regains starting spot and teammates' tru...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Nearly one year ago, Hope Solo was alone, shunned from her U.S. soccer teammates after venting about being benched in the World Cup. She has since rejoined her team, with a new coach and a new outlook as the women move forward in Beijing.

    Story | Conversation | August 17, 2008
  13. Smart's silver medal the silver lining to a difficult year

    Elizabeth Merrill

    This past year has been one of the most difficult for siblings Erinn and Keeth Smart. But Erinn's success in Beijing let them both know that everything would be OK.

    Story | Conversation | August 17, 2008
  14. U.S. shot-putting 'dream team' a bust in Beijing

    Elizabeth Merrill

    They're known as the big three -- U.S. shot-putters Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa -- but Friday they played small, as Cantwell settled for silver.

    Story | Conversation | August 15, 2008
  15. Young U.S. men's gymnasts no match for Yang, China

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Just days after winning a surprising bronze team medal, Jonathan Horton's and Sasha Artemev's inexperience showed against the powerful Chinese in the all-around.

    Story | Conversation | August 14, 2008
  16. U.S. softball dominating again at Games, but this time it's bitte...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    The U.S. softball team is picking up right where it left off in Athens -- dominating the competition on a path to gold. But this time, there is no light at the end of the medal tunnel. Players are savoring every moment knowing the sport will not be in the Olympics in 2012.

    Story | Conversation | August 13, 2008