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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. Former Illinois State wrestler emotions linger -espnW

    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. Aug. 19: Things turning around for U.S. track?

    From senior writer Elizabeth Merrill:Stu Forster/Getty ImagesMuna Lee advanced past the first round of Tuesday's 200 heats.The conversation here in the Bird's Nest is that 2008 is shaping up to be a down year for the United States sprin...

    Blog | August 19, 2008
  13. 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
  14. Aug. 17: 'We're not going to take it lightly'

    From senior writer Elizabeth Merrill:Lauryn Williams plans to go to the zoo on Monday and cram in a day's worth of other touristy stops. Anything to get the sound of Jamaican music out of her head. The Americans were foiled again by th...

    Blog | August 17, 2008
  15. 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
  16. Aug. 17: Different reactions to Phelps' feat

    From senior writer Elizabeth Merrill:Ten years from now, maybe young people will ask, "Where were you when Michael Phelps broke the record?" Seven thousand miles from Beijing, it appears, was the place to be. One block from the Water Cube, ...

    Blog | August 17, 2008