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  • July 30 -- Angry Sky
  • In 1965, a truck driver and exotic pet dealer from New Jersey decided that he could join an elite group of men who had been to the final frontier -- space.


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    Sole Man

    Sonny Vaccaro rose from humble steel town roots to become the most valuable marketing asset in the $13 billion athletic-shoe industry.

    I Hate Christian Laettner

    He started in four straight Final Fours and helped Duke win two titles. So why has Christian Laettner been disliked by so many for so long?

    Of Miracles And Men

    You know about Team USA's "Miracle On Ice" at Lake Placid. Now see the story from the Soviet players' perspective.

    The U Part 2

    The Miami Hurricanes rose from the ashes and won a BCS title -- only to return to more scandal.

    Rand University

    Randy Moss's journey from an isolated town to the NFL

    Brothers in Exile

    Livan and Orlando Hernandez rode their arms to freedom

    Brian and the Boz

    The Boz reflects on mistakes he made

    When The Garden Was Eden

    When the Knicks ruled the NBA from the Garden

    The Day The Series Stopped

    A 6.9 earthquake rolled through Candlestick Park

    Playing for the Mob

    Mobster Henry Hill helped fix college games

    Slaying the Badger

    The battle for the 1986 Tour de France.

    Bad Boys

    The Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early '90s seemed willing to do anything to win. It earned them the title: Bad Boys.

    Requiem For The Big East

    A look at the rivalries that once made the Big East great.

    The Price Of Gold

    The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan saga captured the attention of the world 20 years ago.

    Youngstown Boys

    The interconnected journey of Maurice Clarett and Jim Tressel.

    Bernie and Ernie

    A pair of New Yorkers went to Tennessee and formed one of college basketball's most unforgettable tandems.

    This Is What They Want

    A look at the improbable run of Jimmy Connors at the 1991 U.S. Open and how he became a polarizing and provocative personality.

    Big Shot

    How a scam of epic proportions plagued an iconic NHL franchise.

    No Mas

    A look at the November 1980 re-match between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran and how two infamous words haunt both.

    Free Spirits

    The Spirits of St. Louis, a controversial team that played only two seasons in the ABA, who continue to exist in the most unusual fashion.

    Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

    The remarkable life of Eddie Aikau, legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and doomed crew member of a Polynesian voyage.

    Elway to Marino

    The 1983 NFL Draft was highlighted by a record six QBs taken in the first round, including future Hall of Famers John Elway and Dan Marino.

    Survive and Advance

    In 1983, the late Jim Valvano led NC State through a series of nine overtime and 1-point games. But one game and one play will be remembered forever.


    Many athletes are sucked into bad financial decisions after years of living the high life. A story of the dark side of success.


    The 100-meter final at the Seoul Games was riddled in scandal. This one race still haunts the eight men who took part.

    There's No Place Like Home

    A story of the most important document in sports history -- James Naismith's original rules of basketball -- and the quest to return it home.


    In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was America's most talented basketball prospect until the sweet-natured boy was senselessly murdered.

    Ghosts of Ole Miss

    In 1962, the University of Mississippi erupted in violence over integration while swelling with pride over an unbeaten football team.

    You Don't Know Bo

    Bo Jackson hit 500-foot homeruns and ran over linebackers.A look at the man and the myths that captured our collective imagination.