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World Series champion ace. All-Star. New baby on the way. But it wasn’t always this good. Four years ago, injuries and depression nearly derailed his career. Love brought him back. I spent half the summer going inside the incredible comeback of one of the best to ever take the mound. 

For 28 years, Kay Grayson lived side-by-side with wild black bears in North Carolina’s swampy coastal forests, hand-feeding them, defending them against poachers, and letting them in her home. When she went missing last year, the only thing the investigators could find were her clean-picked bones. And that’s just the start of the mystery. I spent a year unpacking it. 

UFC champ Cody Garbrandt  looks the look and talks the talk. Neither bully nor saint, he fights, he forgives and he definitely cries. This is how a boy from Dreamsville got all he ever wanted.

Chasing Ambien with beer to sleep. Forty-pound weight loss. Chest pains. To stay in football, Urban Meyer had to address his mental health. Now, to help America tackle the issue, Ohio State’s head coach opens up in a B/R Mag exclusive.

What if a 29-year-old former quarterback was good enough to play pro baseball, too? What if we all tried the things that people told us we could not do? Inside the final comeback of a born-again star.

How Stoneman Douglas High School’s baseball team found a way forward after the February shooting in Parkland, Florida. 

After seven bullets took Mike Williams’ ability to walk, an old teammate helped the former basketball star learn to rise again

Shaun White is still out here, from mountaintop bars to the beach house to Pyeongchang—no matter what the president says. Brandon Sneed spends several days with the snowboarding legend over the months leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics.