Aaron Stewart was 10 when his father, Payne Stewart, died in a plane crash. Ten years later, Aaron is a college golfer, embracing the sport his father so dearly loved. He's had help getting here -- friends and family who at times filled the fatherly gaps.
Jun 21 11:58 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Even though LSU hasn't lost yet in the NCAA tournament, the Tigers feel they still haven't played their best ball. In a dominating win over Arkansas, they showed what they're capable of when hitting on all cylinders.
Jun 15 | By Elizabeth Merrill
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Arizona State's and North Carolina's CWS matchup was a pitchers' duel between Josh Spence and Alex White. That is, until Kole Calhoun's three-run blast in the 10th inning gave the Sun Devils a 5-2 victory over the Tar Heels at the College World Series.
Jun 15 1:16 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Jun 13 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Arkansas' late-season slump seems like ancient history as the Razorbacks blasted Cal State Fullerton in their CWS opener, earning their coach an elusive Omaha win in the process.
Jun 14 12:36 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
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Jun 12 | By Elizabeth Merrill
It's the sweetest parting gift for Southern Miss coach Corky Palmer. The Golden Eagles' coach will retire after this season after guiding his alma mater to its first-ever College World Series appearance.
Jun 12 11:21 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Santa Clara school nurse Eileen Bowden helped save softball coach John Rahbar after he suffered a heart attack. She then collapsed and later died. Her friends, colleagues and family aren't surprised that her last act was to help save somebody's life.
May 19 12:51 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Denver coach Josh McDaniels has been called part Bill Belichick for his offensive approaches, but he's also the spitting image of his father, Thom McDaniels, a legend in Ohio high school coaching circles.
Apr 29 5:29 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
He's officially retired, but at age 60, Ric Flair is still making the rounds. He makes appearances. He signs autographs. And more than anything, he doesn't want you to forget him, writes ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill.
Apr 15 11:26 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Aaron Curry didn't like being projected as a third-rounder during his junior season, so he worked even harder and is now considered the top outside linebacker in this year's NFL draft.
Apr 1 1:39 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
National studies show that Hispanic girls account for some of the lowest participation rates in high school sports. Socioeconomic factors and family demands are at play. In Lexington, Neb., they're addressing the challenge.
Mar 25 4:18 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Only time will tell whether Alabama tackle Andre Smith can manage to erase the stigma of his abrupt departure from the NFL combine.
Mar 18 2:34 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Kansas City is ready for Matt Cassel, but is Matt Cassel ready for Kansas City? Does he know what he's getting himself into? ESPN.com senior writer Elizabeth Merrill says Chiefs fans are hopeful.
Mar 7 1:41 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Claude Walton was the first black letter winner at the University of Colorado at a time when there were only six minority students on campus.
Mar 2 5:30 PM ET | By 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.
Feb 20 6:57 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
A man convicted of stalking was arrested again for allegedly following an Indiana State athlete.
Feb 9 9:04 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has a kinder, gentler side, but you won't see it at the Super Bowl. ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill explains why.
Jan 29 11:07 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Chuck Noll is the only NFL coach to win four Super Bowls. So why isn't this Steelers legend caught up in the fanfare, glory and national attention? ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill explains he's not that type of man.
Jan 22 8:28 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
In his first season, Mike Smith has led the Atlanta Falcons to an 11-5 regular-season finish and a trip to Arizona for the playoffs. And as ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill writes, he's done it the old-fashioned way, by earning his players' respect.
Jan 2 5:29 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
A depressed auto industry, a limping economy, a winless team. As ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill writes, Lions fans aren't faring well with all this losing.
Dec 18 3:08 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The Arena Football League has not suspended the 2009 season at this time, but questions surround the future of the league -- especially in these tough economic times.
Dec 11 7:25 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill