Prince Fielder's Naked ESPN Cover Is Sexy As Hell

One of the most beloved tropes in sports lore is the Triumph of the Unexpected Body. When I think about those stories, I think about cheering on Muggsy Bogues from my friend's living room when I was eight or nine. I knew nothing about basketball, but seeing that small man dart around the court alongside NBA giants… » 7/10/14 4:46pm Just now

Everything You Never Knew About The Making Of Last Starfighter

For a whole generation of video-game-playing kids, The Last Starfighter represents a special kind of wish-fulfillment: a down-on-his-luck kid becomes a video-game champ, only to find himself recruited to fight in an interplanetary war. How did something so perfect get made? Here's the whole, fascinating story. » 7/10/14 4:38pm 7 minutes ago

How The World's Best Player Finally Won Over His Home Country

If there was one defining moment to memorialize what might be the tournament that solidifies Lionel Messi's place as the greatest soccer player of all time, it was the few seconds after he scored the game-winning goal in Argentina's first group stage match. The shot itself was a sign of what was to come—not just the… » 7/10/14 3:38pm Today 3:38pm

Just Undo It: The LeBron James Profile That Nike Killed

This profile of LeBron James was reported and written in 2011 for Port, a new London-based men's magazine, under odd circumstances: Nike paid for the writer's travel expenses and a portion of his fee. The story that came out of the trip was not what Nike had expected—a rep was apparently "furious"—and the magazine,… » 7/10/14 2:42pm Today 2:42pm

10 Young Players Who Could Be On The USMNT At The 2018 World Cup

In the last calendar year alone, Jürgen Klinsmann called in over 60 different players for roster spots, as he tinkered with his final 23 for the USMNT. Granted, we knew players like Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Michael Bradley had unquestioned spots, but then again, so did Landon Donovan. Plenty of unknown… » 7/10/14 2:02pm Today 2:02pm

Deals: Fantastic Wireless Headphones, Faster Bacon, Cheap Backpacks

These wireless on-ears from Jabra are the Wirecutter's favorite Bluetooth headphones, and you can own a pair for just $140 today. They usually sell for over $200, so we don't expect this deal to last long. [Jabra REVO Bluetooth Headphones, $140] » 7/10/14 1:45pm Today 1:45pm

Here's What Saving $1.3 Billion On a New Stadium Looks Like

Yesterday we learned that London-based architect Zaha Hadid had rethought her design for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium, after widespread protests and a major budget cut put the original design in jeopardy. Dezeen has the new images of the redesigned stadium, and it's... pretty damn similar, despite a $1.3 billion budget cut. » 7/10/14 1:42pm Today 1:42pm

Argentina's Javier Mascherano Says He Tore His Anus Against The Dutch

Javier Mascherano did not have a pleasant Wednesday. In Argentina's match against the Netherlands, not only did Mascherano take a hit to the head, but he says he suffered another painful injury while defending a shot by Arjen Robben. » 7/10/14 12:58pm Today 12:58pm

Great Ape: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Reviewed

Three years ago, expectations for Rise of the Planet of the Apes were understandably low. The director (Rupert Wyatt) wasn't well-known, a lot of people despised the film's star (James Franco) for his Renaissance Man routine, and we all remembered how terrible Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the Apes reboot was. Plus,… » 7/10/14 12:38pm Today 12:38pm

Cruise Control: The Loopy Terror Of Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise is not like us. This was always pretty evident, but as recently detailed in this great Amy Nicholson L.A. Weekly story, it became inescapable fact around 2005, when he jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch. That story is full of convincing evidence that the whole couch episode didn't happen the way you remember… » 7/10/14 12:14pm Today 12:14pm