Your Guide To Evo 2014, The Year's Biggest Fighting Game Tournament

We're coming up on Evo, the biggest fighting game tournament in America. It will run Friday to Sunday from Las Vegas and be streamed online for the world to see. It'll be the biggest Evo yet. But maybe you aren't prepared—there are eight completely different games at this one event, after all, and what makes them… » 7/10/14 5:41pm 13 minutes ago

There's Nothing Awkward About A Bunch Of Athletes Showering Together

The always-enjoyable David Fleming has a story about communal showers in this week's ESPN The Magazine. It's nominally about the Michael Sam controversy, and asserts that no one cares if a gay man is looking at penises in the locker room—because everyone is looking at penises in the locker room. » 7/10/14 5:34pm 20 minutes ago

Among Thugs: Hooliganism and the Evolution of Soccer

This Sunday, roughly a billion viewers will tune in to the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina. I know where I'll be at kickoff for what is unquestionably the planet's biggest sporting event: in front of a large television screen, cold beverage in hand, joining one-seventh of my fellow humans of Earth in… » 7/10/14 5:08pm 46 minutes ago

LeBron Would Be Nuts To Stay In Miami, Because Dwyane Wade Is Dead

In the commotion surrounding the immediate real estate plans of LeBron James and, to a lesser extent, a supporting cosmos of NBA stars, it has gone politely unsaid that one of the summer production's principals is—and in fact has been—dead. Dwyane Wade is no longer a great or even very good NBA player, and every… » 7/10/14 5:03pm 50 minutes ago

Watch This Botched Baseball Slide In Agonizing Slow-Mo

Baseball players: Do not slide like Lotte Giants infielder Hwang Jae-Gyun did into third base. This is not how to slide. Not only will you wreck your face, but you likely won't get to the bag in time anyway, and then you'll lay in the dirt, wondering where it all went wrong. (It all went wrong when you slid poorly.) » 7/10/14 5:00pm 54 minutes ago

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 Today 4:46pm

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 Today 4:38pm

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