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The Check Heard 'Round The World

In January 1976, the last place the vaunted CSKA Moscow hockey team wanted to be was Philadelphia: petri dish for America’s Seventies malaise, cradle of its Bicentennial, and home to the NHL’s Flyers, “the Broad Street Bullies.” They were the last team the Soviets needed to beat to become the world’s finest. It was the next-to-last best thing to happen to hockey in America. Story by Dave Hollander. Illustrations by Stephen Halker.

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Asanas
Ubiquitous on yoga studio walls, the pose chart usually features a single yogi displaying his posture mastery. The USA Yoga Asana Championship offered a more diverse vision of precision, as male and female practitioners vied for national titles. In between their public performances, Kai Regan photographed elite competitors in their favorite postures, capturing both still and moving records of a more personal perfection.
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The Greatest
The icon and the man were always wrapped around one another. Muhammad Ali's public persona was designed to sell tickets, but as revealed by photographer Thomas Hoepker, the private truth was more complex. Hoepker's images of the champ from 1966 and 1970, along with his commentary, offer a full portrait of last century’s quintessential athletic hero.
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Texas Six
Deep in the heart of Lone Star, Friday night’s gridiron lights burn brightly—even amid the quietude of desolate places. It was for these communities that six-man football was created, towns too small for eleven-on-eleven. Filmmaker Nicholas Strini followed two teams fighting to experience the glory of “State,” and the chance to make history. Size is secondary.
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El Duque “La Gran Fuga”
Or, “The Great Escape!” The amazing rise and fall and rise of pitcher Orlando Hernandez, his daring night-flight from Cuba, and how a castaway became a national hero and World Series MVP. Text by Brin-Jonathan Butler and illustrations by Mickey Duzyj.
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Jimmy Snuka “Superfly”
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka grew up a Fijian prince, only to leave paradise for the shores of the Western markets. Later in life, the 1980s, when Jimmy was one of America’s greatest professional wrestlers, his regal qualities continued to shine through: power and grace, humility and majesty. Towards the conclusion of his ring battles, the character Superfly would float through the air with the greatest of ease, to pile-drive his opponents into total submission. Directed by Anthony Blasko
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The Check Heard 'Round The World
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El Duque “La Gran Fuga”
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