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The Decision
Since 2014, Thon Maker, the 7' 1" Sudanese-Australian big man with the range and agility of a guard, has played high school ball in Orangeville, Ontario, about an hour outside of Toronto. With the help of his coach and guardian Edward Smith, Maker has been bulking up his rangy frame and fine-tuning his considerable talent. At the moment, colleges from Arizona State to Notre Dame are trying to sway him. No matter what he decides, Maker's days in the quiet town he now calls home will soon be over. Photographs by Steven Counts.
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The Boys from Donetsk

FC Shakhtar Donetsk is one of the most successful football clubs in Europe—its youth academy among the finest in the world. But Shakhtar’s very existence and identity has been ripped apart by Ukraine’s ongoing civil conflict. The club, founded in 1936 by miners in the eastern Donbass region, has been forced to split itself into three separate camps hundreds of miles from home, leaving Shakhtar in both literal and spiritual exile. The forced migration has posed some questions. Can an internationally renowned club’s players, trainees, and staff, carry on with business as usual during a time of great uncertainty and unrest? And also: will soccer’s global marketplace save Shakhtar’s soul—or bury it? Photos by Boogie and words by Peter Macia

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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 Legend of Panther Girl
The life of Ann Casey, a once mythic figure on the budding women’s wrestling circuit of the Sixties and Seventies, is the stuff of pulp-fiction dreams. Born in rural Alabama, she escaped abuse and poverty to become one of the most glamorous and fierce wrestlers in the country. Casey’s path to The Belt was strewn with crooked fighters, promoters and managers. She kissed Elvis, survived an assassination attempt, and died on an operating table before becoming a champion. Her long, strange tale is undeniable and unforgettable. Words by Jeff Maysh. Illustrations by Benjamin Marra.
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