New Orleans Saints co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc is used to being around the guys. She's known many of them since she was a kid. But she likes being different and standing out.
Jan 5 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Frank Olivo loves his Philadelphia Eagles, and despite being booed and pelted with snowballs while he played Santa on a cold day in December 1968, he still loves the connection that day gives him to his team.
Dec 22 3:10 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Stillwater, Okla., is known as a close-knit community, and the loss of women's basketball coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna has hit everyone from the employees at the local Perkins to the football and men's basketball teams.
Nov 21 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Their town is still littered with tornado damage but homecoming, volleyball matches, basketball rivalries -- the games -- went on for the athletes, fans and residents of Greensburg, Kan., writes ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill.
Nov 18 1:02 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
In ESPN The Magazine, Elizabeth Merrill writes about spending a day at Reliant Stadium with Texans billionaire owner Robert McNair.
Nov 17 12:36 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Few talking about former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, whom many called a friend.
Nov 11 4:17 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Amy Trask is arguably the most powerful woman in the NFL, and, as CEO of the Oakland Raiders, must help lead the franchise after the death of its storied leader, Al Davis.
Nov 3 | By Elizabeth Merrill
In May, an EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo. This community has worked to repair the giant hole in the middle of town. But how do you restore a teenager's youth?
Oct 16 10:36 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The former K.C. Royals standout, in his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers, gets his first taste of the MLB postseason spotlight.
Oct 2 10:15 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Four years ago, Hope Solo was considered a malcontent and was temporarily banished from the U.S. women's soccer team after speaking her mind. Now look at her. America can't get enough.
Sep 26 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Ndamukong Suh has been called dirty, but intensity, hard work and humility are his defining traits in Detroit, writes Liz Merrill.
Sep 22 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Friends and family of former Nebraska softball player Julie Geis keep her memory alive through an endowed scholarship for native Nebraska players.
Sep 9 2:22 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
No such talk, even if core of championship team is intact as injured players return
Sep 9 9:33 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Brothers Omon, Nwagbuo had never met until Thursday night's preseason game in San Diego
Sep 2 5:06 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
For nearly 26 years, NFL player Xavier Omon felt as if he had half of a life. Then a message came that changed everything.
Sep 1 1:30 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
This might sound funny, but land-locked Tulsa, Okla., offers Liz Cambage something she can't get in Australia. It gives her the chance to be big.
Aug 30 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Training Camp 2011 means cramming five months of a lost offseason into two weeks. Elizabeth Merrill visits the Minnesota Vikings' camp to see how the rookies and veterans are dealing with life after the NFL lockout.
Aug 12 12:55 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The Michigan basketball recruit from Indiana continues to make progress after surviving his family's second fatal plane crash. Still, friends and supporters wonder how much suffering one young man can handle.
Oct 10 2:22 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
In Omaha, Rosenblatt is mostly forgotten as the TD Ameritrade Park era of the College World Series begins. But not everyone has moved on.
Jun 25 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Missouri River flooding has folks bracing for problems in downtown Omaha near TD Ameritrade Park, site of this year's College World Series. City officials say downtown is dry and safe and that the CWS will go on as planned.
Jun 17 9:39 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Champagne flowed out of shot glasses. People in Cleveland had to get up early for work Monday morning. They didn't care. LeBron James lost the NBA Finals.
Jun 13 7:07 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
A whole generation of fans doesn't know about them, or why asterisks appear alongside their names on the 1987 NFL rosters. But to the replacements, it doesn't matter. They're part of history.
Jun 9 5:04 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
His toughness has been tested. He's been called soft. The six-time NBA All-Star lost his identity as the go-to guy and has to concede to playing third fiddle to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But look now, Chris Bosh is playing for an NBA championship.
Jun 6 5:24 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Long before NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard hit his head on the ice in December, the man who was paid to scare, intimidate and pummel his opponents was dealing with his own share of pain.
May 29 6:10 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Ryan Mallett seemingly has it all -- a 6-foot-7 frame, a cannon of an arm and 7,493 passing yards in a pro-style offense at Arkansas. So why are there still questions?
Apr 15 12:36 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill