A year after Mike Coolbaugh was killed by a line drive while coaching first base in a minor league game, his widow does everything she can to keep his memory, and spirit, alive for the sake of their children, writes ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill.
Jul 23 12:25 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The unique nature of the College World Series -- a 10-day championship in middle America -- attracts a singularly unique group of fans. The residents of Little Dingerville come for the baseball and stay for the friendships -- and the gator.
Jun 22 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Four years ago, Team USA softball coach Mike Candrea's wife died after she suffered an aneurysm in a Wisconsin airport. The team returned to Stevens Point on Tuesday night, and as ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill writes, Candrea is moving on with his life.
Jun 19 1:37 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Fresno State, the first regional 4-seed to make the College World Series, continued its magical run with a rout of Rice on Sunday. Big bats -- and bigger hearts -- are the keys to the Bulldogs' success, writes Liz Merrill.
Jun 15 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Jun 14 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Florida State made a comeback in the eighth inning. But Stanford made a statement in the ninth. The Cardinal scored 11 runs to send the 4-seed Seminoles to the losers' bracket.
Jun 14 | By Elizabeth Merrill
John Challis is pale, weak and sick from liver cancer, but the former athlete recently graduated from high school and is starting a foundation that will arrange sports trips for sick children to meet their favorite athletes.
Jun 16 4:05 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Fresno State isn't college baseball royalty. But the Bulldogs are anything but afraid. The hardest part of their trip to Omaha -- the flight from Fresno -- is already over, writes Elizabeth Merrill.
Jun 13 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Sure, the Scripps National Spelling Bee used to define Samir Patel's life. But no more. And he's fine with that. Just how fine? ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill explains.
May 28 12:17 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Olympic hopeful Sheila Taormina's life has taken a dramatic turn 12 years since winning gold in the 800-meter free relay in Atlanta and six years since a stalking incident consumed her life, writes ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill.
May 17 2:22 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
John Challis wanted to go away to college and lift weights until he was big and strong. Liver cancer changed all that. But as ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill writes, Challis remains an inspiration to his friends and teammates at Freedom High in Pennsylvania.
Aug 24 6:19 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Xavier Omon falls to his knees. Soon, he'll cry. The man on the other end of the phone is a Buffalo Bills executive. Omon has just been drafted. What happens next? Elizabeth Merrill takes you inside the life of an NFL rookie in his first week on the job.
May 9 7:41 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Trey Hillman might be a goofball, but he's serious about changing the losing culture in Kansas City.
Apr 25 12:41 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
They once were teammates, Olympic medal winners who shared the spotlight with Marion Jones. Now, as ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill writes, they're fighting to keep their medals and prevent their legacies from being tarnished by Jones' admission of doping.
Apr 18 7:11 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
As athletes prepare to take the world stage at the Beijing Olympics, people protesting China's policies are stealing the show around the world. How do the athletes feel about that? ESPN.com senior writer Elizabeth Merrill finds out.
Apr 8 3:53 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Texas A&M is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 14 years. But for as high as times are now, a team meeting in late January just might be what salvaged the season.
Mar 26 9:54 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Oklahoma took Tennessee to the wire and won 10 straight to start the season. But a first-round upset by Missouri in the Big 12 tournament has the Sooners searching for themselves, writes Elizabeth Merrill.
Mar 17 2:18 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The Greensburg boys' basketball team returns to the state tournament for the first time in 30 years, and it will be sort of a reunion for the people who left town following a devastating tornado last spring.
Mar 5 6:28 PM ET | 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.
Aug 24 6:20 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Michelle Campbell was told she couldn't referee a high school boys basketball game because of her gender, and now the school that removed her from the court is facing questions, writes ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill.
Feb 22 11:49 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
From Florida to Phoenix, the members of the 1972 Dolphins were finally able to open that champagne the Pats kept on ice all season.
Feb 4 1:47 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Known for NFL fines and outlaw play, Pats safety Rodney Harrison says there's only one way to play the game.
Feb 1 10:52 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
For nine members of the Patriots, a perfect season is absolutely nothing new.
Feb 1 7:13 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Domenik Hixon's season started with a collision that temporarily paralyzed Kevin Everett. It will end in Super Bowl XLII.
Jan 30 3:03 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill