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Michael covers sports, culture, and politics, and hosts ‘The Ringer MLB Show.’ Before joining The Ringer he wrote for Grantland and Baseball Prospectus.

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Baseball Is Back! But What Did It Take to Get Here?

On Thursday, MLB and the players union ratified a CBA that ends the lockout. But what is in that agreement? And how will it affect the on-field product, the playoffs, and the sport at large?

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Can Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ Handle a Real F1 Title Race?

Over its first three seasons, ‘DTS’ focused on personality, business, and middle-of-the-pack drama. This season, though, it has a true championship fight on its hands in Max Verstappen vs. Lewis Hamilton. Is the show up to the challenge?

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Ryan Poles Plans to Revamp the Bears and Michael Baumann on MLB’s Bad Day

Plus, Billy Donovan confronts a new Bulls reality

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Opening Day Is Canceled. MLB Has No One to Blame But Itself.

MLB’s self-imposed deadline(s) have come and gone, and now the season’s start date has officially been pushed back. How will this lockout end? And what will the league look like once it does?

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Ranking the On-screen Depictions of Cyrano de Bergerac

Peter Dinklage stars in the newest adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 classic. But can he make the role of Cyrano his own? We ranked the portrayals of the legendary character, from ‘Wishbone’ to ‘Star Trek’ and everything in between.

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The Irreparable Harm of Kamila Valieva’s Olympic Experience

The Russian figure skater came into these Games being lauded as one of the greatest of all time. But after a positive test for a banned substance and a free skate program that carried the weight of that result, the 15-year-old will be remembered very differently.

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The Date for Pitchers and Catchers to Report Is Here. But MLB Is Still in a Lockout.

MLB locked players out 75 days ago, and both sides seem far from a resolution. Where do they go from here? And how might this affect the start of the season?

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Daryl Morey Didn’t Start the Process—but He May Have Just Finished It

In 2013, Sam Hinkie kicked off a team-building system that still defines the Sixers today. But now, after the trade that sent James Harden to Philly and Ben Simmons to the Nets, that path may have been completed by Hinkie’s mentor.

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Rocky Wirtz Won’t Answer Your Questions. That’s Because He’s Never Had To.

The national stories involving Wirtz, Daniel Snyder, and Stephen Ross this week have made clear how powerless leagues and commissioners are to hold team owners accountable—and just how damaging that can be

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Every Winter Olympic Event, Ranked by How Terrified I’d Be to Participate in It

The Winter Games are not for the faint of heart—as evidenced by luges that travel 90 mph, skating events in which adult humans are flung around like dolls, and ski courses that would certainly spell doom for novices. But which event is truly the most terrifying?