The mobster in our midst:

The story of John Franzese Jr. 

An aging New York mobster has been hiding in Indianapolis for a decade, hiding from the gangsters he ratted on and the famous father he sent to prison. For the first time, John Franzese Jr. wants his story told.

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Four girls in need, a football family and the power of adoption

Four young girls, neglected, malnourished, born into a world of drug addiction and abuse. Years before he became the Colts’ GM, Chris Ballard and his wife, Kristin, were left with a choice: What to do about it?


Nearly blind, flat broke, Olympic gold in his pocket

Seven eye surgeries, $100,000 in debt, a dingy Eastside gym in Indianapolis and memories that are still fresh as ever: Why can't this aging champ quit boxing?

When a tire kills your husband at the Indianpolis 500

Blood poured from his face as he fell lifelessly into her. She screamed in horror. Everyone around them screamed in horror. This is the horrific, untold story of the last death at the Indianapolis 500.


The white sportswriter who defended the black team

Amid death threats and demands he be fired, a white columnist in racially-charged 1950s Indianapolis stakes his reputation on a black basketball team that threatens the establishment.

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The former U.S. Green Beret who's changing the NFL

He spent 22 years in the military, revolutionizing how the Special Forces identified and developed talent. Now Brian Decker is trying to do the same thing in pro football.


How Andrew Luck made it back to football

"I was a miserable SOB to be around. I was nervous. I was scared." A trip across the Atlantic, doubts, questions and worries he may never play again. The untold story of Andrew Luck's road back from football hell.

Football from jail: A life sentence, and a life reformed

How one prison inmate named Antonio Barnes — jailed 32 years, his gang-fueled youth part-inspiration for the HBO series, "The Wire" — has turned into a force for good.


$100, a lie and a poker club: How Pat McAfee became an NFL punter

That basement is where it starts. It's where Pat McAfee turned $100 into $1,400. It was the money he needed to buy a plane ticket to Miami to prove to college football coaches he was the best kicker they'd never heard of.

The ridiculous sportswriting life of Robin Miller, racing's legendary hellion

He's an irresistible Indiana character, the college dropout who became a newsroom grunt, a pit crew stooge, a midget car racer, an ABA chronicler, a big-city columnist and a racing institution. 


The courage of Clarence Walker, and the private pain of a basketball pioneer

The untold story of John Wooden's most courageous player, Clarence Walker, who quietly broke college basketball's color barrier amid threats, jeers and vicious discrimination.

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How the Indianapolis 500 became more than a race

It became “a new track record!” and “Back Home Again in Indiana” and “Gentlemen, start your engines!” and a bottle of milk and the Borg-Warner Trophy and kissing the bricks. It became so damn cool.

The inspirational life and jarring death of Edwin Jackson

He was just 26 years old, this jolt of energy and optimism. How does an NFL team cope with the sudden, tragic loss of one of its own?

The day the president was shot, and the night IU won a title

Two Hall of Fame coaches. One broom closet. "Co-champions?" Dean Smith asked. No, Bob Knight was not in Philadelphia for half a championship.


The best Peyton Manning stories you've never heard

Having teammates benched. Beers with Bill Belichick. Epic pranks. Running through the "Saturday Night Live" budget in just three days. The very best untold stories of the Colts legendary quarterback.

A day in the life of Doug Boles during race week

From a prayer at sunrise to a lapdance just before midnight: 18 hours in the life of the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the biggest week of his year.


The rise — and the rage — of Darius Leonard

Two brothers in prison, another killed. Sleepless nights. Therapy. Weight loss. Now he's the best rookie in football. “I didn’t get the respect, and I still don’t think I get the respect because of the school I went to."

Brad Stevens pulls a stunner:

The day that rocked Butler 

A behind-the-scenes, minute-by-minute look at the day Brad Stevens left for the Boston Celtics.

A history of our hysteria: How Indiana fell in love with basketball

The game's impact echoes in what virtually serves as a state soundtrack: Leather smacking against maple, the squeak of sneakers chiming in a warm gym on a cold evening, the whisk of nylon met by the roar of a crowd.


From playing for Bob Knight to prison to feeding the homeless

The redemption of Todd Leary, a former star at Indiana University who found himself arrested, imprisoned and looking for answers

Tyler Varga and the concussion that lasted four months

A chilling account of how a bottom-of-the-roster NFL player deals a concussion that won’t go away, and how the team he played for tried to treat it.

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