Topic: Death

April 23, 2014

In 2011, Dirk Nowitzki gave everyone who cares about the NBA something they did not dare expect. He, and those Mavericks, gave some people even more than that. They needed it.

February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman was all wrong as Art Howe, but was perfect anyway. For all his dazzling talent, it was Hoffman's willingness to doing more -- to do the most -- that made him great. It might have unmade him, too.

May 28, 2012

Johnny Tapia, a five-time champion of the world, is dead at 45. What do his crazy life and early death say about boxing and the hard lives of even the greatest boxers?

January 27, 2012

Hit Points is a humble tribute to the nonfiction comic strips in the Sunday newspapers of yore. Today: Joe Paterno's split legacy.