Mark Starr

Stories by Mark Starr

  • Olympic Preview: Long-Distance Running

    THOSE who view the Olympics through a red-white-and-blue prism tend to regard track's distance events as bathroom breaks. Too bad, because that means they've missed some classic duels, usually between African runners. No American has won the Olympic 5,000 meters since 1964 or the 1,500 since 1908. So how is it possible that a single American could win both races in Beijing? Because if you can't beat 'em, you import 'em. Bernard Lagat, 33, who pulled off that dazzling double at last year's worlds and has medaled for Kenya at a pair of Olympics, moved to the United States in 1997 and became a citizen in 2004. He's our Kenyan now.As it turns out, the entire U.S. contingent in the 1,500 is a tribute to the American melting pot. Alongside Lagat will be Leonel Manzano, whose family crossed from Mexico to Texas when he was 4 years old, and Lopez Lomong, who was kidnapped by rebels in Sudan when he was 6. After escaping to a Kenyan refugee camp, where he spent a decade, he came to the...
  • Starr: Keep Marion Jones in Prison

    The president should not commute the disgraced Olympian's sentence. Her precipitous fall sends a chilling—and essential—message to our athletes.
  • Tiger vs. Phil, and the Power of Rivalry

    Tiger is paired with Phil—though we all know he stands alone. But a new HBO documentary reminds us that nothing invigorates the game like rivalry.
  • Looking for a Hero

    Big football tournaments often seem to end in failure. Will this year's Euro Cup be any different?
  • Starr: Blame Stern for Mayo Mess

    You can't blame the NBA if former USC basketball star O. J. Mayo proves to be a bad apple. But the league does bear some responsibility for the scandal surrounding him.
  • Starr: Forgiving Bill Buckner

    The 'goat' of the 1986 World Series returns to Fenway Park for a long, overdue reconciliation with Boston fans.
  • Starr: Unmoved by the Sox in Tokyo

    Baseball kicked off its season in Japan, and this Red Sox fan found himself surprisingly blasé about the whole affair.
  • Glimpses of a Golden Age

    While Major League Baseball opens its season Tuesday showcasing its future—the Oakland A's face the champion Boston Red Sox in Tokyo—former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent has kept a keen eye on the game's past. His second volume of oral histories, "We Would Have Played for Nothing," featuring stars of the '50s and '60s, hits stores next week. He talked with NEWSWEEK's Mark Starr. ...
  • Starr: Remembering Brett Favre

    It's hard to rejoice when a singular fan favorite decides to hang 'em up. But it's time for Favre to go, and I'm thrilled he knew it.
  • Starr: Free Speech, Beijing and Darfur

    I believe in free speech. Which doesn't mean I want to see athletes making political statements from the medal podiums in Beijing.
  • Starr: Patriots Own the 4th Quarter

    Last year the Pats faltered down the stretch against Indy. This season they have owned the fourth quarter against everybody.
  • Starr: Me and the Rise of Eli Manning

    Last month I trashed the Giants' quarterback. Now he's poised to ruin my hometown Patriots' dream season. Might I be responsible for this?
  • Starr: Clemens vs. Wallace

    Roger Clemens and Mike Wallace once boasted the best fastballs in their respective games. On Sunday we'll see how they match up.
  • The 10 Biggest Sports Stories of 2007

    If you live in Boston, as I do, 2007 may rank as the greatest year ever. If you live elsewhere, it was still a memorable 12 months—for good, bad and ugly reasons.
  • Olympian Ambitions

    For Beijing, a smooth Games will take a lot of things—including winning more than anyone else.