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Diego Schwartzman Is The Short King Of Tennis

In wildlife preservation, pandas are said to be “charismatic megafauna”—big, appealing creatures that attract attention to the cause. In men’s tennis, Diego Schwartzman may qualify as charismatic microfauna. Both are rare in their respective ecosystems, and charming to behold, though Diego, fortunately, moves much, much faster. When the 28-year-old dips his racket to begin his […]


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The Distraction podcast

The Distraction

New episodes on Thursdays

Drew Magary and David Roth should really stick to sports. Sure, their new indie sports podcast will break down the week in sports: the Mets grounding into quadruple plays, NBA players getting testy on the court and horny on Instagram, or Bill Belichick cutting 80% of his roster just to keep himself interested. But these two men and their guests will have their fair share of off-the-field issues they’ll also have to address: stupid Funbag questions, bad tweets from bad people, pointless food arguments, and even less. Every week is a VERY long week these days. We could all use a little Distraction.