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The running ritual that saved Rik Zortman -- and created a movement

Nine years ago, Rik Zortman was hopeless. He had just lost his young son to cancer, and soon after, he and his wife divorced. But his son's love of running around inspired Zortman to find a way to hope again.

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Father turns to running to cope with his son's death

Rik Zortman, whose son Armstrong died of brain cancer at the age of 3, uses running to honor his son and other children that are battling cancer.

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Olympic Sports

U.S. softball stars regain their stage

For years, it's been all too easy for NCAA softball stars to fade away. Now a spotlight beckons in Tokyo.

USA walks off to claim softball championship

The United States wins the Women's Softball World Championship for the second year in a row after Kelsey Stewart wins it with a walk-off single.

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Cheers to you, USA Softball

Jessica Mendoza, Jennie Finch and other Olympic gold medalists congratulate Team USA for clinching a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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Soccer

E:60: The story behind U.S. women's national team player Julie Ertz and her husband, Zach

Julie and Zach Ertz detail how they originally met at a Stanford baseball game. Watch the E:60 feature Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.

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2020 Olympics

Facial recognition to be used at Tokyo 2020

A facial recognition system was tested to be used across the Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organisers plan to keep security tight at venues in the 2020 Games.

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Women in sports

Keilani Ricketts poised for second act

One of the most dominant pitchers in NCAA history, Keilani Ricketts at last is ready and able to fulfill her star power.

Sahvanna Jaquish catching on with Team USA

Former LSU catcher Sahvanna Jaquish would be a shoo-in for the Puerto Rican national team, but she's opting instead to try for a coveted spot on Team USA.

Hockey star Kendall Coyne on playing in men's league

Kendall Coyne, Team USA Olympic gold medalist and newest member of the NWHL's Minnesota Whitecaps, discussed being the only woman to play in the men's Chicago Pro Hockey League this summer.

Cycling

How the best man (unexpectedly) won the Tour de France

The Tour de France ended with another predicted win for Team Sky, but not by the rider most expected to win. Geraint Thomas seemed as confounded by his finish as anyone, a feeling this race hasn't had a long time.

USWNT

Despite draw, U.S. women hit high notes against Australia

If Sunday was a preview of what's to come in the World Cup, bring it on -- especially if the U.S. women can mesh together as well as Australia by then.

Matildas' future is bright despite another 'moral victory'

Most of the globe's elite would consider drawing with the U.S. a day well spent. Not Australia, though -- and that's what makes them a terrific World Cup prospect.

Lochte Suspension

U.S. swimmers agree: Lochte deserved ban

Nathan Adrian and Chase Kalisz were among the group of American swimmers who agreed that Ryan Lochte should have been suspended as punishment for his violation of USADA rules.

Lochte: 'I have never taken a prohibitive substance'

Ryan Lochte explains that even though he didn't use any banned substances, he will accept his suspension until July 2019 for using an IV.

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The Undefeated: No Ceilings

Simone Manuel: A letter to my younger self

The gold-medal swimmer remembers the doubts that came from feeling alone in the pool.

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Claressa Shields: A letter to boxing fans

The two-time gold medalist has a message for both detractors and supporters: The world is changing.

Tori Bowie: A letter to athletes 50 years from now

Olympic sprinter says, 'You have to know what you're fighting for'.

Basketball

Robinson reminisces about 'amazing' time with the Dream Team

David Robinson fondly remembers being a member of the Dream Team and winning the gold medal.

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The ESPYs

ESPYS honor Nassar survivors with Ashe award

The "sister survivors" of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar were honored at the 2018 ESPYS with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

'Sister survivors' epitomize meaning of courage

The sexual abuse of hundreds of female athletes was put to a stop when a group of brave women came forward to expose it.

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'Sister survivors' show powerful moment of solidarity

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THE ESPYS

Kim wins Best Female Athlete

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White takes home Best Olympic Moment award

Shaun White says he still gets chills watching footage of his run from the Olympics and the games were among the best moments of his life.

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USA Women's Hockey wins ESPYS Best Game

The United States Women's Olympic hockey team accepts the award for Best Game at the 2018 ESPYS.

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Rippon compares unique outfit to sports

Adam Rippon says he tries to have fun with his wardrobe and "just goes for it" with his outfit like he would on the ice.

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The story of Lais Souza

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The pursuit of happiness for Olympian Lais Souza

After a skiing accident left Lais Souza paralyzed from the chest down, she simply wanted to survive. Now, after four years of rehabilitation and resourcefulness, the Brazilian Olympian is still fighting, but with a different goal in mind.

Must Reads: Tour de France

Riding through the pain? That's the least of it for Lawson Craddock

Hard crashes and bloodied riders are nothing new at the Tour de France. But for American Lawson Craddock, the motivation to ride on despite a fractured shoulder goes beyond his team and himself.

Will a Colombian ever win the Tour de France?

With the gusher of talent coming out of this cycling-mad country, the answer is simple: absolutely. And at this year's race (July 7-29), Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana are top contenders, with two young challengers right behind them.

Mark Cavendish is still racing in fast forward

The famed British sprinter -- who endured tough crashes in the last year and a half -- has set his sights on 35 career stage wins at the Tour de France.

Softball Worlds

Kelly Kretschman has a point to make

Kelly Kretschman is the lone active owner of Olympic gold for USA Softball, but she's still got something to prove.

Monica Abbott on her quest for gold

After eight long years without a Team USA jersey, Monica Abbott hopes to cap her legendary career with a gold medal.

USA vs. USA and other international softball oddities

You may be seeing red over the tiebreak rule as players on Teams USA look forward to the chance to reclaim gold.

Chris Froome cleared for Tour

Chris Froome freed to race, but it's time to take deep breath and reassess anti-doping

It's time for adjustments as four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome prevailed in a 10-month legal wrangle over the allowable amount of asthma medication.

Froome anti-doping case closed, to race TDF

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has been cleared to race the 2018 Tour de France after the Union Cycliste Internationale closed the anti-doping case against him.

Complete Coverage: Warrior Games

Warrior Games competitor Raina Hockenberry has a message for the world

At first, Navy Master Chief Raina Hockenberry resisted competing in adaptive sports -- but then she realized there was an opportunity to change the perception of wounded warriors. "We are not 'less than,'" she said.

Christina Truesdale: Army, life, balance

Truesdale was medically retired by the Army with debilitating back pain and a benign spinal tumor. A happenstance glance at a TV in a sushi bar set her on a course to the Warrior Games.

Warrior Games provide inspiration to many

Jon Stewart sits down with four athletes who are competing in the Department of Defense Warrior Games to discuss what the games mean to them.

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019

One year out

With World Cup in sight, U.S. women still have work to do

The U.S. women boast the best front line in the world. But there's still more to figure out for coach Jill Ellis and a youth movement that began after an early exit from the 2016 Olympics

U.S. women lead way in world power rankings

With a year to go before the 2019 Women's World Cup opens in France, who are the top teams in the world? Germany and England round out the top three.

ESPN World Fame 100

Who are the 25 most famous women athletes in the world?

We leveraged the power of ESPN's World Fame 100 to find the 25 most famous women athletes on the planet. Some you know, and some might surprise you.

World Fame 100: The complete list

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. ESPN's Sports Analytics Group then ranked them based on a proprietary formula that took into account three fame factors.

The rock star following of skater Yuzuru Hanyu

Why does Japanese gold-medal skater Yuzuru Hanyu inspire such a devoted following? We attended a parade in his honor in search of the answer.

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