I also write The Sports Lens, a column at Pacific Standard. You can browse that archive here: http://www.psmag.com/author/sam-riches
A profile of Connor McDavid as he transitions from kid to superstar. (Cited at Digg.com, Media REDEFined)
On an evening spent at the Canadian Competitive Laughing Championship. (Cited at Longreads.com, Digg.com and TheFeature.net, BuzzFeed BuzzRead selection)
How a Toronto Raptors squad of misfits and long shots beat peak-Michael Jordan and the hungover Bulls.
Barb Underhill is carving out an important legacy. (Cited at Digg.com)
On basketball's growth from American pastime to global entertainment product.
Over the last decade, the Yukon's Pinoy community has grown from 150 people to more than 2,000. Things are changing up north, and the region's Filipinos—and one particular basketball league—are a part of it. (Reprinted by Hazlitt)
On the machinery of professional sports and the complications of the fallen athlete. (Cited at Digg.com)
A personal essay on a winter spent delivering mail in the Yukon.
On homelessness, addiction, isolation, and softball.
The South African leader's passion for pugilism offers insight into his fight for equality. (Originally published at The Classical)
Anthony Bennett was the first Canadian drafted with the NBA's top pick but his impact reaches far beyond sports. (Cited at Digg.com, Media REDEFined)
On the tallest man from Malta, who is training for his last shot. (Cited at Media REDEFined)
A few years ago Aquille Carr was one of the most exciting basketball prospects in America, now he's searching for a home.
Cedric Moodie, a 35-year-old basketball journeyman, went up against the greatest of all time and came away with a story.
Over his bumpy first two seasons in the NBA, Nik Stauskas has been a perfectly ordinary NBA player. But, as with every NBA player, there's something extraordinary in him.