The New Yorker's Ben McGrath on Manny Ramirez.
Dave Anderson on Jackie Robinson. [TimesSelect req'd.] Also, excellent essay by Gerald Early, in TIME, about Robinson's legacy, and why there are so few African-American baseball players.
Lincoln Journal Star article about mother abandoning her daughter on the highway. Why? The girl apparently didn't perform up to snuff in her soccer game. [Via Deadspin.]
Chicagoist worried about the possible impact of the Olympics on the Windy City.