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My favourite sports story of 2018 was Shirley Wang’s article about the unlikely friendship her father, Lin (a kitty litter chemist of Asian origins), built with basketball legend Charles Barkley (a hugely famous African American). I liked Barkley’s trademark candidness regarding how he and Lin could connect the way they did: “‘Cause, I don’t have that many friends that I want to be around, to be honest with you.”

I won’t say anymore that might spoil Shirley’s sweet story for you. But know that it’s an easy read.

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David Ward authors books like The Lost 10 Point Night and Bay of Hope.

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