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The Best, the Worst and the Weirdest College Mascots (and Why We Love Them)

College sports just wouldn't be the same without those silly costumed humans (and live animals) parading around the sidelines pumping up the fans.

Male Cheerleaders Give NFL Something to Shout About

For the first time ever, three men will be cheering professionally for the National Football League. Is breaking this barrier a way to get the NFL some positive press or a sign of changing times?

When Scoring a World Cup Goal Backfires

It's called an own goal, and it happens when a player accidentally knocks the ball into the wrong net — the net they're supposed to be defending.

It's a Lot Easier to Hold the World Cup in a Dictatorship

Plus other fun facts about what it entails to host the World Cup.

Who Pays if You Get Smacked by a Foul Ball?

All Major League Baseball parks extended the protective netting that keeps the most dangerous of foul balls from zipping into the stands. But is it enough to protect fans?

How the Olympic Opening Ceremonies Work

Admit it: You cry every time you watch the parade of athletes in the opening ceremony. We do, too. What other official stuff goes down at this ultimate Olympic gala?

5 Ways Professional Sports Reinforce Sexism

Sports has come a long way for women in the last few decades, but it still have a long way to go.

How Is Global Warming Affecting the Winter Olympics?

Twenty-one cities have hosted the Winter Olympics, but many of them may soon be too warm for cold weather games.

How College Football Crowns Its Champ

The NCAA scrapped the Bowl Championship Series in favor of a playoff system. But does it truly crown a national champion?

Why Do So Many Women’s Sports Still Incorporate Skirts?

Although women freely wear pants or shorts in everyday life, some sport associations still mandate skirts for their female athletes. Is this sexist, due to tradition or both?

Where Did the 'DEE-FENSE' Sports Chant Come From?

Sports fans can be a noisy bunch. Hey, screaming your head off is part of the fun, right? But someone had to come up with 'DEE-FENSE' first. Who was it?

How Soccer Powerhouse FC Barcelona Became a Symbol of Catalan Pride

How did this football club, initially composed mainly of Germans and Brits, become the repository of the hopes and dreams of an independent Catalan nation? And what would happen to the club if Catalan seceded from Spain?

How Patriotism and American Pro Sports Became Allied

The relationship between pro sports and expression of patriotism, like playing the National Anthem, is a uniquely American phenomenon. And a fairly recent one.

Late-night Tweeting Can Hurt NBA Players' Performance, Study Shows

They may want to trade late-night hours on Twitter for some shut-eye to get better game stats, the research suggests.

Why Aren't There More Asian-Americans in Pro Team Sports?

People don't expect to see Asian-American basketball stars. Or football stars. But why?

What the Heck Happened to Rollerblading?

It was da bomb in the '90s, stone-cold dead in the 2000s and may just be poised for a comeback. But why?

How Board Breaking Works

How — and why — do martial arts practitioners bust those boards without hurting themselves?

The Olympic Decathlon Winner: The Best Athlete in the World?

They'll compete in 10 events over two grueling days in Rio next week. Does that make decathletes the ultimate Olympic athletes?

Honey Helps Gymnasts Get a Grip

If you look in the backpack of a male gymnast, you just might find a little bear that needs squeezing.

Here's How Many Rio Olympics Visitors Will Contract Zika Virus

A new study estimates just how many athletes and spectators heading to Brazil will catch the mosquito-borne virus, and it's not what you might expect.

What Happens if the Olympic Torch Accidentally Goes Out?

The Olympic flame is supposed to never go out until the games have ended. But hey, accidents happen. Here's what happens after the accidents.

The Human Fly, or the Daredevil Who Made Evel Knievel Seem Sane

A story about a superhero, a rocket bike and a 40-year mystery that probably won't be solved.

Jaw-dropping Moves From Rio-ready Trampoline Gymnasts

What other sport allows you to fly 30 feet into the air and perform a fliffis?

Cheese Rolling Is No Joke. But It's Still Pretty Funny.

This year, on the last Monday in May, people will chase an 8-pound cheese down an absurdly steep hill in England. And it looks really fun.


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