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Weather models are predicting that a tropical cyclone or typhoon will develop to the southeast of Japan, sending powerful swells to the Olympics. This should make ideal waves for the first surfing event ever.

By Sally Warner

Every two years, pandemic notwithstanding, the world's elite athletes gather to take their shot at the ultimate prize: the Olympic gold medal. How much do you know about this storied event?

By Alia Hoyt

It makes sense, until you look at the data from 8,000 racers.

By David R. Munro

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Between a yearlong delay and a still-ongoing global pandemic, Tokyo 2020 (or 2021 if you prefer) is not the Olympics anyone expected. But it's sure to be one we will never forget.

By Patty Rasmussen

The Tokyo Olympics are happening a year late, but what was the delay like for the athletes who've trained their entire lives just to get there? For some, it was a huge physical and mental struggle. For others, it was just too much.

By John Donovan

College football generates billions of dollars in revenue annually from ticket sales, media rights and donations. So who has the most to lose if the fall season is canceled?

By John Donovan

Pickleball is a paddle sport attracting thousands of players across the U.S. and around the world. Do you play?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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HowStuffWorks breaks down the amazing gymnastic move called a triple-double so you can see each twist and flip.

Forget Ultimate Fighting. Pillow fighting is the real ultimate sport.

By Oisin Curran

Taekwondo features dramatic, aerial, jumping, spinning kicks, but it's also about building character.

By John Donovan

When preparing to swing at the tee, you want to golf ball to go just as far as you want it in exactly the right direction you want it to go. That's where the dimples come in.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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Sinking a hole-in-one is way more difficult than Tiger Woods and those other professionals make it look.

By John Donovan

For the first time ever, two male cheerleaders will be at the Super Bowl.

By John Donovan

Only the best of the best make it to the Super Bowl. And that includes the NFL officials.

By John Donovan

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

By John Donovan

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Three of the five longest field goals in NFL history have been kicked in Denver's Mile High Stadium. What gives?

By Mark Mancini

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

By John Donovan

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.

By John Donovan

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

By John Donovan

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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?

By John Donovan

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?

By Jessika Toothman

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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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?

By Alia Hoyt

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?

By Mark Mancini