Sports

Sports are an integral part of our culture and give many of us a reason to cheer and jeer. Learn about the history of sports and how your favorite sports really work.


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?

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 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

There’s a new sport sweeping (or rolling across) the U.S.: bubble soccer. It gives a whole new meaning to the term bubble wrap.

You might only win $4,000 if you take first place at this Masters tournament, but rest assured, professional miniature golf is real.

Study shows former college athletes report greater levels of well-being than nonathletes, except financially.

The first-ever Cybathlon will showcase disabled competitors using state-of-the-art assistive robotic technology, from neuroproestheses to wearable exoskeletons.

With the Zika virus flourishing, some are calling for the cancellation of the Rio Olympics. But how feasible is this, really?

Some blame it on the spectators themselves, others on the railing heights.

Despite what team owners may say, the payment makes more sense psychologically than economically.

Miniature golf is a classic family outing and beach vacation tradition. It's almost like a cartoon version of regular golf. Who would come up with such an idea?

OK, fine. Referees and umpires are human beings who make human mistakes. But why do they always have to make their human mistakes against our team? Here are 10 bad sports calls we're still debating.