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5 Ways Professional Sports Reinforce Sexism
10 Funny Intramural Team Names
A Parent's Guide to Coaching American Youth Football
Who Pays if You Get Smacked by a Foul Ball?
Late-night Tweeting Can Hurt NBA Players' Performance, Study Shows
How College Football Crowns Its Champ
Winning the Green Windbreaker: Inside the Real World of Pro Mini Golf
How the Ultimate Fighting Championship Works
How the Olympic Opening Ceremonies Work
How Soccer Powerhouse FC Barcelona Became a Symbol of Catalan Pride
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 Apr 6, 2018
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 Jan 22, 2018
The NCAA scrapped the Bowl Championship Series in favor of a playoff system. But does it truly crown a national champion?
By John Donovan Nov 30, 2017
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 Nov 14, 2017
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 Oct 19, 2017
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?
By Dave Roos Oct 5, 2017
The relationship between pro sports and expression of patriotism, like playing the National Anthem, is a uniquely American phenomenon. And a fairly recent one.
By Dave Roos Sep 27, 2017
They may want to trade late-night hours on Twitter for some shut-eye to get better game stats, the research suggests.
By Shelley Danzy Jun 13, 2017
People don't expect to see Asian-American basketball stars. Or football stars. But why?
By Dave Roos May 9, 2017
But running was way down on the list.
By Alia Hoyt Dec 9, 2016
It was da bomb in the '90s, stone-cold dead in the 2000s and may just be poised for a comeback. But why?
By Dave Roos Nov 11, 2016
How — and why — do martial arts practitioners bust those boards without hurting themselves?
By Oisin Curran
They'll compete in 10 events over two grueling days in Rio next week. Does that make decathletes the ultimate Olympic athletes?
By John Donovan Aug 11, 2016
If you look in the backpack of a male gymnast, you just might find a little bear that needs squeezing.
By Kate Kershner Aug 9, 2016
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.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jul 29, 2016
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.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 26, 2016
A story about a superhero, a rocket bike and a 40-year mystery that probably won't be solved.
By Julia Layton Jul 14, 2016
What other sport allows you to fly 30 feet into the air and perform a fliffis?
By Allison Loudermilk Jun 10, 2016
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.
By Julia Layton Apr 18, 2016
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.
By Karen Kirkpatrick Mar 21, 2016
You might only win $4,000 if you take first place at this Masters tournament, but rest assured, professional miniature golf is real.
By John Donovan Mar 3, 2016
Study shows former college athletes report greater levels of well-being than nonathletes, except financially.
By Dave Roos Mar 3, 2016
The first-ever Cybathlon will showcase disabled competitors using state-of-the-art assistive robotic technology, from neuroproestheses to wearable exoskeletons.
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 26, 2016
Bloodstains at Crime Scene Can Tell Age of Victim or Suspect
Chippy, Sniggy and Tiggy: Cutest Goblin Spiders Ever?
U.S. Trans Fat Ban Goes Into Effect. Almost.