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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 may be a funny name, but this paddle sport is attracting thousands of players across the U.S. and around the world.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

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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

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

By John Donovan

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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

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

By Mark Mancini

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

By Dave Roos