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.

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Born in Baltimore in 1895 George Ruth Jr. became one of baseball's greatest players. He forever changed the way baseball was played, inventing the home run as an offensive weapon. Learn how Babe Ruth made baseball history on HowStuffWorks.

By Paul Adomites & Saul Wisnia

Surfers began skateboarding or "sidewalk surfing" to improve their surfing but it didn't take long for skateboarding to become a sport on its own. Learn all about skateboarding, from its origins to how skaters perform their amazing tricks.

By Cameron Lawrence

Baseball fans have been making the trip to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 60 years. Find out how the Hall of Fame captures America's beloved pastime with exhibits like Babe Ruth's bat and Joe DiMaggio's locker.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

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The Montreal Expos have their share of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown New York. Get information and stats on their key players: Gary Carter and Tony Perez.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Soccer (or football) is the most popular sport in the world. Want to know a little more about the game? We've got you covered.

By Ed Grabianowski

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bills itself as the premier Mixed Martial Arts organization in the world. Learn what the Ultimate Fighting Championship is, how the organization began, and where it is today.

By Jonathan Strickland

Maintaining your golf equipment can enhance your golf game. Learn simple techniques to care for your golf clubs, including how to inspect regrip and how to refinish your clubs.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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To maintain a skateboard in tip-top shape the most important thing to do is keep the wheels moving smoothly by adjusting and lubricating the wheel bearings. Get the step-by-step instructions in this article.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

The difference between a skilled boxer you've never heard of and a skilled boxer named Muhammad Ali is often a really good promoter.

By Julia Layton

Boxing is one of the oldest sports in history. Learn the basics of boxing, how you win or lose, the science behind it and the danger of the sport.

By Ed Grabianowski

In this day in age, most of us understand that gender identity can be pretty complicated from a social, cultural and psychological perspective. Find out why doctors may have trouble distinguishing someone's gender.

By Julia Layton

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The story told in "We Are Marshall" sounds a little like the invention of a screenwriter, but the airplane crash that took the lives of college football players really took place. Learn the real story behind the film "We Are Marshall."

By Tracy V. Wilson

With their colorful masks and spectacular acrobatic wrestling style, Mexican wrestlers have carved out their own unique space in the ring. Read all about the long-standing tradition of lucha libre -- before we pin you!

By Ed Grabianowski

Imagine sliding down an icy hill, with your face only a few inches away from the ground -- at 80 miles per hour. Learn about the intense winter Olympisc sport of skeleton, and how the competition works.

Pro wrestling is one of the most popular forms of sports entertainment. Learn about the history of pro wrestling and see how pro wrestling moves are executed.

By Ed Grabianowski

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With leagues across the country and a new documentary TV series roller derby is enjoying a surge in popularity. But what exactly is roller derby? Learn about the sport's history its rules and much more.

By Tracy V. Wilson

Competitive eating has gone from county fair exhibition to mainstream spectator sport. Networks like ESPN air contests and competitors like "The Black Widow" have loyal fan bases. Learn more about this controversial practice.

By Ed Grabianowski

Who makes up the "third team" in a football game? Learn all about the responsibilities of an NFL officiating crew.

By Kevin Bonsor

Take an inside look at a working week in the life of one of the NFL's top defensive ends, Patrick Kerney of the Atlanta Falcons, as told to us by Kerney himself.

By Dave Coustan

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When Bobby Jones became the first to win the "Grand Slam" of golf in 1930 he became an overnight star. He went on to create a series of films in which he corrected the swings of celebrities. Learn about the innovations in the films and how they relat

By Dave Coustan

Over his nine years in the NBA, Theo Ratliff has endured everything from a broken wrist to a cracked kneecap -- and when he swore off anti-inflammatories his play time was truly painful. Find out how he changed his approach to training and made himself healthier and more effective.

By Dave Coustan

In timed Olympic events, the difference between gold and silver can come down to a fraction of a second. You won't find that kind of accuracy in your typical wristwatch. Find out about the systems (and backup systems) that keep Olympic timing honest.

By Lacy Perry & Kate Kershner

The Olympics aren't too far off so get ready! This article chronicles the history of the Olympic torch reveals how it is designed to stay lit through all weather conditions and follows its path from Olympia Greece to the Olympic Games.

By Stephanie Watson

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Super Bowl Sunday is a football fan's nirvana: the game of games, in which the season's champion is decided once and for all. Read all about the biggest football game of the year.

By Kevin Bonsor & John Donovan

It's training camp time -- are you a would-be football fan? Or maybe you just want a refresher on the rules? We'll tell you how the plays work, how to keep score and how large a football field really is. Hike!

By Kevin Bonsor