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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

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

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

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Winning multiple world titles in boxing was a little harder several decades ago as there were just eight different weight divisions in the sport. Today there are 18 weight classes mainly due to the introduction of junior and super divisions as well the cruiserweight class. Some four-division champs have achieved the feat by gaining just […] The post The Top 16 Boxers To Win Titles In Four Or More Weight Divisions appeared first on Goliath.

By Ian Palmer

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

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

By Dave Roos

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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

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 Tokyo. Does that make the gold medalist in the decathlon the best athlete in the world?

By John Donovan

The Olympic flame is supposed to never go out until the games have ended. But hey, accidents happen. So how is the torch relit?

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Julia Layton

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

By Allison Loudermilk

On June 5, people will chase an 8-pound cheese down an absurdly steep hill in England. And it looks really fun.

By Julia Layton

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

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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

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Alison Cooper

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

By Dave Roos

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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?

By Debra Ronca

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.

By Dave Roos