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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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In a track meet how are false starts detected?

When every fraction of a second counts, a false start can completely change the outcome of a race. How are officials quick enough detect a false start?

How Bowling Pinsetters Work

If you've ever been to a bowling alley, you know that one of the coolest things is how the pins get reset. How does it work? Take a peek at the machinery behind the scenes.

How does the NFL salary cap work?

With the recent NFL draft, players are now negotiating contracts. Learn how the NFL's salary cap works, and how teams work under the salary cap with trades, signing bonuses, and other financial maneuvering.

How Paintball Works

Paintball has developed into a worldwide phenomenon. Players hunt opponents, take aim and splatter them with paint-filled “bullets” in guerilla-style faux warfare. If you've never played, you may have wondered what it's all about…

How Paintball Works 3-D Model

Check out this interactive 3D model of a paintball gun to better understand how it works.

How do they create patterns in a baseball field?

Baseball fields often have checkerboards and other patterns mowed into them. How can I create the same effect with my lawn?

How the Physics of Football Works

There's a reason why some of the quarterback's passes miss their target and others land perfectly in the receiver's hands -- it's physics! Learn the science of football and take a look at the game from a whole new angle.

How do retractable roofs in convertible stadiums work?

Ballparks are just as trendy as clothes and hairstyles. Today, a new trend in stadiums has led to the demolition of the Kingdome and the likely demise of the Astrodome. The latest trend in sports stadiums is the retractable-roof stadium.

How the First-Down Line Works

The virtual first-down line that you see in many televised football games is something of a computer-generated miracle that home viewers have come to love. Find out how this line gets "painted" on the field without painting the players.

How are the college football rankings determined?

I keep seeing the sports page refer to a college football team's rating as its "BCS Ranking." What does this mean?

How Pole Vaulting Works

The pole vault originated in Europe where men used the pole to cross canals filled with water. In this article we will learn a little bit about the history of pole vaulting and then explore the physics of the sport.

How Fencing Equipment Works

If you have been watching competitive fencing at the Olympics or in a college match, you know that fencing is an unusual sport, and it uses some very interesting equipment for scoring! Learn the ins and outs of different types of swordsmanship!

How Performance-enhancing Drugs Work

It seems as if hardly a day passes without a sports star being busted for using performance-enhancing drugs. Even with the sophisticated random and mandatory drug testing in most sports, a lot of athletes still think taking them is worth the risk. Why is that and how do these drugs really work?

In baseball, how does a pitcher throw a curveball?

If you didn't grow up tossing a baseball around, you may wonder how that amazing curveball is thrown. This article explains how it works and how to throw one yourself.

How Golf Clubs Work

Golf clubs incorporate an amazing amount of technology in a streamlined design. Clearly, teeing off with a driver isn't like teeing off with a big stick. So what are the factors that influence golf club design?

How do they make the ice at an ice skating rink?

Have you ever been ice skating in Florida? How do they keep the ice from melting? And how do they get the lines and the logos into the ice for a hockey game?

How does a perfect game in baseball work?

Sixteen major league perfect games have been pitched in the entire history of baseball. What's a pitcher's definition of perfection?

How do they superimpose the first-down line onto the field on televised football games?

Advancements in technology allow the home viewer to see all kinds of information that the fan in the stadium can't see. Learn how do the broadcast stations superimpose the first-down line on the football playing field.

How Ice Rinks Work

The things people do on ice rinks are so spectacular we sometimes forget how remarkable ice rinks themselves are. Maintaining a proper ice rink is a real feat of engineering. Get a behind the scenes look at this very cool technology.

How Minor League Baseball Teams Work

Almost every Major League Baseball player was groomed in the Minor League. Go behind the scenes with the Durham Bulls to find out all about the Minors!


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