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Samantha Retrosi

As a luge competitor at the 2006 Winter Games, I saw the dehumanization and corporate domination behind the Olympic ideal.

They’ve been competing for decades—but now they’re proudly and publicly out.

As a former George Washington University basketball player and the first openly transgender Division I athlete, Kye Allums is no stranger to transgender ignorance in the media.

Redskins helmets

Conservatives have a convenient belief that when it comes to racism, it’s all about intent. 

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

For decades, Native Americans have fought to change the NFL team’s name. Now, finally, there’s a groundswell for change.

Protests in Brazil

What could have provoked such massive protests against a soccer festival from the sport’s most passionate fans?

San Antonio Spurs

The underdogs may have enough in the tank to surprise us again next year.

Protests in Brazil

Most Brazilians feel that the biggest football festival in the world, along with the foundation of their country, is being stolen from them.

NCAA press conference

The annual hoops hysteria known as March Madness generates a tidal wave of revenue—but the players don’t receive a dime of it.

Black September commando

The security mania and spending orgy of our present-day Olympics were truly born that tragic September, forty years ago. 

Blogs

In what could be an explosive lawsuit, the NFL may have to answer for changes in Jovan Belcher’s brain that led to his murder of Kasandra Perkins and his own suicide.

January 6, 2014

The NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Aaron Rodgers have shown, in distinct ways, that progress for LGBT rights in sports is elusive.

January 2, 2014

On "Black Monday" some firings just mask the rotting stench from the owner’s box.

December 30, 2013

The Obama administation has made a welcome and provocative choice to represent the United States in Sochi.

December 18, 2013

Following some terrific feedback from readers, I now have three more people to add to my list of Sportspeople of the Year. 

December 17, 2013

Choosing Peyton Manning as its Sportsperson of the Year was a resoundingly establishment choice by Sports Illustrated that serves to obscure the rumbling resistance to the status quo throughout the sports world.

December 16, 2013

Has a Native American named Jay Winter Nightwolf put a curse on this team? It seems hardly worth the effort.

December 13, 2013

Last year it was Gabrielle Douglas. Who is The Nation magazine sports editor’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2013?

December 11, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s history with the sports world is both more complicated and more challenging than meets the eye.

December 9, 2013

The now-dismissed sexual assault charges against star quarterback Jameis Winston reveal so much more than meets the eye.

December 5, 2013