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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

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine comes amidst the Paralympics, a time when countries are supposed to abide by principles of peace.

March 16, 2014

There is a 23-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers rookie of great promise named Erisbel Arruebarrena, walking around spring training wearing number 11, and this bothers the holy hell out of me. There is only one number 11 for the Dodgers, and that is Manny Mota.

March 14, 2014

Jonathan Martin’s need for mental health care and his courage to blow the whistle on the Miami Dolphins has not prevented him from finding a new NFL home.

March 12, 2014

The deaths and imprisonments of the Palestinian soccer players at Israel’s hands demand answers.

March 10, 2014

The breakdown of negotiations has led Major League Soccer to fall back on what has become an all-too-familiar tactic in the world of sports.

March 7, 2014

Reading Jeff Pearlman’s new book about the 1980s Showtime Lakers has unearthed more than a few memories.

March 5, 2014

The shooting of two Palestinian teenage soccer players in the feet comes at a perilous time for Israel, as their future in FIFA will be debated this summer.

March 3, 2014

When will Roger Goodell and the NFL stand up and say they have a violence against women problem?

February 28, 2014

Nation sports editor Dave Zirin appeared alongside Muhammad Ali’s daughter Rasheda on MSNBC’s The Reid Report to discuss Ali’s legacy.

February 26, 2014

Roger Goodell has been saying all the right things about the NFL being an open and inclusive environment. Now it’s time to act.

February 26, 2014