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Runner Caster Semenya showed up to race this week and the International Association of Athletics Federations wouldn't let her--when Semenya's only "crime" is that she may be intersex.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can moralize all he wants about the "educational mission" of the NCAA schools playing in March Madness--but no one is watching to learn about players' majors.

Nation sports writer Dave Zirin discusses what Tiger Woods's return to the Masters means for his image--and for the tournament.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili expose the International Olympic Committee charter as a lie.

The thirty-second spots for chips, beer, babes and flatulent slackers star in the big game.

The Tim Tebow commercial is no departure at all for viewers of the big game.

If not for the incessant backlash against NBA players, the all-white All-American Basketball Alliance would never have gotten off the ground.

The Supreme Court will soon tell the NFL whether it can knock out competition by cutting deals as a single entity.

University of Texas football coach Mack Brown is getting a $2 million bonus while the rest of campus is tightening its belt.

Blogs

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player with a chance of making an NFL team, now finds himself on the outside looking in.

September 2, 2014

The NFL’s stance against domestic violence is just a PR stunt.

August 29, 2014

Sarah Palin’s screed against those who oppose the Washington football team name has something in common with that of the owner Dan Snyder: it pretends Native Americans do not exist.

August 27, 2014

The rise of the all African-American little league from Chicago has revealed a great deal in the wake of Ferguson, about what we choose to see and not see with regards to race.

August 24, 2014

People are asking why black athletes aren’t speaking out about Ferguson. It’s the wrong question at the wrong time.

August 22, 2014

Fighting racism, sexism and anti-LGBT bigotry is not a distraction from building a united struggle but a precondition for building a united struggle.

August 18, 2014

Pro wrestling star Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP)  decided that he could no longer shake his fist at his TV, and traveled to Ferguson to be a part of the protests.

August 16, 2014

Becky Hammon will be the first full-time female assistant coach in any major professional men’s sport in the United States.

August 7, 2014

The NFL has a serious violence-against-women problem.

July 24, 2014

The beach is supposed to be a refuge for the children of Gaza. Now it is the scene of a war crime.

July 21, 2014