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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

Everyone will remember the score of yesterday’s game. But will they remember the numbers of Brazilians that FIFA has displaced and disenfranchised?

July 9, 2014

There is a narrative emerging in the US press that Brazil’s protests have been small because everyone is just happy with the World Cup. It’s not true. 

July 7, 2014

As two are dead and nineteen injured as an overpass collapsed in Belo Horizonte. The most awful part of this tragedy is that it did not have to happen.

July 3, 2014

The role that Israel is playing in arming Brazil's World Cup securities has activists up in arms, and raises disturbing questions about the future of our cities.

June 30, 2014

Suspending Luis Suárez is the right thing to do. But the organization responsible for issuing judgment is absent of moral weight.

June 25, 2014

Whether in Brazil or the United States, opponents of Native rights have taken to the tactic of pretending indigenous social justice activists simply do not exist.

June 21, 2014

Another day of World Cup games means another day of protests from the Brazilian people. 

June 19, 2014

Favela Vila Autódromo has lost 30 percent of its homes in the last year. Their crime is being next to the 2016 Olympic Village.

June 18, 2014

For many of Brazil’s residents, the battles between World Cup teams aren’t nearly as important as the battle to keep their homes, or to protest free from the threat of violence.

June 16, 2014

Police repression of a FIFA Go Home protest near Brazil’s legendary Maracanã stadum had unintended consequences.

June 16, 2014