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Protests in Iran have little in common with soccer riots, contrary to what Ahmadinejad would have us believe. They are far more serious--and more diverse.

Michael Vick and Maurice Clarett deserve a second chance to play in the NFL--not because they are innocent, but because the system itself is so profoundly guilty.

Progressives looking for a team to back in the NBA Finals should steer clear of the Orlando Magic, since their owner, Dick DeVos, is a powerful right-wing zealot.

To gauge her judicial temperament, take a close look at Sonia Sotomayor's rulings in sports. Left-wing in theory, right-wing in practice--no wonder she clicked so smoothly with the Obama administration.

Millions will be spent to bring the biggest event in sports to the Superdome, while the victims of Hurricane Katrina remain on the sidelines.

The richness of baseball's old, weird vernacular is pure, pointless creativity.

Major League Baseball continues to think that embarrassing individual players like Manny Ramirez is the best path to cleaning up the sport.

In a victory for the little people, a long-shot little horse from nowhere overcomes 50 to 1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby. But wait. Look who owns part of the horse.

A promising young athlete causes a furor because he's leaving high school to play pro basketball. What's so wrong with that?

The New York Yankees are forcing the owner's religious and political beliefs on every fan admitted to its $1.5 billion cathedral of baseball. How long can they get away with it?

Blogs

Bree Newsome showed remarkable political courage. She also perhaps gave a template for reimagining sports.

June 29, 2015

If the Confederate flag is seen as poisonous, then products bearing the Washington football team name should be regarded in similar fashion.

June 24, 2015

In 2007, University of South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier called for the Confederate flag to come down. He was right then and he should speak out now.

June 22, 2015

As the greatest player approaches her apex in the Women’s World Cup, it becomes all the clearer how sexism warps the popularity of the sport.

June 16, 2015

Will the scandals roiling FIFA put a stop to the deadly construction projects?

June 15, 2015

Dusty Rhodes was a fake wrestler telling real truths in dark times.

June 12, 2015

The NBA Finals coaches had their paths shaped by the conflicts of the Middle East, albeit on very different sides of the barbed wire.

June 10, 2015

As the Warriors play in the NBA finals, could all the sports franchises of Oakland leave town?

June 8, 2015

Sepp Blatter’s reign of error is over. But speculation about his and FIFA’s future has just begun.

June 2, 2015

Americans want to believe that sports are the last remaining venue for honest competition—but we’ve known otherwise for years.

May 29, 2015