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Despite all their well-deserved success, the UConn women's basketball team struggles in the shadow of their megalomaniacal coach Geno Auriemma.

The vanquished Spartans of Michigan State have left a lot of people accustomed to limping through this recession start walking tall.

Why does the president of the NCAA think it's fine for TV networks and gamblers to profit from the Final Four, but not the players?

The embattled NBA Hall of Famer is perhaps the only figure who can expose "America's Toughest Sheriff" as the abusive bigot he is.

This is not about steroids, or an arrogant athlete getting his comeuppance--it's about the mess Bush made of the Justice Department.

The Nation's Dave Zirin explains why Barry Bonds case is the most public example of the abuses of the Bush-era Justice Department.

The case against Barry Bonds has begun to resemble the big marlin in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. In the end, all that may be left are the bones.

The Nation's Dave Zirin points out that when it comes to Major League Baseball and steroid use players are not the only ones who are wrong.

When it comes to steroids, no one, as A-Rod's alleged paramour Madonna might say, is like a virgin.

In America's first hard-times Super Bowl, superb athletes and a thrillingly played game rose to the challenge. Maybe the country can, too.

Blogs

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

In Miami, no one gave much of a chance to young boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. against the champ, Sonny Liston. It wouldn’t be the last time Clay would shock the world.

February 25, 2014