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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

After one game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins has made history as the first openly gay player in one of the “big four” sports in the United States.

February 23, 2014

Michael Sam’s press conference showed a young man who isn’t looking to be a trailblazer. He just wants to play football. That may have to be enough.

February 22, 2014

Former NFL player Wade Davis talks to us about Michael Sam and the risks and rewards of being gay in the NFL in 2014.

February 21, 2014

In a sickening display, Putin’s security forces unleash barbarism as a stark warning to others.

February 19, 2014

The brief detention of Pussy Riot members is only the latest in a series of oppressive arrests at this Olympics.

February 18, 2014

“Sochi is the land of Circassians. They can’t hide this anymore.”

February 17, 2014

The Ted Wells report about Miami Dolphins locker room bullying produces more questions than answers.

February 14, 2014

Why has the mainstream, right-wing response to NFL prospect and SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay been a chorus of crickets? 

February 13, 2014

Don’t let the glowing press around Mizzou distract from the school’s awful response to a rape allegation.

February 12, 2014

It’s been ninety years since ski jumping became an Olympic sport. Today was the first time women could compete.

February 11, 2014