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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.

The notoriously apolitical Tiger Woods's presence at Barack Obama's pre-inauguration concert could have been momentous. But it wasn't.

A sports arena and a basketball team recently have become the unlikely setting and target of protests against Israel's attacks on Gaza.

In 2008, the wall between sports and politics, which we are told is as immutable as Gibraltar, was not only challenged, it was
thoroughly breached.

The Nation's Dave Zirin revisits the highlights of 2008 and sheds light on the late season meltdown of the New York Jets.

The path to the White House shouldn't be easier than the path to coach college football at Oregon State.

Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been accused of insider trading. Is he guilty or just a target because of his larger-than-life persona and populist appeal?

All the Denver Broncos wideout l wanted to do was celebrate Obama's victory--but his teammates censored him and the media ridiculed him. Why?

Merritt Paulson, son of Henry Paulson, asks the city of Portland to fund his new sports stadiums even though he can afford it.

Blogs

Black athletes are expressing views across social media about the killing of Michael Brown. It’s past time white athletes took some of this weight. 

November 25, 2014

The death of four-time mayor Marion Barry sent shockwaves through the District.

November 23, 2014

Is Roger Goodell exploiting an instance of child abuse to save his personal and professional brand?

November 20, 2014

The prescription drug abuse enabled by NFL teams is only the latest issue that has the federal government ready to breach the political moat that has long surrounded the world of football.

November 18, 2014

You don't become the first woman elected to head a men’s sports union by playing nice.

November 16, 2014

The United States is pushing to host the 2024 Oympics. Be afraid. Be very afraid. 

November 13, 2014

The ways in which the individual failings of athletes are discussed are profoundly coded by race.

November 11, 2014

People in power want these athletes to go away precisely because their own moral failings signal a far deeper rot.

November 6, 2014

The largest demonstration in history against the NFL’s racial slur of a brand has roots north of the border.

November 2, 2014

A bafflingly sexist move could scar the 2015 Women's World Cup.

October 31, 2014