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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.

The best-known hockey mom in the country gets booed at a game in Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. Failing candidate, failed bank, failed stunt: you can't make this stuff up.

Polititians routinely manipulate Americans' fixation with sports. But Sarah Palin plays an extreme--and disingenuous--version of the game.

Blogs

The NFL may say officially that “Redskins” “is not a slur,” but 1968 bronze medalist and medal-stand protester John Carlos, a man who has had more than a few invectives tossed his way over the years, disagrees.

June 4, 2014

For the first time in its eighty-six-year existence, the Palestinian national team has qualified for a major international tournament. 

June 2, 2014

In an era of carbon copies, I’m beyond grateful that Lance Stephenson can still exist and remind us of what once was.

May 30, 2014

Misogyny becomes weaponized when a culture excuses it and looks the other way.

May 27, 2014

Sterling’s quiet exit is a great outcome for the NBA brass—but not for justice.

May 23, 2014

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has long loathed the political spotlight. He grabbed it this week to criticize the very World Cup he helped bring to his country.

May 20, 2014

LA Clippers deposed owner Donald Sterling will be taking the NBA to court. This could get very interesting. 

May 19, 2014

The World Cup is rapidly coming to Brazil. The protests are already there.

May 15, 2014

Sam fell to the 249th pick in the seventh round. His desire to control his own narrative was more harmful than his forty time.

May 10, 2014

Few owners would survive the kind of scrutiny that Donald Sterling has been subject to, and that’s exactly why it should be applied.

May 7, 2014