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Babe Ruth's big bang changed baseball forever, giving America a thrilling symbol of power and an itch for the quick fix at the ballpark and in the world. Why can't we just ban the bomb?

Tragedy uncovers the diverse world of a school that had been known only for football.

What aroused Imus's twisted admiration and antagonism was the reality of
strong, determined, aggressive women.

The fact that the media is astonished that the Rutgers athletes are articulate and smart is a tragedy.

It's been thirty-five years since Title IX was passed, and women athletes are still battling the kind of sexism Imus espouses.

The openly gay former NBA star speaks eloquently against homophobia, the war in Iraq and racism.

The Bracket Racket has dragged athletes and institutions of higher learning into the mud of big money and pseudo-professional sports.

Former NBA player John Amaechi's admission that he is gay exposed the league's compassion and bigotry.

If the holiest day on the American calendar is Super Bowl Sunday, Vince Lombardi and Joe Namath were its early saints. So what does that make Pat Tillman?

Kudos to Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy for being the first two black coaches to lead teams to the Superbowl. But hold the applause for the NFL.

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In what could be an explosive lawsuit, the NFL may have to answer for changes in Jovan Belcher’s brain that led to his murder of Kasandra Perkins and his own suicide.

January 6, 2014

The NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Aaron Rodgers have shown, in distinct ways, that progress for LGBT rights in sports is elusive.

January 2, 2014

On "Black Monday" some firings just mask the rotting stench from the owner’s box.

December 30, 2013

The Obama administation has made a welcome and provocative choice to represent the United States in Sochi.

December 18, 2013

Following some terrific feedback from readers, I now have three more people to add to my list of Sportspeople of the Year. 

December 17, 2013

Choosing Peyton Manning as its Sportsperson of the Year was a resoundingly establishment choice by Sports Illustrated that serves to obscure the rumbling resistance to the status quo throughout the sports world.

December 16, 2013

Has a Native American named Jay Winter Nightwolf put a curse on this team? It seems hardly worth the effort.

December 13, 2013

Last year it was Gabrielle Douglas. Who is The Nation magazine sports editor’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2013?

December 11, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s history with the sports world is both more complicated and more challenging than meets the eye.

December 9, 2013

The now-dismissed sexual assault charges against star quarterback Jameis Winston reveal so much more than meets the eye.

December 5, 2013