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Congressional hearings about head injuries in the NFL raise questions about the consequences for old-timers and present-day players.

Slugger Gary Sheffield's intemperate remarks about the black/Latino divide have rattled batting cages and plunged baseball into the immigration debate.

Sports Illustrated's "all time" team is unfairly skewed to honor major league players from the segregation era at the expense of equally deserving players from the Negro League.

Jason Giambi finally got around to telling the truth about baseball and steroids. So naturally, Major League Baseball is out to smear him.

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.

Blogs

The Seattle Seahawks are representing a new sports/politics paradigm, one that with a Super Bowl win could be felt for a generation.

January 30, 2015

It’s time again for America’s annual concussion carnival.

January 29, 2015

The fining of Marshawn Lynch by Roger Goodell speaks to far larger hypocrisies and prejudices that emanate from the NFL's central office. 

January 27, 2015

At the heart of a silly scandal, there is a damning truth about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the billionaires he represents. 

January 26, 2015

It makes perfect sense why people care about the NFL's latest scandal more than the State of the Union address: because it’s real.

January 21, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali shared a bond in their commitment against war and for social justice. It wasn’t a popular bond and it deserves to be remembered. 

January 18, 2015

The success of the Palestinian national soccer team has always been about more than wins and losses. 

January 15, 2015

My sportswriting mentor and hero Mike Marqusee has died. If you don’t know his work, here is a time to learn it.

January 13, 2015

Ohio State and Oregon will play for the college football title, with little regard for the effect on their academic mission.

January 12, 2015

The USOC’s choice to propose having the 2024 Olympics to Boston should be seen as a call to protest.

January 9, 2015