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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.

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MLS players are unified and willing to strike. But they cannot win this without support.

February 25, 2015

At Grand Central Terminal, Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse is the lookout of choice when the police monitor #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators.

February 20, 2015

NBA star Steph Curry publicly remembered slain Chapel Hill student Deah Barakat over All-Star Weekend. This has resonance beyond just a kind gesture.

February 17, 2015

The Little League baseball champions from Chicago are being victimized by adults willfully ignorant of the realities of twenty-first-century cities. 

February 11, 2015

Dean Smith will be remembered for his legendary coaching career. He should also be remembered for taking unpopular stands for social justice. 

February 9, 2015

After a fourteen-year absence, Serena Williams is returning to a tournament where she faced racist abuse. She will not be alone.

February 6, 2015

Decisions are often made in sports out of sentiment. Boston fans should know that as well as anyone.

February 4, 2015

In order to seriously address the issues that plague the NFL, new leadership is required.

February 2, 2015

Why did Seattle choke away the Super Bowl? Some inside their locker room think that it’s because they were more concerned about optics than results.

February 2, 2015

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