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Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, Gordie Howe and many more. The Nation's readers choose their childhood sports heroes.

Sports are more than just games: when we play or watch sports, we are forming the ways we look at our world and understand issues of sexism, racism, homophobia and nationalism.

Despite Hosni Mubarak's support for their sport, Egyptian squash players now show no sympathy for the fallen dictator.

A hilarious, incisive look at taxpayer-funded stadiums.

Sports has a rich tradition of resistance politics. 

From Jackie Robinson and the first integrated sports teams to Pat Tillman and our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sports is woven into the fabric of our nation.

 There was a time—not too long ago—when black players were not allowed to play on "white" teams.

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The last week has seen the deaths of three sports trailblazers who in different ways brought us all closer together.

March 2, 2015

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