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Of the top fifteen men's players in the world, seven of them are Egyptian, and the women's side is not far behind.

Athletes need to realize that they can shape their own image much more successfully than athletes of previous generations.

Carl Yastrzemski

My family always rooted for the underdog.

Hank Thompson and Bobby Thomson

Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard ’round the world” and something my father told me.

Monica Seles

The collective resentment of Monica Seles was an expression of our cultural discomfort with a kind of overt female aggression that seems to revel in itself.

Frank Beard

I may have been delusional about my golf game, but not about Frank Beard's.

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig epitomized the dignified athlete.

Toller Cranston

Toller Cranston single-handedly reinvented men's skating.

Blogs

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

A bipartisan team of power brokers is fighting for the 2024 Summer Olympics to come to Washington, DC. Here is why we should resist.

January 6, 2015

Dave Zirin appeared on MSNBC's The Reid Report to talk about the passing of the trailblazing ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott.

January 5, 2015