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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 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