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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.

Joe Namath

My two first sports heroes, in a long and ever-expanding gallery, were oddly matched, though both wore the number twelve.
 

Roberto Clemente

I was blown away by the intensity and grace with which Roberto Clemente played the game.

Jim Thorpe

As we near the 100th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s triumph in the 1912 Olympics, his story is worth telling again and again.

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe stands out as an athlete who used his gift and his fame to serve larger causes.

Blogs

An article by The New York Times about sport's role in progressive politics tells a very selective history.

May 3, 2014

Nation sports editor Dave Zirin, appearing on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This, discusses Donald Sterling’s ban and what should be done next.

May 2, 2014

As any union organizer will tell you, a threatened strike is a tactic in and of itself.

April 30, 2014

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver brought down the hammer. But there is more work to be done.

April 29, 2014

John Carlos has some strong feelings about what fans, players and NBA owners should do about Donald Sterling.

April 29, 2014

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has to account for why the owners have abided Sterling for so long.

April 27, 2014

Following the uproar over audio revelations of a racist rant by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, it is worth noting that Sterling’s racism, misogyny and otherwise awful behavior is nothing new.

April 26, 2014

It was revealed this week that the company Academi—the rebranded private militia once known as Blackwater—has been providing security training for the 2014 World Cup.

April 25, 2014

Football coach Pat Fitzgerald has led a scorched-earth operation to keep his team from voting “yes” in their historic union election.

April 24, 2014

In Brazil, the impact of sports mega-events like the World Cup on the environment is nothing to cheer.

April 22, 2014