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Rube Walker

“Third-string catchers are rarely anybody's hero, but Rube Walker remains one of mine.”

Muhammad Ali

It wasn't until Magic Johnson came along that there was anyone who so completely altered our understanding of a sport and its possibilities more than Muhammad Ali.

Willie Stargel

Willie and Roberto weren't just the best; they were greatness.

Highlights from The Nation's sports reporting over the past one hundred years.

A bet on a horse in the 1949 Grand National resulted in the largest collective transfer of wealth ever to communism's stalwarts in Britain.

After an eighteen-week labor standoff, the National Football League players' union has unanimously voted to approve an agreement that promotes player health and safety.

Musician Carlos Santana spoke out at Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game in Atlanta against a new law that shreds the civil rights of Georgia's latino population. The crowd booed him.

According to Dave Zirin, the ongoing National Football League lockout hearings are all about the owners trying to take advantage of players and fans.

Three former teammates have testified that they saw the cyclist take performance-enhancing drugs, but the fans Armstrong has built through his support for cancer research are loyal and will stick with him.

The upcoming pro football season is in danger of being canceled because of a little dust-up between millionaires and billionaires.

Blogs

The NFL’s stance against domestic violence is just a PR stunt.

August 29, 2014

Sarah Palin’s screed against those who oppose the Washington football team name has something in common with that of the owner Dan Snyder: it pretends Native Americans do not exist.

August 27, 2014

The rise of the all African-American little league from Chicago has revealed a great deal in the wake of Ferguson, about what we choose to see and not see with regards to race.

August 24, 2014

People are asking why black athletes aren’t speaking out about Ferguson. It’s the wrong question at the wrong time.

August 22, 2014

Fighting racism, sexism and anti-LGBT bigotry is not a distraction from building a united struggle but a precondition for building a united struggle.

August 18, 2014

Pro wrestling star Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP)  decided that he could no longer shake his fist at his TV, and traveled to Ferguson to be a part of the protests.

August 16, 2014

Becky Hammon will be the first full-time female assistant coach in any major professional men’s sport in the United States.

August 7, 2014

The NFL has a serious violence-against-women problem.

July 24, 2014

The beach is supposed to be a refuge for the children of Gaza. Now it is the scene of a war crime.

July 21, 2014

Dwight Howard and other NBA players are finding out that showing even token support for Palestinians comes with a price.

July 17, 2014