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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

Everyone will remember the score of yesterday’s game. But will they remember the numbers of Brazilians that FIFA has displaced and disenfranchised?

July 9, 2014

There is a narrative emerging in the US press that Brazil’s protests have been small because everyone is just happy with the World Cup. It’s not true. 

July 7, 2014

As two are dead and nineteen injured as an overpass collapsed in Belo Horizonte. The most awful part of this tragedy is that it did not have to happen.

July 3, 2014

The role that Israel is playing in arming Brazil's World Cup securities has activists up in arms, and raises disturbing questions about the future of our cities.

June 30, 2014

Suspending Luis Suárez is the right thing to do. But the organization responsible for issuing judgment is absent of moral weight.

June 25, 2014

Whether in Brazil or the United States, opponents of Native rights have taken to the tactic of pretending indigenous social justice activists simply do not exist.

June 21, 2014

Another day of World Cup games means another day of protests from the Brazilian people. 

June 19, 2014

Favela Vila Autódromo has lost 30 percent of its homes in the last year. Their crime is being next to the 2016 Olympic Village.

June 18, 2014

For many of Brazil’s residents, the battles between World Cup teams aren’t nearly as important as the battle to keep their homes, or to protest free from the threat of violence.

June 16, 2014

Police repression of a FIFA Go Home protest near Brazil’s legendary Maracanã stadum had unintended consequences.

June 16, 2014