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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

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is the first Asian-American in the NBA. He’s also a lot more.

February 9, 2012

The aftermath of the Port Said "riot" has been the exact opposite of what the military rulers expected.

February 7, 2012

My Super Bowl heroes were outside, not inside, the stadium.

February 6, 2012

Unions in Indiana have used Super Bowl week to talk about the state’s “right to work” legislation. They shouldn’t stop before Sunday.

February 3, 2012

CBS columnist Gregg Doyel hates the thought of Super Bowl protests. But he doesn’t know why.

February 1, 2012

The AFL-CIO and the Occupy movement will be protesting Sunday's big game if Governor Mitch Daniels signs “right to work” legislation.

January 31, 2012

Joe Paterno's memorial service turned into a spotlight opportunity for Nike Chairman Phil Knight to defend Paterno as a great victim. 

January 27, 2012

As reported in the New York Daily News, I have issued a formal request to Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights to co-host a film screening of the documentary Battle for Brooklyn.

January 24, 2012

The death of Joe Paterno raises questions about whether one moral failing can erase a sixty-year legacy.

January 22, 2012

Unreal. In a time of budget cuts, we have massive rise in football salaries, all while talking about reform.

January 21, 2012