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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

Recent comments by New York City sports radio stars Boomer Esiason and Mike Francesa revealed more than they intended.

April 7, 2014

“Richard Sherman is the conscience of the NFL” – Mike Freeman

April 3, 2014

We should not assume the #CancelColbert hashtag let Dan Snyder off the hook.

April 1, 2014

The recent Brazilian marine invasion of a favela, and the way the invasion was covered, raises serious concerns.

March 30, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board ruling that the Northwestern football team can unionize signals a massive sea-change in so-called amateur athletics.

March 26, 2014

Dan Snyder’s latest open letter about why he is not changing the name of his football team and his new foundation for Native Americans beggars belief.

March 25, 2014

Bringing Arne Duncan and NCAA President Mark Emmert together to discuss the question of compensating college athletes produced predictable results.

March 23, 2014

Michael Sam pays tribute to a campus that gave him the strength to make history.

March 21, 2014

It’s March Madness, that time of year when the NCAA’s revenue streams become a biblical flood, and this revenue gusher is creating an unholy pressure on the foundations of the NCAA, turning cracks into fissures.

March 18, 2014

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine comes amidst the Paralympics, a time when countries are supposed to abide by principles of peace.

March 16, 2014