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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 shooting of two Palestinian teenage soccer players in the feet comes at a perilous time for Israel, as their future in FIFA will be debated this summer.

March 3, 2014

When will Roger Goodell and the NFL stand up and say they have a violence against women problem?

February 28, 2014

Nation sports editor Dave Zirin appeared alongside Muhammad Ali’s daughter Rasheda on MSNBC’s The Reid Report to discuss Ali’s legacy.

February 26, 2014

Roger Goodell has been saying all the right things about the NFL being an open and inclusive environment. Now it’s time to act.

February 26, 2014

In Miami, no one gave much of a chance to young boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. against the champ, Sonny Liston. It wouldn’t be the last time Clay would shock the world.

February 25, 2014

After one game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins has made history as the first openly gay player in one of the “big four” sports in the United States.

February 23, 2014

Michael Sam’s press conference showed a young man who isn’t looking to be a trailblazer. He just wants to play football. That may have to be enough.

February 22, 2014

Former NFL player Wade Davis talks to us about Michael Sam and the risks and rewards of being gay in the NFL in 2014.

February 21, 2014

In a sickening display, Putin’s security forces unleash barbarism as a stark warning to others.

February 19, 2014

The brief detention of Pussy Riot members is only the latest in a series of oppressive arrests at this Olympics.

February 18, 2014