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Protests in Iran have little in common with soccer riots, contrary to what Ahmadinejad would have us believe. They are far more serious--and more diverse.

Michael Vick and Maurice Clarett deserve a second chance to play in the NFL--not because they are innocent, but because the system itself is so profoundly guilty.

Progressives looking for a team to back in the NBA Finals should steer clear of the Orlando Magic, since their owner, Dick DeVos, is a powerful right-wing zealot.

To gauge her judicial temperament, take a close look at Sonia Sotomayor's rulings in sports. Left-wing in theory, right-wing in practice--no wonder she clicked so smoothly with the Obama administration.

Millions will be spent to bring the biggest event in sports to the Superdome, while the victims of Hurricane Katrina remain on the sidelines.

The richness of baseball's old, weird vernacular is pure, pointless creativity.

Major League Baseball continues to think that embarrassing individual players like Manny Ramirez is the best path to cleaning up the sport.

In a victory for the little people, a long-shot little horse from nowhere overcomes 50 to 1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby. But wait. Look who owns part of the horse.

A promising young athlete causes a furor because he's leaving high school to play pro basketball. What's so wrong with that?

The New York Yankees are forcing the owner's religious and political beliefs on every fan admitted to its $1.5 billion cathedral of baseball. How long can they get away with it?

Blogs

I predicted last year that LeBron James would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here is why. 

July 12, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

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