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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?

Despite all their well-deserved success, the UConn women's basketball team struggles in the shadow of their megalomaniacal coach Geno Auriemma.

The vanquished Spartans of Michigan State have left a lot of people accustomed to limping through this recession start walking tall.

Why does the president of the NCAA think it's fine for TV networks and gamblers to profit from the Final Four, but not the players?

The embattled NBA Hall of Famer is perhaps the only figure who can expose "America's Toughest Sheriff" as the abusive bigot he is.

This is not about steroids, or an arrogant athlete getting his comeuppance--it's about the mess Bush made of the Justice Department.

The Nation's Dave Zirin explains why Barry Bonds case is the most public example of the abuses of the Bush-era Justice Department.

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The Mendocino high school basketball teams are learning an ugly lesson in the boundaries of free speech.

December 27, 2014

Fighting for breath when police and media are declaring war against a peaceful movement could not be more pressing.

December 22, 2014

Ariyana Smith lay on the court for four and a half minutes before her team’s game on November 29. She did not know that she would be the first in a historic movement of athletes speaking out against police violence.

December 19, 2014

Andrew Hawkins was morally compelled to whack the hornets nest that is the Cleveland police union, knowing they would sting.

December 17, 2014

Before discussing the importance of seeing women’s basketball players at Notre Dame and Cal-Berkley join the on-court #BlackLivesMatter movement, let’s remember the story of the legendary Wyomia Tyus.

December 15, 2014

By breaching the walls of the sports world, we can puncture the ultimate privilege in our society: that of blissful ignorance.

December 12, 2014

We need outspoken athletes, connected to social movements, to speak directly to the masses of people who have tuned out politics.

December 10, 2014

This weekend saw a series of quiet, on-field demonstrations in memory of Michael Brown and Eric Garner that demonstrate the reach of a new movement.

December 8, 2014

College football star Jameis Winston finds himself protected by police. But not without a price. 

December 5, 2014

San Francisco already suffers from all of the problems that the Olympics would exacerbate.

December 3, 2014