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In South Africa ethnic violence against foreigners is beginning to spread and the growing voice of opposition comes from an unlikely source--soccer stars.

The mother of Pat Tillman--football star, Army ranger and casualty of war--reflects on how the Pentagon has distorted the truth and the NFL has exploited the tragedy.

Some sportswriters just don't get it.

For fans, the pigskin meat market is mindless fun, but for young players, football is no fantasy.

The Warriors will miss this year's NBA playoffs, but they can still be winners by reaching out to at-risk youth in Oakland.

Boycotts of the Beijing Olympics are easy. What's harder is moving China towards meaningful progress on human rights.

A ballpark for rich folks displaces the poor. But the Washington Post fails to utter a discouraging word.

A new book advocates equality for men and women on the playing field. But is that still a field of dreams?

Protest is as much a part of the Olympic tradition as lighting the
torch.

Cracking down once again in Tibet, China seeks to control the script on its flawed human rights record, yet still be regarded as a suitable host for the Olympics. Dream on.

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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

The NFL has an “army” assembled to fight domestic violence.

December 1, 2014