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Sports make a great framework for examining politics.

Billy Hunter has a progressive spine and a background that has taken him from working with Huey Newton to sitting across the table from the most formidable commissioner in sports, David Stern.

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?

Blogs

The Justice Department’s quest to prosecute Barry Bonds is a shameful stain in their history. Now put him in the Hall of Fame.

April 23, 2015

Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks is looking for payback after New York’s Finest ended his season prematurely.

April 15, 2015

Eduardo Galeano taught us not to be embarrassed for refusing to acclimate to the horrors of the present.

April 13, 2015

Thabo Sefolosha encountered the NYPD at a club. A fellow NBA player had been stabbed. This interaction ended with Sefolosha being done for the season.

April 10, 2015

The near-miss by the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA final will not cause Scott Walker to lose a wink of sleep.

April 7, 2015

The most important coach in college basketball has decided to take a pass on whether he stands with the RFRA law that’s animating this year’s Final Four.

April 1, 2015

If the NCAA is serious about its opposition to Indiana's religious freedom law they should move the Final Four

March 31, 2015

Governor Mike Pence just signed a bill licensing discrimination against LGBT people.

March 28, 2015

Andy Schwarz explains why the NCAA is not only morally indefensible but economically ludicrous. 

March 27, 2015

When Chris Borland was trying to figure out his future, he spoke to an old school NFL rebel.

March 24, 2015