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In the best of all possible worlds, 8-8-08 will be the luckiest of dates for China, as the Olympic Games put the country on display. Or it could become a real nightmare.

With the indictment of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback on federal conspiracy charges for running an alleged dogfighting operation, the media went into attack mode.

Political struggle and its relation to sports is a question not of the past but of the future.

Congressional hearings about head injuries in the NFL raise questions about the consequences for old-timers and present-day players.

Slugger Gary Sheffield's intemperate remarks about the black/Latino divide have rattled batting cages and plunged baseball into the immigration debate.

Sports Illustrated's "all time" team is unfairly skewed to honor major league players from the segregation era at the expense of equally deserving players from the Negro League.

Jason Giambi finally got around to telling the truth about baseball and steroids. So naturally, Major League Baseball is out to smear him.

Babe Ruth's big bang changed baseball forever, giving America a thrilling symbol of power and an itch for the quick fix at the ballpark and in the world. Why can't we just ban the bomb?

Tragedy uncovers the diverse world of a school that had been known only for football.

What aroused Imus's twisted admiration and antagonism was the reality of
strong, determined, aggressive women.

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In what could be an explosive lawsuit, the NFL may have to answer for changes in Jovan Belcher’s brain that led to his murder of Kasandra Perkins and his own suicide.

January 6, 2014

The NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Aaron Rodgers have shown, in distinct ways, that progress for LGBT rights in sports is elusive.

January 2, 2014

On "Black Monday" some firings just mask the rotting stench from the owner’s box.

December 30, 2013

The Obama administation has made a welcome and provocative choice to represent the United States in Sochi.

December 18, 2013

Following some terrific feedback from readers, I now have three more people to add to my list of Sportspeople of the Year. 

December 17, 2013

Choosing Peyton Manning as its Sportsperson of the Year was a resoundingly establishment choice by Sports Illustrated that serves to obscure the rumbling resistance to the status quo throughout the sports world.

December 16, 2013

Has a Native American named Jay Winter Nightwolf put a curse on this team? It seems hardly worth the effort.

December 13, 2013

Last year it was Gabrielle Douglas. Who is The Nation magazine sports editor’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2013?

December 11, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s history with the sports world is both more complicated and more challenging than meets the eye.

December 9, 2013

The now-dismissed sexual assault charges against star quarterback Jameis Winston reveal so much more than meets the eye.

December 5, 2013