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By selecting George Mitchell to head a steroids inquiry, Major League Baseball keeps the focus strictly on players, not on the owners who silently encourage abuse.

In Sound and Fury, sportswriter Dave Kindred examines the intersecting lives of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell.

Major League Baseball owners may gripe, but the World Baseball Classic
provides a glimpse of an alternative future for our national pastime.

Swagger was America's chosen posture at the Winter Olympics. Once
again, sport imitated life: boasting got us nowhere at the Turin games
or in the world.

The Winter Olympics are to NBC what icebergs were to the Titanic.
Jingoistic, condescending coverage missed the real drama.

Racial tensions between black and Latino players have been exposed in
the ongoing controversy over how to honor Roberto Clemente.

On the eve of the Super Bowl, former cornerback Anthony Prior raises hot-button allegations of racism in the National Football League.

Munich is a first-rate spy thriller featuring an assassin who reveals his soul. Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain gives two extraordinary actors time and space to develop a rare emotional interplay. Match Point puzzles with a dirty-minded energy. And Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is true to the Depression-era original.

The New York Mets' squelching of first baseman Carlos
Delgado's longstanding protest of the war in Iraq during the
seventh-inning stretch speaks volumes about how the rules of the game
have changed on political dissent.

As the clock ticks down to former gang leader Stanley
Tookie Williiams's scheduled execution on December 13, football great
Jim Brown is helping lead the fight to convince Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger to grant clemency.

Blogs

The NFL has a serious violence-against-women problem.

July 24, 2014

The beach is supposed to be a refuge for the children of Gaza. Now it is the scene of a war crime.

July 21, 2014

Dwight Howard and other NBA players are finding out that showing even token support for Palestinians comes with a price.

July 17, 2014

We shouldn’t forget about the beauty of sports just because FIFA has no soul.

July 14, 2014

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