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After pressure from the local newspaper and the City Council
questioning the use of sweatshop labor to create Pittsburgh Pirates regalia, Major League Baseball seems willing to listen to activists' complaints.

If there is any message to be gleaned from the World Cup, it is
that soccer has finally shed its freight of machismo and anguish,
attracting a global audience of fans who simply want to have fun.

Soccer's not for wimps, but Team America and its fans have brought a
decidedly militarist mindset to the World Cup.

The Colorado Rockies recruit Christian players and claim God is at work on their game. Major League Baseball woos evangelicals with special "Faith Days at the Park." Something's going on here, but it has nothing to do with God.

Former Heisman trophy winner and ganja-smoking peacenik Ricky Williams is
contemplating the sweet life in the Canadian Football League. Here's
hoping he finds it.

To World Cup aficionados, soccer is a beautiful game, but to ideologues in the United States and Europe, it's a convenient political weapon against Iran's nuclear ambitions. Talk about spoilsports.

Soccer fans in Germany struck a blow against US corporate blandness by turning up their noses at the notion that Budweiser is the official beer of the games.

Bashing Barry Bonds has become a national sport, as the flawed slugger
nears matching Babe Ruth's record. But hasn't anyone considered the
faults of the Babe?

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.

Blogs

Sepp Blatter’s reign of error is over. But speculation about his and FIFA’s future has just begun.

June 2, 2015

Americans want to believe that sports are the last remaining venue for honest competition—but we’ve known otherwise for years.

May 29, 2015

Sepp Blatter's unreconstructed sexism is a slap in the face to everyone who supports women's soccer.

May 29, 2015

The future of the planned FIFA vote on Israeli soccer’s future may be in peril but it may have received an unexpected boost.

May 28, 2015

The dramatic arrests of leading FIFA officials are the tip of the iceberg. This could be the beginning of the end for the soccer federation in its current form.

May 27, 2015

Michael Sam’s need to sign with the Canadian Football League’s Montral franchise shames the NFL but could be the perfect place for Sam to show what he can do.

May 26, 2015

A key NBA playoff performer has his leg broken amidst a national movement on police violence and the sports media—for once—have little to say.

May 22, 2015

Who could have predicted that Brazil’s World Cup buildup would have disastrous results—other than everyone not financially vested in its success?

May 19, 2015

If Roger Goodell believes that all documents should be disclosed, let’s start with the ones he is holding under lock and key.

May 15, 2015

NFL owners using our tax dollars to salute the troops? It’s even worse than that.

May 13, 2015