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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.

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.

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The decision by Judge Barbara Jones to reinstate Ray Rice stands as a brutal judgment on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

November 28, 2014

Black athletes are expressing views across social media about the killing of Michael Brown. It’s past time white athletes took some of this weight. 

November 25, 2014

The death of four-time mayor Marion Barry sent shockwaves through the District.

November 23, 2014

Is Roger Goodell exploiting an instance of child abuse to save his personal and professional brand?

November 20, 2014

The prescription drug abuse enabled by NFL teams is only the latest issue that has the federal government ready to breach the political moat that has long surrounded the world of football.

November 18, 2014

You don't become the first woman elected to head a men’s sports union by playing nice.

November 16, 2014

The United States is pushing to host the 2024 Oympics. Be afraid. Be very afraid. 

November 13, 2014

The ways in which the individual failings of athletes are discussed are profoundly coded by race.

November 11, 2014

People in power want these athletes to go away precisely because their own moral failings signal a far deeper rot.

November 6, 2014

The largest demonstration in history against the NFL’s racial slur of a brand has roots north of the border.

November 2, 2014