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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.

When George W. Bush met Muhammad Ali at the White House last week, the
Champ had one last rope-a-dope up his sleeve. You don't have to guess
who won this match.

When Joe Louis defeated Nazi sympathizer Max Schmeling in 1938, it
was the boxing match that reverberated across the world. Three new
books chronicle the match and all the racial and political turmoil of
which it was an emblem.

Who is Diego Maradona, and how did a former
Argentinian soccer star become the nemesis of an American President?

Blogs

The decision by Knicks and Liberty CEO James Dolan to belligerently hire Isiah Thomas to run the Liberty defies understanding.

May 6, 2015

Rendering the oppressed invisible is a prerequisite to explosions like we have seen in Baltimore.

April 30, 2015

Camden Yards can be seen as a symbol of what ails urban America, and it’s hardly alone.

April 28, 2015

The decision by Baltimore’s mayor to lock baseball fans inside a stadium to “protect” them from protestors sent a message to the world built on a lie.

April 27, 2015

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