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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?

WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes has just come out of the closet. But why
didn't anyone care?

Strip-mining the Dominican Republic for talent, Major League Baseball
periodically plucks one lucky boy from his home and family and gives
him a dream for a better life. But what happens the other 99 left
behind in "baseball factories," still hoping?

War hero and former NFL star Pat Tillman was not the GI Joe icon
created by Pentagon spinmeisters. He was a fiercely independent thinker
convinced that the war in Iraq was illegal. Bereaved military families,
also angered at Pentagon exploitation of their loved ones, are joining
the critical chorus.

Washington Wizards power forward Etan Thomas is using
his swoosh-adorned status as a sports star to speak out on the gross
negligence of the Bush Administration.

In The Godfather, Part II, dying mob boss Hyman Roth wheezes the
obscene truth to young Don Michael Corleone.

The Jack Johnson story is about many things, but none more emphatically than the meaning of manhood to the Anglo-Saxon imagination at the turn of the century.

Toward the end of the undervalued 1979 movie adaptation of former pro football receiver Peter Gent's undervalued 1973 novel, North Dallas Forty, a beat, bent lineman, played by the late Jo

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This is not a personal conduct policy. It is an amateurish, pandering, and altogether odious exercise in public relations.

September 17, 2014

Janay Rice is being revictimized by the media.

September 16, 2014

If the NFL wants to truly change, and not just clean up its image, it should fire Roger Goodell and replace him with forward-thinking football insiders.

September 15, 2014

In a speech for the ages, CBS sports broadcaster James Brown stands up to toxic masculinity.

September 12, 2014

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

Has Roger Goodell been lying about whether or not anyone in his office had access to the elevator videotape of Ray Rice's assault of Janay Rice? A bombshell report by the AP makes this case.

September 10, 2014

The league treated Rice’s abhorrent behavior as a public relations issue, not a domestic violence issue.

September 9, 2014

The lack of concern for Janay Rice now that the video of Ray Rice knocking her unconscious has been released is truly troubling.

September 8, 2014

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson “self-reported” an e-mail full of racist theories about how to get more white fans. But how much did Levenson’s words stray from the NBA’s own corporate gameplan?

September 8, 2014

When ESPN reporters and fans aren’t buying a racist name, it might be time for Dan Snyder to sell.

September 5, 2014