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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

Blogs

The Ted Wells report about Miami Dolphins locker room bullying produces more questions than answers.

February 14, 2014

Why has the mainstream, right-wing response to NFL prospect and SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay been a chorus of crickets? 

February 13, 2014

Don’t let the glowing press around Mizzou distract from the school’s awful response to a rape allegation.

February 12, 2014

It’s been ninety years since ski jumping became an Olympic sport. Today was the first time women could compete.

February 11, 2014

According to Nation sports editor Dave Zirin, it’s NFL executives and not NFL players who are scared of having a gay player in the locker room.

February 11, 2014

Will Michael Sam’s coming out force NFL owners to make the league more inclusive?

February 11, 2014

“A lot of money was spent, a lot of damage incurred, and now we don't know what to do with what we've got.”

February 11, 2014

The big guy upstairs picks sides in the Super Bowl. 

February 11, 2014

Speaking on C-SPAN, former US Olympic luge member Samantha Retrosi spoke about the tenuous position of amateur athletes.

February 10, 2014

All-American Michael Sam’s coming out is new and historic. The early reaction by NFL GMs is tired and bigoted.

February 10, 2014