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Rube Walker

“Third-string catchers are rarely anybody's hero, but Rube Walker remains one of mine.”

Muhammad Ali

It wasn't until Magic Johnson came along that there was anyone who so completely altered our understanding of a sport and its possibilities more than Muhammad Ali.

Willie Stargel

Willie and Roberto weren't just the best; they were greatness.

Highlights from The Nation's sports reporting over the past one hundred years.

A bet on a horse in the 1949 Grand National resulted in the largest collective transfer of wealth ever to communism's stalwarts in Britain.

After an eighteen-week labor standoff, the National Football League players' union has unanimously voted to approve an agreement that promotes player health and safety.

Musician Carlos Santana spoke out at Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game in Atlanta against a new law that shreds the civil rights of Georgia's latino population. The crowd booed him.

According to Dave Zirin, the ongoing National Football League lockout hearings are all about the owners trying to take advantage of players and fans.

Three former teammates have testified that they saw the cyclist take performance-enhancing drugs, but the fans Armstrong has built through his support for cancer research are loyal and will stick with him.

The upcoming pro football season is in danger of being canceled because of a little dust-up between millionaires and billionaires.


After eight hours in the sun, I’m still stunned by enormity and spirit of the crowd and still conflicted by many of the speeches.

August 24, 2013

The point guard’s on-court ability insulates him from being banished by league executives and team owners who  like unions about as much as David Stern likes baggy jeans.

August 22, 2013

The LGBT community celebrated the thought of an athletic kiss-in at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. But there may be less than meets the eye.

August 19, 2013

I’ve never seen a sports documentary that marries political nuance and energy quite like The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

August 17, 2013

A column on Fox Sports makes a ridiculous comparison, but even worse, traffics in a myth about the great Rosa Parks. 

August 11, 2013

The idea of prohibiting Russia from entering the Olympics due to its anti-LGBT oppression makes less sense the more you examine its premise.

August 9, 2013

Three different sports stories share the common thread of reflecting the racism that's surfaced in the Summer of 2013.

August 7, 2013

Major League Baseball—which reaped the financial rewards of the steroids era through feigned naïveté—is now content to scapegoat the players for the current crisis.

August 6, 2013

Any serious discussion about performance enhancing drugs in baseball needs to address the fact that it is Latin American players who are getting caught.

August 5, 2013

Alex Rodriguez is facing unprecedented sanctions by Major League Baseball, which is exactly why the union should have his back.

August 4, 2013