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The NBA Had It Coming

The Milwaukee Bucks’ going on strike and disrupting their season at one of its most crucial inflection points proves that the players’ activism is no longer a fringe movement.

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A Tale of Two Tennis G.O.A.T.s

Considered the greatest of all time by many, Serena Williams and Roger Federer will seek to solidify their legacies with another grand-slam title.

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How iRacing Is Democratizing Motorsports

These days, amateur speed enthusiasts can use digital simulators to compete against the car-racing industry’s biggest stars. The e-sports arena is a playground for gamers, pros, and talent scouts alike.

The New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier celebrates with teammates in a game against the Marlins on September 13, 2018.
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A Heartbreaking Reality for Mets Fans

Despite a fantastic start to the season that suggested the historically disappointing New York team was on the upswing, it appears greatness is still out of reach.

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The Man Who Brought Down Lance Armstrong

Floyd Landis, a former teammate of the cyclist’s, just won more than $1 million in a legal case against Armstrong. Here are his thoughts on the suit, cycling, and his onetime rival.

The UMBC Retrievers forward Daniel Akin (30) shoots the ball against Kansas State Wildcats forward Levi Stockard III (34) during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center
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The NCAA Is Facing a Crossroads

The college-sports body must decide whether to double down on its amateurism rules—or to use an ongoing FBI probe as a chance to soften its stance on players making money.

Adam Rippon skating
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The Out Olympics

Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy show the entertainment value, and political power, of gay people embracing full visibility.

The Cleveland Indians celebrate their victory over the Chicago White Sox
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Looking Beyond Chief Wahoo

The Cleveland Indians will stop wearing the controversial logo on their uniforms next year. What’s next for Native American–inspired imagery and names in the sports world?

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Parking for Gold

Competitive parking may not inspire the popular imagination like NASCAR or the NBA, but a handful of enthusiasts are hoping to change that. Welcome to the National Valet Olympics.

Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw
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World Series Hopes Ride on a Pair of Aces

Despite sluggers aplenty on Houston and Los Angeles, each club's title chances hinge on the pitching prowess of Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw.

Baltimore Ravens players, including former player Ray Lewis, kneel during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sept. 24.
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They Took a Knee

This weekend, a series of taunting messages from the president led to a widescale protest among players—in the NFL, and beyond.