In São Paulo recently, gunmen raided the fan club of popular first division soccer team Corinthians called Pavilion 9 during a party, forced eight members to the floor and murdered them in cold blood.
What is it about professional competitors that seem to make so many set on self-destruction? After years of working out, training and imagining the big time, pro athletes often turn out to be their own worst opponent when it comes to enjoying a rewarding career.
Inflation, poor attendance, lackluster play and massive debts are causing Brazil's football clubs to count their pennies this Christmas.
It takes a helluva lot of talent, and/or smarts, to allegedly pull one of the greatest sports fixes of all time. However, it takes even more oomph to never get caught.
A reporter once wrote that sports train us for the heartbreaks of real life without imposing any actual consequences. That's the beauty of the game: there's always next year. But there is no next year for Jonathan Denver. And this is what's robbing sports of everything good.
Despite sports being an entertainment industry, being a fan is not about maximizing pleasure. In order to earn the right to celebrate victory, you must experience the agony of defeat.
The futebol drama unfolds as president Dilma and her close advisers seek to balance the nation's civic religion and number one source of nationalistic pride with more serious matters of state
Sandusky's arrest last November triggered a wave of news coverage. But what is the media coverage saying, and how might it affect the public conversation as Sandusky's trial moves forward?
It's not just colleges, or sports, or the Catholic Church. To make sure that parents and children are not afraid, we need to reconsider and reconfigure the norms in every institution that they participate in.
I have no idea whether Mr. Sandusky perpetrated these heinous acts or whether Dr. Spanier, Mr. Paterno, Mr. Curley, Mr. McQueary or anyone else knowingly or recklessly facilitated or even tolerated them. I do know that in America, we are innocent until proven guilty.
But this is much bigger than boxing. What happened in the ring Saturday night is a microcosm of what is taking place within this country. The state of manhood in America is increasingly troubled.
Under pressure from key sponsors and the powerful Sao Paulo business lobby that is close to FIFA, the Dilma government responded to Blatter's bullying by agreeing to cover cost overruns on stadium construction.
Brazil has been getting bashed in the global sports press for not making enough progress in constructing stadiums with the amenities FIFA likes to offer its fat cat supporters. But these critics miss half the point.
With Brazilians recovering from carnival hangovers the sports world is feeling the lingering effects of a game fixing case local media are calling the Whistle Mafia.
Bribery, gambling, and other strong-arm tactics make for a full day in the life of a gang member. But similar tactics have also become a large part of the world of sports.
There's a separate manual for the issuance of justice in society and sport. African-Americans often get the short end of the stick when compared to their white athletic brethren.