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Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

James Dorsey | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey 2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labou...

Gulf-Iranian Proxy War Spills Onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the soccer pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran.

The Discourse Of Compassion Shaping Some Of Our Most Important Current Controversies In Sports

Andrei Markovits | Posted 12.23.2014 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

All three current topics that have placed the National Football League at the center stage of social debate in the United States -- violence against women (Ray Rice incident); abuse of children (Adrian Peterson incident); and concussions -- furnish yet further manifestation of the growing presence of what I have termed the "discourse of compassion" that has altered what is morally acceptable behavior in the United States.

The Ghost of Christmas Present: Who Will Care for Our Children This Christmas?

Clark Power | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Clark Power

What should haunt us all this Christmas is not the wretched sight of Ignorance and Want, but the question that Scrooge poses to the Ghost -- "Spirit are they yours?" In Scrooge's moral world, parents are responsible for their "own" children.

Has Our Sports Culture Gone Overboard?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Sports
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

For humans to flourish, we must grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Through a myriad of educational and cultural opportunities, the avenues for self-growth and societal contribution seem endless. Why then does a sports entertainment culture that seems mindless dominate so much of the average American's time and commitment?

Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A Qatari acquisition of Tottenham would no doubt at least temporarily refocus some of the negative reporting on the country. But it could also revive assertions that wealthy Gulf countries are seeking to launder their reputations through soccer acquisition.

Pope Francis Hopes Rome Hosts 2024 Summer Olympics, With A Caveat

The Associated Press | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some e...

Beyond Gov. Quinn's Much-Questioned Appointment: Should the Illinois Sports Facility Authority Even Exist?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While Illinoisans wonder what to do with that part of the state's financial question, one Illinoisan in particular is being singled out for his influence over one of Illinois' very biggest financial questions.

10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

Thierry Henry: An Extraordinary, Passionate Player

Gérard Houllier | Posted 12.17.2014 | Sports
Gérard Houllier

I met Thierry Henry very early on, 20 years ago, when I was the manager for the under-17 French team. Back then, three things struck me about him: first, his extraordinary talent, his drive coupled with an incredible passion for football, and finally his personality. It was these three factors and all the hard work he put in that led him to the career we know.

Gulf Human Rights Declaration Increases Heat on Qatar to Act on Migrant Workers' Rights

James Dorsey | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The adoption of a human rights declaration by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was designed to shield wealthy Gulf monarchies including 2022 World Cup host Qatar from criticism by human rights and trade union activists is likely to increase pressure on the sports-focused Gulf state to significantly alter its controversial migrant labour system.

5 Reasons Athletes Don't Do Mental Training

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.19.2014 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

My work offers athletes easy-to-understand and practical tools, such as mental imagery, breathing, routines, and keywords, that can be incorporated readily into every part of your overall training program.

Speed Skater Ireen Wüst Named Dutch Athlete of 2014

Dianne Lodder | Posted 12.17.2014 | Sports
Dianne Lodder

Speed skater Ireen Wüst was chosen female athlete of the year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is the second time Wüst wins this award at the yearly organized sports gala, having won it before in 2006.

U.S. Hopes To Host Summer Olympics For The First Time In 28 Years

AP | EDDIE PELLS | Posted 12.17.2014 | Sports

The U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games. Which city will it pick? Stay tuned...

Brain-injury Program Working With NFL Players

AP | Posted 12.16.2014 | Sports

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to incl...

Manziel's Mauling Shows Why Rookie QBs Need to Be Humble

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 12.16.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

The "Johnny Manziel Show" debuted Sunday with more promotion and hoopla than successful veteran quarterbacks generally experience. The Cleveland-Cincinnati game went national -- and Manziel had a horrific afternoon.

Harrell, Brimah Named NetScouts Basketball's Players of the Week

Carl Berman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Sports
Carl Berman

Harrell started the week with 21 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-13 shooting in a 94-74 win over Indiana. The Cardinals then started sluggish in their Sunday contest against UNC-Wilmington, but Harrell posted 19 points and 17 rebounds on 9-of-17 shooting to lead Louisville in the win.

Canadian Figure Skating Legend and Holocaust Survivor Honored in Amsterdam

Dianne Lodder | Posted 12.15.2014 | Sports
Dianne Lodder

Figure skating legend Ellen Burka-Danby received a "Token of Recognition" from Dutch ex- figure skater Karen Venhuizen, at the Jaap Eden ice rink in Amsterdam on 9 December 2014.

Government and Fans Battle in Court and on the Pitch in Egypt and Turkey

James Dorsey | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
James Dorsey

In Turkey, the government has sought to drive a wedge between militant fans and other supporters by arguing that e-ticketing was a way to combat illegal ticket scalping, increase tax revenues and ensure that stadia are safe for families.

Obama Opts For ESPN Over Cable News In The Morning

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.12.2014 | Media

President Barack Obama does not start his mornings off by devouring the latest political headlines from CNN, Fox News or MSNBC. No, the president gets...

2014 in Sports: 6 Takeaways From the Complicated Year That Was

Thomas McKenna | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports
Thomas McKenna

However, while it's easy to lament to the failings of our sports fandoms in 2014, there's no denying that there was also a lot of good to come from the past year.

Racquetball: An Exciting Sport Worth Watching and Playing

S. L. Young | Posted 12.12.2014 | Sports
S. L. Young

As the rally continues, the warriors navigate the small enclosure while exerting considerable speed, balance, strength, and mental fortitude. This game is racquetball: an exciting sport worth watching and playing!

Whether Playing Or Watching, Sports Make Us Happy

Happify | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

If you're an avid sports fan or player, you're all too familiar with the inevitable heartbreak that comes with the love of your team. You can easily g...

Number of Socially-Conscious Athletes on the Rise

Ken Reed | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The bigger point here isn't the particular statements made by professional athletes. It's the increasing number of pro athletes willing to risk their "brand" by taking a stand on causes they believe in. It's a welcome "other-oriented" vs. "me-oriented" development in the world of pro sports.

This Ben 10 Is a Basketball Player

Carl Berman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Sports
Carl Berman

Here's a great example of how sports can enhance the lives of everyone participating.