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Sports, Violence, Drugs

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 09.23.2014 | Sports
Daniel N. Nelson

Today, every sport is troubled by violence on and off the field, sexual predators, illegal drug usage, and corrupt practices. In the United States alone, one need only mention names - Bonds, Sandusky, Armstrong, Rice - but the list is endless.

Q: What Happens When an Athlete Suffers a Concussion? A: Poetry

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Tom Lombardo spent his late teens and early 20s playing football as a running back at a state champion Western Pennsylvania high school, and then at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Israel Mobilizes to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Israel appears to be mobilizing a grassroots campaign against Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup as part of the Jewish state's effort to isolate Hamas, the Islamist militia that controls the Gaza Strip, and bolster the fortunes of the Palestine Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Adventures of a Cranky Gambler -- NFL Week 3

Steve Belanger | Posted 09.22.2014 | Sports
Steve Belanger

After big wins on Thursday and the early Sunday slate, I was sitting pretty. There were only three four o'clock games, so I debated just sitting out the afternoon and reveling in my glory. But that is not what problem gamblers do.

5 College Football Towns for Haters | Posted 09.22.2014 | Travel

It's game time, and touchdowns and tailgating are in full swing. But not everyone is ready for some footballlll. These five great college towns offer plenty of amusements beyond the end zone. These are our top picks for destinations that score big with football junkies and non-fans alike.

Football Needs to Reclaim Its Nostalgia

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Sports
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

You know what's missing from this year's football? Football. There's plenty of football news, but that isn't of course the same thing. We've got head injuries and the latest spate of domestic violence. But what we don't have is the game itself.

Bottom of the Ninth for 'The Right Way'

Richard French | Posted 09.22.2014 | Sports
Richard French

I've never met Derek Jeter but having watched his entire career I'm willing to bet that if asked how he feels about being a role model to so many fans, he would say he was just doing his job the best way he knew how.

Kate Sheppard

Dianne Feinstein Wants NFL Players Accused of Domestic Violence To Be Benched | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senator and San Francisco 49ers fan Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that defensive end Ray McDonald should be on the bench while...

IOC President's Call for Transparency Challenges Middle Eastern/Asian Political Dominance of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 09.21.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Taken at face value, a rare acknowledgment by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach that sports and politics are inextricably intertwined should be a first step towards radical reform that offers a proper structure to govern the relationship.

NFL Fumbles

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.20.2014 | Sports
Joe Peyronnin

The NFL is a huge business, but with its success comes great responsibility. Yet the owners and commissioner of the NFL have been more committed to protecting their business than in getting out ahead on several key social issues that have faced the league. Where is the leadership?

College Football's Playoff System -- An Analytical Projection

Nik Bonaddio | Posted 09.19.2014 | Sports
Nik Bonaddio

We can't tell much only two weeks in, but what we can say with some confidence is there are certain teams that so far statistically meet the profile of a champion, at least in analytic comparison to past champions.

Motherhood Is an Extreme Sport

Angela Keck | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

I think we've overlooked the incredible agility, athleticism and dedication that mothers exhibit on a daily basis. That's OK, though, because really, motherhood is much more X-Games than it is the stately and prestigious Olympics, anyway.

Women's Right to Attend Sports Events at Centre of Iran's Culture Wars

James Dorsey | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The arrest In June of 25-year old Ghoncheh Ghavami together with more than a dozen other women as they tried to enter a stadium where the Iranian national men's team was playing Italy was first disclosed earlier this month by The Guardian.

Cory Booker: Revoke NFL's Nonprofit Status, Give The Funds To Domestic Abuse Prevention

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact

The NFL continues to be the world's most valuable athletics league, raking in an estimated $9 billion in revenue last year. It also happens to be ...

Dominant Female Athletes Who Have Taken Over The Sports World

Bleacher Report | Posted 09.18.2014 | Sports
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There's no shortage of iconic female athletes, past and present, who more than qualify as stars. Despite the competitive achievements and progress out...

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

Sports Blackout Rule on Its Death Bed

Ken Reed | Posted 09.16.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The decades-old blackout strategy is nothing more than a wedge that is driven between the team and long-time fans who cannot afford to regularly attend NFL games at stadiums their tax dollars built.

Misogyny and Homophobia in the NFL: Is America's Crisis of Masculinity Playing Out in Its Favorite Sport?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The only way to change professional football is at its foundation, transforming the culture in our schools and what defines masculinity -- and what defines being a girl or a woman or gay or transgender -- and, most importantly, that needs to happen within sports programs, not separate from them.

Adventures of a Cranky Gambler -- NFL Week 2

Steve Belanger | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports
Steve Belanger

That shiny first date newness of Week 1 has worn off and it's time to settle in for the long grind of the season. But here's the thing, it's still too early to really know what kind of talent these teams have.

Rory McIlroy Shoots Golf Ball Into Spectator's Pocket

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports

Is that a golf ball in his pocket, or is this guy just happy to be watching the Tour Championship? Actually, yes, that is a golf ball in his pocket. ...

Palestinians Pressure UEFA Not to Award the Tournament to Israel

James Dorsey | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Palestinian soccer clubs and non-governmental organizations have called on European soccer governor UEFA to this week shy away from awarding Israel the right to host the 2020 UEFA European Championship.

5 Tips For The Wife Of A Football Fan

Anjali Varma | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Anjali Varma

Are you ready for some football? Yes, that time of year has arrived, when every Sunday is devoted to TV viewing and your partner's mood is continually...

9/11 - The Changing Light

Elisa Gaudet | Posted 09.11.2014 | New York
Elisa Gaudet

On September 11, 2001, I was in Saint Emillion, France with a girlfriend having lunch. We stopped in a shop to buy wine and two young guys told us that planes were crashing into buildings and office towers were falling in New York City.

The New Year Starts Now

David Juskow | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
David Juskow

Football is the greatest of all sports because it is made for people that crave structure. The Thursday Night Football games are the worst things to happen to people like us and when I say us, I guess the word "structure" was a polite way to say the word anal.

NL Wild Card Race Exposes Potential Downside of Playoff Expansion

Mitch Goldich | Posted 09.11.2014 | Sports
Mitch Goldich

The field has been so underwhelming, we've found ourselves reading and writing previously preposterous statements like, "Wow, the Marlins are only 3.5 games out."