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The big game is about more than winner and losers; it can shape our culture and society. We explain how.

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How Olympic divers make the perfect tiny splash

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Why the “wolf turn” is such a big deal

Hosting the Olympics comes at a massive cost

Will the Tokyo Olympics be a superspreader event?

America’s mental health moment is finally here

Why Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic gymnastic women’s team finals

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Why the 400m hurdles is one of the hardest Olympic races

Our bodies can adapt to hotter conditions — but there’s a limit

The Simone Biles scoring controversy, explained

How to become an Olympic sport

Gymnastics still hasn’t fully reckoned with its abuse problem

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Racist trolls attacked England’s soccer team. Fans fought back.

The Olympics are stuck in the 1980s on marijuana

Tokyo’s Olympic Village will be very vaccinated

Most college athletes can’t accept brand sponsorships or deals. That could soon change.

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on paying NCAA student-athletes, explained

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What tennis pros look at when they choose a ball

Naomi Osaka and tennis journalism’s ugly history of demeaning its players

Big events are back

The complicated politics of a Beijing 2022 boycott

The Olympics’ Covid-19 dilemma

Can sports ever really be “fair”?

Anti-trans bills, women’s sports, and the misguided pursuit of an even playing field.

Soccer fans destroyed the Super League

Why the MLB pulled the All-Star Game from Atlanta, briefly explained

The massive Republican push to ban trans athletes, explained

The Supreme Court showdown over whether colleges should pay their athletes, explained

Amazon’s $10 billion NFL deal is huge — and a sign that sports is staying on TV for a while longer

What it’s like to announce an NBA game to an empty arena

March Madness is back for 2021 — and so are the fans

Japan’s Olympic hopes rest on a successful Covid-19 vaccine drive

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Figure skating is on thin ice. Here’s how to fix it.

The sport that peaked in the 1990s in the US could desperately use a makeover — and not just at the Olympic level.

What the NFL did to keep Covid-19 off the field during the Super Bowl

Watch: The Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime show was mellow but satisfying

Are the Olympics still going to happen in 2021? Here’s what we know.

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How tag became a professional sport

The NBA strike is a big moment for athlete activism — and the labor movement in America

The power of the Black athlete

One Good Thing: After the NBA walkout, the movie of the week is Netflix’s High Flying Bird

The night the NBA suddenly stopped — and why it matters