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

Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies, explained

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How Qatar built stadiums with forced labor

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How the World Cup’s AI instant replay works

In a view from high in a soccer stadium, an Australian player is scoring a penalty kick past Denmark’s goalkeeper, who is diving to catch it, during a 2018 World Cup match.
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Where to aim a penalty kick

Qatar’s migrant labor system is bigger than the World Cup

What else Qatar has built with its absurd wealth besides the 2022 World Cup

Despite its brutal tactics, Iran’s regime fails to contain mass protests

The many, many controversies surrounding the 2022 World Cup, explained

The ugly way tennis treated Serena didn’t stop her

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How F1 racers turn really fast

Podcast pioneer Bill Simmons on how to stay relevant

Masculinity, explained by WWE

The Supreme Court’s “praying coach” case, explained

Phones can be addictive. Sports betting, too. Now we’re combining them.

The nerdiest article you’ll read about the baseball lockout

Sports betting: Pretty fun, probably terrible

The wild finish to the Olympic women’s figure skating final

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The hidden reason Olympic sledding is so dangerous

The shocking decision to allow Kamila Valieva to skate at the Olympics, explained

Kamila Valieva failed her drug test. Blame her coaches.

The Russian women’s figure skating team has bigger problems than doping 

The NFL had the Brian Flores lawsuit coming

Artificial snow is nothing like the real stuff

Nathan Chen was always America’s best shot at figure skating gold

How Nathan Chen won Olympic gold

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Why the Olympic monobob event is only for women

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The secret to winning a short track speed skating race

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Why ski jumpers hold their skis in a V

Will climate change melt the Winter Olympics?

The Olympic ideal is about world peace. The Olympic reality is far from it.

Why the Olympics opening ceremony felt kinda weird

How figure skating became all about the jumps

The Olympics are meant to be a beacon of progress. A century of film tells another story.

Why the New York Times is buying the Athletic

What Peng Shuai’s rape accusation says about China

King Richard and reclaiming Richard Williams’s legacy

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How the 3-point line is breaking basketball

The NCAA’s “Student-Athlete” is under fire – but misclassification is everywhere

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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