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Reflections of a Cricket Exile
Reflections of a Cricket Exile
A cricket writer lives in a land that cares nothing for the sport. Part of him says that there can be things in the world that are good without America saying they're good. Another side wishes his neighbors would understand why he loves this game.
Question for the Panel: The Best Sports Broadcaster
Question for the Panel: The Best Sports Broadcaster
Whose voice welcomed you to an afternoon of watching the game? Who provided the imaginary soundtrack to your own sporting feats? Which call is inextricably linked to your team's big win? From around the world, our writers select the best sports broadcasters.
Question for the Panel: Summer Readings on Sports History
Question for the Panel: Summer Readings on Sports History
It's time for summer reading. How about some books in sports history, recommended by sports historians. You'll be a smarter fan by the time the fall seasons start.
Baseball’s Best Reads
Baseball’s Best Reads
In the first three months of 2015 alone, over 200 books dealing in some way with baseball have been published. We have some tips for navigating the vast library of baseball writing.
How to Speak Cricket in New York
How to Speak Cricket in New York
Last summer's FIFA World Cup had huge television audiences and social media traffic in the U.S. In contrast, this year's Cricket World Cup has registered barely a blip. Three fans talk about how they're able keep up with the game while living in America.
Life After the NFL
Life After the NFL
A new sociological study of hundreds of former NFL players reveals the toll that professional football exacts not only on their bodies and brains but also on their life skills and relationships. The authors discuss some of their findings.
Question for the Panel: Best Performance by an Actor Playing an Athlete
Question for the Panel: Best Performance by an Actor Playing an Athlete
After giving the thumbs down to some groan-worthy acting jobs in sports movies, our writers give the thumbs up to the best performances by actors playing athletes. The nominees include well-known classics and a few overlooked gems.
Question for the Panel: Worst Performance by an Actor Playing an Athlete
Question for the Panel: Worst Performance by an Actor Playing an Athlete
With the Oscars and the Razzies coming up this weekend, we're recognizing the best and worst performances by actors and actresses who played athletes on film (as well as athletes who took a stab at acting). And the award goes to . . .
Professors and Their Athletes: A Look Inside the College Sports Factory
Professors and Their Athletes: A Look Inside the College Sports Factory
Away from the crowds and the TV cameras, athletes in major college sports programs go to class, write essays, and take exams. We asked their professors how these student-athletes perform as students, and how big-time sports programs impact the educational work of universities.
A Road in the Mountains
A Road in the Mountains
Founder of the organization Mountain2Mountain, Shannon Galpin talks about her work putting women and girls on bicycles in Afghanistan.
SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
Duke Ellington's first job when he was a teenager was selling peanuts at Washington Senators baseball games.
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