WORTHY READS

Why Cricket Needs Afghanistan

Ed Smith ◊ ESPNcricino ◊ 21 March 2016

The story of the 2016 World T20 tournament, taking place in March and April in India, has been the team from Afghanistan. Formed in 2001, the country's national team has risen quickly to respectability. But what has earned attention from fans and commentators is not so much the team's quality of play but the enthusiasm that they bring to the pitch. According to former cricketer Ed Smith, the business-like world of professional sport needs such a dose of exuberance.

The Rich Are Winners of Rio Games

Jules Boykoff ◊ Folha de São Paulo ◊ 4 February 2016

Six months before the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games, only a quarter of Rio residents believe the games will bring benefits to their city. Political scientist Jules Boykoff, currently a Fulbright scholar in Brazil, looks at how real-estate moguls, construction magnates, and Mayor Eduardo Paes are profiting from the games.

How College Students Fund College Sports

Brad Wolverton, at al. ◊ The Chronicle of Higher Education ◊ 15 November 2015

Only a few athletics programs at U.S. universities bring in enough revenue to pay for the rising cost of coaches' salaries, lavish facilities, and athlete scholarships. The rest meet their budgets with tens of millions of dollars in subsidies from the university's general budget, typically paid by students in mandatory fees.

History of the Stade de France

Laurent DuBois ◊ Africa Is a Country ◊ 15 November 2015

"It is a patch of grass that millions of French have watched and fretted over year after year during games." Historian Laurent DuBois, author of Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France, looks at the Paris terror attacks and the history of the capital's storied stadium.

A Permanent Site for the Olympics?

John Nauright ◊ The Conversation ◊ 16 November 2015

The bidding process for hosting the Olympics has brought corruption, and the cities that have won the bids spent huge sums on facilities that sit empty after the games. Why not hold the games in a single, permanent site – say, Greece for the Summer Games, and Switzerland for the Winter?

Shot putting Feminine Ideals

David Cox ◊ Aljazeera Sport ◊ 30 September 2015

Despite often facing scrutiny, jibes, and discrimination about their weight and muscle presence, a group of female shot putters is redefining feminine ideals through the sport, which requires power, endurance, and flexibility.

Footy Fan Loyalty

David Rowe ◊ the conversation ◊ 1 October 2015

David Rowe, Professor of Cultural Research at Western Sydney University, uses the recent Rugby World Cup finals to illustrate the thought-process behind how we as fans choose what teams to support--especially when we theoretically don't have a dog in the fight.

The Fifa Scandal Q&A

Sam Bordern ◊ New York Times ◊ 8 October 2015

Struggling to understand the latest episode of FIFA scandal? This Q&A sheds light on what president Sepp Blatter's recent suspension, along with other top officials, means for the future of worldwide football.

Importing the Rugby Tackle

Jonathan Clegg ◊ WSJ ◊ 15 September 2015

More and more US football coaches are requiring that their players relearn to tackle, rugby style. They're finding that it's not only safer but also more effective.

The Super diets of tennis stars

David Cox ◊ Al Jazeera ◊ 4 June 2015

With the US Open tennis tournament in full swing, here's a look at the consumption habits of some of the sport's top pros. Don't expect to see Novak Djokavic, who celebrated his 28th birthday with a gluten free cake, at a McDonald's anytime soon.

SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
American sprinter Eddie Tolan was the first black athlete to win either the 100-meter or 200-meter races at the Olympics. He won gold in both events at the 1932 Los Angeles games. In his full career as an amateur and professional sprinter, Tolan won 300 races and lost only 7.
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