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.
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.
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.
"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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.