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Where the Academic Meets the Brawl

Kerry Howley’s debut book, Thrown, seems to fit into the tradition of the intellectual approaching a violent subculture with anthropological curiosity. Where it differs is in its uncommon empathy.

The Nord Remembers

It was always easy to dismiss Montreal as a baseball city. Now, though, 10 years after the Expos’ final game, it’s somehow harder than ever.

Kneel Before the IOC

With the potential host cities for the 2022 Winter Games narrowed down to Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, the International Olympic Committee is no longer even trying to hide its priorities.

Is American Ninja Warrior Too Fun to be a Sport?

Like Wipeout, minus the schadenfreude and with a solemn appreciation of people with freakish upper-body strength.

How Do You Punish a Biter Like Luis Suarez?

Why does Luis Suarez bite? It is a bottomless mystery, a puzzle that inspires sportswriters to take on ...

How Much Do Americans Really Hate Soccer?

One of the more predictable pleasures of the World Cup—as comforting in its inevitability as the sight of the first Portuguese flop or the final Englishman in tears, pink face crumpled in bitter disappointment—is watching as a certain segment of...

The Uniforms of the 2014 World Cup: A Complete Guide

I was not a big sports kid. The only game that ever made me sentimental enough to wear any corresponding gear was football—sometimes a uniform used by the...

Pitch Perfect: The History of the World Cup Single

The 1970 World Cup marked the beginning of several traditions, among them English athletic self-pity. The national team was thought to be even better than the one that won the previous tournament, and the British media’s attitude towards their...

What Baseball Still Doesn’t Get About Injury and Mental Health

Ryan Freel’s 2012 suicide shed light on the rarely mentioned issue of mental health in baseball. Dirk Hayhurst’s new book goes even further, chronicling his own struggles in the majors, and the culture that tries to keep those kinds of...