Tag: Athletics and Sports

Toronto Raptors Introduce Branded Hijabs

The Toronto Raptors have introduced a new line of team-branded hijabs in an effort to be more inclusive to fans of all cultures. The team partnered with Nike to design the hijabs — head coverings worn by some Muslim women — and unveiled them on Twitter, saying the athletic apparel was “inspired by those brave enough […]

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The Brave New World of Sports

Performance enhancement and drugs in the sporting world have a bad rap. Nobody likes a cheater. But what if select sporting events encouraged the use of technological and scientific enhancements? What if some sports were based on human athleticism more akin to Formula One racing, where scientists, engineers and innovation play a significant role in […]

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What the Ingebrigtsen Brothers Can Teach Us About Nature, Nurture and Running

Is there one right way to rear and shape a young runner? According to an intimate new case study of the lives, backgrounds and training of Henrik, Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen, three world-class, middle-distance runners and brothers from Norway, young athletes may be able to follow varying routes to running success. But all of the […]

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Football Is Here to Stay

Sunday marks the opening weekend of the 100th season of the National Football League. Many can’t get enough professional football. During the 2018-19 prime-time TV schedule, three of the four top-rated shows among adults ages 18 to 49 were pro football games. Only “Game of Thrones” bested pigskin in the ratings, and that series concluded, […]

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The W.N.B.A. Is Putting on Some of the Best Pro Basketball in America

On opening night in the W.N.B.A., three hours and 25 minutes until the Atlanta Dream’s home tipoff against the Dallas Wings, Brennan Galloway, who runs game operations, was standing in the breezeway beneath the seats of State Farm Arena, a cement colosseum where the Hawks, the city’s N.B.A. team, play from October until at least […]

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Ryan Russell, N.F.L. Free Agent, Comes Out as Bisexual: ‘It’s So Much Better Than Hiding’

Ryan Russell shares a lot in common with many N.F.L. players: the grueling off-season training rituals documented on Instagram, the competitive fire and, yes, a nagging injury that kept him sidelined for all of last season. But Russell, a free-agent defensive end, said in an interview on Thursday night that he was holding something back: […]

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Why Andrew Luck’s Retirement Was So Shocking

Athletes’ retirements are fundamentally unusual. The delusions of invincibility that help players climb to spectacular sporting heights are often the same delusions that find them hanging around for too long. Few of them ever actually choose to walk away. More often, a livelihood is cut short, unceremoniously, by injury or by the posting of a […]

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Pave Our Paradise With Fake Grass? Skateboarders Say No Way

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For skateboarders, the rectangle of asphalt in Tompkins Square Park is a sanctuary, an open space in the densely populated East Village where they converge not only to learn new skills but to forge long-lasting friendships. For nearly three […]

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Football May Take a Toll on the Brain, Even Without Concussions

After a season of college football, portions of players’ brains can show worrying signs of damage, even if they did not experience a concussion, according to a timely new study of contact sports and brain health. The study, which concentrated on changes to white matter in players’ brains, amplifies growing concerns about the effects of […]

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If You Can Get Killed Doing It, Fashion Wants It

It’s a mighty long way from El Capitan to the Louis Vuitton flagship on the Champs-Élysées, but don’t mention that to Virgil Abloh. For his fall 2019 collection, Mr. Abloh, the creative director for men’s wear at Vuitton, introduced a chalk bag not unlike the kind climbers like the free soloist Alex Honnold use to […]

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Forgot to Sign Up for Minor League Hockey Alerts? You Missed Some Drama

When minor league hockey fans began receiving a flurry of push notifications from the American Hockey League app on Wednesday, they may have been expecting off-season news about the Cleveland Monsters, Lehigh Valley Phantoms or Rockford IceHogs. Instead, for roughly 20 minutes, users were bombarded with bizarre alerts that demanded a $6,000 payment from a […]

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With a World Cup Boost, an Agent Bets on Female Athletes

Trying to take advantage of the ascendance of female athletes and the popularity of the most recent Women’s World Cup champions, one of the country’s leading sports agencies is forming a new division to work with companies to market to women through sports. The sports and talent agency Wasserman, which represents more than half the […]

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Team Sports May Help Children Deal With Trauma

I wrote last week about finding ways to make sure that sports participation stays fun for kids, so they can enjoy the benefits of physical activity and fitness. Keeping the body healthy and active has psychological benefits as well, and a new study suggests that organized sports participation may be helpful for kids who are […]

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‘Guilty’ Pleasures? No Such Thing

We know them when we see them: The TV shows and movies we love, even though we just know they’re bad. The trashy books we simply can’t put down. The awful earworms we hate to love. Yes, these are our guilty pleasures — what some people consider the junk food in our media diets. But […]

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Keeping the Fun in Children’s Sports

A new clinical report on organized sports for children, preadolescents and adolescents from the American Academy of Pediatrics keeps coming back to the question of fun. The report summarizes evidence on the many benefits of sports participation for children, from acquiring motor skills to developing positive self-image, from strong social interactions to higher levels of […]

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Move Over, Nevada: New Jersey Is the Sports Betting Capital of the Country

When former Gov. Chris Christie took New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting to the Supreme Court, it was considered a long shot, like betting on the Mets to win the World Series. Though the state did not have a strong connection to sports betting, New Jersey quickly became a crusader for the industry. Now, […]

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Androgyny Is Now Fashionable in the W.N.B.A.

Earlier this month, the Seattle Storm, the W.N.B.A. team who won last year’s championship, announced a partnership with TomboyX, a gender-neutral line of undergarments. Fans can now buy Storm-branded TomboyX bras and underwear, choosing from a black bralette or charcoal gray boxer briefs. Unlike team-branded thong underwear for sale from some major men’s sports leagues, […]

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