Tag: Athletics and Sports

Fix Girls’ Sports

Over the past week, the athletic world has been embroiled in a reckoning following high school phenom Mary Cain’s story of suffering from an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts in pursuit of athletic success. Stories like hers are not new. What’s new, and what I think has triggered such outrage, is that she has audaciously […]

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You Can’t ‘Stick to Sports’

Two weeks ago, I was fired as acting editor in chief of Deadspin, where I’d worked since 2009. The entire staff resigned, following me out the door after we had refused a new company mandate to “stick to sports.” Jim Spanfeller, installed as chief executive of G/O Media by the private equity firm that bought […]

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Logan Paul. KSI. YouTube. Fight. Logan Paul. KSI. Boxing.

Boxing is no stranger to the cynical cash grab. A rapidly deteriorating Muhammad Ali lost to Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas in 1981, after which The New York Times wrote that Ali “no longer deserves to be licensed to box.” Mike Tyson fought a series of pay-per-view exhibitions against a journeyman named Corey Sanders after […]

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Jepkosgei’s N.Y.C. Marathon Upset Caps a Year of Leaps and Turmoil

The New York City Marathon finished without controversy on Sunday on a pristine autumn day. Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya won the women’s race in ideal long-distance running conditions, completing the 26.2-mile race in an unofficial time of 2 hours 22 minutes 38 seconds. She edged out Mary Keitany, also of Kenya, denying her a fifth […]

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After Lopsided Win, 61-13, High School Coach Is Suspended

When the Plainedge Red Devils extended their rout last week of the South Side Cyclones with a fourth-quarter touchdown, it was a crowning moment for the winner of a big game between unbeaten high school football teams on Long Island. It was also the trigger point that led to a more surprising result: the winning […]

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Beer, Here: Merchandising of College Sports Leads to Team-Branded Ales

LAFAYETTE, La. — Matthew Tarver, then the trademark licensing manager at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was kicking around marketing possibilities with a colleague one day when a light bulb clicked on. One of them said: beer! The other replied: why not? Now, more than four years after stumbling on an idea that now […]

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200 Dispatches: Odd Animals, Offbeat Childhoods, Celebrity Origins and Extreme Sports

Suicidal dogs, homicidal crocodiles and très chic bees. The hometowns of Melania Trump, Stalin and the (very) remote village where Andy Warhol’s parents met. Icy marathons across Siberian lakes, bare-chested wrestling on horseback and nude badminton (in thankfully balmy weather). And let’s not forget Dutch children dropped off in the midnight woods; Finnish girls who […]

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Can Colleges Police Sports Betting? Some Are Trying

In Mississippi, university officials sent state gambling regulators names for a “watch list” for big bets. Iowa colleges have simply kept teaching their athletes longstanding, narrowly applied rules on sports wagering. And in Indiana and Pennsylvania, some universities flatly banned students and employees from betting on their school’s athletics events.  The rapid spread of legalized […]

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Parents Should Limit Sports Participation for Children, Trainers Say

Too many children are risking injuries, even lifelong health problems, because they practice too intensively in a single sport, and parents should set limits on their participation, according to a leading organization of athletic trainers. New recommendations issued by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association urge parents to ensure that children and adolescents postpone specializing in […]

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LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

It has been almost a decade since the last time LeBron James faced widespread backlash. Fans in Cleveland burned his jersey. They threw rocks at a billboard with his face on it. James was maligned as a narcissist by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a letter that was widely mocked. And […]

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Everyone Made Money Off My N.C.A.A. Career, Except Me

Video California’s initiative to allow college athletes to profit from their talent is a boon especially for women and competitors in sports without pro leagues. An exuberant top-scoring floor routine by U.C.L.A.’s Katelyn Ohashi went viral this year, making her one of the most famous college gymnasts ever. But N.C.A.A rules prevented Ohashi from making […]

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California Tells the N.C.A.A. to Share, and It Pitches a Fit

The pooh-bahs who run college sports know little shame. Investigations and trials this past year or so have laid bare top college hoops teams as embedded in a web of procurers and hustlers and byzantine payoffs. The United States Justice Department talked tough, but its prosecutions were perverse affairs, nailing the low-level hustlers, not the […]

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Time’s Up for the N.C.A.A.

The pooh-bahs who run college sports know little shame. Investigations and trials this past year or so have laid bare top college hoops teams as embedded in a web of procurers and hustlers and byzantine payoffs. The United States Justice Department talked tough, but its prosecutions were perverse affairs, nailing the low-level hustlers, not the […]

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Poor Schools Keep Getting Crushed in Football. Is It Time to Level the Playing Field?

DES MOINES — An hour before kickoff at a game this month at Hoover High School, the opposing football team pulled up and unloaded the large video monitor that would let its coaching staff analyze plays, moment by moment, throughout the game. The coaches at Hoover High, where most students qualify for free or reduced-price […]

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What Makes Someone a Fan?

This article is part of a new series on Visionaries. The New York Times selected people from all over the world who are pushing the boundaries of their fields, from science and technology to culture and sports. The sports world is filled with people whose job is to sell tickets, advertisements, sponsorships, luxury boxes and […]

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Taking Up Running After 50? It’s Never Too Late to Shine

Men and women who start running competitively when they are in their 50s can be as swift, lean and well-muscled within a decade as competitive older runners who have trained lifelong, according to a buoying new study of the physiques and performances of a large group of older athletes. The findings suggest that middle age […]

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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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