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North Carolina head coach Roy Williams looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game agaist Notre Dame. AP Photo/Robert Franklin

In scandal after scandal, NCAA takes fall for complicit colleges

If we think about universities as corporations and their sports teams as marketing tools, everything about the UNC academic scandal – and the nonresponse – makes perfect sense.
Who will emerge as this year’s David Freese? Eric Gay/AP Photo

The psychology of the clutch athlete

What makes someone more likely to succeed when the lights shine brightest?
While this football player’s arms may look like they give him an onfield advantage, his fingers may actually be more predictive of his athletic ability. Ostill/Shutterstock.com

Finger size does matter… in sports

Athletic ability is often linked to size – of muscles and bones. New studies are suggesting, however, that the relative size of two fingers could be more predictive of ability.
The University of Dayton Arena, where March Madness will kick off again this year. Greenstrat

How much math do you need to win your March Madness pool?

You want to pick the 'favorites,' to get accuracy points. But you also want to pick some 'underdogs,' to set yourself apart from the pack. Somewhere in the middle is an optimal solution.
The Duke Blue Devils had confidence in their 2015 bracket. USA Today Sports/Reuters

Is your March Madness bracket really better than mine?

Simply filling out a bracket – even with random or uninformed choices – is enough to boost your confidence in success, and to get you to put more money on the line.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers. EPA/John Mabanglo

NBA’s action on bigoted owner a slam dunk for anti-racism

In a scandal that has rocked the American sporting world, David Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, was caught on tape excoriating his girlfriend for associating with black people…
The cases of Donald Sterling in the US and Dani Alves in Spain serve to emphasise that sport – and society – still has work to do to combat racism. EPA/Paul Buck

Sterling, Alves and why racism continues to dog sport worldwide

Two recent instances of sports-related racial abuse have seen athletes take strong, united stands against the scourge of racism. While the cases of Donald Sterling in the US and Dani Alves in Spain are…

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