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St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam speaks during a news conference at the team’s practice facility in May 2014. Jeff Roberson/AP

What happened to the openly gay athlete?

Since Michael Sam came out in 2014, no one in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL has done the same. Are the barriers to coming out still holding firm? Or are there signs that the tide could soon turn?
Boxer Jack Johnson was relentlessly reprimanded for his arrogance and opulent lifestyle. But what was the criticism really about? Václav Soukup/flickr

The oppressive seeds of the Colin Kaepernick backlash

The controversy over Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem isn’t a watershed moment. It's only the latest chapter in a long history of people trying to control how black people behave.
The NFL joins the Age of Metrics. Chart with field via shutterstock.com

The NFL joins the data revolution in sports

With chips embedded in footballs in Thursday night games, the NFL is moving toward a data-driven future. How will fans, media and teams benefit?
Indiana University football coach Kevin Wilson explains VR-enabled training to his players. Indiana University Athletics

Athletes look for an edge in a new place: virtual reality

Virtual reality technology is a radical departure from traditional video presentation, with myriad applications in both consumer media and in athletic practice.
Eye in the sky: the ‘spidercam’ is just one of the technological innovations bringing ever more information to football fans. J. Glover/Wikimedia Commons

Super Bowl 50’s data deluge: How much is too much?

Is there now so much information being shown on football broadcast screens that it's time for another announcerless game?
No 38 Jarryd Hayne tries to avoid a tackle as he plays for the San Francisco 49ers against the Dallas Cowboys during his third preseason NFL game in the US. EPA/John G Mabanglo

Jarryd Hayne is just one game away from NFL stardom

Three down, just one preseason game to go before Australian Jarryd Hayne will know if he's made it play for the San Francisco 49ers in the competitive US NFL season.
Australian Jarryd Hayne (right) is attracting much attention as he plays for the San Francisco 49ers against Dallas Cowboys in pre-season NFL game. EPA/John G Mabanglo

The secret behind Jarryd Hayne’s success on the US footy field

Jarryd Hayne is wowing crowds and commentators with his play on the American football field in the US. His years in Australian rugby league may have a lot to do with his star performance.

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