Defender Matt Besler sits on the field after losing to Trinidad and Tobago in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match.
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In a system that's far better at identifying the best payers than finding the best players, the pipeline of talent gets choked out by costly tournament and team fees.
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.
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.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry walks off the court after a game against the Denver Nuggets in February.
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To white Americans, the idea that skin color and toughness go hand-in-hand might seem odd. But in the black community, it's a big deal.
There is something troubling in the thought of people being made to aspire to heights that are literally beyond their reach.
When a player’s on fire, is it hot hands?
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For 30 years, sports fans have been told to forget about streaks because the 'hot hand' is a fallacy. But a reanalysis says not so fast: Statistics show players really are in the zone sometimes.
To what extent do hours of practice, development squads and role models really make a difference?
The author, Bridie Kean, at the London Paralympics in 2012.
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Australian Paralympic athlete reflects upon how her experience as a student-athlete influenced a pilot program for Para-athletes to combine the pursuit of Paralympic success and study
Try convincing Australian sports fans that Hawthorn’s dominance in the AFL is purely down to a cosmological coin flip.
Sport is by its very nature unpredictable, and that's why we love it.
The University of Dayton Arena, where March Madness will kick off again this year.
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.
Not these guys, but Kentucky’s coach will get $50,000 extra after his Wildcats beat Texas A&M to win the SEC.
The NCAA men's basketball tournament is a huge money-maker, but you wouldn't know it from the coverage on TV.
The Duke Blue Devils had confidence in their 2015 bracket.
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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.
Close, but no cigar.
Did you know Scotland were going to lose, or was it just hindsight bias?
“You don’t know what you’re doing!” - Tory sport plans are not enough.
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Conservative sport manifesto puts the elite ahead of the grassroots.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers.
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.
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…