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Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor engage in some verbal sparring prior to their 2017 bout. AP Photo/John Locher

When does trash talking work?

Whether it frustrates or motivates your opponent can depend on the situation.
Samoan-American quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is a preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, college football’s top award. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

I traveled to American Samoa 5 times to study the secret to its football success

A key tenet of Samoan culture emphasizes community, deference to authority and confronting fears – a mindset that makes an ideal football player. But it can extract a physical toll.
Sports have long been seen as a way to improve outcomes in Indigenous communities, but more research is needed to structure better programs. Paul Miller/AAP

Are sports programs closing the gap in Indigenous communities? The evidence is limited

A review of 20 studies shows that sport can improve outcomes for Indigenous youth in education and culture, but the evidence on longer-lasting impacts is lacking.
In 2018, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love went public with his panic attacks and struggles with anxiety. Reuters/Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

Why it matters that more athletes are talking about their mental health

Because professional athletes are thought to be paragons of physical and mental toughness, their psychological health has long been a taboo topic. That's starting to change.
A waxwork of Captain America on display at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Thailand. Nuamfolio/Shutterstock.com

Doping soldiers so they fight better – is it ethical?

Doping is condemned in sports. But what about in the military? Should soldiers be allowed or even encouraged to take drugs that make them superior fighters and more likely to complete a mission?
Derby frontrunner Game Winner comes from a bloodline of Latin American racehorse excellence. Gonzalo Anteliz Jr.

The Kentucky Derby has a secret Latino history

Many immigrants come to the United States chasing the 'American dream.' So do immigrant racehorses, who literally carry the hopes of their trainers and riders on their backs.
A local Winnipeg Jets tradition – the Whiteout Street Party – has been the source of controversy. Is it political correctness run amok or is the name insensitive to racialized people? THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

How an NHL street party caused a social media storm about racism

A celebration for the Winnipeg Jets turned controversial when an anti-racist group challenged a "make Winnipeg white again" headline about the city's NHL playoff "whiteout" parties.
The game is becoming less exciting for fans. Daniel Padavona/shutterstock.com

Statistics ruined baseball by perfecting it

An obsession with statistics has made teams better than ever -- but the game is now more tedious for fans to watch.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich has advocated for women in coaching. He’s pictured here with assistant coach Becky Hammon at a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Breaking up the Old Boys club by elevating women coaches

Sponsorship, whereby a mentor in a powerful role advocates for a mentee, is what's needed for women to advance in coaching.

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