St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam speaks during a news conference at the team’s practice facility in May 2014.
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?
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.
Fruit - a natural source of fructose.
Fructose may be a food 'baddie' if you're a couch potato. But for sportspeople, it's a godsend.
Children need to develop a few channels in life where they can get to know themselves and develop their self-esteem.
As retirement looms for elite sportspeople, there is a need to prepare for the transition to post-sport life. But there are also important things to consider for transition long before this.
Researchers are trying to evaluate whether athletes benefit from taking fish-oil supplements.
Scientists have investigated the complicated link between omega-3 fatty acids and fitness.
Boxer Jack Johnson was relentlessly reprimanded for his arrogance and opulent lifestyle. But what was the criticism really about?
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.
What's holding disabled athletes back from getting more involved in fighting inequality?
Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stops running during the 5000m race to help Abbey D'Agostino of the USA after D'Agostino suffered a cramp.
Although the Olympics have come to an end, fans will continue to be gripped by the infinite micro-narratives that sports fixtures provide. But are these narratives comparable to literary creativity?
Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet, just 19, waves the Bahraini flag after winning gold over Kenyan competitors at the Rio Olympics.
Kenya's international success in track and field hides management inefficiencies and corruption that have frustrated athletes and fed a pipeline of runners willing to ditch the national flag
Ledecky celebrates her new world record at the 2016 Olympic games.
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Have we reached peak human?
Amanda Beard, Ian Thorpe, Allison Schmidt, McKayla Maroney – many athletes have dealt with depression after the Olympic Games.
When it comes to winning Olympic gold, it turns out timing isn't everything.
A look at the diet of an Olympian – from ancient Greece to Rio 2016.
Once the pageantry is over, many Olympic athletes have to return to normal life – which means figuring out how to make a living.
A former Olympic gold medalist reflects on his own financial struggles as he trained and competed for the 1984 Games. Decades later, not much has changed for many Olympians.
New studies show that athletes don't need to lift heavy weights to gain power.
Donald Trump embraces legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight at a campaign rally in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Politicians are often eager to embrace the support of sports stars. But when Donald Trump trots out a very specific type of athlete and coach at his events, who's he really trying to appeal to?
The Southern Stars celebrate winning the Royal London One Day International Series in 2015.
There's been plenty of commentary about Novak Djokovic's recent remarks on women's bodies and the pay gap in sport. He's right that men and women are different – but female athletes are working a lot harder.
At least you don’t have to drink it.
Rinsing your mouth with a sports drink and then spitting it out can improve performance.
Atlanta Hawks fans honor Kobe Bryant after the first quarter of a game on December 5 2015.
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There's a lot of focus on the physical and financial woes of former athletes. But players must also grapple with losing a core part of their identity.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his girlfriend Ciara arrive at a White House State Dinner in April.
Men might not wear purity rings, but some are pledging abstinence, too.