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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry flexes during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers. USA Today Sports/Reuters

Why sports fans need villains

Many decry 'superteams' like the NBA's Golden State Warriors as bad for the sport. But psychology research shows that they also make us more likely to watch – and bask in the joy of seeing them fail.
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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?
Hunter Woodhall of the United States leads the 4x100m race before the team was disqualified, giving the victory to the squad from Germany. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Why do the Paralympics get so little media attention in the United States?

An Access World News database search says everything you need to know: Type in 'Deflategate' and you'll get nearly twice as many hits as 'Paralympics.'
Great Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates winning the gold in the men’s 5000m at the Rio Olympics. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Watching sport is far more than just pure, dumb entertainment

Watching sport is more than just an entertaining experience. As the 2016 Olympic Games again highlighted, it can enrich and improve our lives in many more complex ways.
Racewalkers turn a corner – keeping one foot on the ground – during the women’s 20-km event at the 2012 London Olympics. Maureen Barlin/flickr

Don’t run (and don’t laugh): The little-known history of racewalking

Racewalking has been part of the Olympic Games since 1904, but gets little respect in the United States. That might change if Americans knew a little more about it.
Jim Thorpe and Ben Johnson were both banned from the Olympics. But if each had played at different points in history, they would have been allowed to compete. Nick Lehr/The Conversation

When doping wasn’t considered cheating

In sports, what's considered fair play has changed throughout history. At one point, even looking 'too poor' was grounds for exclusion.
Training for the Olympics is time-consuming – and expensive. USA Today Sports/Reuters

How do Olympic athletes pay the electric bill?

A former Olympic gold medalist reflects on his own financial struggles as he trained and competed for the 1984 Summer Games. Thirty years later, not much has changed for many Olympians.
Add a hashtag, join the Olympics conversation. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Will social media define the success of the Olympic Games?

The mainstream media has knocked Brazil for the Zika virus, doping scandals and safety concerns. But citizen social media users, by revealing an alternate narrative, could even the score for Rio.

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