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Two wrestlers go head to head in ‘Reign After Queendom’, an event organised by EVE - Riot Grrrls of Wrestling. Guy Corbishley/Alamy

Why it’s time the UK took wrestling seriously

The sport has seen a revival in recent years. But it will take regulation to remove its reputation as a low-brow form of entertainment
On the occasion of a 2011 match between Portugal and Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (right) show off a pair of high-end watches. The riches have only continued to flow in. Fanny Schertzer/Wikipedia

Top football stars: famous because they’re rich, or rich because they’re famous?

A new study explores the how the celebrity and status of professional footballers in the "Big Five" European leagues can affect both performance and pay.
The 2020 World Series featured two teams at opposite ends of the salary spectrum: the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. The richer Dodgers were the winners. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Pandemic Moneyball: How COVID-19 has affected baseball odds

Twenty years ago, a few small-market Major League Baseball teams used advanced analytics as a secret weapon to compete with large-market teams. But the Moneyball effect is gone now.
While professional sports franchises have become more socially conscious, LGBTQ fans and players aren’t exactly embraced with open arms. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Sports remain hostile territory for LGBTQ Americans

Half of LGBTQ participants in a recent study experienced discrimination, insults, bullying or abuse while playing, watching or talking about sports.
Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher fouls Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game on March 28, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

What employers can learn from the NBA about returning to work amid COVID-19

The NBA has largely managed to keep COVID-19 under control. Its success offers four important lessons for organizations on how to return employees to the workplace during and after COVID-19.
Over 5,000 student-athletes were directly affected by a recent wave of shutdowns of intercollegiate sports teams. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Colleges are eliminating sports teams – and runners and golfers are paying more of a price than football or basketball players

Shutting down sports teams can save schools millions of dollars but create longer-term challenges for enrollment, fundraising and campus life.
Bianca Andreescu at a press conference in Toronto, Ont., on Dec.10, 2019. Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk

The Lou Marsh Trophy builds on a racist legacy, tainting the award’s meaning

The Lou Marsh Trophy was named after the famous sports journalist and editor. But Marsh's sports coverage of racialized athletes was problematic — should this prompt a renaming of the award?
Canadian athlete Finn Wakeling of the whitewater slalom team member is among those training in anticipation of the Tokyo Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel

Tokyo Olympics: An ethical approach will determine whether athletes should get vaccinated ahead of the public

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, a debate about whether athletes should be prioritized over more vulnerable populations has emerged.

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