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The Maracanã Blow: Brazil’s Stunning World Cup Defeat

As the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, take a look back at the last time the event was hosted by the South American nation, in 1950.

Baseball game at the Hall of Fame's Doubleday Field on June 12, 1939 (Credit: LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Baseball’s Cooperstown Myth

As the Baseball Hall of Fame turns 75, read how the shrine to baseball’s gods was built upon a carefully constructed creation myth.

Roger Bannister in 1954, the year he became the first person to run a 4-minute mile.

The First 4-Minute Mile, 60 Years Ago

Look back at the day 60 years ago when British medical student Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes.

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Wrigley Field Hits the Century Mark

As the iconic Chicago ballpark celebrates its 100th birthday this week, explore some facts about its colorful history, and that of four other iconic sports venues.

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The Sled Dog Relay That Inspired the Iditarod

Look back at the 1925 life-or-death mission that inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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America’s First Sports Superstar

A new book reveals how hard-hitting, hard-drinking Gilded Age boxer John L. Sullivan became America’s first sports hero.

Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King face off on September 20, 1973. (Credit: Getty Images)

Billie Jean King Wins the ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ 40 Years Ago

On the 40th anniversary of the so-called “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, take a look back at Billie Jean King’s straight-sets victory over self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jesse Owens

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens, learn 10 surprising facts about the Olympic track and field champion.

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The Birth of the Tour de France, 110 Years Ago

The Tour de France, celebrating its 100th edition, was full of feats of endurance and, yes, cheating from its very first race.

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Golf’s Greatest Surprise, 100 Years Ago

When Francis Ouimet—a working-class amateur with a 10-year-old caddie—beat the top pros in the 1913 U.S. Open, he changed golf forever.

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Secretariat’s Record-Breaking Run, 40 Years Later

Forty years after he entered the history books, check out some surprising facts about an American equine icon.

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The Battle for Jim Thorpe’s Body

As America celebrates the 125th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s birth, a judge has ordered his remains to be moved to his native Oklahoma.

Kevin Krigger riding Goldencents at the 2013 Santa Anita Derby.

The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Black Jockeys

As Kevin Krigger seeks to become the first black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902, learn about the African-American riders who once ruled the race.