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The New York Yankees celebrate after winning their 27th World Series in 2009. (Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

6 Things You May Not Know About the World Series

As the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers get ready to square off in the 108th World Series, explore six surprising facts about the Fall Classic.

Pete Rose

Document Banning Pete Rose From Baseball Goes on Sale

The 1989 agreement that banned Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, from the sport is being put up for auction.

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants face off in November 2008. (Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)

How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

As the NFL season kicks off, look back at football’s brutal beginnings and President Theodore Roosevelt’s quest to save the sport from abolition.

Gertrude Ederle

Remembering Long-Distance Swimmer Gertrude Ederle

As Diana Nyad abandons her swim from Cuba to Key West, take a look back at the first woman to swim the English Channel.

Ancient Olympics

5 Myths About the Ancient Olympics

Although shrouded in myth, the ancient Olympics were surprisingly similar to the modern Olympic Games.

Cricket Olympics

5 Sports That Haven’t Made It Into the Olympics (Yet)

They may have tons of fans and participants around the world, but these sports still aren’t part of the ultimate international competition.

Olympics Cheaters

Shortcuts to the Gold: 9 Cheaters in Olympic History

Although Olympians pledge to celebrate “the true spirit of sportsmanship,” explore nine instances when athletes tried to deceive their way to the top.

Summer Olympics Facts

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Olympics

As athletes from 205 countries gather for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Games, explore 10 surprising facts about the Summer Olympics.

Defunct Olympic Sports

5 Strange Olympic Sports You Won’t See at the 2012 London Games

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games get underway in London, explore five bizarre Olympic sports that haven’t been seen since the early 20th century.

First U.S. Olympic Team

Remembering the First U.S. Olympic Team

Author Jim Reisler answers questions about America’s first Olympic team, the subject of his recent book.

Wimbledon Facts

9 Things You May Not Know About Wimbledon

As play begins at Wimbledon 2012, explore nine surprising facts about the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament.

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Horse Racing’s Triple Crown: 10 Fast Facts

As I’ll Have Another drops out of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, it will be at least another year before a horse can finally win American racing’s ultimate prize.

Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay’s Surprising Origins

The ritual of the Olympic torch relay originated not in ancient Greece, but in Nazi Germany.