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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.

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The Olympic Torch Relay’s Surprising Origins

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

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8 Surprising Fenway Park Events

On the 100th anniversary of the first Major League Baseball game at Fenway Park, explore eight surprising dates from the stadium’s hidden history.

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Titanic’s Tennis Star Survivors

One hundred years ago, Tennis Hall of Famers Dick Williams and Karl Behr survived the most famous shipwreck in history.

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Baseball’s First Fountain of Youth

In 1889, pitcher Pud Galvin turned to a dubious elixir in hopes of reviving his baseball career.

Wilt Chamberlain in the early 1960s.

Wilt Chamberlain’s Epic Evening

Fifty years ago today, basketball Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain achieved one of the most incredible feats in sports history: scoring 100 points in a single NBA game.

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Super Bowl Owes Its Name to a Bouncy Ball

Professional football’s championship game owes its name to an unlikely source: the ultra-bouncy balls that entranced American children in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Gladiator Cries Foul Over Ref’s Blown Call From the Grave

Did a referee’s blown call cost a Roman gladiator his life some 1,800 years ago?

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How the U.S. President Became the Nation’s Star Athlete

What’s up with Obama’s ping-pong and JFK’s touch football? Just ask Teddy Roosevelt.

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The History of Ballpark Food

With baseball season back in full swing, we take a look at classic ballpark snacks like hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack.

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Baseball Opening Day Fun Facts

From record-breaking feats to streaking fans, Opening Day has seen its share of memorable moments in baseball history.

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Baseball’s First All-Star Game

Originally billed as a one-time “Game of the Century,” the All-Star Game has become a permanent and much-loved fixture of the baseball season.