The 3,500-Year-Old Rubber Ball That Changed Sports Forever
January 26, 2016

The bouncing rubber balls used to play today’s most popular sports can be traced back 3,500 years to the dangerous—and deadly—ancient Mesoamerican sport of ulama. Read More

The Birth of the Tour de France, 110 Years Ago
June 28, 2013

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

Remembering Long-Distance Swimmer Gertrude Ederle
August 21, 2012

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

5 Sports That Haven’t Made It Into the Olympics (Yet)
August 7, 2012

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

Titanic’s Tennis Star Survivors
April 11, 2012

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

How the U.S. President Became the Nation’s Star Athlete
May 25, 2011

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