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The history of sports is the history of power, politics and progress. From ancient origins to groundbreaking firsts: Sometimes sports makes history, sometimes sports is history.

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1971, file photo, Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian is carried off the field by his victorious players after the Irish victory over Texas 24-11 in the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game in Dallas. The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football for the last 80 seasons. (AP Photo/File)

7 Stunning College Football Bowl Game Upsets

With a national championship on the line, heavy favorites Arkansas (1966), Texas (1971) and Miami (1986 and 1993) flopped. Here's a look at seven of the most stunning upsets in college football bowl game history:  1. 1949 Rose Bowl: Northwestern 20, California 14 What made it ...read more

Teammates show Bobby Grier, (C), what they think of Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin's threat to block Georgia Tech from playing in the Sugar Bowl on January 2nd, if the University of Pittsburgh's Negro player is part of the Panther team. Gathered around Grier from the left are: Bob Kiesel, end; Nick Carr, Guard; Jim McCuskar, tackle and Don Agafon, tackle. Two thousand Georgia Tech students staged a protest demonstration in which they twice burned the Governor in effigy. The case was scheduled to go before the Georgia State Board of Regents.

How Bobby Grier Integrated One of College Football's Biggest Games

The day after a Black woman refused to yield her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, America’s latest battle over civil rights garnered front-page headlines. The news stories capturing the country’s attention in early December 1955 did not concern Rosa Parks, however, but University ...read more

Innsbruck, Austria - 1976: (L-R) Dianne de Leeuw, Dorothy Hamill, Christine Errath, medal ceremony for the Women's Free skate event, at the Olympiahalle, 1976 Winter Olympics / XII Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by American Broadcasting Companies via Getty Images)

8 Remarkable Female Figure Skaters at Winter Olympics

Women's singles figure skating was first held at the 1908 and 1920 Summer Games, four years before the inaugural Winter Games in 1924. The sport is considered the most glamorous and popular at the Games, which have served as a launching pad for post-Olympics careers for ...read more

Tailgating 1940s style in Chicago, ca. 1944Tailgating 1940s style in Chicago, ca. 1944 (Photo by Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis via Getty Images)

Tailgating: How the Pre-Game Tradition Can Be Traced to Ancient Times

Tailgating before college and professional football games is an American tradition. Starting in late summer and continuing through early winter, temporary tent cities pop up in stadium parking lots across the country. A haze of charcoal smoke fills the air along with laughter, ...read more