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The Bucks refused to take the floor in protest of ongoing police brutality and racial injustice across America. All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday were subsequently postponed and the strike quickly spread to the to other sports leagues.

Athletes Shut Down Sports to Protest Police Brutality

A sports curator at the Smithsonian provides his thoughts on the past and future implications of the events of the week

American soccer fans watch the 2014 World Cup.

What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America's 250th Birthday Celebration

In eight years, the soccer tournament will come to the U.S. just as we mark a major anniversary, providing an opportunity that can't be missed

Paolo Guerrero was initially banned from the World Cup for drug use, but has been temporarily reinstated thanks to some Inca mummies.

How Inca Mummies Helped a Soccer Player Who Was Banned from the World Cup

Paolo Guerrero failed a drug test, but insists he never took cocaine. Three ancient mummies are lending credence to his case

“Soccer is the one thing that’s very familiar to them," says Luma Mufleh, founder of Fugees Family. “It reminds them of home.”

How Soccer Is Changing the Lives of Child Refugees

Arrivals from war-torn countries find refuge at a Georgia academy founded by an immigrant

Pitcher R.A. Dickey is well-known for his knuckleball.

New Research

Physicists May Have Finally Figured Out Why Knuckleballs Are So Hard to Hit

All with the help of a ball-throwing robot

This year's ConIFA World Football Cup will be anything but average.

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There's a World Cup for Unrecognized States

This game is for soccer's international underdogs

The FIFA World Football Museum opened in Zurich, Switzerland on Sunday.

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These Five Objects Tell the Story of Soccer

Take an exclusive look inside the new FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich

A Soccket is only one ounce heavier than a standard-issue soccer ball and generates three hours of power after one hour of play.

These Soccer Balls and Jump Ropes Can Generate Power

Uncharted Play, a New York City-based startup, enables children in developing countries to build reserves of energy through play

Soccer chants are an important part of the World Cup. German fans sang while watching their national team play against USA back in June.

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What Makes Soccer's Chants So Catchy?

Songs like "Olé, Olé, Olé" and "Seven Nation Army" are dominating soccer. Music experts weigh in on why that is

The yellow card is an elegant design solution that has been adopted by several sports.

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Who Invented the Yellow Card?

Penalty cards are a surprisingly recent creation that were, perhaps unsurprisingly, inspired by traffic lights

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Some World Cup Teams Ban Sex Before Games, Even Though Science Says It May Help Performance on the Field

Other teams, however, are all in favor of pre-game sex

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When Did We Start Calling ‘Football’ ‘Soccer’?

"Soccer" isn't an Americanism at all—it's a British word

Sir Bobby, 2007

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The Beautiful Game Becomes Beautiful Art as L.A. Museum Puts Soccer on Exhibit

The work of artists from around the world looks at players, fans and the ball itself

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Statistics Say That Brazil Will Probably Win the World Cup

Analyzing players' transfer values to calculate a team's overall market value, however, predicts that Spain will win

Interior view of the Amazon Arena.

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Will Brazil’s World Cup Stadium in the Middle of the Amazon Pay Off?

The city of Manaus hopes that a new soccer stadium, built for the World Cup, will become a post-tournament boon to the economy

Boston Breakers vs Florida Magic Jack playing in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) before the league folded in 2012.

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Women’s Soccer League Stunted by Low Pay Rates

While Thierry Henry is guaranteed to make $4.3 million in the MLS this year, a NWSL player will be lucky to make $30,000

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Game Delayed Due to Bees

One can only assume that Oprah has something to do with this

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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Infrastructure

The International Trade Union Confederation says that if conditions don’t improve, at least 4,000 migrants will die before kick-off

One goal at the 2010 World Cup reignited a debate that sparked the future introduction of goal line technology.

Gooooal! Two Technologies Compete to Sense Soccer Goals

A major botched call by referees during the World Cup has opened the door for computerized replacements

There are few soccer players better suited to play goalie than the perfectly named Hope Solo. A self-described loner, she is the best player on the U.S. women's soccer team, and its most outspoken.

Hope Solo Drops Her Guard

As her controversial new memoir will show, the leader of the U.S. women’s soccer team has always defended her turf

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