Sports & Recreation

Physical contests and recreational games have long played a part in human society. In both team and solo sports, the human body has been pushed to its limits in the name of improving athletic performance and to break record upon record. The ancient Olympic Games are an early example of the contests in which humans have engaged to showcase physical prowess. In modern times, sports and games have evolved into a lucrative and competitive industry, while other leisure activities, such as card and video games, can be competitive or can just be a way to unwind or socialize.
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Olympics: A Survey of Banned Substances
Learn about the major groups of substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.
Companion / Sports & Recreation
Doping in sport concept, olympic
Why Do Tennis Players Wear White at Wimbledon?
Players at the prestigious Wimbledon Championships always wear white clothing. Why is that?
Demystified / Sports & Recreation
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns ball during second round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands at Wimbledon in London, England on June 24, 2010
10 Best Sports Rivalries of All Time
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
List / Sports & Recreation
NBA Lakers Celtics Finals Kevin Garnett shooting.
gridiron football
gridiron football, version of the sport of football so named for the vertical yard lines marking the rectangular field. Gridiron...
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Ready, Set, Know!
What raced in the first Grand Prix? What races in a velodrome? From automobile racing to the Tour de France, step up to the...
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Association Football
How often is the World Cup held? Who is famous for "bending" a football? Connect the dots in this quiz, and learn more about...
Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb, left, and teammates Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz bite their gold medals Saturday night at Whistler Medals Plaza after winning the Olympic four-man bobsled, 2010.
The Olympics
How often are the Olympic Games held? Which swimmer made waves in the 2008 Olympic Games? Keep your head above water in this...
Cricket batsman playing a pull shot.
Cricket, Anyone?
You may be familiar with the sports of baseball and American football, but how much do you really know about cricket? Take...
Men fencing (sport; swordplay; sword)
Sports Season
From basketball and skating to fencing and windsurfing, dust off your knowledge—and see how bright your trophy shines—in...
Surfing (water sport; surfer)
Physical Education
Scaling mountains tests one’s physical and mental endurance, but what is it called when a mountain climber stops a fall?...
Jackie Robinson, from the back cover of Jackie Robinson comic book, in Dodgers uniform, holding bat. (baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers)
I Am the Greatest (Athlete)
Which boxer proclaimed himself "the greatest"? Who was the first sports millionaire? Test your knowledge of world records,...
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An Encyclopedia of Sports
In the United States, what sport is known as "the national pastime?" Learn more about surfing, bullfighting, and ballgames...
Hang gliding (parachute, nylon, sailing, recreation).
Sports Enthusiast
From the world’s oldest sport to the Asian Games, test your knowledge of boxing, basketball, and more in this quiz.
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American Football: Fact or Fiction?
You may be familiar with touchdown dances, but are there are several ways to score points in American football? Sort fact...
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Tom Brady; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football
Although baseball has traditionally been seen as America’s national pastime, gridiron football has made its own indelible impact on the American sports landscape. Decades of informal, student-organized collegiate games ultimately gave rise to a thriving college football scene and to the hugely popular professional version of the game. Despite early and continued concerns about the game’s violence, gridiron football eventually became the United States’ leading spectator sport, and it has achieved a degree of international popularity through television.
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Suzuki, Ichiro Baseball
Although the United States can be credited with developing several popular sports that were adopted internationally, it is baseball that Americans have traditionally recognized as the “national pastime.” Baseball’s early history was interwoven with and reflective of major social and cultural cleavages, but the sport also proved to possess great unifying power, as the experience of playing, watching, and talking about baseball became one of the nation’s great common denominators. Additionally, we have baseball to thank (or point fingers at) for the continued status of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as one of the best-known songs among Americans.
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Wilt Chamberlain Basketball
Basketball, game played between two teams of five players each on a rectangular court, usually indoors. Each team tries to score by tossing the ball through the opponent’s goal, an elevated horizontal hoop and net called a basket.
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Ice hockey, game between two teams, each usually having six players, who wear skates and compete on an ice rink. The object is to propel a vulcanized rubber disk, the puck, past a goal line and into a net guarded by a goaltender, or goalie. With its speed and its frequent physical contact, ice hockey has become one of the most popular of international sports.
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Xavi Soccer
Football, also called association football or soccer, game in which two teams of 11 players, using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms, try to maneuver the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Only the goalkeeper is permitted to handle the ball and may do so only within the penalty area surrounding the goal. The team that scores more goals wins.
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Michael Phelps Olympic Sports
Olympic Games, athletic festival that originated in ancient Greece and was revived in the late 19th century. Before the 1970s the Games were officially limited to competitors with amateur status, but in the 1980s many events were opened to professional athletes. Currently, the Games are open to all, even the top professional athletes in basketball and football (soccer).
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(Top) Obverse side of a silver denarius showing caduceus and bust of Mercury wearing winged petasos; (bottom) on the reverse side, Ulysses walking with staff and being greeted by his dog Argus, in a fine narrative illustration of Homer's Odyssey. The writing on the reverse gives the name of the moneyer under whose authority the coin was struck. Coins of this type, called serrati, were produced at the mint with cut edges to combat counterfeiting. Struck in the Roman Republic, 82 bc. Diameter 19 mm. Games, Hobbies & Recreational Activities
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