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Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open - Grantland

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Category: Sports

From www.grantland.com

With Sharapova, the image is not nearly so invincible. It wobbles. Sharapova brings the plane of sports almost as close to the plane of pure culture as Beckham does — she has the same gift for taking our fantasies about the sexuality of famous athletes and nudging them toward something else, something glamorous or witty, so that we can indulge them without being too overt about it.

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Cycling in Yemen: an uphill struggle against insurgency and ignorance World news guardian.co.uk

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.guardian.co.uk

Yemen must be one of the few countries in the world where a group of young men, on their morning ride can, and regularly does, attract such anger and ignorance from passersby. Their crime? Wearing shorts and tight jerseys.

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The coming confession

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Category: Sports

From pvcycling.wordpress.com

Most importantly, doping in cycling at such an advanced level raises questions about other sports, and the involvement of Nike and the whispers regarding its having acted as the conduit to pay off the UCI’s cover-up of Lance’s positive test in the 1999 Tour mean that real journalists"the kind who rarely cover cycling"may take the same kind of vigorous approach to football, soccer, and track and field that Paul Kimmage took to Lance’s shenanigans.

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Soccer Violence in Argentina Sports OutsideOnline.com

Friday, October 12, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.outsideonline.com

With nicknames like the Drunkards of the Stands, the Garbage Men, the Blue Pirates, the Gangsters, and the Scoundrels, the fan clubs for the 40 professional teams playing at Argentina’s A and B levels have been around almost as long as the teams themselves.

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The Unknown Story of the Major Taylor, the Cycling Champion Who Broke the Color Barrier Past Imperfect

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Category: Sports

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

At the dawn of the 20th century, cycling was the most popular sport in both America and Europe, with tens of thousands of spectators drawn to arenas and velodromes to see highly dangerous and even deadly affairs that bore little semblance to bicycle racing today.

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Is Kip Litton a Marathon Fraud? : The New Yorker

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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.newyorker.com

An out-of-shape Midwesterner transformed himself into a competitive marathoner. But he insisted on transforming himself further, inventing a heroic avatar that couldn’t be sustained.

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The Ancient Roots of Iran′s Wrestling and Weightlifting Olympic Dominance - Max Fisher - The Atlantic

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.theatlantic.com

Though Western cultures typically treat wrestling as an aggressive, individualistic, and deeply competitive sport, traditional Persian Varzesh-e-Bastani emphasizes it as a means of promoting inner strength through outer strength in a process meant to cultivate what we might call chivalry.

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Olympic Game Theory

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Sports

From marginalrevolution.com

How can you win a race by going slow? Check out the following video from the World Cup 2012 Individual Sprint Track Cycling (similar scenes can be found at the Olympics). The two cyclists, some of the fastest riders in the world, start out by going as slow as possible, almost like something out of Monty Python.

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Olympic medal predictions

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Category: Sports

From isteve.blogspot.com.es

Most of the major sports in the world today were institutionalized by English-speakers. The Victorian Anglosphere had the right combination of eccentricity, cooperativeness, fair-play, and cultural prestige to impose their favorite games upon the world.

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Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier evaluate the economics of Olympic success and how to boost a country′s medal count

Friday, August 3, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.grantland.com

Being rich in raw materials (people) and having the wealth to develop them are the main economic determinants of Olympic success. And, since population and wealth are not distributed equally across countries, neither are Olympic medals.

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