December 11, 2012 After 126 years, The Sporting News, the wise old man of sports journalism, will cease publishing as of Jan. 1, 2013. The longtime sports newspaper will continue as a digital-only brand.
December 3, 2012 With growing controversy over the risk of permanent brain injury in contact sports, researchers find an association between repetitive head trauma and brain disease in samples taken from deceased athletes. Many were professional football players.
August 31, 2012 Enhancing performance is what sports is all about. Commentator Alva Noë says drug users are not cheaters in any deep sense. Our outrage reflects our engagement with sports and is a clue to why sports matter.
August 6, 2012 Commentator Alva Noë argues that there is no reason to ban performance-enhancing drugs in sports. Prohibition stems from a bizarre confusion about what sports are all about.
July 20, 2012 For more than 20 years, photographer James Startt has been chasing legendary cyclists in the Tour de France, capturing the fans' excitement against the backdrop of the French countryside and the raw emotion of competitive cyclists. Now, a selection of his work can be viewed online.
July 8, 2012 TV gives you the best seat in the house. Yet televised sports are no substitute for actually being there Why? The answer has to do with the nature of human perception.
May 19, 2012 I'll Have Another now has a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
May 1, 2012 The sports world is brimming with talk about Lopez Lomong, the American runner who set a 2012 world best in the men's 5,000-meter race Sunday. Lomong ran the distance in 13 minutes and 11.63 seconds — but the race took a very unusual turn in its final laps.
March 30, 2012 NCAA basketball's Final Four teams will play in New Orleans Saturday, to decide who will play in Monday night's title game. The first match-up pits Louisville against No. 1 Kentucky. In the second game, Ohio State will face the University of Kansas.
March 28, 2012 U.S. archer Khatuna Lorig hopes to return to the Olympics this summer. But she's already helped put archery into The Hunger Games this spring — by training the film's star, Jennifer Lawrence. In the film's kill-or-be-killed competition, Lawrence's character relies on her ability with a bow.
March 22, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the latest developments on the Trayvon Martin story, and NPR's Michele Norris on her Race Card Project. Also, Ben Petrick shares how Parkinson's derailed his baseball career. In the second hour, college accountability, and Turkey's political future.
February 2, 2012 Computerized testing of athletes for concussion isn't a reliable gauge of their brain health or fitness to return to play, according to new research. The computerized tests are used in the NFL and NHL, and in many colleges and high schools.
January 20, 2012 Palestine might not seem like a breeding ground for race car drivers. But that hasn't stopped a group of Palestinian women from driving very fast, winning races and making a name for themselves along the way.