Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who rose to fame in the '60s as a boxer, then became a justice campaigner after spending more than 19 years in prison on a wrongful conviction, passed away on Sunday. More»
For homosexual African-American athletes, coming out carried with it not only the worry of judgement by the sporting world, but also their peers. As Jason Collins, Michael Sam and others have shown, the stereotype that black America won't accept gay people is simply not true. More»
The round-the-clock coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial isn't surprising -- the public's interest has long since swamped our misgivings. But the breathlessness is especially glaring on a day when the dramatic testimony ended early. More»
A world away from the California where Jackie Robinson grew up or the Brooklyn where he made his name, Jackie's son David is living in Tanzania, happy to be a coffee farmer, father, teacher and vehicle for social and global change. It's an unexpected life, but it's his. More»
UFC's arrival in Abu Dhabi shines another spotlight on human rights issues in the region, as does the 2022 Qatar World Cup. It makes for an awkward situation, because while rewarding an area that has restricted rights seems unfair, it does increase the conversation around the issue. More»
Oscar Pistorius took the stand at his murder trial, coming under an aggressive barrage of questions from the prosecutor. As gasps reportedly filled a chamber, Pistorius' voice quavered into a tone you might have trouble forgetting. It sounded like helplessness. More»
It's April in Liverpool again, and that means another April 15, and that means the 25-year observance of the awful day at Sheffield's Hillsborough ground, where 96 fans met an untimely death. This year, Liverpool sits on top of the Premier League close to that painful anniversary. More»
The Meydan Racecourse in Dubai is one of the world's most stunning tracks, even if the races themselves are a little cheesy -- perhaps inescapable when the de facto president of horse racing on Earth owns the winning entry and the track itself. More»
Oscar Pistorius was a symbol of triumph over adversity until, literally overnight, he became a villain. The hero-turned-suspect story line may be reminiscent of the O.J. trial in 1995, but there's one key difference: Soon, Pistorius will have to take the witness stand. More»
Former Mr. Irrelevant Andre Sommersell is residing in his sixth country at age 33. He's navigating the contrasts between American and Arab business customs in his sales job. He's coaching a football team on which three players don't speak English. More»
Sometimes when following publicized or televised trials, we humans sit around waiting for the turning point or the telltale clue or the a-ha. At the outset of the fourth week of the South African murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, people are wondering if a surprise looms. More»
Coastal Carolina will definitely beat Virginia to become the first No. 16 seed to topple a No. 1 seed in the 30 seasons of No. 16 seeds. If the Chanticleers do not defeat the Cavaliers, Memphis or George Washington will in the next round -- there's no doubt about that. More»
The Oscar Pistorius murder trial in Pretoria begins its third week on Monday, all set to run on past its original March 20 completion date and on into early April, and many are starting to question the loud emphases on one trial. More»
It's been a strange press trip leading up to the World Cup. Less than three months before the event in Brazil, Pele -- the home country's most famous player of all time -- described what kind of pressure the national team is under: quell public protests by winning. More»
Could anything transfix the U.S. the way Oscar Pistorius' trial now reportedly grips South Africa? We're 19 years more fragmented and 19 years less shockable than in 1995, the year the U.S. had its version of such grimness, the O.J. Simpson trial. More»
In the ongoing trial of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, former soccer player Marc Batchelor remains a key witness to Pistorius' sexual proclivities, which will come into discussion as the prosecution builds its case. More»
In India, 67 students briefly faced sedition charges during the week because they cheered for Pakistan against their home country in cricket. The investigation seemed extreme -- but, upon closer examination, maybe not so far-fetched. More»
The Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa has been simply awful. From the graphic testimonies of eyewitnesses to the raw emotion from the defendant, there hasn't seem to be any respite from the sorrow. And it's hard to watch. More»
As Oscar Pistorius' trial begins, it's easy to draw comparisons with the trial of another sports figure that captivated our attentions nearly twenty years ago. But the media frenzy in 1995 Los Angeles is nothing compared to what will be occurring in Pretoria. More»
As Roger Federer turned 32 and suffered through something of a down year in 2013, it wasn't unreasonable to think we'd seen his best. But with a win in Dubai and a finals appearance in Brisbane, he's already matched his 2013 stats, showing he's not quite through. More»
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