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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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Featured content, May 28, 2020

7 Canceled or Reintroduced Olympic Sports
According to the Olympics, not all sports are equal.
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Tug-of-war at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 2005.
Olympics: A Survey of Banned Substances
Learn about the major groups of substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.
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Doping in sport concept, olympic
How Are Sports Chosen for the Olympics?
The ins and outs of what’s in and what’s out.
Demystified / Sports & Recreation
Olympic torch illustration surrounded by sports in the summer games
Olympics: Football (Soccer)
The women’s and men’s medal matches at the Rio Games are played on August 19 and 20, respectively.
Spotlight / Sports & Recreation
Chelsea's German player Michael Ballack (R) watched by Hull City's Dutch player George Boateng during the Premier League football match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge in London, England on Aug. 15, 2009. 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer 2010
Rugby
Rugby, football game played with an oval ball by two teams of 15 players (in rugby union play) or 13 players (in rugby league…
Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
Figure 1: Rugby playing field, showing divisions and goals.
Bullfighting
Bullfighting, the national spectacle of Spain and many Spanish-speaking countries, in which a bull is ceremoniously fought…
Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
A bullfight during the Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain.
Cricket
Cricket, England’s national summer sport, which is now played throughout the world, particularly in Australia, India, Pakistan,…
Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
2019 Cricket World Cup
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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Walter Camp.

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A Game of Tennis: Fact or Fiction?
You may be familiar with Serena Williams and Andre Agassi, but how much do you really know about tennis? From its gameplay…
Surfers balance on surfboards as they ride a breaking wave.
Physical Education: Fact or Fiction?
Is the high jump a type of dance? In bicycling, does BMX stand for "backward motion, extra strong?" Sort through the facts…
Men jumping hurdles (track sport; athletics; athlete)
Let’s Move: Fact or Fiction?
Is the length of a standard outdoor track 1 kilometer? Is there any competitive sport without rules? Sort through facts about…
Billiards. Woman playing pool game.
Sports Culture: Fact or Fiction?
In football (soccer), can goalies always use their hands? From billiards to polo, use your head in this study of sports and…
Auto racing. Formula One. F1. FIA Formula One World Championship. A race car on the track at Nurburgring, a motorsports complex in Nurburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Sports Authority: Fact or Fiction?
Did Ernie Banks play both shortstop and first base? Did Kareem Abdul-Jabbar invent the skyhook? From curling to kite fights,…
2:054-55 Baseball: How Pitchers Fool Batters, pitcher pitches the ball to the batter, batter swings, umpire and catcher behind him
This or That?: American League vs. National League
Does your favorite team play for the AL or NL? Test your baseball league knowledge with this quiz.
Miyamoto Musashi. An actor playing Mukojima Miyamoto Musashi (artist, soldier, samurai, swordsman, ronin) in a Kabuki play. Woodcut, color; 36.4 x 24.8 cm., 1852. Signed: Ichiy-sai Kuniyoshi. Ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock printing. (see notes)
Swords: Fact or Fiction?
Are all swords made of metal? What’s a "pommel"? Test your knowledge of swords with this quiz.
Assorted sports balls including a basketball, football, soccer ball, tennis ball, baseball and others.
American Sports Nicknames
Do you know "The Mailman" from "The Admiral"? Test your knowledge of nicknames from American sports.
Gouda, The Netherlands - July 5th, 2015: Tour de France 2015, stage 2, 166km from Utrecht to Zelande. The Peloton at Gouda
Tour de France: Fact or Fiction?
How much do you know about the Tour de France? Race through this quiz to test your knowledge.
MASON, OH - AUGUST 17: Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a backhand against Mardy Fish during day seven of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2012 in Mason, Ohio
Wimbledon
Tennis, anyone? Test your knowledge of the infamous championship with this quiz.
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Sports & Recreation Subcategories

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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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Babe Ruth 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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Johnson, Magic 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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Lloyd, Carli 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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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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