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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, June 21, 2020

Why Does “K” Stand for a Strikeout in Baseball?
Unlike most terms in baseball box scores, strikeouts aren’t abbreviated by the word’s first letter. Why?
Demystified / Sports & Recreation
Rich Harden no. 40 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers. July 31, 2008 at Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 11-4. Major League Baseball (MLB).
First Triple Crown Winner Since 1978?
On June 6 American Pharoah will attempt to become the first winner of the American Triple Crown in 37 years.
Spotlight / Sports & Recreation
Tonalist (11), ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, edges out Commissioner (8), with Javier Castellano up, to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race in Belmont, New York, on June 7, 2014.
7 Ways Hosting the Olympics Impacts a City
How does hosting an Olympic Games change a city?
List / Sports & Recreation
Bolshoy Ice Dome during ice hockey Men's Prelim. Sochi 2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games
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
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...
Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
Walter Camp.
Basketball
Basketball, game played between two teams of five players each on a rectangular court, usually indoors. Each team tries to...
Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
March Madness
Online gaming
Online gaming, electronic game playing over a computer network, particularly over the Internet. Electronic game worlds have...
Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
Screen from World of Warcraft, a “massively multiplayer” online game (MMOG).

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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.
Girl on a balance beam. Gymnastics. Sports
Gymnastics: Fact or Fiction?
Are you a gymnast or a fan of the gymnastic arts? Test your knowledge of Olympic events, Saltos, and more with this quiz.
VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 11, 2011: Football fans arrive to BC Place to watch BC Lions playing in Grey Cup finals in Vancouver, Canada, on November 11, 2011.
Canadian Football League
Think you know something about the Canadian Football League? Take this quiz to find out.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 17: Usain Bolt runs at the World Athletics Championships on August 17, 2013 in Moscow
Usain Bolt Quiz
How much do you know about the Jamaican track superstar? Test your knowledge 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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