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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, December 05, 2020

    What Do the Olympic Rings and Flame Represent?
    These iconic symbols hold special significance to the Olympic movement.
    Demystified / Sports & Recreation
    Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Rings.
    8 Incredible Swimming Feats
    Not your average dip in the pool.
    List / Sports & Recreation
    Gertrude Ederle or Gertrude Caroline Ederle, press photo. First woman to swim the English Channel. One of the best-known American sports personages of the 1920s.
    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
    Boxing, sport, both amateur and professional, involving attack and defense with the fists. Boxers usually wear padded gloves...
    Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
    Sonny Liston and Cassius Clay

    Sports & Recreation Quizzes

    Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb, left, and teammates Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz bite their gold medals Saturday night at Whistler Medals Plaza after winning the Olympic four-man bobsled, 2010.
    Round 1: Olympic History Quiz
    When was the first Olympic Village built? Which gold medalist ran the marathon barefoot? Compete to test your knowledge of...
    Olympic games in 1928 at Amsterdam, Holland. The finish of the 100 meter dash finals, won by Percy Williams.
    Round 2: Olympic History Quiz
    When did women first compete in the Olympics? How long is an Olympic marathon? Go for gold in this quiz on the history of...
    A ball swishes through the net at a basketball game in a professional arena.
    Basketball Quiz
    The only major sport invented in the United States, basketball has become a global phenomenon. Dribble through history with...
    British cricketeer William Gilbert Grace, 19th century colored engraving. (W.G. Grace, sports)
    Classic Cricket Quiz
    Which player begins a game of cricket? What was the name of first women’s cricket club in England? Make sure your bat and...
    Group of old baseballs on black background. Baseball Homepage blog 2010, arts and entertainment, history and society, sports and games athletics
    Best of Baseball Quiz
    What team took bribes to lose the 1919 World Series? Who holds the Major League Baseball record for most home runs in a single...
    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 17: Usain Bolt runs at the World Athletics Championships on August 17, 2013 in Moscow
    Everything Track and Field Quiz
    Who was the first athlete to run the mile in less than 4 minutes? What is the world’s oldest annual marathon? Go for the...
    Children kicking soccer ball  (football; sport)
    “Football” Means “Soccer” in This Quiz
    When did the English national team win the World Cup? Who was the first British football player to be knighted? See how many...
    "Siyavush Plays Polo before Afrasiyab" folio 180v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp by Abu'l Qasim Firdausi; painting attributed to Qasim ibn 'Ali, c. 1525-30 Tabriz, Iran. Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper.
    Quick Quiz: The Facts About Polo
    When the game was first invented, polo was played mostly by nobility—but you don’t have to be a royal to take this quick...
    The peloton, including Thomas Voeckler-Europcar, passing the Col de Val Lauron-Azet during the stage 9 of Le Tour de France on July 7,2013. (cycling, extreme sports)
    Quick Quiz: All About Cycling
    What stimulant did 19th-century cyclists start using to improve their performance? Who was the first non-European to win...
    St. Louis Blues defenseman Erik Johnson carries the puck up the ice during a recent game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Massachusetts; date unknown. (ice hockey)
    Quick Quiz: On The Ice
    We won’t give away the contents of this quick quiz just yet. Just be ready to get out on the ice, shoot a few pucks, and...
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    Sports & Recreation Subcategories

    subcategory placeholder Football
    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.
    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.
    Magic Johnson 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.
    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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