Sports

Bike Polo Is a Lot More Violent Than You Might Imagine

A buffet of body checking, face plants, and butt-on-head brutality.

Squirrels Hibernate So Hard You Can Juggle Them

This has actually been proven by science.

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The 'Mass Transit' Super Bowl's Mass Transit Was a Serious Disappointment

Poor planning led to overheated stations and overcrowded platforms.

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The Littlest Ice Skating Rink in Tokyo Is Very Small Indeed

Attended by skating instructors, the wee rink measures less than 10 feet across.

Germany Is Building Its Own Resort for the World Cup

Favorites to win in Brazil this June, the team will reside in a new, remote beach hotel for the tournament.

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Rob Ford's New Sports Radio Gig Is Utterly Perfect

He'll be calling in to Washington, D.C.'s crude "The Sports Junkies" show.

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A Refreshing Antidote to Brazil's Olympic Spending Spree

The Games of the Indigenous People have all of the athletic spirit of an international sporting event, but none of the red tape or out-of-control spending.

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A Look Back at Cleveland's Most Traumatizing Sports Memory

Before the LeBron debacle, there was Art Modell's press conference on November 6, 1995.

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These Newborn Babies Are Pittsburgh Pirates Fans From Day 1, Literally

The team just got some new lifelong supporters.

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Why Can't We Just Host the Olympics in the Same Place Every Year?

Economists agree: the Olympics are bad for cities. There's an obvious solution.

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Sports Teams Really Can Save a City

How Indianapolis was transformed from a "racetrack in the middle of a cornfield" to a booming tourist attraction.

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The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

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San Antonio Hotel to Guests: If the Spurs Win, Be Prepared for a Riot

Have we resigned ourselves to violence following championship games?

American Hero Beats the British at Their Own Cheese-Rolling Game

England weeps as a man wearing the American flag captures Cooper's Hill's coveted wheel of dairy.

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Barclays Center Is So Special, It Even Has Its Own Specially Engineered Smell

The unique, highly engineered scent of citrus or lemons, or "a brand new Benz," depending on who you ask.

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The Heart of a New York Park Is for Sale in Stadium Deal

A plan to build a soccer stadium raises this question: If you have enough money, you really can buy anything in New York?

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Rio's Mad Scramble: Will the City Be Ready for the World Cup?

Weather, worker strikes, and structural problems have set back the renovation of the historic Maracanã Stadium as FIFA's deadline looms.

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Why You Might Not Want to Let a Private Prison Company Name Your Stadium

Some naming rights just aren't worth it.

Extreme Skier Takes on Alaska's Abandoned Military Deathtrap

The old Buckner Building in Whittier is full of asbestos, jagged rubbish and collapsed walls – in other words, a perfect place to do a little skiing.