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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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    What Was the Super Bowl’s First Blockbuster Commercial?
    Read the story behind Apple’s 1984 Macintosh reveal, the Super Bowl’s first blockbuster commercial.
    Companion / Sports & Recreation
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    The 10 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time
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    List / Sports & Recreation
    Orange basketball on black background and with low key lighting. Homepage 2010, arts and entertainment, history and society
    Why Do Tennis Players Wear White at Wimbledon?
    Players at the prestigious Wimbledon Championships always wear white clothing. Why is that?
    Demystified / Sports & Recreation
    Rafael Nadal of Spain returns ball during second round match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands at Wimbledon in London, England on June 24, 2010
    Boxing
    Boxing, sport, both amateur and professional, involving attack and defense with the fists. Boxers usually wear padded gloves...
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    Sonny Liston and Cassius Clay

    Sports & Recreation Quizzes

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    Association Football
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    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.
    The Olympics
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    Cricket batsman playing a pull shot.
    Cricket, Anyone?
    You may be familiar with the sports of baseball and American football, but how much do you really know about cricket? Take...
    Men fencing (sport; swordplay; sword)
    Sports Season
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    Surfing (water sport; surfer)
    Physical Education
    Scaling mountains tests one’s physical and mental endurance, but what is it called when a mountain climber stops a fall?...
    Jackie Robinson, from the back cover of Jackie Robinson comic book, in Dodgers uniform, holding bat. (baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers)
    I Am the Greatest (Athlete)
    Which boxer proclaimed himself "the greatest"? Who was the first sports millionaire? Test your knowledge of world records,...
    Pitcher releases pitch, heading towards batter (baseball, sports, catcher, umpire).
    An Encyclopedia of Sports
    In the United States, what sport is known as "the national pastime?" Learn more about surfing, bullfighting, and ballgames...
    Hang gliding (parachute, nylon, sailing, recreation).
    Sports Enthusiast
    From the world’s oldest sport to the Asian Games, test your knowledge of boxing, basketball, and more in this quiz.
    American football. Football on field. Hompepage blog 2009, arts and entertainment, history and society, sports and games athletics vintage football
    American Football: Fact or Fiction?
    You may be familiar with touchdown dances, but are there are several ways to score points in American football? Sort fact...
    Golf. Putt. Putter. Sports. Pro tournament golfer pitching on the green with the pin in the hole.
    Golf: Fact or Fiction?
    Does the winner of a golf match have the highest score? Test your knowledge in this quiz about golf.
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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.
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    Suzuki, Ichiro 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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    Wilt Chamberlain 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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    Xavi 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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    (Top) Obverse side of a silver denarius showing caduceus and bust of Mercury wearing winged petasos; (bottom) on the reverse side, Ulysses walking with staff and being greeted by his dog Argus, in a fine narrative illustration of Homer's Odyssey. The writing on the reverse gives the name of the moneyer under whose authority the coin was struck. Coins of this type, called serrati, were produced at the mint with cut edges to combat counterfeiting. Struck in the Roman Republic, 82 bc. Diameter 19 mm. Games, Hobbies & Recreational Activities
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