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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 19, 2021

    The 10 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time
    According to our sports editor, at least.
    List / Sports & Recreation
    Orange basketball on black background and with low key lighting. Homepage 2010, arts and entertainment, history and society
    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
    January 21, 2019: Superbowl LIII will be played at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, February 3, 2019 against the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
    Why Are Basketball Hoops 10 Feet High?
    Athletes of all ages play organized basketball with hoops that are 10 feet off the ground. Why is that?
    Demystified / Sports & Recreation
    A ball swishes through the net at a basketball game in a professional arena.
    baseball
    baseball, game played with a bat, a ball, and gloves between two teams of nine players each on a field with four white bases...
    Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
    Enos Slaughter of the St. Louis Cardinals sliding home to score the winning run in game seven of the 1946 World Series; Roy Partee, catcher for the Boston Red Sox, lunges for the throw from the infield.

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    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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    Quick Quiz: Card Games and Games of Chance
    Where did the 52-card playing deck come from? What numbers can you roll to automatically win a certain dice game? Bet on...
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    Check and Checkmate Quiz
    What is the standard design for chess sets used in competition? Who was the first woman to write a book about chess? See...
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    Tom Brady; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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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    Michael Phelps Olympic Sports
    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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