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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, January 18, 2021

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
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.
7 Unsportsmanlike Sportsmen
Athletes behaving badly.
List / Sports & Recreation
golf. Competitive and cheating golfer wears golf gloves on golf club greens and prepares golf ball for lucky hole in one. Unsportsmanlike, sports, cheater
Figure skating
Figure skating, sport in which ice skaters, singly or in pairs, perform freestyle movements of jumps, spins, lifts, and footwork...
Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
Kurt Browning (Canada) performing his winning program at the 1989 World Championships in Paris.

Sports & Recreation Quizzes

The start of the swimming phase of a ironman triathlon in Frankfurt, Germany. (extreme sports)
Extreme Sports Quiz
Known for their adrenaline-pumping thrills, extreme sports are a wild ride. This quiz will take you on an adventure.
Finnish skater Juulia Turkkila during the Ladies' singles at the World Figure Skating Championships, Megasport Arena on April 30, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. (ice skating, sports)
Figure Skating Quiz
The first account of figure skating was published in the 1770s. How much do you know about this sport’s long history? Or,...
Man swimming the butterfly stroke in pool.  (swimmer; athlete)
Water Sports Quiz
Whether you’re swimming, surfing, kayaking, or enjoying other water sports, take our quiz and learn interesting facts about...
Billiards. Woman playing pool game.
Quick Quiz: Billiards
There are more countries credited with inventing the games collectively known as billiards than there are questions in this...
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...
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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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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.
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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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