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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, May 22, 2020

    How Is Diving Scored?
    Diving combines grace and athleticism. How is this seemingly subjective sport scored?
    Demystified / Sports & Recreation
    low angle view of a female swimmer preparing to dive from diving board against clear blue sky.
    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
    5 Unusual Olympic Sports
    What happens when you cross the long jump with swimming? You get an Olympic sport.
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    Young man skeet shooting with airborne shell
    The 24 Days of College Football Bowls
    College football fans rejoice as the bowl season kicks off on December 19.
    Spotlight / Sports & Recreation
    GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 9: More than 88,000 people attend the UF home game as the Gators host the LSU Tigers in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in a SEC football match on October 9, 2010 at Gainseville, FL. football
    Tennis
    Tennis, game in which two opposing players (singles) or pairs of players (doubles) use tautly strung rackets to hit a ball…
    Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
    Williams, Serena
    Horse racing
    Horse racing, sport of running horses at speed, mainly Thoroughbreds with a rider astride or Standardbreds with the horse…
    Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
    Two Thousand Guineas, 2012
    Snowboarding
    Snowboarding, winter sport with roots in skiing, surfing, and skateboarding where the primary activity is riding down any…
    Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
    Canada's Ross Rebagliati, the first competitor to win an Olympic gold medal in the snowboarding giant slalom, at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
    Bridge
    Bridge, card game derived from whist, through the earlier variants bridge whist and auction bridge. The essential features…
    Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
    Whitfeld sixCard editor of the London Field W.H. Whitfeld published this bridge problem in 1885. South is declarer and has the lead with hearts as trump. With a sophisticated finesse, South can win every trick. South begins by leading the ace of diamonds, which, depending on what the opponents discard, opens a possible finesse of North's jack of diamonds. Next, South passes the lead to North with a spade that North trumps. North then leads the last heart, and South discards the 10 of clubs. With the lead of the last trump and then the ace of clubs, the defenders are presented with an insurmountable dilemma. East must hold two diamonds or South takes the last two tricks in the suit by discarding a spade. However, in order to hold on to two diamonds, East must discard the jack of spades, which in turn would force West to hold the queen of spades. Since West also needs the queen of diamonds and the jack of clubs to avoid losing a trick, a discard from any of the three suits will allow South to win all of the remaining tricks by an appropriate discard.

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    FUKUOKA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 19: Unidentified Sumo wrestlers engaging in the arena of the Fukuoka Tournament on November 19, 2010 in Fukuoka, Japan.
    Sumo: Fact or Fiction?
    Do you think you know a lot about sumo? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers
    Super Bowl
    Think you know all about the Super Bowl? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the biggest sporting spectacle in North…
    May 25, 2014: NASCAR driver, Kurt Busch (26), runs the 98th annual Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN.
    Indianapolis 500
    Think you know everything about the Greatest Spectacle in Racing? Prove it, as fast as you can.
    Volleyball match
    Volleyball: Fact or Fiction?
    Know a bit about spiking, hits, and rallies? See if you can serve up a winning score in this volleyball quiz!
    People in a gym in martial arts training exercising Taekwondo, the trainer has a black belt.
    Martial Arts: Fact or Fiction?
    Earn your black belt in martial arts knowledge with this fact or fiction quiz!
    A person is shooting with recurve bow on a target during an archery competition. Focus on the targets. archery
    Obscure Olympic Sports
    Are you well versed in the rules of indoor handball? Do you love learning about the history of archery? This quiz is for…
    Glass Medicine Vials and Syringe on black background
    Doping in Sports
    Test your knowledge of drugs and scandals in sports with this quiz—but there’s no cheating allowed.
    The Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games flame left the Panathinaikos Stadium on Tuesday, on its journey to Norway.
    Olympic History
    Do you know the history of the Olympic Games? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the premier international sporting…
    Handball player in action during the Greek Women Cup Final handball game Arta vs Nea Ionia
    Team Handball
    Team handball may be a rapidly growing sport, but the rules may seem obscure to some Western sports fans. Do you think you…
    Olympic games in 1928 at Amsterdam, Holland. The finish of the 100 meter dash finals, won by Percy Williams.
    Summer Olympics Host Cities
    Think you know your Olympic history? Match the Olympics year to the city in which the Summer Games were held.
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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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    Ruth, Babe 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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    Johnson, Magic 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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