News about an old wrestling opponent stirred up memories and fears in writer Bill Eville.
Should college athletes be paid? Bill Littlefield suggests a specific approach to answering that question.
The U.S. didn't have a national anthem until 1931, writes Barbara Mende. Then Congress adopted the "The Star-Spangled Banner": words written by a slaveowner, sung to a drinking-song tune.
Cam Newton’s sexist remark made news, but it’s nothing new to women who cover sports.
How can sports use its many platforms to tackle social issues on a sustained rather than an incident-driven basis?
I served so that we all may be free to criticize and complain and protest when this nation and its leaders fail to live up to our ideals, writes Laura...
The stunning news regarding the state of Hernandez's brain complicates his story, writes Steve Almond, just as it should complicate our moral relationship to football.
While Boston remains haunted by its racism, Isaiah Thomas’s love speaks volumes, writes Shira Springer.
Perhaps this is a chance to know ourselves in a more measured way; to recognize how thin the line is between civilization and barbarism, even in America, writes Julie Lindahl....
Green not only broke the last disgraceful color line in the majors, writes James F. Smith, he effectively ended segregated baseball.
The late Red Sox owner has been gone for decades but Tom Yawkey's baneful legacy on matters of race still lingers.
Football doesn’t have a concussion problem, or even a violence problem. It has a physics and physiology problem, writes Steve Almond. The human brain wasn’t meant to absorb thousands of...
A new book shines a light on the failed bid to bring the 2024 Olympic Games to the Hub. Bill Littlefield highlights the larger messages embedded in "No Boston Olympics."
Each player has a voice, writes Bill Littlefield, and every invitation is a chance to make a choice.
Democrats lose two more Congressional races, the Supreme Court will hear a case on gerrymandering and part of Yawkey Way becomes David Ortiz Drive. All that and more from Tom...
Peter May writes that NCAA President Mark Emmert should immediately send out a statement saying the organization will continue not to have its events in North Carolina, a state that...
The U.S. women's national hockey team stared down the hockey powers-that-be with a fierceness and determination born of years of second-class citizenry, writes Shira Springer. Tuesday night, they won.
It's tempting to see the FBI's investigation of Trump's Russia ties as his Spygate, writes Steve Almond. But that doesn't capture the enormity of what's at stake.
As some teammates decide to boycott the White House visit, Brady remains silent on politics, writes Andrew Bauld. For the sake of his off-field legacy, Brady should speak up.
Pre-Super Bowl Houston feels like an alternate reality, writes Shira Springer. It's a land in which Tom Brady’s brand of blinders-on positivity can thrive, and the NFL brand can shine.