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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, September 28, 2020

      Is It Really Dangerous to Swim After Eating?
      Aside from the sharks, that is.
      Demystified / Sports & Recreation
      three boys sitting in a pool eating pizza, living the dream.
      7 Canceled or Reintroduced Olympic Sports
      According to the Olympics, not all sports are equal.
      List / Sports & Recreation
      Tug-of-war at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 2005.
      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
      Number game
      Number game, any of various puzzles and games that involve aspects of mathematics. Mathematical recreations comprise puzzles...
      Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
      Figure 1: Square numbers shown formed from consecutive triangular numbers.

      Sports & Recreation Quizzes

      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...
      Encyclopaedia Britannica thistle graphic to be used with a Mendel/Consumer quiz in place of a photograph.
      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...
      Close-up of a roulette wheel with the ball on black number 17. (gambling, games of chance, gaming)
      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...
      Chess pieces on game board.
      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...
      Auto racing. Formula One. F1. FIA Formula One World Championship. A race car on the track at Nurburgring, a motorsports complex in Nurburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
      All About Auto Racing Quiz
      Who was the first Formula One champion? Who was the first driver to exceed 200 miles per hour? Speed through this quiz to...
      People in a gym in martial arts training exercising Taekwondo, the trainer has a black belt.
      Quick Quiz: Martial Arts
      Where did tae kwon do originate? Which martial art means “empty hand” in Japanese? Get your team—or just yourself—ready to...
      Green Tennis Ball on a tennis court
      Game, Set, Tennis! Quiz
      Game, set…tennis! Jump onto the court to test your knowledge of tennis players, tournaments, and history with this quiz.
      Field of race horses at the clubhouse turn during the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky May 5, 2007. Thoroughbred horse racing
      All About Horse Racing Quiz
      And they’re off! Will you win, place, or show? With this quiz, you can compete in all things horse racing without having...
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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.
      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.
      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.
      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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