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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 26, 2021

      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
      Why Do Some People Call Football “Soccer”?
      You play it with your feet, right?
      Demystified / Sports & Recreation
      soccer ball in the goal
      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.

      Sports & Recreation Quizzes

      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...
      American football players. Carry football, run, push, jump.
      Football the Way Americans Play It Quiz
      In the American version of football, you’re allowed to touch the ball with your hands. (And your feet.) See if you can “touchdown”...
      Golf putter hitting golf tee and ball. (game; sport; golf ball; golf club)
      A Good Walk Spoiled
      No one really knows how golf came to be a...
      Joe Louis, 1946.
      Boxing Quiz
      Boxing first appeared as a formal Olympic event in the 23rd Olympiad (688 BCE). Take a jab at this...
      Volleyball match
      Sports Fun Facts Quiz
      What sport’s equipment was found in the tomb of an Egyptian child buried about 3200 BCE? What sport originated because businessmen...
      Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb, front, is greeted at the finish line after teaming with Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz to win the first Olympic bobsleigh gold medal in 62 years for Team USA ,(cont)
      Winter Sports Quiz
      From flying down a mountain on skis to gliding around an ice rink on skates, winter sports can take many different forms....
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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.
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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 playing for FC Barcelona in a domestic football match, 2009. 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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      (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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