Sports : Opinion Brief
A Michael Jackson statue greets soccer fans at its new home: Craven Cottage stadium, London. Naturally.

British soccer's 'horrible' Michael Jackson statue

What is a 7-foot-tall likeness of the King of Pop doing outside a sports stadium in the United Kingdom?

Sports : Best Column
The New York Yankees, including Alex Rodriguez (right), celebrate their 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in the season opener Thursday.

Baseball's Opening Day: Scandal-free at last

On the first day of the new Major League season, Howard Bryant at ESPN rejoices that the national pastime is, finally, largely free of conflict and controversy

Sports : Opinion Brief
Former Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds arrives for the first day of his perjury trial Monday.

Will Barry Bonds go to prison?

The poster boy for baseball's steroids era is finally on trial for allegedly lying to the feds about his drug use

Sports : Opinion Brief
"It was like a dream come true," says Anthony Robles, the one-legged Arizona State wrestler who took home the NCAA Division 1 championship.

The one-legged wrestler who became a U.S. champion

Anthony Robles was born with only one leg, but that didn't stop him from becoming a star wrestler... and then a national champ

Sports : Opinion Brief
Sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting completing the 2008 Los Angeles Marathon: On Sunday he beat his time by more than two hours, finishing in 9 hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds.

The 400-pound sumo wrestler who took on the L.A. marathon

New Mexico native Kelly Gneiting hoped to be the heaviest person ever to complete the 26.2-mile course. Here's what happened next...

Sports : Opinion Brief
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas is treated after being hit last season by a line drive; would a helmet have protected him?

Should MLB pitchers wear helmets?

Amid concern over head injuries, a sporting-goods company develops an accessory that would shield pitchers from batted balls

Sports : Opinion Brief
A Colombian soccer team's mascot owl lies injured on the field moments before being kicked by a player from the opposing squad.

The soccer player who kicked an owl to death

A mascot bird interrupts a match in Colombia, and Panama's Luís Moreno reacts by kicking it in the face. Days later, the owl dies

Sports : Opinion Brief
The snowboard-toting leopard jumped to the top of the Russian 2014 Winter Olympics mascot poll after cat-lover Vladimir Putin threw his support behind it.

Russia's 'dorky' 2014 Olympic mascots

Organizers unveiled the three animals who will be the face of the Sochi games. But allegations of corruption marred the selection process

Sports : Opinion Brief
Lance Armstrong, depicted here in a Sheppard Fairey mural, retires after a career both marred in controversy and enhanced by unrivaled athletic talents.

What is Lance Armstrong's legacy?

The controversial cyclist announced his retirement on Wednesday. How will he be remembered?

Sports : Opinion Brief
Ramon Sessions of the Cleveland Cavaliers can't bear to watch his team lose against the Miami Heat -- led by former Cav LeBron James.

Are the Cleveland Cavaliers the worst basketball team ever?

Without LeBron James, they have lost 25 games in a row, setting a new record for NBA futility. How historic is their badness?

Sports : Opinion Brief
Lance Armstrong could reportedly face a grand jury indictment for his alleged performance-enhancing-drug use.

Sports Illustrated's Lance Armstrong exposé: Proof of doping?

The magazine is accusing the superstar cyclist of taking peformance-enhancing drugs, and urging his teammates to do the same. Is this the end of Armstrong's ride?

Sports : Fact Sheet
Despite an NCAA investigation into his recruitment, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy.

Top 5 'pay to play' scandals rocking college football

More and more NCAA players have broken the rules by taking money from agents or boosters. Is the system fundamentally broken?

Sports : Opinion Brief
Fans may have booed but LeBron James made a stellar return to Cleveland.

LeBron James' 'devastating' return to Cleveland

The polarizing hoops superstar returned home to a deafening chorus of boos. He answered his critics with a stellar performance

Sports : Opinion Brief
LeBron James and the Miami Heat may be withering. Is his ego the problem?

Is the LeBron James experiment failing?

The NBA superstar's fateful decision to join an all-star cast assembled by the Miami Heat has not played out well. What's the problem?

Sports : Opinion Brief
By the 12th round, Manny Pacquia "took mercy" on his opponent, allowing Antonio Margarito to finish on his feet.

Is Manny Pacquiao the greatest boxer ever?

The Filipino middleweight cemented his place in boxing history on Saturday. Where does he rank among the all-time legends?

Sports : Essay
The longest home run ever would require that a batter hit a 111-mph pitch.

The longest home run ever

It may not come in our lifetime, says ESPN’s John Brenkus. But its measurements are knowable

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