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 in order 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 just serve as a way to unwind or socialize.
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golf. Competitive and cheating golfer wears golf gloves on golf club greens and prepares golf ball for lucky hole in one. Unsportsmanlike, sports, cheater
7 Unsportsmanlike Sportsmen
Athletes behaving badly.
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Rich Harden no. 40 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers. July 31, 2008 at Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 11-4. Major League Baseball (MLB).
Why Does “K” Stand for a Strikeout in Baseball?
Unlike most terms in baseball box scores, strikeouts aren’t abbreviated by the word’s first letter. Why?
Demystified / Sports & Recreation
Doping in sport concept, olympic
Olympics: A Survey of Banned Substances
Learn about the major groups of substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.
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Figure 1: Square numbers shown formed from consecutive triangular numbers.
number game
number game, any of various puzzles and games that involve aspects of mathematics. Mathematical recreations comprise puzzles...
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Sports & Recreation Quizzes

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...
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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.
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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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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”...
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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...
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Joe Louis, 1946.
Boxing Quiz
Boxing first appeared as a formal Olympic event in the 23rd Olympiad (688 BCE). Take a jab at this...
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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...
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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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Rich Harden no. 40 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers. July 31, 2008 at Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 11-4. Major League Baseball (MLB).
Sports Firsts Through the Ages Quiz
In which year was the first Boston Marathon run? What about the year the first Super Bowl was held? Press “start” on this...
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Serena Williams returns a shot to Victoria Azarenka during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City on Sept. 8, 2013. Williams won the match which gave her a career total of 17 Gram Slam titles.
Women in Sports: Who Said It?
“No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.” Match the quotation to the woman...
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Tom Brady; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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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Sidney Crosby; Nicklas Lidstrom Hockey
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 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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Michael Phelps Olympic Sports
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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