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Indian Political Row Over Sri Lanka Spills Over Into Sport

A political dispute in India over relations with Sri Lanka has spilled over into the country's national pastime: cricket.<p>We told you last week about a key ally of India's ruling coalition withdrawing its support to the government over neighboring Sri Lanka's conduct against ethnic Tamils during the …

The political casualties of Azerbaijan’s sporting ambitions

Photograph: Aziz Karimov/ Aziz Karimov/Demotix/Corbis<p>Leyla Yunus, right, was arrested in July on what were widely seen as trumped up charges of treason and fraud. Photograph: Aziz …

March Madness: NJ man says office sports pool ruined his life

As you hide from your boss and fill out your NCAA tournament bracket, try not to think about John Bovery, whose life was turned upside down by an office pool that got out of hand.<p>Bovery, 58, of New Jersey, started out in 1990 running an office football pool at the Wall Street firm where he worked, …

Sports minister backs moves to close sports gap

A GOVERNMENT Minister was shown the gymnastics skills of pupils at a Yorkshire school yesterday as part of a push to encourage more women to take …

Poll: Should appeals court allow legalized sports betting in N.J.?

TRENTON — Should a federal appeals court allow New Jersey to move forward with a plan to legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks?<p>The …

Is Obama proposal the end of taxpayer-subsidized sports stadiums?

If President Obama has his way, the nation's taxpayers would not help finance a new arena proposed for the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team.<p>Nor would taxpayer-financed, tax-free bonds be used to help finance a new stadium being discussed in St. Louis for the NFL Rams, or in Oakland for …

Vitali Klitschko and moving from sporting performance into politics

Last Tuesday the former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko was to be seen ducking and diving as he was seldom called upon to do in the ring. The cause of his feints was a volley of eggs thrown by pro-Russian protestors in a crowd at a political meeting Klitschko was addressing as …

Your Politics Are Indicative Of Which Sports You Like

With March Madness upon us and the President bound to fill out a bracket at some point, the ever present relationship between sports and politics is once again a topic.<p>Matt Sherman at National Journal republished this chart from last year that showed the tight relationship between athletics and …

The Joy of Six: politics and sport

When Australian sport originated in the mid-19th century it was dominated by the wealthier classes who enjoyed what American economist and sociologist, Thorstein Veblen, termed in 1899 ‘conspicuous leisure’ time – that is the capacity to expend time in pursuits with no material gain as a type of …

Linking sport, politics and peace

Palestine flags were waved around by an enthusiastic crowd at the Asian Cup in Australia earlier this year as the national football team captain Ramzi Saleh realised once again that sport was a powerful political tool.<p>The team failed to win any of their games but for the players and supporters, …