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Whoever shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donetsk on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, probably didn’t know what they were …Airplanes
Next week the players who represented Brazil at this year's World Cup will go on holiday and remember being successes. Born poor boys in most cases, they have become, in every case, extremely rich and envied men. None was universally liked before Tuesday – no footballer quite transcends his tribe – …Brazilian Football
Tens of thousands of Honduran thugs have been flown home on Con Air since 2001. Now, what they learned on U.S. streets with the monstrous MS-13 and MS-18 has sent children fleeing north.
Poverty was surely a factor, as no doubt was the mistaken belief that American immigration authorities would not …Gangs
“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”
With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker Bruce Lee (1940-1973) is …Philosophy
We published this article during the 2014 World Cup. Since then, Lionel Messi has proven the point over and over again, including an impossible goal …Lionel Messi
This year’s World Cup has featured some of the planet's greatest athletes performing seemingly impossible physical tasks. Bicycle kicks. Spectacular …
Hubris, Total Football, and the Ethics of Diving: David Winner on the Dutch Team's Chances An interview with the author of "Brilliant Orange"
On …Sports History
At the start of 2013, I really thought immigration reform was going to happen. Unlike every Obama-supported initiative that Republicans had opposed, …
The 2014 World Cup is chockablock with numbers. From shots on goal to completed passes to distance run, it’s now possible to glean an incredible …Soccer
Andy Murray, Amélie Mauresmo, and sexism at Wimbledon
There was nothing more for Andy Murray to do. He had already changed history. He had already relieved, if only for a moment, an entire nation’s sense of self-despair. He had won the only tournament he ever needed to win. He had dropped his racket …ATP World Tour
With a bandana on her head and a three-month-old baby at her feet, Azeb Brahana stands in the gardens of Catania’s train station and looks a little lost. The 25-year-old Eritrean left her country in 2012, aware, she says, that the life she wanted was not possible in a country with mandatory …Italy
It wasn't pretty, but we cheated (the Group of) Death
That result was more than a necessity. It was a moral victory of sorts. Germany are the most …Belgium
Earlier this year, an American sportswriter by the name of Wright Thompson travelled to Uruguay to speak to some of the people who knew Luis Suárez to try to get a better picture of his background. Thompson had heard of one story going back to Suárez’s childhood, of him being sent off in a youth …Refereeing
Reinvented by de Boer, Ajax’s Daley Blind transforms into the ‘Dutch Lahm’ “ By Mohamed Moallim ”Innovation swirls around Ajax like leaves, in the Vondelpark, on a blustery autumn’s day. “Almost...Innovation
The huge influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern U.S. border will be back in the news on Wednesday, when the House Judiciary Committee …Immigration
The Harappan civilization dominated the Indus River valley beginning about five thousand years ago, many of its massive cities sprawling at the edges …Ancient Civilization
When the pontiff denounced the “evil” of Italy’s mafias he was sending a message to complicit priests as well as mobsters. The dons are getting nervous, and dangerous.
ROME, Italy — When Sicilian Mafia superboss Bernardo Provenzano was nabbed in a little farmhouse near Corleone, Sicily, in April …Crime
The pretty, injury-faking boy from Portugal is one of the world’s best. He also says things like, ‘People are envious of me because I’m rich, handsome, and a great player.’
Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.
Superstar. Sultan of the Stepover. Pretty boy. Injury faker. Crybaby. All …Cristiano Ronaldo
A nation’s dream comes to an end.
In Sarajevo, a city ever running out of parking space, the downtown area was closed last night to traffic for the …Bosnia
Luis Suarez Is a Beast On the taxonomy of strikers, the Uruguay star is an apex predator
Once Uruguay had beaten England to stay in the World Cup, I …Liberal News
Let’s say you’re an academic-turned-public official who helped push your government into war. You promised an easy victory and an inexpensive …Middle East
IT’S wonderful that America has fallen in love with World Cup soccer, as it plays out across the greenswards of Brazilian host cities like Natal, Manaus and Curitiba. To walk through New York City on Monday night and hear the restaurant crowds’ whooping at John Brooks’s late-game goal, which …
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday “deeply frustrated” that President Obama had not found a swift resolution to the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that began in the seventh century A.D.
After meeting for more than an hour with the President …Islam
Guillermo Ochoa's Spectacular Saves, In GIFs Mexico's goalkeeper just played the match of his life
They are already building a statue for Guillermo …