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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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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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Doping in sport concept, olympic
Why Are Basketball Hoops 10 Feet High?
Athletes of all ages play organized basketball with hoops that are 10 feet off the ground. Why is that?
Demystified / Sports & Recreation
A ball swishes through the net at a basketball game in a professional arena.
7 Significant Political Events at the Olympic Games
The Olympics are a time when international politics are supposed to be set aside. But in some cases, the world’s problems...
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Silhouette of hand holding sport torch behind the rings of an Olympic flag, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; February 3, 2015.
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.

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Brad Ottens wins a ruck contest during Geelong's win over Hawthorn. September 9, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. Australian rules football
Australian Rules Football
Dating back as far as the 1850s, Australian (Aussie) rules football is a hugely popular sport that is unique to Australia....
Aramis Ramirez no.16 of the Chicago Cubs watches the ball leave the ballpark against the Cincinnati Reds. Major League Baseball (MLB).
Baseball
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Tennis
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Australian Open
The Australian Open, held in January every year, is one of the world’s major tennis championships. Test your knowledge about...
During the 1st Nat West t20 cricket match between England women's team and West Indies women's and played at Emirate Riverside Cricket Ground, Durham.
T20 Cricket Quiz
Think you know all there is to know about T20? Test your knowledge of this shorter form of cricket.
The start of the swimming phase of a ironman triathlon in Frankfurt, Germany. (extreme sports)
Extreme Sports Quiz
Known for their adrenaline-pumping thrills, extreme sports are a wild ride. This quiz will take you on an adventure.
Finnish skater Juulia Turkkila during the Ladies' singles at the World Figure Skating Championships, Megasport Arena on April 30, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. (ice skating, sports)
Figure Skating Quiz
The first account of figure skating was published in the 1770s. How much do you know about this sport’s long history? Or,...
Man swimming the butterfly stroke in pool.  (swimmer; athlete)
Water Sports Quiz
Whether you’re swimming, surfing, kayaking, or enjoying other water sports, take our quiz and learn interesting facts about...
Billiards. Woman playing pool game.
Quick Quiz: Billiards
There are more countries credited with inventing the games collectively known as billiards than there are questions in this...
Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb, left, and teammates Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz bite their gold medals Saturday night at Whistler Medals Plaza after winning the Olympic four-man bobsled, 2010.
Round 1: Olympic History Quiz
When was the first Olympic Village built? Which gold medalist ran the marathon barefoot? Compete to test your knowledge of...
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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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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 数字货币杠杆交易_数字货币周homer's Odyssey. The writing on the reverse gives the name of the moneyer under whose ity 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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