SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14: Gift Ngoepe of South Africa runs to first base during the World baseball Classic Final match between Australia and South Africa at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 14, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Baseball’s Billion-Person Cactus League

Gift Ngoepe was the first African-born player to make it to the big show. Major League Baseball is betting he won't be the last.


Russia Denies Its Soccer Players Are Doped Up

Authorities are looking into whether every member of Russia’s 2014 team was on performance enhancing drugs.


Warriors’ Championship Cheers Hearts in Faraway Georgia

Tbilisi is thrilled Zaza Pachulia and his supporting cast won an NBA title.


In the Kingdom of Dying Ponies

Polo, the sport of kings, hails from the forgotten, violent state of Manipur, India. Can anyone save its endangered, fabled horses?


How Two Australians Tricked North Korea Into Giving Them a Free Round of Golf in Pyongyang

Two pranksters jokingly signed up for a North Korean golf tournament. When government officials there approved, they just went with it.


Washington Redskins Fumble the Transatlantic Relationship

A spokesman for the Washington Redskins pushed away a German reporter asking about a missed kick after a game in London.

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick Is Lucky He’s Not Japanese

National anthems have always inspired dissenters — but some countries treat their refuseniks better than others.

CHOLPON-ATA, KYRGYZSTAN - SEPTEMBER 4, 2016: Hollywood actor Steven Seagal (R) and people in traditional dress in a specially built village setting, Kyrchin, at the 2016 World Nomad Games. Viktor Drachev/TASS (Photo by Viktor DrachevTASS via Getty Images)

Hawk Hunting, Goat Carcass Chasing, and Steven Seagal at World Nomad Games, in Photos

Goat carcasses, hawk hunting, bone throwing, and Steven Seagal: The World Nomad Games in photos.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 29:  (L-R) Andrew Osagie of England, Joe Thomas of Wales, Ferguson Rotich of Kenya and Jeffrey Riseley of Australia sprint to the finish in the Men's 800 metres heats at Hampden Park during day six of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 29, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Kenyan Sprint Coach Used Athlete’s Badge for Free Breakfast, Then Took Doping Test for Him.

This Kenyan coach borrowed his athlete's ID to get free breakfast, then took a doping test for him too.


This Turkish NBA Star’s Family Cut Ties with Him Over His Support for Gulen

Enes Kanter's family has disowned him over the NBA player's support for Fethullah Gulen.

USA's Michael Phelps competes in the Men's 200m Butterfly Semifinal during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016.   / AFP / Odd Andersen        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian State TV: By Using Cupping Therapy, Michael Phelps Basically Doped

Russian state television compared doping with performance enhancing drugs to using cupping treatments.

Egypt's Nada Meawad (L) and Egypt's Doaa Elghobashy react during the women's beach volleyball qualifying match between Germany and Egypt at the Beach Volley Arena in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba        (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Relaxed Uniform Regulations Let Egyptian Volleyball Players Compete Against Bikini-Clad Germans

Egypt sent their first-ever women's beach volleyball team to the Olympics this year, and they were allowed to compete fully clad.

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