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In our sports coverage, we focus on physical demands, human performance, statistics, sports medicine, modern equipment and thoughtful analyses of the players, teams and games we love. From baseball to sailing to basketball to golf, from football to tennis to running to obscure sports, we seek the revealing secrets behind these competitions.

New study suggests at least one in 10 NFL players could eventually develop the brain disease.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Research suggests most North American college and professional hockey players don't specialize as youngsters.

Brian Owens, Contributor

New safety rules pose challenges for players and officials.

Chris Gorski, Editor

New research suggests that despite being tired, athletes can still sprint at top speed near the end of a long match.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Goal-line technology and a “VARification” system could reduce the number of controversial refereeing incidents during the tournament in Russia.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Trainers have used Lasix for decades to reduce bleeding and improve performance in North American racehorses.

Kimberly Hickok, Contributor

Aerodynamic experts suggest that Adidas' Telstar 18 should fly true and be less controversial than balls from past tournaments.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Research suggests that developing strength or aerobic fitness can improve long-term health. But is another method even better?

Chris Gorski, Editor

Changes in attitudes toward sleep in elite athletes are enhancing their performance.

Chris Gorski, Editor

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