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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.

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

An attempt to run the fastest ever backward marathon highlights how wrong-way locomotion could assist in rehabilitation and athletic training.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

When it comes to reducing ankle injuries, high-tops aren't as important as you might think.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

If the NCAA tournament selection committee focused on the most recent games, it might make seeding more accurate, researchers found.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Researchers took a detailed look at 17 years of training records for Norway's Marit Bjørgen.

Chris Gorski, Editor

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