Sometimes we choose dogs — and sometimes they choose us. A scruffy, yellow Ecuadorean street dog followed a team of Swedish trekkers on a race through the Amazon. He became the star of the race and ended up becoming the trusty companion to the team's captain.
Sports franchises have been using advanced analytics to measure their players for years, ever since Moneyball became popular. But now teams are using big data analytics to track fan behavior and tailor offerings to them.
Soccer governing body FIFA has spent months examining allegations of corruption into the runup of Russia and Qatar's successful bids to win the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Now it's said there was no serious corruption — a claim even its own investigator finds incredible.
Afghanistan is a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. So the Afghan Women's National Cycling Team has a huge hill to climb, especially if they are to have any chance of making it to the Olympics.
Ahmad, like many Lebanese kids, wants to be a basketball star when he grows up. For now, he's getting to train towards his unlikely goal thanks to a Lebanese NGO that believes such dreams are important for disadvantaged children.
Morocco is scheduled to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the most important trophy on the continent. But its pleas to delay the tournament over the Ebola outbreak are being refused by Africa's governing body for soccer, which is getting a mixed review from players and club officials.
South African soccer star Senzo Meyiwa was known for his incredible skills in goal, recently earning the starting spot on his country's national team. But he died on Sunday during a robbery at his girlfriend's house, stunning South Africans and bringing even more attention to gun violence there.
SungWoo Lee is a baseball superfan from Seoul, South Korea. He travelled to Kansas City this year to see his favorite team, the Royals, play and he may have brought a little magic with him. So now he's on his way back for the World Series.
It's part of the ritual of big sporting events. In the run-up, there's always a bit of worry about whether all the venues will be ready in time. But in Brazil, which is hosting this year's World Cup soccer tournament, that worry is more like an anxiety attack right now. And since I'm planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, I'm feeling some of that anxiety too.
It's World Cup playoff time, and teams are trying to snag the final few berths for next year's tournament in Brazil. Ireland is out of it, but Iceland is still in contention. And as Irish fan Eion Conlon says, "It's only one letter difference. It's like we're brothers."
The Washington Redskins face growing demands to change their team's nickname, which many Native Americans say is offensive. The public debate is also putting pressure on other teams, like the Edmonton Eskimos, that also use native imagery.
This year's World Cup has brought fandom and ad-dom together in a way never before seen before. Companies have created a barrage of commercials that are more similar to action-packed movies than what you might see in your nightly sitcoms.
There's something about the mile sprint that captures the imagination. It's equivalent to running 15 miles per hour or 24 kilometers per hour. And when Roger Bannister ran it in under four minutes, the world took note.
The cricket world woke up to shocking news Thursday. One of cricket's biggest stars, Sachin Tendulkar of India, announced he's retiring from the sport. For cricket, it's like LeBron James calling it quits.
Each weekend for four decades, soccer fans in the United Kingdom tuned into the radio to listen for the latest scores. What they heard was the voice of John Alexander Gordon, who could made music out of the numbers. Gordon died this week at age 78.
Pro-Tibet protests disrupted the lighting of the Olympic torch today in Greece, but the torch now goes on 5-month relay before arriving in Beijing and it will make one stop in North America - San Francisco
The U.S. men's basketball opener vs. China on Sunday will be one of the most-watched Olympic events, and the players on both teams are under pressure to do well during the Games, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.