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.
A scoreless match turned into a riot in Belgrade on Tuesday — literally. When a banner-toting drone flew over the match between political rivals Albania and Serbia, it touched off a riot between the teams and hardcore Serbian fans.
Brazilian supermodel Fernanda Lima has received a torrent of online abuse from Iranian soccer fans, following her appearance at last week's World Cup draw. Lima's dress was too revealing for Iranian TV, which interrupted the live program every time the cameras focused on the model — which was often.
The Tsarnaevs trained at the mixed martial arts gym under reporter Andrea Crossan's home. And, it turns out, that some of the best fighters in MMA come from the Caucasus region that also produced the Tsarnaevs.
Soccer's governing body FIFA is being sued in California over the sport's handling of concussions. One key to the debate over concussions in soccer is whether FIFA will change its rigid substitution rules at the top professional and international levels.
It's rare to see an Asian gun club. Most gun owners in the US are white males. Yet Filipino immigrants in the Norco Running Gun Club of California say guns are part of Filipino culture, and part of the intertwined history of the Philippines and the US.
In Colombia, World Cup celebrations turned rowdy — and deadly. Nine deaths and widespread arrests led some cities to ban alcohol while Colombia is playing, which has saved lives but devastated some businesses.
At the World Cup in Brazil, the pitches have been taking a beating. Imagine how your back yard would look after all that foot traffic and slide tackling. But Brazil has a secret — hardy, perennial ryegrass seed from Manitoba, Canada.
The NFL is enduring one of its worst months in memory as stories mount about player arrests and the league's seemingly tone-deaf responses. Still, the power of fans to force the NFL into action might be the lasting legacy of the scandals.
Luge racing is odd enough, as athletes fly down an icy tunnel on their backs on a tiny sled. Now, line up three sleds and a touchpad at the finish line and you get the luge relay, debuting at this winter Olympics.
The 33 Chilean miners who spent 70 days trapped underground in 2010 are now starring in a new TV ad, urging fans to support Chile's World Cup soccer team. The miners deliver a rousing message to the nation. But it may sound a little intimidating to the players.
The Boston Celtics are turning to a traditional southern African concept to rally their players; it's called Ubuntu, which roughly translates as "I am because of you,ï¿½ as Martha Bebinger of WBUR in Boston has the story.