• April 5, 2004  

    Opening weekend for Major League Baseball came amid league-led efforts to stamp out the use of steroids. Terence Smith discusses the battle against performance-enhancing drugs with Buster Olney of ESPN magazine. Continue reading

  • February 26, 2004  

    After several women accused University of Colorado football players of raping or sexually assaulting them at recruitment parties, a special prosecutor will be named to launch an investigation into whether the university used alcohol and sex parties to recruit star athletes to its football team. Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading

  • February 13, 2004  

    The trainer for the San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds was among the people indicted earlier this week in a federal steroid sting. Spencer Michels looks at the challenges new sophisticated performance-enhancing drugs are presenting in policing the Olympics and professional sports leagues. Continue reading

  • February 6, 2004  

    A federal judge ruled that a 1990 NFL regulation requiring players to be out of high school for three years before they may join the league violates antitrust laws and “must be sacked.” Ray Suarez gets reaction to ruling from sportswriter John Feinstein. Continue reading

  • January 6, 2004  

    Pete Rose admitted this week that he bet on baseball but maintains that he never wagered against his own team. Ray Suarez discusses with Roger Angell, senior editor for the New Yorker, and author Jim Bouton, a former New York Yankees pitcher, whether this admission could earn Rose entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Continue reading

  • January 1, 2004  

    Twenty-five athlete were called last fall to testify about their ties to a laboratory accused of manufacturing an illegal anabolic steroid never seen before. Spencer Michels looks at this case and the challenges sophisticated performance-enhancing drugs are presenting in policing the Olympics and professional sports leagues. Continue reading

  • December 23, 2003  

    Young women have established themselves on the playing fields of America, but the professional women’s soccer league was forced to fold earlier this year. Kwame Holman reports that female athletes and their promoters are taking their best shot to establish financially viable women’s athletic leagues. Continue reading

  • November 14, 2003  

    In recent random tests of almost 1,200 Major League Baseball players, between 5 and 7 percent of them tested positive for the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Jeffrey Brown gets perspective from Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer Tom Verducci. Continue reading

  • October 22, 2003  

    Roger Rosenblatt considers the engagement of the common fan in the arena of professional sports. Continue reading

  • October 13, 2003  

    Bill Shoemaker died in his sleep at his home near Los Angeles. Shoemaker won 8,833 horse races, including 11 Triple Crown events. Jay Hovdey, columnist for the Daily Racing Form and friend of Shoemaker, remembers the remarkable career of a man who helped make the heydays of horse racing. Continue reading