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Swallowing the whistle: Why we choose to do nothing when the stakes are high

Whether it’s a foul at the end of a basketball game or a an out-of-control train bearing down on four innocent people, human beings often choose to do nothing. Why? Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim, author of “Scorecasting,” explains.


  How to win your March Madness bracket: Tips from an expert

“This is not a nest egg.” Jon Wertheim, senior writer at Sports Illustrated and co-author of “Scorecasting,” offers some expert tips for filling out your bracket this year.

Are college sports worth the cost?

“It is ridiculous that so much emphasis is put on sports and the average student suffers for it,” a reader says. Join the conversation.


  Sis, boom, bust: The high cost of college sports

While state budget deficits force administrators at public colleges and universities to make painful cuts, one area not feeling the budget knife much is intercollegiate sports. Need to Know travels to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, to see how the pressure to compete as a NCAA Division I program is affecting the classroom.


Photo: Hail to the chief

A Filipino congressman makes boxing history.


At World Cup, vuvuzela may give South African music a bad name

A South African musicologist fears the vuvuzela, which produces a loud droning noise on television, will give his country’s music a bad name.

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