A view of Paris, France, with the iconic Eiffel Tower in the distance.

20 years after France’s hijab ban, the issue remains divisive

Women & Gender

Two decades ago, France introduced a law banning the hijab and other religious symbols in public schools. Today, with French athletes prohibited from wearing any religious items while competing at the summer’s Olympic Games in Paris, the issue is more divisive than ever.

New England Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, holds the Vince Lombardi trophy during the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX victory parade in Boston on February 4, 2015.

Tom Brady’s deflated balls are nothing compared to the magic sword of Russia

A fan of Chile's Cobresal holds a Chilean national flag before his team plays against Paraguay's General Diaz in their Copa Sudamericana soccer match in Luque near Asuncion, August 20, 2014.

A tiny mining town in the middle of the Atacama desert wins Chile’s national soccer title

Baltimore police officers stand outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards prior to the cancellation of a game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles on April 27, 2015.

The Baltimore Orioles are just the latest team to play in an empty stadium

Flowers and tributes placed at the base of a statue Richie Benaud, a former Australia cricket captain and the "Voice of Cricket" as a commentator, located at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mourning ‘the voice of cricket’ — even if you don’t know the game

Jaime Jarrín

The Dodgers’ Spanish-language broadcaster has been serving the team since its first days in LA


Jaime Jarrín grew up in Ecuador, a fan of soccer. When he came to the US, he moved to LA — right about the time the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to town. Through perseverance, he got a spot broadcasting the team’s games in Spanish — a gig he’s held since.

Iranian women watch Iran's national soccer team conduct a training session ahead of the 2006 World Cup.

Iran’s female sports fans may finally get bleacher seats instead of jail time


For years, Iranian women have been barred from attending sports stadiums — and sometimes given jail sentences when they try to get into games. But now it looks like they might finally get the chance to watch some sports in the flesh.

Luchador Perro Aguayo Jr. lays motionless on the mat during the match in which he died.

‘They didn’t just see a wrestler die, they watched a superhero die’


Perro Aguayo, Jr. was a hero in Mexico, a beloved, larger-than-life figure in the country’s wildly popular wrestling. So after Aguayo’s death in the ring during a match broadcast across the country, many Mexicans are taking the news hard.

Survivors of Haiti's earthquake play basketball in front of a pile of debris of the justice palace in Port-au-Prince.

For hard-luck Haiti, a new challenge: Basketball


Soccer has long been king in Haiti. But over the last few years, a new sport has taken hold: basketball. Now, there’s an ambitious push, led by an unlikely cast of characters, to build a Haitian national team that can compete on the Olympic stage.


Guess who’s coming to Cuba? A New York soccer team


For the first time since 1999, a US sports team will play in Havana. New York’s soccer team will play Cuba’s national team in June.