Is Competitiveness Poor Sportsmanship?

Thanks to social media, sportsmanship has taken on proportions well beyond the usual no-cutting-the-course, no-tripping no-brainers. Recently, the brand of sportsmanship that's garnered attention—and been called "inspiring"—includes stopping mid-race to help a fallen competitor, at the cost of personal achievement.… » 12/05/14 8:34pm 12/05/14 8:34pm

Novak Djokovic Gives Point To His Opponent Instead Of Replaying It

There was a rare moment of sportsmanship in today's match between Novak Djokovic and Radek Stepanek. Even in a tight fourth set, Djokovic was nice enough to concede a point to his opponent. » 6/25/14 3:06pm 6/25/14 3:06pm

Canadian Coach Comes To Rescue Of Russian With Broken Ski

A nice display of sportsmanship in today's cross-country skiing men's sprint semifinal, after Russian Anton Gafarov crashed early in the race and broke one ski. He awkwardly soldiered on, falling repeatedly, and it appeared as if he wouldn't be able to make it to the finish line in front of the home fans. Canada to… » 2/11/14 11:04am 2/11/14 11:04am

Untied Shoelace Leads To Two Great Displays Of Soccer Sportsmanship

After collecting the ball during a match last week in the Saudi Arabian league last week, Al-Nahda goalkeeper Tisir Al-Antaif found his shoelace undone. With his big Hamburger Helper gloves, he couldn't re-tie it himself. So Al-Ittihad's Brazilian striker Jobson bent down to do it for him. » 11/13/13 4:55pm 11/13/13 4:55pm

This High School Water Polo Player Is A Very Sore Loser

What you are looking at are members of the St. Thomas Aquinas and Belen Jesuit water polo teams lining up to shake hands after their state championship match in Miami. What you are also looking at is one of the Belen players deciding to go out with a flourish. » 5/03/13 11:02am 5/03/13 11:02am

Goalkeeper Collapses On Pitch From Heat Exhaustion, Terrible Human…

This took place on Sunday, during a match in Peru's top level. Club Union Comercio was down a goal with 20 minutes remaining when goalie Juan Flores corralled a ball before collapsing to the grass. It was heat exhaustion and Flores was fine, but we've seen far too many players go down like that with heart problems.… » 2/19/13 2:30pm 2/19/13 2:30pm

Shakhtar Donetsk Is Not Ukrainian For "Good Sportsmanship," Takes…

In a stunt that has soccer traditionalists around the globe shaking their heads, today's UEFA Champions League match between Nordsjælland and Shakhtar Donetsk is bathed in controversy as Shakhtar's Willian took advantage of a drop-ball to fire a long-range pass to Luiz Adriano who raced past a baffled Nordsjælland… » 11/20/12 3:57pm 11/20/12 3:57pm

Return Of The Tack: 27 Counts Of Assault Filed Against High School…

"A judge in Ohio says 27 counts of assault have been filed against a high school football player accused of pricking players from an opposing team with a sharp object during a postgame player handshake... [his] high school team had just won a game in September when the 16-year-old player stuck McClain High School… » 10/28/11 3:20pm 10/28/11 3:20pm

This Is A Story About An Ohio High-School Football Game Resulting In…

"In one of the most disturbing acts by an individual high school athlete in recent times, an Ohio football player placed a sharp object — believed to be a tack — in his glove before walking through a postgame handshake line, pricking the hands of 27 opponents as he walked through and "congratulated" them on a game… » 10/06/11 10:30pm 10/06/11 10:30pm

See? Not All Footballers Are Cheating, Diving BLAH, BLAH, BLAHs

This bloody lovely bit of sportsmanship happened last Saturday when Havant & Waterlooville were playing Boreham Wood in the Blue Square South. » 1/28/11 11:45am 1/28/11 11:45am

In Which People Get Pissy When A College Coach Tells An Opponent He's…

Florida-Georgia is still a big deal to them, even if neither team matters this year. But a Georgia coach cursing and grabbing his throat at UF's kicker before the gamewinning FG seems to have struck a nerve. » 11/02/10 4:05pm 11/02/10 4:05pm

Fräulein Soccer Player Treats Other Fräulein Soccer Player In Very…

Taoba Kemmy of FFC Turbine Potsdam is not to be messed with when she's taking a throw-in because she may well throw it at your face. Don't believe it? Just ask FFC Frankfurt's Kerstin Garfrekes. [Unprofessional Foul] » 9/03/10 1:45pm 9/03/10 1:45pm

The NCAA Cracks Down On Concussions, Hurt Feelings

Rules Committee proposal time! The two most pressing issues facing college football are, in no particular order, kids risking their health and livelihoods by playing with concussions, and losing teams feeling sad. » 2/12/10 12:05pm 2/12/10 12:05pm

Sportsmanship Fail: Up Big, Team Fouls To Reach 100

Houston's Yates High School 100-point streak was in jeopardy. So, comfortably ahead with three minutes left, they began fouling their humiliated opponents to get the ball back. This would be what James Naismith referred to as "a dick move." » 1/22/10 3:00pm 1/22/10 3:00pm

Ohio State Asks Fans To Stop Being Obnoxious Pricks For Five Seconds

Ohio State is graciously allowing a service academy to play football on its field this season and also politely requests that their fans not mercilessly rain boos, slurs and D batteries down upon the Midshipmen as they take the field. » 8/26/09 4:10pm 8/26/09 4:10pm

Pregame Handshake Coming To College Football

Oh good, this'll solve all the problems with recruiting violations, BCS absurdities, jumping early to the pros, coaches' secret ballots, "gifts" from recruiters, grade inflation, ridiculous bowl sponsorships, competitive imbalance, players running afoul of the law, overpaid coaches... [USA Today] » 8/15/09 4:15pm 8/15/09 4:15pm