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    • The history of sports may extend as far back as the beginnings of military training, with competition used as a means to determine whether individuals were fit and useful for service. Team sports may have developed to train and to prove the capability to fight and work together as a team (army). The history of sport ca ... Read »


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    • History of sport by country

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    • History of sports by sport

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    • History of sport by team

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    • Ancient sports

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    • History of sports broadcasting

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    • Disasters in sports

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    • Former sports entities

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    • Sports historians

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    • International sports boycotts

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    • Sports labor disputes

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    • Sports museums

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    • Historical martial arts

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    • Sports-related mergers

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    • History of the Olympics

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    • Sports records and statistics

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    • Sports team relocations

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    • Sports seasons

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    • Snooker history

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    • Timelines in sports

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    • Sports by century

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    • History of sport

    • The history of sports may extend as far back as the beginnings of military training, with competition used as a means to determine whether individuals were fit and useful for service. Team sports may have developed to train and to prove the capability to fight and work together as a team (army). The history of sport ca ... Read »


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    • History of archery


    • History of association football

    • Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, can be traced to as far back as the Medieval period in Britain (medieval football). The modern game of association football originates from the formation of The Football Association in London, England in 1863 based on multiple efforts to standardize the v ... Read »


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    • History of Australian rules football

    • Australian rules football was invented in Melbourne, Australia, and the first match identified as a direct precursor to the codification of Australian football was organised and umpired by Tom Wills and contested on 31 July 1858 between Melbourne Grammar School and Scotch College, adjacent to the Melbourne Cricket Grou ... Read »


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    • Origins of baseball

    • The question of the origins of baseball has been the subject of debate and controversy for more than a century.Baseball and the other modern bat, ball and running games, cricket and rounders, were developed from folk games in early Britain (for example, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and Continental Europe (for ... Read »


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    • History of basketball

    • The history of basketball began with its invention in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football. The game became established fairly quickly and grew very popular as the 20th century progressed, first in America and then through ... Read »


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    • History of chess

    • The history of chess can be traced back nearly 1500 years, although the earliest origins are uncertain. The earliest predecessor of the game probably originated in India, before the 6th century AD; a minority of historians believe the game originated in China. From India, the game spread to Persia. When the Arabs conqu ... Read »


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    • History of cricket

    • The sport of cricket has a known history beginning in the late 16th century. Having originated in south-east England, it became the country's national sport in the 18th century and has developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. International matches have been played since 1844 and Test cricket began, retrospect ... Read »


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    • History of cue sports

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      Cue sports (sometimes written cuesports), also known as billiard sports, are a wide variety of games of skill generally played with a cue stick which is used to strike billiard balls, moving them around a cloth-covered billiards table bounded by rubber cushions. Historically, the umbrella term was billiards. While tha ... Read »


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    • History of curling

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      Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet ... Read »


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    • History of cycling

    • Bicycles were quickly adopted after their introduction in the 19th century and remain popular with more than a billion people worldwide used for recreation, transportation and sport. future of cycling Cycling as recreation became organized shortly after racing did. In its early days, cycling brought the sexes tog ... Read »


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    • Elizabethan leisure

    • In the Elizabethan era (1558–1603), there was a wide range of leisure activities entertaining both the nobility and the common classes. Among these leisure activities were animal fighting, team sports, individual sports, games, dramatics, music and the arts. A variety of pastimes which would now be considered ... Read »


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    • History of field hockey

    • Hockey is a popular game possibly depicted on walls in Egypt. Drawings of what looks to be hockey have been found in an Egyptian tomb that was 4000 years old. Hockey is a popular game in India and Pakistan. It was played for hundreds of years before other countries like England modernised it. Hockey is similar to an an ... Read »


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    • History of figure skating

    • The history of figure skating stretches back to prehistoric times. Primitive ice skates appear in the archaeological record from about 3000 BC. Edges were added by the Dutch in the 13th or 14th century. International figure skating competitions began appearing in the late 19th century—in 1891, the European Champio ... Read »


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    • History of Formula One

    • Formula One automobile racing has its roots in the European Grand Prix championships of the 1920s and 1930s. The foundation of Formula One began in 1946 with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA's) standardisation of rules. A World Championship of Drivers followed in 1950. The sport's history para ... Read »


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    • History of golf

    • The origins of golf are unclear and much debated. However, it is generally accepted that modern golf developed in The Netherlands during the Middle Ages. The game did not find international popularity until the late 19th century, when it spread into the rest of the United Kingdom and then to the British Empire and the ... Read »


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    • History of hang gliding

    • Hang gliding is an air sport employing a foot-launchable aircraft known as a hang glider. Typically, a hang glider is constructed of an aluminium alloy or composite-framed fabric wing. The pilot is ensconced in a harness suspended from the airframe, and exercises control by shifting body weight in opposition to a contr ... Read »


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    • History of the Gaelic Athletic Association

    • The history of the Gaelic Athletic Association is much shorter than the history of Gaelic games themselves. Hurling and caid were recorded in early Irish history and they pre-date recorded history. The Gaelic Athletic Association itself was founded in 1884. The man credited with much of the original impetus for fo ... Read »


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    • History of women in sports

    • Women's sports includes amateur as well as women's professional sports, in all varieties of sports. Female participation and popularity in sports increased dramatically in the twentieth century, especially in the last quarter-century, reflecting changes in modern societies that emphasized gender parity. Although the le ... Read »


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    • History of hurling

    • The history of hurling is long and often unclear, stretching back over three millennia. References to stick-and-ball games are found in Irish mythology. The game is thought to be related to the games of shinty that is played primarily in Scotland, cammag on the Isle of Man and bandy that was played formerly in England ... Read »


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    • Betty Jaynes (basketball)

    • Betty Faith Jaynes (September 1, 1945 – February 10, 2014) was an American basketball coach. Born in Covington, Georgia, Jaynes attended Newton County High School and lettered in basketball for four years, while becoming a two-time All-State selection. She helped lead her team to a berth in the 1963 Class AA state ... Read »


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    • History of lacrosse

    • Lacrosse has its origins in a tribal game played by eastern Woodlands Native Americans and by some Plains Indians tribes in what is now Canada. The game was extensively modified by European immigrants to North America to create its current collegiate and professional form. There were hundreds of native men playing a ba ... Read »


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    • History of martial arts

    • Although the earliest evidence of martial arts goes back millennia, the true roots are difficult to reconstruct. Inherent patterns of human aggression which inspire practice of mock combat (in particular wrestling) and optimization of serious close combat as cultural universals are doubtlessly inherited from the pre-hu ... Read »


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    • History of netball

    • The history of netball can be traced to the early development of basketball. A year after basketball was invented in 1891, the sport was modified for women to accommodate social conventions regarding their participation in sport, giving rise to women's basketball. Variations of women's basketball arose across the Unite ... Read »


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    • History of orienteering

    • The history of orienteering begins in the late 19th century in Sweden, where it originated as military training. The actual term "orienteering" was first used in 1886 at the Swedish Military Academy Karlberg and meant the crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and a compass. The competitive sport began when the ... Read »


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    • History of professional wrestling

    • Professional wrestling, a performing art, is a popular form of entertainment in Australia, North America, Latin America, Europe, and Japan. It developed in the early 20th century, with predecessors in funfair and variety strongman and wrestling performances, which could often involve match fixing, in the 19th century. ... Read »


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    • History of rock climbing

    • Although the practice of rock climbing was an important component of Victorian mountaineering in the Alps, it is generally thought that the sport of rock climbing began in the last quarter of the 19th century in at least three areas: Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony near Dresden, the Lake District of England, and the ... Read »


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    • History of rodeo

    • History of Rodeo tracks the lineage of modern Western rodeo. The rodeo was not originally a sporting event, but an integral part of cattle-ranching in areas of Spanish influence. The working rodeo was retained in parts of the US Southwest even after the US-Mexico War. In fact, it was important enough to merit lega ... Read »


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    • History of roller derby

    • The history of roller derby traces the evolution of roller skating races into a unique sport which underwent several boom-and-bust cycles throughout the 20th century. Although it was a form of sports entertainment for much of its existence, a grassroots, early 21st century revival spearheaded by women has restored an e ... Read »


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    • History of rowing sports

    • The history of rowing as a sport has prevailed it as one of the oldest traditions in the world. What began as a method of transport and warfare eventually became a sport with a wide following, and a part of the cultural identity of the English speaking world. Rowing in its modern form developed in England in the 1700s. ... Read »


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    • History of rugby league

    • The history of rugby league as a separate form of rugby football goes back to 1895 in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire when the Northern Rugby Football Union broke away from England's established Rugby Football Union to administer its own separate competition. Similar schisms occurred later in Australia and New Z ... Read »


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    • History of rugby union

    • The history of rugby union follows from various football games played long before the 19th century, but it was not until the middle of that century that the rules were formulated and codified. The code of football later known as rugby union can be traced to three events: the first set of written rules in 1845, the Blac ... Read »


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    • History of snooker

    • The game of snooker is a cue sport which emerged in its modern form in the late 19th century, with roots going back to the 16th century form of English billiards. Billiards was popular among the British Armed Forces stationed in India. As billiards was only a two player game, new games such as life pool and pyramid poo ... Read »


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    • Split in darts

    • The split in darts refers to an acrimonious dispute between top professional darts players and the game's governing body, the British Darts Organisation (BDO), in 1993. The players were discontented by the game's big decline in television coverage in 1989 and the early 1990s, and by what they saw as the BDO's inability ... Read »


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    • Stadion (journal)

    • Stadion is a multilingual academic journal covering the history of sport. The editors-in-chief are Manfred Lämmer, Thierry Terret, and Maureen Smith (German Sport University Cologne). ... Read »


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    • Indigenous North American stickball

    • Native American stickball is considered to be one of the oldest team sports in North America. Stickball and lacrosse are similar to one another, the game of lacrosse being a tradition belonging to tribes of the Northern United States and Canada; stickball, on the other hand, continues in Oklahoma and parts of the South ... Read »


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    • History of surfing

    • The riding of waves has likely existed since humans began swimming in the ocean. In this sense, bodysurfing is the oldest type of wave-catching. Standing up on what is now called a surfboard is a relatively recent innovation developed by the Polynesians.The influences for modern surfing can be directly traced to the su ... Read »


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    • History of swimming

    • Competitive swimming in Britain started around 1830, mostly using breaststroke. Swimming was part of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 in Athens. In 1908, the world swimming association, Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), was formed. 10,000-year-old rock paintings of people swimming were foun ... Read »


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    • History of water polo

    • The history of water polo as a team sport began in mid 19th-century England and Scotland, where water sports were a feature of county fairs and festivals. The rules of water polo were originally developed in the mid-nineteenth century in Great Britain by William Wilson. The modern game originated as a form of rugb ... Read »


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    • History of wrestling

    • Wrestling and grappling sports have a long and complicated history, stretching into prehistoric times. Many traditional forms survive, grouped under the term folk wrestling. More formal systems have been codified in various forms of martial arts worldwide, where grappling techniques form a significant subset of unarmed ... Read »


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