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The Best Articles in Sports

The most useful articles and videos in Sports from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Sports Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Sports by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. I've Got Some Things to Say
  2. The 19th-Century Hipster Who Pioneered Modern Sportswriting
  3. Life After 7'6": Shawn Bradley, Paralyzed in a Bike Accident, Knows ‘It’ll Never Be the Same’
  4. Fox Sports’ US World Cup coverage is an unmissable abomination
  5. How the story of soccer became the story of everything


Watch a video to get a quick overview.

Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Sports—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Sports.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Sports, including:

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John Burn-Murdoch

Columnist @FinancialTimes | Stories, stats & scatterplots | Senior fellow @LSEdataScience | | Mastodon:

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Kirk Goldsberry

NBA Analyst at ESPN, NYT Best-selling author of Sprawlball, Professor at University of Texas. Formerly VP at Spurs, IG: @kirkgoldsberry

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Black And Everything, In Full. Formerly The Undefeated.

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Sara Ziegler

Deputy editor for strategy and operations, @NYTSports. Previously: @FiveThirtyEight @Law360 @OWHNews. @DJNF alumna. South Dakota native. Cyclone forever.


We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Sports, including:

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Black And Everything, In Full. Formerly The Undefeated.

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Data-driven news and analysis from ABC News’s FiveThirtyEight profile image

Something interesting every day from one of the oldest & best independent sites on the Web. Est. 1998. Also at

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Sportico is a high quality digital content company providing sports industry breaking news, data, information, strategies, leadership and insight.

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