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Baseball’s Billy Beane first thrust sports analytics into the public eye as General Manager of the Oakland Athletics in the early 2000s. His then unorthodox method of assessing players shook up baseball executive offices...

September 9, 2015 - Seattle was already an epicenter for rugby-inspired tackling methods. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll champions the cause with his “Hawk Tackle” video, and Washington coaches, after experimenting with some...

If there's one thing you should know about Fiji heading into the Rio Olympics—well, besides the country's beautiful beaches, bottled water, and propensity for military coups—it's that the South Pacific archipelago of...

Stanford’s virtual-reality technology, obtained via the football program’s partnership with STRIVR Labs in Palo Alto, Calif., allows its quarterbacks to prepare for any defensive alignment without stepping foot on the...

SEATTLE — In the middle of a football practice at the University of Washington last spring, two assistant coaches suddenly charged each other, collided and ended up rolling around on the ground.

By Terrence McCoy / The Washington Post

Once upon a time, American football and rugby were pretty much one and the same. Then came Walter Camp and the 1880 college football rules convention that replaced scrums with an uncontested line of scrimmage, and a...

Botha has no regrets about his failed NFL career bid as young bloods make the crossover

 
NICK KARIUKI
IN 1983 Naas Botha left South Africa and rugby to try to make it in the US as a place kicker in American football.
The...

Seattle was already an epicenter for rugby-inspired tackling methods. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll champions the cause with his “Hawk Tackle” video, and Washington coaches, after experimenting with some rugby drills in the...

As the World Cup begins in England, more football coaches stateside look to rugby to improve tackling

By Jonathan Clegg Sept. 15, 2015 12:41 p.m. ET
For most Americans, the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off Friday, is a...