MEET SPORT STARS
Check out the sports stars all around the world who are dominating the sports arena.
Since its late-19th century origins as an activity designed to keep YMCA students busy during a harsh Northeast winter, basketball has developed into an exciting, fast-paced game punctuated by no-look passes and emphatic slam dunks. Browse through our group of the sport's most famous names, from contemporary NBA champions like Stephen Curry and LeBron James, to earlier greats like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Walt Frazier.
To Americans, it is soccer. Elsewhere, it is called football, calcio or nogomet. Whatever your preference, with estimates of more than 250 million participants across 200-plus countries, it is a game of unmatched global reach and popularity. It's been noted that one doesn't need special size or skills to play, but of course the game's all-time greats displayed dazzling combinations of speed, smarts and athletic ability throughout their careers. Look through our roster of soccer legends, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Maradona, and you'll understand why this sport of many names is also known as "the beautiful game."
Throughout the history of tennis, there have been champs who have captivated fans with their achievements. From the history-making record of Arthur Ashe, the first African-American to win at Wimbledon, to the Olympic medal-winning athleticism of players like Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal to the colorful on and off-court personalities of players like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, these tennis players have made history acing their sport.