• Nobody must indulge in sports
    Nobody must indulge in sports
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sportful Done in jest, or for mere play; sportive. "They are no sportful productions of the soil."
    • Sportful Full of sport; merry; frolicsome; full of jesting; indulging in mirth or play; playful; wanton; as, a sportful companion. "Down he alights among the sportful herd."
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Sporting Constable Sporting Constable
Brownsville's Winter Sport Brownsville's Winter Sport
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name of the popular sports drink Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was developed
    • sportful Frolicsome; playful; mirthful; merry.
    • sportful Amorous; wanton.
    • sportful Tending to or causing mirth; amusing; gay; also, designed for amusement only; jesting; not serious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S., the sport that causes the most injuries among the age group of 15-24 is basketball
    • adj Sportful full of sport: merry: full of jesting
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  • Andre Maurois
    “Business is a combination of war and sport.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.”
  • Aneurin Bevan
    “Politics is a blood sport.”
  • Jean Claude Killy
    Jean Claude Killy
    “The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed by aphæresis from disport.


In literature:

You want to see how Merry has fitted up for all sorts of sports here.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
Well, Skippy, my hat's off to you, old sporting life.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
This was genuine play, full of exercise and sport and laughter.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
At last, I mustered up courage enough to join them in this sport.
"Indian Child Life" by Charles A. Eastman
You need a sporting editor.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
Bonny sport, to fare weel and pay nothing for't.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Over there, hunting is evidently a sport, and not a social function.
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
What good sports they were!
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
Human life was held too cheaply for a whole festival to be stopped because a little boy was killed, and so the sports went on.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
I'm going in for a little sport.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
The Hindus interpret in a religious spirit this legendary sport of Krishna with the milkmaids.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Come on, you rondo-coolo sports!
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Sporting men are coming from Lipa and Batanzos and Santa Cruz.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
Our warriors are impatient for the sport.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
But Sport calmly continued his investigations.
"Sube Cane" by Edward Bellamy Partridge
Have some better sport than buck-hunting then, eh?
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
When they tired of their sport in beating poor Little Moccasin so cruelly, they dismounted and tied his hands behind his back.
"Indian Stories Retold From St. Nicholas" by Various
Previous to this I had won a special prize for my prowess in certain sports when I arrived second in every event.
"Forty Years of 'Spy'" by Leslie Ward
In the absence of that essential to sport, hunters are not distressed, and therefore do not often fall.
"Riding Recollections, 5th ed." by G. J. Whyte-Melville
And that "rabbit shoot" began Frank Willoughby's sporting adventures.
"Wild Adventures in Wild Places" by Gordon Stables

In poetry:

I wander far away,
Where, through the forest trees,
Sports the cool summer breeze,
In wild and wanton play.
"Summer Hours" by Horatio Alger Jr
As fresh in yon horizon dark,
As young thy beauties seem,
As when the eagle from the ark
First sported in thy beam:
"To The Rainbow" by Thomas Campbell
The mother sat to watch the vale,
Nor yet his sport forbid;
But starts to see the Eagle sail
Above the trembling kid.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
Until his careful father took
A birding trunk in sport,
And with one blast, blew this his son
Into king Arthur's court.
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British
But here from lonely Connelbush
All life has fled away,
And nought is heard but winds that rush
And sport with its decay.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
They tell me that my father's poor — that is no grief to me
When such a blue and brilliant sky my upturn'd eye can see;
They tell me, too, that richer girls can sport with toy and gem;
It may be so — and yet, methinks, I do not envy them.
"Summer Song Of The Strawberry-Girl" by Mary Botham Howitt

In news:

Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, former Press sports editor Bob Becker seek public help.
But when he looked at the names of the sports figures who make up the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and realized he will join them when the Class of 2008 is inducted, it took him a few minutes to recover.
Sports editor , not 'sports dad'.
Javelin-throw- sports-equipment Sword to Shot Put: 10 Olympic Sports You've Never Thought About.
Baseball, spring sports come back into local sports focus.
A new sports destination in South Florida sits on the site of many famous sports memories.
Sportswriter (Sports Illustrated) and author (Everybody's All-American) Deford tells the story of his rise from the comfortable and modest streets of Baltimore to the top of the sports journalism world.
Robert Hayes sported a year-round tan because almost everywhere he went, he also sported his surfboard .
ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Back to Sports.
Extreme sports have little in common with office chairs, but sports did inspire the Vitra Waver Chair.
DFJ Sports Editor (, The Daily Freeman Journal.
The multiple-use sports field is the Swiss Army Knife in your sports-facility arsenal.
Local sports book managers say October in general is a sports fans heaven.
I enjoy talking about sports and also collecting sports cards and memorabilia.
Carma Henry Posted date: November 15, 2012 In: Local Sports, Sports comment: 0.

In science:

Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture.
Space-time uncertainty relation and Lorentz invariance
Finally, the topical processes considered above, i.e. e+e− → 3 j ets and p p → H j et sport configurations involving three kinematic variables and require the analytic computation of two-loop four-point functions with a massive external leg.
The QCD and Standard Model Working Group: Summary Report from Les Houches
This work was partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Science Research from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.
Energy bandstructures of MgB2 and the related compounds
This research was partially supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Grant-in-Aid for Encouragement of Young Scientists, 13750058, 2001.
A New Proof of the Channel Coding Theorem via Hypothesis Testing in Quantum Information Theory
Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
The Infrared Counterpart of the X-Ray Nova XTE J1720-318
This work is supported in part by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)(2), No. 15540243, 2003.
Antisymmetrized Molecular Dynamics with Coherent State Pion and Its Application to Excited Spectrum of 12C
Supported by the 21 Century COE Programme ”Development of Dynamic Mathematics with High Functionality” of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
Normalized Leonard pairs and Askey-Wilson relations
Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan (09740196).
Cosmological perturbation with two scalar fields in reheating after inflation
This research has been supported by a Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport MECFPI EX 2000 grant.
Comment on "Spin-1 aggregation model in one dimension"
The SPOrt resolution will be about 7◦ , and the sky coverage of about 80%, for a final expected sensit ivity of about 2 µK per resolution element for a 18 –month mission.
Polarization experiments
Sports, where Science and Sports are, for instance, categories of Web pages in an ontology (in SPIRIT [4, 5], the alphabet of the REs is composed only of item identifiers).
Temporal Support of Regular Expressions in Sequential Pattern Mining
This work is partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (16002004).
The Abundance Inhomogeneity in the Northern Rim of the Cygnus Loop
This work is partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (16002004).
The Ejecta Distributions of the Heavy Elements in the Cygnus Loop
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
A geometric approach to generalized Stokes conjectures
This work was supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Grant-in-Aid for Encouragement of Young Scientists (B), 20740067 and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), 18300003.
On the maximum entropy principle and the minimization of the Fisher information in Tsallis statistics