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Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian-born novelist and poet, is viewed by many as a pre-eminent voice of dissent and conscience in his native country, from which he has again turned down a national honor. (Associated Press)

Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian-born novelist and poet, is viewed by many as a pre-eminent voice of dissent and conscience in his native country, from which he has again turned down a national honor. (Associated Press)

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The biggest villains in sports

Ray Rice is just the latest famous athlete to draw the ire of the American public. Sports stars haven’t always acted as role models — both on and off the field.