"Mijn vader sport elke dag voor zijn gezondheid."
Translation:My father exercises every day for his health.
No, playing a sport means a game is played (e.g. football, korfball). Sporten in Dutch does include that meaning, but it can also include e.g. jogging, walking on a treadmill, any kind of exercise really (that's why exercises is the preferred translation). :)
It's a verb indeed. Adding -s to the end of the verb is common in English, not in Dutch. Weak verbs (regular verbs) get a -t for 2nd and 3rd person singular and -en for the plural forms. But in this case the stem sport already ends on a t so it doesn't get an additional one.
- ik sport
- jij/je/u sport
- zij/ze/hij/het sport
- wij/we sporten
- jullie sporten
- zij/ze sporten
Also see this post on the present simple: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3762671
Yes I had a major language-salad moment.. that's what happens when I duolingo after long day at work :)