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Pushing Injury, Pain and Violence to the Limit in American Sports

Thursday, October 21, 2010

By this point, everyone's seen the headlines. It seems like a huge number of football players are getting seriously injured this season. People are asking whether the game has become more violent than ever.

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The Takeaway

Weekend NFL Recap

Monday, October 11, 2010

Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, recaps yesterday's NFL action, including the Kansas City Chiefs' attempt to remain perfect and the controversy swirling around Brett Farve.

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The Takeaway

An NFL Recap: Vick Dominates and the Boys Prevail

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Dallas Cowboys finally won their first game of the season yesterday, beating the Houston Texans, 27-13. Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, takes us through that game and the rest of the NFL, including Michael Vick's dominance over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn's Pistons Rev High

Saturday, September 25, 2010

WNYC

One of the top-ranked high school football teams in Brooklyn hasn't played a bona-fide home game in five years. Saturday, they finally get the chance.

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The Takeaway

NFL Recap: Injuries, 2 Vick TDs, Favre Bobbles

Monday, September 20, 2010

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is taking full advantage of his playing time and flying high, throwing 2 touchdowns yesterday to beat the Detroit Lions.

Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, has the latest on Vick and the rest of the NFL.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jets Blue

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Barbara Barker, Newsday sportswriter and columnist, offers her take on the treatment of reporter Ines Sainz by some Jets players.

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The Takeaway

Reggie Bush Hands Over Heisman

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush is now former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. The New Orleans Saint has handed back the trophy he won in 2005 as a running back from the University of Southern California. Bush handed back the honor after years of being dogged by controversy stemming from the alleged special treatment he received from USC. The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, has the latest in this controversy.

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The Takeaway

Bears Beat Lions as NFL Season Gets Underway

Monday, September 13, 2010

The NFL got into full swing yesterday with the first football Sunday in the 2010 season. Nando di Fino, looks at what happened yesterday, including an injury to the Detroit Lions' promising young quarterback, Matthew Stafford.

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The Takeaway

2010's NFL Season Kicks off, But Next Year's May Get Benched

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Today, the NFL's 91st season will kick off, with the New Orleans Saints, last year's Super Bowl champs, facing the Minnesota Vikings. 2010 is a good year to be the National Football League; the organization is currently creating more revenue in America than other pro sports leagues (last year's numbers are close to $8.5 billion). With the league's embrace of Fantasy Football, TV deals and merchandising at an all time high, fans are as excited and engaged as ever for the approximately 17-week season.

But 2011 may offer barely any NFL football play at all, thanks to a brewing standoff between owners and players over season and salary extensions.

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The Takeaway

A Look at the NFC West and North

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

With the NFL season just a month away, The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews what to expect on the field. He focuses on NFC North, where Brett Favre is sticking it out for at least one more season with the Minnesota Vikings; and the NFC West, where a heated quarterback battle is brewing.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway's Kick-off to Football Season

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The NFL's 2010 season officially begins in 27 days and we want to get up to speed on how exactly the NFL works and what to look for as the season gears up.

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The Takeaway

Land of God and Football: Training During Ramadan

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You think your August is tough? Imagine being in football camp and not eating or drinking while the sun is up because of Ramadan, the Muslim Holy month that begins this week. Ramadan is a time when practitioners refrain from eating, drinking, and physical intimacy during daylight hours. This year, Husain Abdullah, safety for the Minnesota Vikings will be doing just that - fasting during the holy month during the dog days of August football camp. That is dedication. Not only to your sport, but also to your way of life.

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The Takeaway

Football Training During Ramadan

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

During the current training camp with the Minnesota Vikings, safety Husain Abdullah will be going without food or drink while the sun is out. Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, explains the rules of Ramadan and how an athlete might handle the challenges of a grueling workout while fasting.

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The Takeaway

All Eyes on New York Jets' Darrell Revis

Friday, August 06, 2010

Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin looks ahead to what may be threatening the Superbowl hopes of the New York Jets. One of the best players in the league, cornerback Darrell Revis, is crying foul about a complex contract deal. The player is coming off a breakout year and is holding out for a major salary increase before payment rules change.

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The Takeaway

Brett Favre Hanging It Up... Or Is He?

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Reports came out yesterday that legendary NFL quarterback and future hall-of-famer, Brett Favre, is hanging up the spikes and retiring. The news isn't shocking since we've seen this song and dance before from Favre. The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, does not think it is necessarily real news. He believes Favre has got some juice left in his tank, coming off one of his best seasons last year at the age of 40.

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The Takeaway

Pete Carroll: Can He 'Win Forever'?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Former USC football coach Pete Carroll has at times been likened to a god in California for his wildly successful nine year run. But during his time in Los Angeles, questions arose over whether his team was playing a fair game. Carroll is out with a new book called "Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play like a Champion." He tells us about his legacy and the fairness of college athletics.

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The Takeaway

Amid Scandal, USC to Return Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Amid scandal and controversy, the University of Southern California announced that they will replace athletic director Mike Garrett with former Trojans quarterback, Pat Haden. The move comes after the university recieved harsh sanctions from the NCAA following an investigation into the numerous benefits granted to Reggie Bush, and former basketball player, O.J. Mayor. USC also announced they are returning their copy of Reggie Bush's 2005 Heisman Trophy.

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Soundcheck

We Are The World Too

Friday, June 25, 2010

Let's not admit that Ghana's music is great until after Saturday's game.

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The Takeaway

A Dramatic World Cup Weekend

Monday, June 14, 2010

The U.S. managed a shocking 1-1 tie against England when English goalie Robert Green let an easy shot from Clint Dempsey bounce off his hands and into the goal. George Vecsey, sports columnist for The New York Times, tells us how this miss will affect Green's fate. He also reports on U.S. goalie, Tim Howard, who suffered a rib injury during Saturday's match, and looks ahead to today's games.

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The Takeaway

Explaining Goldman Sachs' ' World Cup and Economics 2010' Report

Monday, June 14, 2010

Investment giant Goldman Sachs has faced mounting public disapproval and an ongoing civil fraud suit by the SEC this year, but that hasn't stopped their tradition of analyzing the FIFA World Cup and the countries playing in it.

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