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ESPN Backs Out Of Concussion Documentary

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman about ESPN pulling out of a documentary about concussions in professional football, the Little League World Series and Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully.

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1972 Dolphins Finally Get To Meet The President

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Host Scott Simon talks with coach Don Shula, who led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to an undefeated season. Shula and 31 members of that team visited the White House Tuesday.

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ESPN Says It Backs Reporting As It Pulls Out Of NFL Series

Friday, August 23, 2013

The network asked to have its branding removed from an upcoming PBS series on the NFL and head injuries. Two of its reporters contributed to the effort, and there's a report that the decision followed pressure from the NFL.

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Fans Prepare for US Open

Friday, August 23, 2013

The US Open is back, bringing top tennis stars to Flushing, Queens including Roger Federer.

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What To Make Of Tiger Woods' Major-less Year

Friday, August 23, 2013

By the standard of normal golfing mortals, Tiger Woods has had an incredible summer. He's won multiple tournaments and millions of dollars in prize money. What he didn't do was win any of golf's four major championships. And those major wins are his measure of success.

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ESPN Backs Out Of Brain Injury Documentary After NFL Pressure

Friday, August 23, 2013

ESPN has pulled its logo and credit from a joint reporting project with PBS' Frontline on brain injuries in the NFL. And the accusations are flying that the network buckled under pressure from the league to drop out. Audie Cornish talks to Stefan Fatsis for more.

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Are There 'Blurred Lines' Over Summer's Hottest Song?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Robin Thicke may have the hit song of the summer, but Marvin Gaye's family says it sounds too familiar โ€” like the melody in Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Both sides are lawyering up, and the Barbershop guys weigh in on the dustup.

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Blindness Didn't Keep Voice Over Artist From Success

Friday, August 23, 2013

Voice over artist Pete Gustin can't read scripts - he's legally blind. But, as he tells Tell Me More, he didn't let his disability deter his talent.

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Vin Scully Says He'll Return To Dodgers' Booth For 65th Year

Friday, August 23, 2013

Broadcaster Vin Scully has been the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for longer than the Dodgers have been in California. And he'll return for his 65th season next year, the team said Friday, extending a streak that includes 25 World Series and the Brooklyn Dodgers' lone title, from 1955.

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Outfielder Ryan Braun Issues An Apology But Skimps On Details

Friday, August 23, 2013

One month after accepting a suspension that ended his season, the Milwaukee Brewer issued a statement apologizing for his actions. But the note, which was posted online, falls far short of the full disclosure many fans and analysts say they expect from the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player.

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Coach Insists Soccer Can Unite Egyptians

Friday, August 23, 2013

American Bob Bradley says the only thing in Egypt that can unite all Egyptians is soccer. Bradley coaches Egypt's national soccer team. He talks to David Greene about the turmoil in the country, and about his team as it closes in on a spot in next year's World Cup.

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Ichiro Suzuki Joins Two Other Baseball Greats With 4,000th Hit

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ichiro Suzuki got his 4000th hit on Wednesday, joining Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the only baseball players to reach that milestone.

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Film Shows Ali's Battles Outside The Ring

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a new documentary that looks at the battles boxing's biggest star faced outside of the ring. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to the director, Bill Siegel, and journalist Dave Zirin.

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Jayhawks And Tigers: A Sports Rivalry Born Of Blood

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Enmity between the universities of Missouri and Kansas dates back to a massacre that occurred 150 years ago today. That's still not a good reason to commemorate the killings at a sports bar.

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No Positive Tests For Doping At This Year's Tour De France

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hundreds of samples taken from riders in this summer's Tour de France found no signs of doping, officials say. Anti-doping authorities plan to keep the samples for eight years, possibly to test them again.

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Quick Question: Can Baseball Stop Retaliation?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Is there anything more that officials can do to keep grown men from hurling 90 mph fastballs at each other?

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Tennis Fans: A Stadium Roof Is Coming. So Is Regis Philbin

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The centerpiece of Fox's new all-sports network is a talk show hosted by Regis Philbin, who says his credentials for the job are that he's a fan. Poor Fox. Poor Regis Philbin. This is no way to start a sports network.

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With An Urban Face-Lift, Vintage Bike Polo Picks Up Speed

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Several vintage sports have seen resurgence among young people lately: roller derby, kickball and even bocce ball. But one century-old sport hasn't just found new fans; it's getting an urban face-lift.

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1972 Miami Dolphins Honored For Winning Season, 40 Years Late

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

They went undefeated through the season and playoffs and won the 1973 Super Bowl. But the Miami Dolphins of that legendary season were never honored at the White House โ€” until Tuesday. Why?

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In First Meeting Since 1970s, Afghanistan Tops Pakistan In Soccer

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Soccer fans are strutting in Afghanistan today, after their national team defeated neighboring Pakistan in a friendly match sponsored by FIFA, soccer's governing body. Before Tuesday's match in Kabul, the two teams had not played each other in more than 30 years.

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