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Bucking Conventional Sports Wisdom

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In baseball this year, says NPR's Mike Pesca, there's very little correlation between spending and winning. Pesca speaks with host Rachel Martin.

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K.C. Royals' Miguel Tejada Suspended 105 Games For Drug Use

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tejada reportedly has tested positive on multiple occasions for the use of the amphetamine Adderall. His suspension is one of the longest in Major League Baseball history.

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Alabama Tops Associated Press' Preseason Football Poll

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The results mirror an earlier USA Today coaches poll that also put the Crimson Tide in the No. 1 spot. The team is going for a third-straight national title.

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The Dodgers' Unexpected Rise

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Los Angeles has the best 48-game performance since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals. Host Scott Simon talks with ESPN's Howard Bryant about the Dodgers, the NFL preseason and Major League Baseball's usage of instant replay.

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'18 In America': Coast To Coast With Golf Clubs In Hand

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dylan Dethier took a year off between high school and college for an unusual quest: He wanted to play a round of golf in each of the 48 contiguous states. His new book, 18 in America, chronicles that year, and he joins NPR's Scott Simon on the putt-putt course to talk about it.

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Marion Bartoli Retires From Tennis At The Top Of Her Game

Friday, August 16, 2013

Just 40 days after winning the women's single title at Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli of France announced on Wednesday that she is retiring from tennis at age 28. Bartoli joins a relatively short list of top athletes who decided to call it quits in their prime. Audie Cornish talks to Stefan Fatsis for more.

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Athletes Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Friday, August 16, 2013

Controversy over Russia's new anti-gay law is affecting this year's World Athletic Championships. Athletes who are in Moscow for the games are speaking out about the law. How athletes are reacting could be a test for what's to come at the Sochi Olympics.

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Fox Launches 24-Hour Sports Network On Saturday

Friday, August 16, 2013

For years, ESPN has been the dominant name in sports broadcasting, not to mention the most profitable bundle of channels on cable television. But it will face its first serious challenge when Fox launches its 24-hour national sports network.

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WNYC News

Barclays Developer Beats Out MSG in Nassau Coliseum Bid

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was chosen to redevelop Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Nassau Events Center is an affiliate of Forest City Enterprises, the company that's also developing the massive Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. NEC beat out the owners of Madison Square Garden, who also bid for the Coliseum project.

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The Dodgers' 'Magical' Rise From The Cellar

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball right now. It's a dramatic turnaround for a team that spent the first part of the season at or near the bottom.

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A Safety Checklist To Save Teen Athletes' Lives

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Many healthy student athletes drop dead on the field or court every year, especially at the height of summer or at the start of a sports season. Doctors and high school athletic trainers banded together to propose ways to reduce the number of deaths.

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James Bond Parachutist At London Olympics Dies In Accident

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mark Sutton doubled for 007 at the London Games, when Bond and "Queen Elizabeth II" parachuted into the stadium. Sutton died Wednesday while wingsuit flying in Switzerland.

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The Knuckleball Can Devastate, So Why Don't All Pitchers Throw It?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Teams haven't typically tried to develop knuckleballers and players haven't usually wanted to throw the pitch. But now the Baltimore Orioles are teaching the knuckleball to three minor league pitchers. A physics expert and fan of the pitch wonders whether this could be the start of a "knuckleball era."

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Pete Rose Should Enter The Hall Of Fame With Ichiro Suzuki

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Don't you think that sometimes, even in baseball, with all its sacred statistics, you can round numbers off and call it equal, plus or minus a margin of admiration?

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Brazilian Soccer Team Is Full Of Stars

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What do John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi all have in common? They all play for the same Brazilian soccer team. And, Atletico Goianiense just signed a striker known as Michael Jackson — his real name is Carlos Adriano Souza Cruz

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Mary Cain, America's Teenage Phenom, Advances To 1,500m Final

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The run caps a stellar season in which she broke all kinds of high school records. Few expected her to advance to the finals.

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The Takeaway

Greg Louganis on Russia's Anti-Gay Laws & The 2014 Olympics

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Greg Louganis is a gay athlete who won a total of four gold medals in 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympic Games for diving. He also has personal experience with Olympic boycotts. Back in 1980, he was favored to win two gold medals in the Moscow games, but was unable to compete due to the boycott. Louganis joins The Takeaway to discuss Russia's stance against LGBTQ people and whether or not that could hurt the games in 2014.

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Baseball Danger: An Instant Conversation

Monday, August 12, 2013

In professional baseball, what's known as retaliation — when the pitcher from one team will intentionally throw the ball at a batter from the other team — can be risky business.

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Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Also: the first English-language bookstore in Cuba; the role of public libraries during natural disasters; the best books coming out this week.

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New Muscle Drugs Could Be The Next Big Thing In Sports Doping

Monday, August 12, 2013

From human growth hormone to EPO, many sports doping products these days come from big drug companies, not rogue chemists. Scientists and body builders warn that new drugs being developed to treat muscle wasting disease will also likely be abused by athletes — with little chance of detection.

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