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Dufner Wins PGA Championship Over Furyk

Monday, August 12, 2013

Jason Dufner has won his first major golf title with a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship. Dufner bogeyed the final two holes Sunday for a 2-under 68 that was good enough to hold off the 2003 U.S. Open champion. The winning score was 10-under 270.

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Is Banning Doping The Right Choice For Major League Sports?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden interviews sportswriter Justice B. Hill about how performance-enhancing drugs affect major league sports, and what the league can do about them. Hill says the best option is to stop banning steroids and other drugs, and instead legalize and regulate them.

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The Great Stories Happening In Baseball

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Early last week, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees gave a press conference about his suspension in connection with charges of using performance-enhancing drugs. He deflected questions about his future in baseball, asking the press to focus on "all of the great stories that are happening in baseball right now." NPR's Mike Pesca takes him up on that offer.

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Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

Saturday, August 10, 2013

This week's U.S.-Russia talks in Washington were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition — under fire — wasn't out of place.

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Small-Market Teams Leading MLB Standings

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The baseball season heads into its home stretch, and it looks like the year of the little guy: The Pirates, Royals, Orioles and Tigers are contending for championship spots. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to ESPN's Howard Bryant about Major League Baseball.

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Bocce Ball: From Old-World Sport To New-School Phenomenon

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bocce ball bars are popping up all over the country, integrating an ancient Roman sport with a young crowd of drinking socializers. While originally a sport for old Italian men, bocce is being played more by people between the ages of 20 and 40.

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NCAA Will Stop Selling Player Jerseys, Takes Web Shop Down

Friday, August 09, 2013

Stung by fresh accusations that the NCAA makes money off college athletes, the organization has promised to stop selling jerseys and similar products. The move came days after ESPN analyst Jay Bilas tweeted pics of the NCAA Shop selling jerseys corresponding to current players' numbers.

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Is Clint Dempsey Too Good For U.S. Soccer?

Friday, August 09, 2013

The best soccer leagues in the world are in Europe and even Americans want to be good enough to play in them. Clint Dempsey accomplished that, playing in England's Premier League, but now he's coming home. In a move that surprised a lot of people, Dempsey has joined the Seattle Sounders. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis for more.

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5 Teams In 1 Year For 1 Player; And It's Not A MLB Record

Friday, August 09, 2013

Outfielder Casper Wells has bounced around the major leagues this season. But he's officially only played for two teams so far this year. The record on that score is four teams.

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Moving On, And Up: Brian Banks, 27, Plays As NFL Rookie

Friday, August 09, 2013

It was just a preseason game, but for Brian Banks, playing for an NFL team Thursday offered a taste of the life he once dreamed of — before he became a convicted felon and lost his chance to go to college, and was finally exonerated.

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Feds Probe If Student Athletes Were Biogenesis Clients

Friday, August 09, 2013

Alex Rodriguez and the other athletes sanctioned by Major League Baseball are alleged to have received performance enhancing drugs from the now closed Miami clinic Biogenesis. ESPN and other news organizations are reporting the clinic also had high school athletes as patients. David Greene talks to investigative reporter Mike Fish of ESPN about student athletes and performance enhancing drugs.

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Unease In Sprawling Rio Slum Ahead Of Police 'Pacification'

Friday, August 09, 2013

Brazilian police are preparing to occupy one of the deadliest shantytown complexes in Rio de Janeiro, hoping to drive out drug gangs ahead of next year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But in Mare, the vast, poor and dangerous home to 75,000 people, some fear the police more than the drug gangs.

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MLB Warns Of 'Absurd' Results Of San Jose's Antitrust Suit

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Calling a lawsuit's potential results "absurd" for cities around the United States, Major League Baseball asked a federal judge to dismiss a challenge to its antitrust exemption filed by San Jose. The city hopes to lure the Oakland A's to relocate there.

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Minn. Minor League Baseball Team Goes Atheist For One Night

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Melissa Block speaks with the St. Paul Saints' Executive Vice President and General Manager Derek Sharrer about the game that will be sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists. The team will go by the name "Mr. Paul Aints" for the game.

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Dominican Players And PED Use: Coincidence?

Thursday, August 08, 2013

More than half of the Major League Baseball players recently suspended for performance enhancing drug use are from the Dominican Republic - where many PED's are available over-the-counter. Host Michel Martin finds out more.

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World-Record Snakehead Fish Caught In U.S.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A Virginia man has caught the largest northern snakehead on record for a fisherman using a rod and reel, landing a 17-pound, 6-ounce specimen of the fish often called "Frankenfish" for their monster-like appearance and tenacious survival skills.

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WNYC News

A New York 'Middleman' in the Baseball Doping Scandal

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The baseball doping scandal dominating sports headlines this week has put an employee of a prominent New York sports agency, ACES, in the spotlight. In an article in The New York Times Wednesday, Steve Eder delves into the role a so-called middleman, Juan Carlos Nunez, may have played in the unfolding scandal.

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NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter Owes Everything To Football

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Host Michel Martin speaks with Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter about his new book Going Deep: How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports. He talks about why receivers behave badly, his own shortcomings, and why injuries shouldn't scare people away from football.

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Never Too Old To Take Gold

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

John Tatum might be 94-years-old but that didn't stop him from winning 2 gold medals at the National Senior Games this year. Tell Me More checks in on his success.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Having the Sports Gene

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

David Epstein, senior writer at Sports Illustrated and author of the new book, The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, discusses the science behind the idea that athleticism is in your genes.

EVENT: David Epstein reads from and discusses his book at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan on Thursday, August 8 at an event hosted by Gelf Magazine

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