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NFL: Is The Game Getting Safer?

Monday, August 05, 2013

As fans and teams get ready for another season of football, a new study sheds light on game safety. Host Michel Martin talks with Jesse David of Edgeworth Economics about whether efforts to cut down on serious injuries are getting results.

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Talent Or Skill?: Homing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Monday, August 05, 2013

Do big league hitters have naturally faster reflexes? Are African-Americans predisposed to be better athletes? In his new book, Sports Illustrated's David Epstein says science now has answers — or at least insights — to all these questions.

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Baseball Suspends Alex Rodriguez For 211 Games

Monday, August 05, 2013

The league also announced 50-game suspensions against 12 other players because their names allegedly show up on customer lists at Biogenesis, a South Florida clinic that distributed performance-enhancing drugs.

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A-Rod Said To Be Facing Long Suspension From Baseball

Monday, August 05, 2013

Major League Baseball is expected to hand down suspensions to several players implicated in performance enhancing drug use. New York Yankees all star Alex Rodriguez is the most prominent name on the list, and he also faces the longest suspension.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts | TVs Stay Dark Amid Time Warner, CBS Dispute | Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity

Monday, August 05, 2013

U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts | U.S. May End Drone Strikes in Pakistan | McConnell Faces Off With Tea Party, Democratic Candidates at Fancy Farm | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Biography | TVs Stay Dark Amid Time Warner, CBS Dispute | Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity |

Pro-Bowl Struggles To Gain Popularity

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The NFL's version of the all-star game has trouble finding an audience. Will a handful of rules changes turn things around? NPR's Mike Pesca talks with host Rachel Martin about the game.

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U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio?

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Americans put on a show at the Gold Cup tournament, outscoring opponents 20 goals to 4 and stretching the team's win streak to 11 games. Even if that doesn't exactly send a chill through the rest of the world soccer community, it's enough to gives U.S. fans real hope for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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How Major League Baseball Alleviated Its Broken Bat Problem

Saturday, August 03, 2013

In 2008, bats split into pieces once a game on average, posing injury risks to players, umpires and even fans. The issue coincided with a rapid rise in the popularity of maple bats. So Major League Baseball called in a pinch-hitter: the U.S. Forest Service.

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Drugs And The Future Of Baseball

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Major League Baseball is expected to make an announcement soon about suspending players for using performance enhancing drugs. ESPN's Howard Bryant joins guest host Linda Wertheimer to talk sports.

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Female Golfer Seeks To Roundup Titles

Friday, August 02, 2013

At this week's Women's British open, Inbee Park is trying to be the first golfer, man or woman, to win all four Grand Slam titles in one year. So far, she's had a rough time. She's fallen to the middle of the pack on the leaderboard through two rounds. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis for an update.

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Suspensions Probable For MLB Players In Latest Drug Scandal

Friday, August 02, 2013

Any time now, the other shoe — or shoes — are expected to drop in Major League Baseball's performance enhancing drug investigation. A handful of players will likely be suspended for their involvement with the Miami-area clinic Biogenesis. Melissa Block speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the situation, and the uncertain terms of Alex Rodriguez's suspension.

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Barbershop Guys Take A Swing At Sports Controversies

Friday, August 02, 2013

The NFL slapped Philadelphia Eagle Riley Cooper on the wrist for an offensive slur he made off the field. But will his fellow players let him off so easily? The Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other sporting news.

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Nepal To Clamp Down On Everest Expeditions

Friday, August 02, 2013

The government says it will more closely scrutinize climbing teams following an embarrassing brawl this year between European climbers and their Sherpa guides.

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Giant Lion May Be King Of All Football Field Logos

Friday, August 02, 2013

A newly outsized logo is part of a Texas college's broader plan to change the fortunes of its football team. The Lions of Texas A&M University-Commerce won only a single game last year.

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WNYC News

Olympian Johnny Weir Says Russian Olympic Boycott Is Misguided

Thursday, August 01, 2013

U.S. Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir said he opposes boycotts to protest Russia's new anti-gay law because it hurts athletes and ordinary people.   

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Glacier Helps U.S. Ski Team Drift Ahead Of Competition

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The U.S. cross-country ski team is in the best position to win an Olympic medal in more than a quarter century. Its secret weapon? A pristine glacier — only accessible by helicopter — in the mountains high above Anchorage. It allows the skiers to train on snow throughout the summer.

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Quarterback Controveries Plague Numerous NFL Teams

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The New York Jets are one of many teams with a quarterback controversy headed into the new season. But in New York, it seems that controversy attaches itself to everything the Jets do. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath reflects on the difficulties of leading the Jets.

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Golfer Inbee Park Tries For Fourth Major Win In A Year

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Inbee Park could become the first golfer, man or woman, to win four consecutive majors in a calendar year if she snags the Women's British Open title this weekend.

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For One Seniors Basketball Team, The Game Never Gets Old

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

At the National Senior Games, the women who make up She-Ca-Go, a team in the 75-to-79 age division, are still in it for the camaraderie and competition. The games finish a two-week run in Cleveland on Thursday.

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Announcer-Free TV? Detroit's Baseball Fans Say Yes, Please

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The only voices in a TV broadcast of last night's game between the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals came from the field and the stands. FOX Sports Detroit offered fans "Natural Sounds at Comerica Park" as an alternative to its regular telecast.

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