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A Word Of Advice To Baseball Players: Sneeze Carefully

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar was sidelined after straining an oblique muscle during a violent sneeze. Other players have gotten hurt while hopping out of a truck or climbing out of a hot tub.

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Morning Edition

Start The Madness: Weighing The Seeds Of March

Monday, March 16, 2015

Millions are preparing to fill out their NCAA tournament brackets, pondering deep questions such as, "Can Kentucky really run the table?" and "Which No. 5 seed will beat a No. 12 in the first round?"

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Morning Edition

Spring Training Has Begun — For Baseball, And For Candidates

Monday, March 16, 2015

Baseball has long been labeled America's pastime, but some have argued that politics actually deserves that title. It turns out there are more than a few parallels between the two this time of year.

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It's Bracket-Picking Time: NCAA Announces Tournament Seeds

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kentucky, undefeated so far, is the No. 1 seed overall. Indiana, Texas, LSU, Purdue and UCLA made it on to the bracket; Colorado State, Temple, Old Dominion and Richmond missed the cut.

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March Madness: Keeping Society Sane Since 1908

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Think you know your NCAA tournament facts? Try these on for size: What are the odds of a perfect bracket? What surgery is performed more frequently during the madness?

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Serena Williams Makes Emotional Return To Indian Wells

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The world No. 1 defeated Romania's Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in the second round. It was her first match at the tournament since her infamous 2001 title victory after which she vowed a boycott.

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$24B TV Deal Puts Cash In NBA Pockets

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Scott Simon talks basketball with NPR's Tom Goldman, from the record increase in the NBA's salary cap to an on-air announcer's very strange commentary.

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In 'I Hate Christian Laettner,' ESPN Explores The Belly Of The Beast

Friday, March 13, 2015

Christian Laettner played basketball for Duke in the early '90s, and ESPN's excellent documentary series investigates the intriguing vehemence with which people ... well, hated him, and still do.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps Podcast 417: Remembering Wil Smith

Friday, March 13, 2015

Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. At the time of this interview in 2012, Wil had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on February 22, 2015 at 46 years old.

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Morning Edition

Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

Friday, March 13, 2015

The top college basketball teams face off next week in the NCAA tournament. And, a panel of judges will hear arguments over whether colleges should be allowed to pay basketball and football players.

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Morning Edition

Mayweather, Pacquiao Will Brawl For Boxing's Richest Purse Ever

Friday, March 13, 2015

The upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may or may not be the greatest of all time, but the two fighters are expected to take home at least $200 million combined.

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PRI's The World

Afghans catch an unlikely case of cricket fever

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cricket is a national obsession in Pakistan, but it's barely known across the border in Afghanistan — until now. Thanks to a first-ever win at the ongoing Cricket World Cup, Afghans are finally taking notice of South Asia's biggest sport.

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Morning Edition

Hype Officially Begins For Mayweather-Pacquiano Fight

Thursday, March 12, 2015

There was fear in the boxing world that this generation's two best fighters would retire before facing each other in the ring. But the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight is on for May 2.

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All Things Considered

Princeton Women's Undefeated Season Sets Eyes On March Madness

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

They did it! The Princeton Women's Basketball team finished their regular season, undefeated: 30-0. Melissa Block talks to Coach Courtney Banghart about how, and her aspirations for March Madness.

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Earl Lloyd Was Basketball's Jackie Robinson. Why Isn't He Famous?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Earl Lloyd, the NBA's first black player, wasn't celebrated like Jackie Robinson, but today, Lloyd's league occupies a far bigger place in the black — and global — imagination.

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Morning Edition

Caddies File $50 Million Class-Action Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

More than 100 caddies filed legal action against the Professional Golfers Association for $50 million in advertising revenue. Renee Montagne talks to Rex Hoggard, a senior writer at the Golf Channel.

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Morning Edition

Deford: NCAA Fans Continue To Drink Deeply Of The (Sports) Spirits

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Recent scandals involving student athletes at Syracuse University and other prominent athletic departments, remind commentator Frank Deford of speakeasies during Prohibition.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can a Host Country Make Money on the Olympics or World Cup?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The economist Andrew Zimbalist looks at the billions of dollars countries like China & Brazil have spent hosting world sports competitions, and who pays, and who profits.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hillary's Emails; Corrections Officers on Reform & 'Carmelo the Science Fellow'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hillary Clinton's emails; issues and Rikers; the city's School Renewal program; the costs of hosting a major sporting event like the Olympics and "Carmelo the Science Fellow."

PRI's The World

For hard-luck Haiti, a new challenge: Basketball

Monday, March 09, 2015

Soccer has long been king in Haiti. But over the last few years, a new sport has taken hold: basketball. Now, there's an ambitious push, led by an unlikely cast of characters, to build a Haitian national team that can compete on the Olympic stage.

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