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Opponent Who Died After Fight Weighed Heavily On Boxer Emile Griffith

Friday, July 26, 2013

Emile Griffith, a former world champion boxer, died earlier this week. Robert Siegel speaks with Ron Ross, author of Nine ...Ten ... and Out: The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith, for more on Griffith's career and life.

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Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning

Friday, July 26, 2013

Swimmer Graham Johnston, who's in his 80s now, is competing in the Senior Olympics in Cleveland. He's been swimming all his life, including competing at the 1952 Olympics for his home country of South Africa. Even at his age, he still trains five to six times a week.

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Have New Yorkers Seen Too Much Of Anthony Weiner?

Friday, July 26, 2013

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has apologized for 'sexting' again, and he vows to move forward. The Barbershop guys ask whether he should step back from politics, and they weigh in on other news of the week.

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Phil Mickelson Takes a Swing at Science

Friday, July 26, 2013

Scientists are studying the brains and bodies of golfers to determine why amateurs aren't on par with the pros. Sports scientist Mark F. Smith explains the latest findings, while PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, just back from winning the British Open, talks about his passion for math and science on and off the green.

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Is It Fair For Baseball To Reject Drugs But Embrace Surgery?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Doping in sports is back in the news. And once again we are reminded that our attitudes on the topic are complicated and not entirely transparent even to ourselves. Commentator Alva Noë wonders where we draw the line when it comes to altering our physical and chemical selves.

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Mike Tyson And The Questions Not Asked

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mike Tyson and Spike Lee presented a film for HBO on Thursday. It was a lesson in when questions are asked and aren't asked, and where to go from here.

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Cowboys Stadium No More: With Deal, It Is Now AT&T Stadium

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The deal is rumored to be worth millions and is already stirring controversy because it drops "Cowboys" from the stadium name.

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'Beep Baseball' A Homerun With Blind Players

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Starting this weekend, 20 baseball teams meet in Georgia for a World Series with a twist: most of the athletes on the field are visually impaired. The sport is called Beep Baseball, named for the sound the ball makes so players know where it is.

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NCAA Should 'Bolster And Reinforce' African-American Players

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Commentator Frank Deford says our educational system should care more about encouraging good black students instead of using good black athletes.

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With An Assist From Smugglers, Cuban Players Make It To U.S.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

U.S. baseball agents say it is increasingly common for smugglers to help Cuban baseball players make their way off the island. According to the agents, it's been going on since the 1990s and has picked up in recent years.

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After Braun's Suspension, Is A-Rod Next At Bat?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun has accepted a 65-game suspension because of the evidence linking him to a Miami-area clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs. The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and other players have also been tied to that clinic.

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Brewers' Braun Suspended For Season

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Major League Baseball has announced it is suspending Ryan Braun for the rest of the season. The league said the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder violated its drug policies. Braun, who won't appeal, is one of several stars tied to an anti-aging clinic in Miami that the league is investigating. NPR's Mike Pesca talks to Renee Montagne about the latest.

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Offseason Arrests Raise Questions For NFL

Monday, July 22, 2013

There have been over 40 arrests of players since the NFL regular season ended, most notably Aaron Hernandez's murder charge. Whether a problem exists in pro football is still in question, but the NFL already has programs designed to help athletes with off-the-field issues.

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MLB Suspends Brewers Star Ryan Braun

Monday, July 22, 2013

Major League Baseball announced Monday it is suspending Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the rest of the season for violating doping policy. Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the move.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Hour With George Vecsey

Monday, July 22, 2013

George Vecsey spends the hour talking about his life and times covering sports for The New York Times and his other interests, including music.  He'll talk New York sports, including A-Rod and steroids, and the coming of the Brooklyn Nets, plus his new blog where he suggests a song for Stevie Wonder to sing for Trayvon Martin.  And he'll take your calls at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

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Mickelson Wins Golf's British Open

Monday, July 22, 2013

NPR's Tom Goldman talks to David Greene about the competition over the weekend at the British Open. Phil Mickelson won the tournament for the first time.

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In The Tour De France, Even The Loser Is A Winner

Monday, July 22, 2013

Even coming in last place in the Tour de France has its benefits. The final finisher is known as the lanterne rouge — the "red lantern," like that found on the caboose of a train. This year's "winner" was 36-year-old Canadian Svein Tuft. He ended up in 169th place — but just finishing brings glory and lucrative appearances.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Hour with George Vecsey; John Liu; DC Politics

Monday, July 22, 2013

George Vecsey, New York Times sports columnist and author, spends a full hour on the show. He'll talk about covering baseball in New York and take listener questions. Plus: New York City Comptroller John Liu talks about his campaign to be the Democratic candidate for mayor; listeners react to new images of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; and Molly Ball of The Atlantic looks at the week ahead in Washington politics.

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The 100th Tour De France Wraps Up With A Win For The British

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Organizers feared this year's Tour de France wouldn't generate the excitement of previous years, but viewership was up and there's been a lot of excitement generated by the win of a British cyclist for the second year in a row.

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British Bask In Summer Of Sporting Triumphs

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Tour de France are just a taste of what British sports fans have been waiting a long time to experience.

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