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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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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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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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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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Lanky Pitcher Towers Over All-Star Game

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The White Sox's Chris Sale's crazy delivery stood out among All-Stars last week. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about Sale's chance of injury.

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Baseball Enters Second-Half Stretch

Saturday, July 20, 2013

With the All Star game over, winning teams begin to dominate the game in the second half of the season. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine for the latest of the biggest sport of the moment.

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Baseball's Great Equalizer: The Knuckleball

Saturday, July 20, 2013

While most baseball players come to the knuckleball after all else fails, one youngster has caught the media's attention by adopting the pitch early on. It's a unique story that could also bring historic change to the game.

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Foul Ball: Crowds Shrink for Yanks, Mets

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fewer fans this year are saying, ‘Take me out to the ballgame.’

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Tour De France Racers Want To Leave Shadow Of Doping Behind

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Tour de France reaches its conclusion on Sunday. This year, angry competitors said they were sick of riding under the cloud of dopers from the 1990s and 2000s. The current race appears to be dope-free, but one can't be sure about that yet.

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Game Over For NCAA And Electronic Arts

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The NCAA has announced it is breaking ties with Electronic Arts Inc., the sports gaming company. The move is likely fallout from an ongoing lawsuit that wants the NCAA to compensate current and former student athletes for the money made from broadcasts and video games, among other things.

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The Takeaway

The Fastest Man in the World? Doping and the Future of Usain Bolt

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Before Usain Bolt captured the title of world’s fastest man, fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell held the title in the 100 meter. And when she won the 2008 Olympic silver medal in the women’s 100, Jamaican track star Sherone Simpson was just shy of the fastest. But this past Sunday, Powell and Simpson admitted that they had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. How will these revelations affect the future of the celebrated Jamaican track and field team? Ellis Cashmore, author of "Making Sense of Sports," weighs in.

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All-Star Fans Honor Mariano Rivera, Who Will Retire Soon

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has played 19 seasons. That means he started his baseball career when the youngest players in this year's All-Star game were just toddlers. Rivera plans to retire at the end of this season.

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Clap If You Believe In Roger Maris

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Commentator Frank Deford has cooked up a plan that invokes Tinker Bell for baseball's annual All-Star Game.

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New York Hosts Major League All-Star Game

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Baseball's All-Star game is being played in New York Tuesday night. The winner gets home field advantage during the World Series.

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An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ESPN's Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst Matthew Berry's new book Fantasy Life is a look into the world of fantasy sports, which draw in tens of millions of players and ranks as the fourth most popular sport in the nation.

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Is This The Worst Ceremonial First Pitch In History?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen essentially rolled a pitch way off the plate. The pitch prompted historical comparisons to other shockingly bad performances.

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3 Sprinters Test Positive for Banned Substances

Monday, July 15, 2013

Three well-known track and field athletes from the United States and Jamaica have tested positive for banned substances. One of the athletes who came forward Sunday was Tyson Gay, one of the world's top sprinters over the last 10 years.

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