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Spanish Doctor Convicted For Role In Sports Doping Ring

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Spanish doctor accused of masterminding one of the world's largest doping rings has been convicted of endangering public health. Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes gave blood transfusions to Lance Armstrong's teammates and competitors. And he says he treated soccer and tennis players too — though he won't name names. Fuentes got a one year suspended prison sentence on Tuesday. A former cycling coach was sentenced to four months, and three other co-defendants were acquitted.

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NBA Player Jason Collins Could Snag Endorsements, Speaking Gigs

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In a trailblazing announcement Monday, the Washington Wizards center said he was gay. Experts say that could give the 34-year-old second-tier athlete a career boost.

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The Takeaway

Gay Athletes, In and Out of the Closet

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NBA player Jason Collins publicly came out yesterday, and is being showered with attention - both good and bad - as a result. It's know how it feels to be in his position. But one person who might understand is Esera Tuaolo. Back in 2002, Tuaolo became the third former NFL player to come out. This was two years after he’d retired, and three years after he’d made it to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Teen's Punch Reportedly Lands Soccer Referee In Critical Condition

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

After sustaining what seemed to be minor injuries, the official later lost consciousness. The teenager was arrested Monday on suspicion of aggravated assault.

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Brazilians Keep World Cup Hopes In Check Amid Complications

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The country is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup by refurbishing its stadiums for soccer's biggest event. But some of the venues are behind schedule, and the preparations are costing taxpayers more than they expected. Some now wonder if all of the fanfare is worth the effort.

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'Very, Very Courageous': Rick Welts On Jason Collins

Monday, April 29, 2013

The president of the NBA's Golden State Warriors came out in 2011. He said Monday that Collins' announcement helped him avoid a traffic ticket.

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Openly Gay NBA Center 'Happy To Start The Conversation'

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mike Pesca talks to Audie Cornish about NBA center Jason Collins, who announced he is gay. Collins is the first male athlete to come out while still playing in a major American sport.

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NBA's Jason Collins Is First Active Player To Come Out As Gay

Monday, April 29, 2013

A veteran of 12 seasons in the league, the basketball player says he's going public now because he's confronted "who I really am and what I really want." While some players from major team sports have come out after retiring, he's the first to do so while still planning to play.

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Crazy Photo: Reporter Snaps Pic As Baseball Nearly Beans Her

Monday, April 29, 2013

At Fenway Park in Boston, Fox Sun Sports' Kelly Nash turned her back to the field to take a photo of herself. Just as she clicked, a baseball flew past the back of her head. The photo's amazing.

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Tim Tebow Cut By NFL's Jets

Monday, April 29, 2013

,In two years he's gone from being the hottest name in the NFL to being out of a job. He's had problems passing the ball. Experts say that if he would accept a different role, perhaps as a running back, Tebow might be able to land with another team. But he reportedly still wants to be a quarterback.

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The NFL Draft: Football's Dog And Pony Show

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about how the NFL draft is not sports or news; it's entertainment. Plus a curve ball about how the Oklahoma City Thunder get their fans to color-coordinate their clothes.

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Hard Hits, Hard Liquor In 'The Summer of Beer and Whiskey'

Saturday, April 27, 2013

In the 1880s, it took a German immigrant to change America's pastime forever. Chris Von der Ahe founded the St. Louis Browns and later helped form a new baseball league. Author Edward Achorn recalls baseball's early days in his new book.

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Week In Sports: NBA's Oklahoma Loses Star Player To Injury

Saturday, April 27, 2013

There were big NBA playoff games Friday night, plus a potentially game-changing injury for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Tom Goldman for the sports news of the week.

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Big Night For Big Men In Round 1 Of NFL Draft

Friday, April 26, 2013

Last year, quarterbacks were the big story. This year, it's huge guys who block and tackle. Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was the No. 1 pick. He's going to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Ryan Lochte And The Easy Life Of The Professional Public Dummy

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ryan Lochte has a new reality show in which he embraces the role of the public dummy. Given the fact that he has 11 Olympic medals, does this mean being a public hero has become too much of a drag?

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Armstrong 'Unjustly Enriched' Self, Justice Department Says

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the disgraced cyclist who earned millions through his sponsorship with the U.S. Postal Service. According to The Associated Press, Armstrong's attorney called the government's complaint "opportunistic and insincere."

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Routine On U.S. Racetracks, Horse Doping Is Banned In Europe

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Americans and the Europeans have different approaches to horse racing, and one key split is over the question of doping. While many drugs are allowed in the U.S., they are banned in European racing.

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Hackers Tweak FIFA On Corruption, As Reform Advocate Quits

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FIFA's efforts to rehabilitate its tarnished public image were dealt twin setbacks Monday, as the Twitter account of the international soccer federation was hacked and used to send a message joking about corruption. And a member of its reform committee quit, saying their work was pointless.

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Soundcheck

Sports And Music Offer Catharsis And Distraction

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A few nights ago, my friend Susan Werner began her show in Franklin, Mass. in an unusual way. Werner, a crafty singer-songwriter and genius multi-instrumentalist, donned her old, beat-up Red Sox hat (despite being from Chicago by way of Iowa), sat down silently at the piano, and tenderly plucked out the melody to Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." Whether they were sports fans or not -- though by osmosis, heredity, and peer pressure most folks in the Boston metro area are -- the audience immediately recognized the song and sang the rest of the words as Werner simply grinned. It was a lovely moment of catharsis after a week that had left even the most stoic or cynical person weary.

Singer-songwriter Erin McKeown.

I too have found myself looking for some similar kind of antidote to the strained voices of my local broadcasters, the cable outlets all jockeying for scoops, and the breakneck true-false-true rumor mill of own Twitter feed. So I spent the weekend recording, sitting in with my friend songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee, performing at my local shop for Record Store Day, and joining Susan onstage for the rest of her show. I was reminded of how music is such a lovely counterweight to panic and anxiety.

While music offers a certain type of emotional solace and respite after public tragedy, sports is also often pointed to as a place of “healing” -- a word used far too often for my taste when describing the experience of going to a game. Healing takes time, healing is personal, healing lasts longer than an anthem sung together. Or the generous gesture of a front page to an out of town sports section. Or a surprise visit to Fenway park by Neil Diamond to perform his “Sweet Caroline.”

 

 

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Underdogs Shine In Early Stages Of NBA Playoffs

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca for his take on the sports news of the week, including how the NBA playoffs are taking shape.

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