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Today's Takeaway | January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Luby's Massacre Victim's Advocacy | Baseball Hall of Fame Inducts No New Players in 2013 | Texas County Moves to Abolish Gun Shows | New Priorities in Obama's Second Term | Gender, Sex, and Consent on the College Campus

The Takeaway

Who Will Be the NFL's MVP?

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Two standout athletes are dominating this year's NFL MVP chatter: Denver Bronco's quarterback Peyton Manning and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. SB Nation editor Samuel Chamberlain and Takeaway Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin weigh in.

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On The Media

The Incredible Value of Live Sports

Friday, December 28, 2012

Live sports broadcasts account for a big part of your cable bill. Why? Because cable providers know they can count on sports to draw large audiences even as audiences shrink for other types of programming. Peter Kafka of the website All Things Digital returns to talk with Bob about the remarkable rise of ESPN and the importance of live sports to the cable ecosystem. 

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The Takeaway

Should Doping Be Legal?

Monday, December 24, 2012

While the Olympics may have been the highlight of this year in sports, Lance Armstrong's doping scandal threatens to overshadow the athletic world as we reflect on 2012. Most Americans will likely remember Armstrong as a fraud, but Ellis Cashmore, professor of culture, media and sport at Staffordshire University, says that Armstrong’s case demonstrates that it’s time to allow doping in sports.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | December 24, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Kerry Nomination Could Bring Another Senate Race for Massachusetts | Kerry Nominated to be the Next Secretary of State | Should Doping Be Legal? | Student Tweets U.S. Drone Strikes, Highlights "Double Tap" Tactic | Before Les Misérables Returns to the Screen, A Look at Its Past

WNYC News

NHL Lockout Leaves Fans Out In The Cold

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hockey fans are living their lives, going about their business, but their days are a little paler. Commentator Frank Deford says fans deserve a little sympathy when their sport is taken from them.

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WNYC News

After 126 Years, 'The Sporting News' Stops The Presses

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

After 126 years, The Sporting News, the wise old man of sports journalism, will cease publishing as of Jan. 1, 2013. The longtime sports newspaper will continue as a digital-only brand.

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WNYC News

NFL Players' 'Bountygate' Suspensions Vacated

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Though he said the NFL did prove that the players took part in a scheme that paid them bonuses for hurting opponents, former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the cases against them had been "contaminated" by their team — the New Orleans Saints.

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WNYC News

Russia's Hockey Glad To Have NHL-Lockout Orphans

Monday, December 10, 2012

The NHL lockout has sent many Russian players home to play for a league very much in need of star power as it tries to revive hockey's popularity in a place where the sport was once dominant.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Queens Soccer Stadium Plans

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Brett Lashbrook, Major League Soccer special assistant to the commissioner, discusses MLS's plans to build a 25,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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WNYC News

LeBron James Is 'Sportsman Of The Year,' Says 'Sports Illustrated'

Monday, December 03, 2012

He led the Miami Heat to the NBA championship and Team USA to a gold medal in the Olympics. James "has entered a state of mastery," says legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The World of Competitive Yoga

Monday, December 03, 2012

Benjamin Lorr explores the world of competitive yoga and how he got sucked into an obsessive subculture. Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga is about the athletic prodigies, wide-eyed celebrities, legitimate medical miracles, and predatory hucksters involved in competitive yoga.

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WNYC News

Kansas City Chiefs Player Kills Self, Girlfriend

Saturday, December 01, 2012

After shooting his girlfriend multiple times early Saturday morning, linebacker Jovan Belcher drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of coaches and police.

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WNYC News

The NFL's New Target Demographic: Kids

Friday, November 30, 2012

The National Football League could coast nicely on its colossal audience. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, execs have turned their attention to the nation's children, targeting them with NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians, an animated TV show co-produced with Nickelodeon.

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The Takeaway

The One World Fútbol: A Durable Ball that Can Last for Decades

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Every year thousands of soccer balls are donated to the developing world by relief agencies. But they often go flat, so Tim Jahnigen, with the help of Sting and others, created a new type of ball that never wears out or needs a pump.

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WNYC News

Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka 'Feels Good' After Minor Stroke

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka was hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke on Friday. He's telling fans not to worry, but he will be taking the weekend off from his job as analyst at ESPN.

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The Takeaway

Fallout From Miami Marlins Deal Continues

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's been a tough week for fans of the Miami Marlins baseball team, thanks to a series of disappointing trades and business decisions. Phil Latzman, reporter for WLRN and The Miami Herald provides an update.

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The Takeaway

Miami Marlins Deal Away Their Star Players

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just a year after receiving an enormous amount of public funding to build a new stadium in Little Cuba, and spending lavishly on MLB free agents such as Jose Reyes, the Marlins completed a trade with the Blue Jays yesterday that sent any remaining members of the team making big salaries away to Toronto, in exchange for mediocre players and cheap deals. Needless to say, their fans aren't so pleased.

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Transportation Nation

World Series Win Sparks Vandalism in San Francisco

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A man vandalizes a SF city bus after the Giants won the World Series. Photo credit Susana Bates, special to the San Francisco Chronicle

Although it pales in comparison to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Sunday night’s sweep of the World Series by the San Francisco Giants left a human-powered path of flipped cars, trash fires, and vandalized and burned city buses in Bay Area streets.

Fans celebrating the Giants’ win set a MUNI bus on fire in San Francisco early Monday morning. The driver and eight passengers escaped unharmed from the bus, which had just undergone $300,000 worth of repairs.

Sunday night marked the second time in three years that the Giants have won the World Series.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told the San Francisco Chronicle that the victory is not a license for destruction. “Two world championships in three years is worthy of celebration,” Suhr said. “But then at some point in time, after the original understandable celebration comes the almost mystifying belief that some people can just come and trash San Francisco.”

A photograph of a Giants’ fan smashing the front window of a bus began circulating on Facebook yesterday with this caption: “SHARE THIS PHOTO: Please help the SFPD locate this jerk that used the Giants celebration as a reason to destroy things and endanger people. This isn't what San Francisco is about. Be smart and safe and kind when you celebrate.”

In all, 36 people were arrested in connection with widespread vandalism and fires. No word on whether the man in the photograph was among those arrested.

A victory parade for the Giants is planned for 11am tomorrow in San Francisco.

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The Takeaway

An NFL Football Game in London

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Everyone knows the UK loves their Football. But what about our Football: The American Version? The NFL returns to London this weekend for it's annual showcase game, and we want to find out if there's any real desire for the American version of the game in England.

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