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Brooklyn Finally Nets A Team Of Its Own

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

In its long history, Brooklyn has been famous for two sports events: No. 1, having the Dodgers; No. 2, losing the Dodgers. But now Brooklyn has an NBA team, a fancy new arena — and even a floor that may set a new trend.

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WNYC News

Armstrong Deletes Tour Titles From Twitter, But Not Other Websites

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lance Armstrong has been banned from competitive cycling and stripped of his Tour titles because of evidence he used performance enhancing drugs and pushed teammates to do so as well. Should he still be able to claim he won those races?

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WNYC News

Giants Beat Cardinals, Head To World Series

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The San Francisco Giants came back to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the National League championship series Monday. They face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nick Hornby on the Reading Life

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nick Hornby talks about his popular column in the Believer magazine, which chronicles the books he’s read, bought, skimmed, and meant to read. His new book of essays, More Baths Less Talking, is about his encounters with the reading life.

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The Takeaway

International Cycling Union Revokes Lance Armstrong's Seven Tour Wins

Monday, October 22, 2012

The International Cycling Union has announced this morning that it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France wins. We talk to a former teammate of Armstrong's, next. Paul Willerton is a former teammate of Armstrong’s and the organizer of a protest in Oregon held outside the Nike headquarters in response to their support of the disgraced athlete.

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WNYC News

Livestrong CEO: 'We're Proud' Lance Armstrong Founded Organization

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"He's our founder. He's been the inspiration for our work for so many years," Doug Ulman tells All Things Considered host Melissa Block. "The work that he started ... is incredibly meaningful to millions and millions of people."

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Jumping From The 'Top Of The World,' Skydiver Breaks Sound Barrier

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Felix Baumgartner lept 24 miles from the stratosphere and landed gracefully just more than nine minutes later in a desert in Roswell, N.M., Sunday.

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If Lance Armstrong Is Stripped, No One May Get His Tour De France Titles

Friday, October 12, 2012

The evidence against the cyclist has "called into question a system and an entire era which remains stained forever," says Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme. He doesn't want to see the second-place finishers in races Armstrong won be given those titles.

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The Takeaway

What Falling Feels Like

Thursday, October 11, 2012

This week, extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner embarks on a 23-mile free fall, with the hope of breaking the sound barrier. What will he be facing? And what does falling feel like to the rest of us less-extreme athletes?

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WNYC News

Father Of Yankees' Girardi Dies; Inspired His Son, Who Will Keep Managing

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jerry Girardi, 81, had Alzheimer's. His son Joe, the Yankees manager, has said his father "was always there for me" and helped instill in him a love for baseball.

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Transportation Nation

Nine Percent of All D.C. Bike Share Bikes at Washington Nationals Stadium For Playoff Game

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Capitol Bikeshare "corral" at Nationals Stadium earlier today.

Playoff baseball pulls in the fans. In Washington, D.C., it's also pulling in the Capital Bikeshare bikes.

According to a rough count from the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation, about nine percent of the city's bike share bikes are Nationals Park for game three of the National League East division series, according to John Lisle, a DDOT spokesman.

"We have about 1,600 bikes in the system, and best I can count, we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 that are docked there [at the stadium]. Or were docked there," Lisle said. "That's a pretty good showing."

Capital Bikeshare, which is run by DDOT, has set up a staffed bike corral at the stadium for the overflow. "So if someone brings a bike there, even if the station is full, they put can put it in the corral," Lisle said. "It's a way to add capacity and it's relatively easy to do. " So there is no limit to the number of people who can come by bike share, Lisle said.

During the regular season, Capital Bikeshare clears out the docking stations before games and monitors them closely. If the docks fill up, then Capital Bikeshare "rebalances" them -- the technical term for 'takes the bikes to by van to another dock somewhere else.'

After today's game ends, staffers will keep the docks full with those corralled bikes so fans can check out a bike as usual.

But, Lisle cautions, "after the game there is no guarantee you will have a bike share bike to go home, but we are not removing any of the bikes."

So: Nats fans who chose bike to cheer on their team may want to consider checking out in the top of the ninth to ensure a two-wheeled ride home.

The bike corral will be in place at all Nationals home games during the playoffs.

The bike share corral at Nationals Park, pictured earlier with just 102 bikes. Photo: DDOT

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WNYC News

The NFL's Lesson: There's No Replacing Good Refs

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Only two groups of people really matter in any game: the players and the officials. That's the lesson the NFL inadvertently taught football fans in the past four weeks, says Frank Deford. At many stadiums, the regular officials were greeted with loud ovations after their lockout ended.

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The Takeaway

Nate Silver on the Science of Prediction

Monday, October 01, 2012

Political junkies, economists, baseball scouts, meteorologists, and basically everyone else in the world is constantly trying to predict the future. And yet with the overwhelming amount of data that came with the information age, forecasters are often wrong — if not completely shocked — by the results.

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Fantasy Baseball: Major Leaguer Has To Reenact Home Run To Make It Official

Monday, October 01, 2012

It wasn't clear whether the Nationals' Michael Morse had hit a grand slam. When the umps decided he had, they made him go back to home plate and pretend he'd done it again. See the video.

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After Further Review, Having Regular Refs Back Made It 'A Real NFL Game'

Friday, September 28, 2012

It was clear Thursday night that the return of the league's officials after their labor dispute restored order.

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Netanyahu Calls For 'Red Line' On Iran; Rejects Palestinian's 'Libelous' Charges

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Israeli leader said Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon by mid-2013. It needs to be told it cannot cross that "red line" without facing consequences, he said. And he delivered a sharp response to the earlier address by the head of the Palestinian Authority.

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The Takeaway

The Ryder Cup and Other Euro-American Competitions

Thursday, September 27, 2012

An American economic boom or European downturn? What can we discern about the strength of the United States or the European currency union based on their results at golf's Ryder Cup?

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WNYC News

We Have A Ruling: NFL Referees Are Returning To The Field

Thursday, September 27, 2012

NFL fans' nightmare is over. The league and its referees have reached a tentative agreement on a new, eight-year contract. So replacement refs — who have been blamed for botching calls and giving at least one team a victory it didn't deserve — have been sent to the showers.

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After Uproar, No Clear Signal That NFL Refs Will Be Back Soon

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fans from President Obama and Mitt Romney to Joe and Jane Sixpack are begging for a settlement. But there's nothing to indicate that the NFL and its referees will settle their labor dispute in time for this week's games.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless 1970s

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kevin Cook explains why he thinks the 1970s were the most colorful decade in NFL history and were the years that pro football grew up. His book The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless ‘70s—the Era that Created Modern Sports draws on interviews with legendary coaches and players—Franco Harris, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken “Snake” Stabler—and tells the story of their heroics and off-field carousing.

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