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Wide Gap Remains Between NFL And Refs; League Insists On Respect For Subs

Friday, September 21, 2012

Despite complaints from NFL coaches and players, the league and its locked-out officials are no closer to reaching a deal than they were last week, according to reports. News of the lack of progress comes a day after NFL representatives insisted that coaches and players respect the referees.

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The Takeaway

New Movie Releases: 'Trouble with the Curve,' 'End of Watch,' 'House at the End of the Street'

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer discuss "Trouble With The Curve," a film that revives the debate presented in last year’s hit “Moneyball,” with a professional baseball scout. Which method — scouts or stats — is truly superior?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Concussions and Sports

Friday, September 21, 2012

For this week’s Please Explain, director Steve James talks about his new film “Head Games,” a revealing documentary about the concussions in American sports, along with former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, author of the book Head Games. It covers eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts and gives first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches, and parents.

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Micropolis

Micropolis: NYC Street Workout Goes Global

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is Street Calisthenics the most extreme workout in New York? That’s what some (highly-ripped) practitioners claim, although boot campers and P90Xers may vehemently disagree.

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WNYC News

Mets' Pitcher Makes 'Knuckleball!' His Own

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's an exclusive club: pitchers who win with the knuckleball in Major League Baseball. The New York Mets' R.A. Dickey is one of the few active starting pitchers in professional baseball who use this slower, methodical pitch, and he is one of the subjects of a new documentary, Knuckleball!

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WNYC News

18 Innings Are A Lot, But Orioles-Mariners Game Is No Record-Breaker

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The teams played a long, long, time Tuesday (and Wednesday). But in 1920, a game lasted 26 innings — and ended in a tie.

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Listen to Lucy

Good enough is better than perfection

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Good enough is better than perfection

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WNYC News

States' Rights And DOMA Clash On A Shifting Battlefield

Sunday, September 09, 2012

The debate over states' rights versus federal power is as old as our country, but this time the subject of controversy is relatively new. As Americans' views on homosexuality change, more states are stepping up to challenge the federal definition of marriage.

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WNYC News

At 42, Detroit Lions Kicker Earns Admiration

Saturday, September 08, 2012

As the NFL regular season opens this weekend, place-kicker Jason Hanson is preparing for his 21st consecutive season with the Detroit Lions. That's a record in the league — no small feat in an industry where a missed kick can cost you your career.

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WNYC News

A Year After War Wound, Vet Wins Paralympic Gold

Friday, September 07, 2012

Navy Lt. Brad Snyder lost his sight to an explosion in Afghanistan exactly one year ago. On the anniversary Friday, he won the 400-meter freestyle at the Paralympics in London, capturing his second gold medal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Floyd Little

Friday, September 07, 2012

Football legend Floyd Little talks about his journey from poverty to military school, college, the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall, he shares his favorite tales from his first high school game, his time playing for Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos. He also recounts stories about fellow Hall of Famers of his era, his Broncos teammates, and shares his thoughts about today's NFL stars.

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WNYC News

Pistorius Falls To Britain's Peacock In 100 Meters; American Browne Is Second

Thursday, September 06, 2012

South African Oscar Pistorius failed in his attempt to win the 100-meter sprint and regain his title as the world's fastest amputee, losing to Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock. American Richard Browne, 21, of Jackson, Miss., won the silver medal.

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The Takeaway

Must See TV: The Democratic National Convention and the NFL Season

Thursday, September 06, 2012

One other big issue from the Convention in Charlotte: while the Red Versus Blue competition in politics was playing out on the convention podium there was another contest. America's Team from red Texas, the Dallas Cowboys, versus Big Blue the Giants of the Blue state of New York.

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The Takeaway

Why It's Hard to Regulate the Equipment Used by Paralympians

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter, was widely expected to win the men’s 200 meter finals at the Paralympics, but he was beaten by another double amputee, Alan Oliveira. Did the rival sprinter's prosthetics offer him an unfair advantage?

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WNYC News

NFL Owner Art Modell Dies; He Was 'Vilified' In Cleveland, A Hero In Baltimore

Thursday, September 06, 2012

To Cleveland fans, his decision to move to the team to Baltimore in 1996 was one of the darkest days in the city's sports history. But to Baltimore fans, he was the man who brought the city a Super Bowl.

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The Takeaway

American Archer Wins Paralympic Gold, Ending 16 Year Drought

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The United States' 16 year drought of gold at the Paralympics ended with wheelchair-bound archer Jeff Fabry. John Hockenberry spoke with Fabry before his win about how his success rides on a dog leash and his teeth.

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The Takeaway

A Reflection on the Transforming Power of the Paralympics for Athletes and Others with Disabilities

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The Paralympic Games offer an extraordinary opportunity for us to watch atheletes with disabilities use their bodies and athletic equipment in incredible ways to overcome amazing challenges. As spectators, there are the carbon-fiber prosthetics to marvel over, and the rugby players who use their wheelchairs like hotshot speedcarts.  

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WNYC News

'It's A Grind': An NFL Player's Struggle For Survival

Sunday, September 02, 2012

To call Ross Ventrone's career as an NFL defensive back unstable is an understatement. He's been hired, promoted, or fired by the New England Patriots no fewer than 29 times in two years.

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WNYC News

Navy Lieutenant Swims To Gold In London Paralympics, Months After Injury

Friday, August 31, 2012

Less than one year after being blinded by an explosion in Afghanistan, U.S. swimmer Bradley Snyder has won a gold medal in the men's 100m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympics. The medal came hours after Snyder set a Paralympic record in a preliminary heat at the London Aquatic Center.

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The Takeaway

A Beginner's Guide to Goalball

Friday, August 31, 2012

Goalball, for blind and visually impaired athletes, is played three on three. The sport was invented in 1946 for blind veterans returning from WWII. U.S. Paralympic athlete Jennifer Armbruster explains the rules of goalball and her team's odds at a second gold medal.

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