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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Takeaway

The London Paralympic Games Open with a Bang

Thursday, August 30, 2012

London’s Paralympic Games are on track to be the biggest in history, with 11 days of competition including 4,280 athletes from 165 countries — 17 countries more than the last Paralympics in Beijing.

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WNYC News

Paralympics Begin In London, Near 'Spiritual Home' Of Games

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More than 4,000 athletes from 147 countries will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where the opening ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. ET today. The U.S. contingent of 227 athletes includes 133 men and 94 women. Of the American Paralympians, 20 are U.S. military veterans.

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Meet The Superhumans: Directing the Paralympics Commercial

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Paralympics begin in London this Wednesday, and a commercial titled "Meet the Superhumans" is causing a lot of buzz. We meet the writer and director to talk about the 90-second spot and it's impact so far.

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WNYC News

Advantage Tennis: Improving Game's Racial Disparity

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Only four of the top 100 ranked tennis players in the U.S. are African-American. But groups like the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation are working to level the court, and create opportunities for kids who wouldn't otherwise have the chance to play.

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Anti-Doping Chief: Armstrong Knows Truth, Sticking To 'Baseless Soundbites'

Friday, August 24, 2012

Travis Tygart says the USADA uncovered one of the "most sophisticated drug conspiracies we've ever seen." And that reason why Lance Armstrong decided not to fight the charges is obvious.

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At Penn State, New Students Weigh Stigma Of Scandal

Friday, August 24, 2012

The university reports it will exceed its enrollment goal as the fall term begins. Still, new students and their parents have some pragmatic questions about how the scandal will affect them.

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Lance Armstrong to be Stripped of Tour de France Titles

Friday, August 24, 2012

Late Thursday night, Lance Armstrong announced he will no longer fight charges of using performance enhancing drugs during his career brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He maintains he is innocent, but is weary of the 10 years he's spent battling doping allegations.

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Lance Armstrong's Seven Tour De France Titles Are Effectively Gone

Friday, August 24, 2012

His decision to no longer contest doping charges means his records should be "obliterated," the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency says.

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Lance Armstrong Says He Won't Fight Doping Charges

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The seven-time Tour de France winner said he was tired of fighting "outlandish and heinous" accusations of drug use. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said it was stripping Armstrong of his titles and banning him for life.

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Former Penn State President Launches 'Full-Throttle Defense'

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Graham Spanier lost his job in the wake of the scandal over former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier says he never knew Sandusky was molesting young boys.

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