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One Step Closer To Nation's First College Athletes' Union

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Northwestern University football players are now considered employees of the college, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday. ESPN senior writer Pablo Torre explains.

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All Things Considered

NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board says Northwestern University football players can unionize. It's a win for student athletes, but the university says it will appeal.

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Labor Board Rules Northwestern University Players Are Employees

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The decision means the players can vote to unionize and has the potential to revolutionize the way college athletics work.

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To Some English-Speakers, Soccer Matches Sound Better In Spanish

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spanish-language soccer announcers have captivated Americans since the U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup. The different style of play-by-play and color commentary evokes strong emotions in fans.

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Morning Edition

The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In light of legendary coach Phil Jackson's recent move to the New York Knicks as the organization's president, commentator Frank Deford looks at how the office has evolved (or hasn't).

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PRI's The World

A Japanese soccer team pays for the actions of racist fans

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Last week, the Japanese soccer team the Urawa Red Diamonds played before an empty stadium. And it's not because they're unpopular.

It was punishment for allowing fans to put up a "Japanese Only" banner in the stands. 

Team officials said a small group of supporters hung the banner in a stadium entranceway during a home game on March 8. 

"The team was expected to take the banner down right away," said Time magazine's Tokyo correspondent Kirk Spitzer. "The team management says they learned about the banner being put up about an hour into the game. They said that they did not deem this to be racist, discriminatory or derogatory towards foreigners so they left it up."

The story went viral after fans posted photos of the banner online.

Urawa Reds’ officials later apologized and said they had banned about 20 members of a supporters’ group responsible for hanging the banner.

"The fans say that it really wasn’t meant in any racist or derogatory way," said Spitzer. "They simply didn’t want any foreigners sitting in their section who might not understand the group cheers and might not participate."

League officials ordered the Urawa Reds to play their next home game in an empty stadium.

During Sunday’s match, stadium billboards were replaced with signs promoting the UN's Sports for Peace program and players’ uniforms sported the program's logo.

At a pre-game ceremony, Uwara's team captain Yuki Abe said the players pledged to “stamp out racism, be it discrimination against race, skin color, gender, language or religion or background, and will not tolerate any discriminatory or insulting language or behavior.”

Japan's national team qualified to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer. But the fans will have to keep those "Japanese Only" banners at home.

"I’m sure that the authorities here will remind everyone to be on their very best behavior when they go to Brazil," Spitzer said.

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WNYC News

Prokhorov to Move Nets Business to Russia

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced he is moving ahead with plans to transfer the company that runs the team to Russia.

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March Madness: After The Upsets, Which Team Do You Like Now?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Brackets have been busted across the nation. Kansas, Duke and Syracuse are among the top teams that bounced out. Now who do you think will win the Division I men's college basketball championship?

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Morning Edition

Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season

Monday, March 24, 2014

The men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments are underway. On the men's side, two highly regarded teams are out of the tournament: Wichita State and the University of Kansas.

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Schoolbook

Opinion: Three Ways Mayor de Blasio Can Up His Game on School Sports

Monday, March 24, 2014

A lawyer outlines how the city can improve physical education for public school students, many of whom are not even getting the state minimum of two hours a week. 

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All Things Considered

In LA, Watching Home Team's Ball Games Just Got More Complicated

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers' games will no longer be broadcast for free on local television. Time Warner Cable has created a special Dodgers channel, but other TV providers are balking at the price.

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Nation's Last Known Perfect Bracket Busted By Syracuse Loss

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Brad Binder had called the stunning Duke defeat. But when Dayton surprised Syracuse with a 55-53 upset, what is thought to be the last perfect bracket in the U.S. went up in flames.

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Fate Sets Up A Date With The Boston Marathon

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Amelia Nelson was never really a runner. But on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings she was working as a volunteer nurse and saw the carnage first hand. Now, she's training to "reclaim our city."

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New Test Improves Detection Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A group of scientists has developed a doping test 1,000 times more sensitive than those currently used. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead researcher Daniel Armstrong about how the test works.

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The Upsetting Nature Of March Madness

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's March Madness — college basketball playoffs! NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate.com's Mike Pesca for his take on the week in sports.

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Dayton Sends Third-Seeded Syracuse Home Early In NCAA Tourney

Saturday, March 22, 2014

In a nail-biting final minute of Saturday's game, 11th-seeded Dayton put away third-seeded Syracuse 55-53.

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Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: We Ask Football And Old Spice Star Terry Crews About Cruises

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Before he was the star of a hilarious series of Old Spice commercials, Terry Crews played for the championship Western Michigan University Broncos in Kalamazoo, where we are taping the show this week.

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Buffett's Billion Dollars Are Safe As Upsets Bust Brackets

Saturday, March 22, 2014

None of the estimated 8.7 million entries in Quicken Loans' "Billion $ Bracket Challenge" have survived the first wave of games in the men's college basketball tournament.

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Mercer, Dayton Break The Brackets

Saturday, March 22, 2014

March Madness is in full swing, and millions of brackets are kaput, thanks to a few surprise wins. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.

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All Things Considered

The Zen Master Takes New York City

Friday, March 21, 2014

The New York Knicks were once a marquee NBA franchise; now, they're a dysfunctional mess. How do you save the Knicks? Bring in Phil Jackson, of course. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis discusses the hire.

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