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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life in the Minor Leagues

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Triple-A is the hardest job in baseball, because nobody wants to be there—not just players, but umpires, announcers, managers, everyone would rather be in the big leagues," baseball author John Feinstein.

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All Things Considered

14 Years After A Fall, Paralympian Carries Historic Gold Into Sochi

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Alpine skier Alana Nichols is the first female American athlete to win gold medals in both Summer and Winter Games. Nichols, who also plays wheelchair basketball, has been paralyzed since 2000.

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Morning Edition

A Star Tennis Coach And The End Of The All-Around Athlete

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

It's not just his long career that sets apart tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, just accepted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. It's how he transformed the way we raise our athletic children.

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All Things Considered

World Cup Woes Loom For One Brazilian City

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

World Cup soccer comes to the Brazilian city of Cuiaba in June. Authorities had planned to be done with a host of infrastructure projects by now, but it's clear that few of them will be ready in time.

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All Things Considered

From Afghanistan To Sochi, One Marine's Path To The Paralympics

Monday, March 03, 2014

Joshua Sweeney is a member of the U.S. sled hockey team at the Paralympic Games in Sochi. The former Marine joins Melissa Block to discuss his path to the arduous, often brutally physical sport.

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Dunk Now, Pay Later: Elite College Players May Suffer In Middle Age

Monday, March 03, 2014

Division I athletes may be at the top of their game in college, but by their 40s they often have more health problems than people who never played sports, researchers say.

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'Blade Runner' Trial Becomes Media Frenzy

Monday, March 03, 2014

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is on trial in South Africa for the killing of his girlfriend. Parts of the trial will be televised live. The BBC's Nomsa Maseko talks about the latest in the case.

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E-Sports Reach Pro-Athletic Status, Fandom — And Money

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Gamers are attracting millions of fans to their live competitions and bringing in some serious prize money. E-sports teams can be bought for millions, and players are traded for thousands.

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Teen Pop Idol Attracts Extra Fans To UK Soccer Match

Saturday, March 01, 2014

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson played for UK Soccer club Doncaster Rovers in a reserve game this week against Rotherham United. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with BBC's Andy Kershaw about the game.

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Worldwide Attention Expected For Track Star's Murder Trial

Saturday, March 01, 2014

South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius goes on trial next week for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Guardian reporter David Smith about the upcoming court case.

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All Things Considered

Olympian Gets Parade In Remsen, Where Ticker Tape Is Made Of Snow

Friday, February 28, 2014

The small town of Remsen held an Olympic-sized party for the first U.S. woman to medal in luge. North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein reports that Erin Hamlin was welcomed home with a parade.

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Should The NFL Police The N-Word?

Friday, February 28, 2014

The National Football League is considering a 15-yard penalty for players using the N-word on the field. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news of week.

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Batman? Zorro? Lone Ranger? No, That Masked Man Is LeBron

Friday, February 28, 2014

After breaking his nose, the NBA's best player came back with a pretty menacing-looking mask.

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Boom: Amazing Soccer Goal Comes On Game's First Play

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The ball soared through the night air and over the head of the goalie, who had been caught out near the top of the penalty area.

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Morning Edition

Researchers Debate Effectiveness Of Snow Helmets

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

More Americans are wearing safety helmets when they ski or snowboard. The helmets prove their worth in preventing relatively minor injuries, and may help to reduce the severity of brain injuries.

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Morning Edition

It's Time To Shrink Home Plate

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford has a modest proposal to make baseball more interesting: cut an inch and a half off each side of home plate. It'd lead to a better game to both play and watch, he says.

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All Things Considered

Oslo May Be Mad For Winter Games — But Not So Much For Hosting Them

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Norway's in love with winter sports, so you might think Oslo is thrilled to be among the contenders to host the 2022 Olympics. But as Sidsel Overgaard reports, not everyone's enthusiastic about it.

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The Takeaway

Ice Warriors Chronicles U.S. Sled Hockey Team's Journey To Sochi

Monday, February 24, 2014

After losing the 2013 World Championship to the their most vicious competitor—Canada—nothing could be sweeter to the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team than revenge. The team will have their chance to face-off against their Canadian rivals and reclaim their Paralympic gold medal when they head to the Paralympic Games in Sochi in March.

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All Things Considered

Jason Collins Returns To Nets As First Openly Gay NBA Player

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jason Collins became the first openly gay male athlete to play in any of the four largest professional sports in the U.S. He joined the Brooklyn Nets in what many are calling a historic moment.

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All Things Considered

For Skeleton Medalist, Path To Podium Meant Family Road Trip

Monday, February 24, 2014

Noelle Pikus-Pace may have just won silver for the U.S. in skeleton, but the Olympian was once close to retirement after tragedy. She talks about her return to the sport and the medal podium.

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