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Inside Death Penalty Decisions | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City

Friday, January 31, 2014

Inside Death Penalty Decisions: From Timothy McVeigh to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City | Uncovering The Mystery of Vermeer | The Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Winner

American Barista Fulfills Olympic Dream – On Swiss Hockey Team

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jessica Lutz has shuttled between Europe and the U.S., with the goal of getting to the Sochi Olympics. For most of the last year, she crafted latte art at a Washington, D.C., coffee shop.

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Could Northwestern Football Union Even Out College Priorities?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Labor leaders say most of the players on Northwestern University's football team want to form a union. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Wildcats' quarterback Kain Colter, and National College Players Association President Ramogi Huma about the effort.

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Fresh Air

Sports Writer Ray Didinger On The Myth Of The 'Dumb' Football Player

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Didinger, who has been covering football for decades, says there's a lot of thought that goes into successfully executing a football play. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "I really don't think you can be truly a dumb guy and play this game at the NFL level."

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Fresh Air

Ron 'Jaws' Jaworski On What It's Like To Play The Super Bowl

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jaworski spent 16 years in the NFL, most of them with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he took to the Super Bowl in 1981. Now the former quarterback works as a football analyst for ESPN. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies about what it feels like to play in the big game.

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Racing's Michael Schumacher Being Brought Out Of Coma

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The German driver fell while skiing in France last month and struck his head. Since then, he's been in a medically induced coma and doctors have operated twice. The process of waking him may "take a long time," Schumacher's manager says. It's too soon to say much about his post-coma prospects.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Does The NFL Deserve Nonprofit Status?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In addition to local franchises getting tax breaks, the NFL as a league retains nonprofit status that lets it avoid millions of dollars in taxes. As we prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl, Gregg Easterbrook, author of The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America, discusses the arrangement and the big money in pro football.

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Northwestern Football Players Want To Unionize: Is That OK?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The players say they work hard and bring in millions of dollars for their school. They want the right to bargain collectively. The NCAA says that would "undermine the purpose of college: an education." Who is right?

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Features

Cool Runnings: The One-Man, East Timor Version

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Before he could be sent to Sochi, Yohan Goutt Goncalves, 19, first had to take the unusual step of creating his country's national skiing federation.

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Super Bowl Tickets Are 'Cheap,' And Weather Isn't Only Reason

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The forecast for temperatures near or below freezing on Sunday has likely kept resale prices down a bit, brokers say. But an even more important factor may be that the matchup — the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks — just isn't drawing interest from some fans.

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Spoiler Alert? 'Madden NFL 25' Predicts Super Bowl Outcome

Monday, January 27, 2014

EA Sports' Madden game franchise is 8-2 in recent Super Bowl predictions. The game maker is predicting a thriller on Sunday — and happy Denver fans next Monday.

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Wawrinka Beats Ailing Nadal To Win Australian Open Final

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Swiss underdog won his first Grand Slam singles title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset of favored Rafael Nadal, who suffered a back injury.

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Yankees Spend Big On Masahiro Tanaka

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Yankees signed the Japanese superstar pitcher this week for a whopping $155 million. NPR's Rachel Martin talks sports with sports correspondent Mike Pesca about what that means for the Bronx Bombers' bottom line.

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Ski Jump Champion Takes Her Impeccable Style To Sochi

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sarah Hendrickson is 19 years old and the reigning world champ in women's ski jumping. She's coming back from a severe knee injury. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Hendrickson about her Olympic goals.

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Wawrinka Beats An Injured Nadal To Win Australian Open

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory Sunday in the Australian Open final.

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Can This 'Perfect Match' Dance Their Way To Gold?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

No U.S. skating team has ever won Olympic gold in ice dancing. Some experts wonder whether it even qualifies as a sport. But Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, known for their blend of athletic power, speed and flair, are helping to dispel that notion.

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Li Wins Australian Open; Ralph Lauren Overdoes Olympic Cardigan

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Australian Open is drawing to a close with Li Na of China winning the women's tournament on Saturday. If Rafael Nadal wins on Sunday, he'll be the first man to win all the majors twice in the era of opens. Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine joins NPR's Jacki Lyden to talk tennis and weigh in on the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms.

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Security Fears Jangle Olympic Nerves In Sochi

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Olympics are less than two weeks away. The Russian host city of Sochi is busily preparing for the influx of athletes and media, but it's the security preparations that have people talking. Andrei Soldatov, the editor-in-chief of www.Agentura.ru, spoke to NPR's Jacki Lyden about security for the Games.

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U.S. Team Trains In Brazil To Prepare For World Cup

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The U.S. World Cup soccer team is in Brazil for 12 days of training and acclimation. The team drew a challenging schedule for the competition and will be playing in the northern cities of Natal and Recife as well as the Amazonian city of Manaus.

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Li Na Wins A Second Grand Slam At Australian Open

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Chinese tennis star defeated her Slovakian opponent, Dominika Cibulkova, 7-6 (3), 6-0. It's Li's second Grand Slam title after she won at the French Open in 2011.

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