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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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NFL Fines Seattle's Richard Sherman Nearly $8,000

Friday, January 24, 2014

Days after his conduct in the NFC title game sparked a wide-ranging controversy, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been fined for what the NFL calls unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting.

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10 Years' Probation For NFL Player Who Caused Fatal Crash

Friday, January 24, 2014

Josh Brent was intoxicated when the car he was driving crashed and rolled over in December 2012. His passenger, teammate Jerry Brown Jr., died. The jury that convicted Brent of "intoxication manslaughter" could have sent him to jail for 20 years. Instead, he got a 180-day sentence, probation and a fine.

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Nadal Sweeps Federer To Advance To Australian Open Final

Friday, January 24, 2014

Spain's Rafael Nadal reaches his third Australian Open championship after defeating his longtime Swiss rival 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 Friday in Melbourne. Nadal faces Stan Wawrinka in the final.

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Welcome To The Edge: NPR's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Blog

Thursday, January 23, 2014

During the 17 days of the Olympics, we'll bring you the most interesting things we see and learn from the Sochi Games. We hope you tell us what you're seeing, too.

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How To Follow The Sochi Olympics On Twitter

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Have a favorite Olympic team? We've made it easy to follow all of the athletes on Twitter.

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Golden Or Not? Tell Us What You Think Of New U.S. Olympic Uniforms

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Ralph Lauren-designed uniform to be worn by U.S. athletes during next week's opening ceremony at Sochi has been described as "hideously ugly."

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Is The Color of Hockey Changing?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hockey has been considered a white sport, but it's gaining popularity with minorities. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with journalist William Douglas about his blog The Color of Hockey, and his trip to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.

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Twin Toilets In Sochi: Some Wonder Why That's A Big Deal

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's a picture that's been swirling around the Web: side-by-side toilets in the men's room at one of the Winter Olympics sites in Russia. Should overly sensitive sorts just calm down? Or is this a symbol of an Olympics where much of the money has been figuratively flushed?

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Online Donors Send Jamaican Bobsled Team To Sochi

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

After word spread that Jamaica's two-man bobsled team had qualified for the Olympics but didn't have money to go to Russia, Internet donors stepped in — even contributing in Dogecoin, the peculiar digital currency.

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Wrestling Fans Mourn Mae Young, 90 — A Pioneer Of The Ring

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

For years, she was known simply as The Great Mae Young. She started out in high school, wrestling boys and challenging top female wrestlers. Decades later, she took on far younger opponents and demanded to be "powerbombed" into folding tables by huge men.

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Warren Buffett's $1 Billion Basketball Bet Is A Very Long Shot

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Quicken Loans and Buffett have teamed up to offer $1 billion to anyone who correctly picks the winners of all 63 games in this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. But the odds of winning are sky-high.

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Was Wendy Davis Misleading In Her Political Bio?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has been called out for embellishing details in her political bio. The beauty shop ladies weigh in on that and other news. Guest host Celeste Headlee hears from Connie Schultz, DeBora Ricks, Bridget Johnson and Nicole Austin-Hillery.

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Think You Know Richard Sherman After His 'Rant'? Maybe Not

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks player's post-game interview set off another national discussion about race because of the way many reacted to it with not-so-veiled slurs. He tells CNN that it's those who posted racial comments about him afterward who "showed their true character."

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In 'Epic' Rematch, Djokovic Is Bounced Out In Australia

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The three-time defending champion lost to Stanislas Wawrinka in another five-set thriller. Djokovic joins other familiar names who have been beaten Down Under. They include Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova on the women's side.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | January 20, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Also On Today's Show: The Seattle Seahawks denied the San Francisco 49ers a return trip to the Super Bowl. William Rhoden, sports columnist for our partner The New York Times, provides a look at what’s in store for the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos as they head to the Super Bowl. In a divided Congress and an election year, lawmakers are practically sprinting for the exits, with several announcing their plans to retire. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what the departures could mean for 2014.

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