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Texas Hires Coach Charlie Strong, And History Is Close At Hand

Monday, January 06, 2014

As he moves from Louisville to Austin, Strong becomes the first black coach of a men's team at Texas. For some, his hiring brings to mind how things have changed at a school that, during the 1960s, fielded teams made up of only white players.

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Last Game Is Finally Here: BCS May Go Out With A Bang

Monday, January 06, 2014

If pregame predictions come true, Monday night's game between Auburn and Florida State could be a high-scoring affair. There are other compelling story lines, as well: Will Auburn pull off another miracle finish? Will Florida State's Jameis Winston add a championship to his trophy collection?

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Was Luck's TD The Most Amazing Moment Of A Wild NFL Weekend?

Monday, January 06, 2014

Watch the replay as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck scoops up a fumble and stretches across the goal line against Kansas City. During a weekend of four close games in which three weren't settled until the last minute, was that the highlight of highlights?

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It's Winter, Time For NFL Teams To Shed Their Coaches

Sunday, January 05, 2014

It's culling time in the NFL — coaches who have not performed up to par this season are out and new coaches are starting to step in. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest hirings and firings, as well as this week's wild-card games.

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Basketball Coach Fights For His Dream Of A Division I Job

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Elwyn McRoy has been trying to land a job coaching Division I college basketball for more than a decade. He's skipped meals, slept in cars, and lived thousands of miles from his wife and kids for months at a time to achieve that goal. McRoy talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new, one-year coaching contract, and why he's still in the game.

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Venture Capitalist Gets A Wild Idea: Try Out For The Olympics

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Paul Bragiel is a successful venture capitalist in San Francisco. Early last year he realized he needed to participate in the Olympics at least once in his life. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Bragiel from Finland, where he's training to go from "chunky computer nerd" to Olympic cross-country skier.

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Football Fans Say Farewell To The Bowl Championship Series

Saturday, January 04, 2014

As much as the BCS system was criticized for using statistics instead of actual playoffs, this year's matchups were pretty interesting. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with sports reporter Tom Goldman about the end of a college football tradition, NFL playoffs and the collision of football and politics.

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The Takeaway

Olympian Jazmine Fenlator: From Track Start to Bobsled Pilot

Friday, January 03, 2014

Jazmine Fenlator is like a lot of Olympic athletes. She played sports growing up, excelled in high school athletics, and was recruited by a university to compete on their Division 1 Track and Field team. She holds the university’s records for the indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, and discus. But while it sounds like Jazmine is the track star we’ll all be cheering for in the near future, she is, in fact, the pilot the U.S. Olympic Women’s bobsled team.

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Michael Schumacher Remains In Coma On Eve Of 45th Birthday

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The race car legend fell while skiing in France on Sunday. A blow to his head caused extensive bleeding in his brain. Doctors induced a coma and have operated twice. They aren't talking publicly about his chances for recovery.

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The Takeaway

Happy New Year From The Takeaway!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The year ahead is full of promise and pitfalls, and The Takeaway is there to make sense of it every step of the way.

What’s in store this year for the U.S. economy? Will unemployment fall back down to pre-recession levels? Will we see a soaring stock market and stabilized ...

Has Tim Tebow Found His Right Place At ESPN?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The quarterback won fans across the nation a few years back, but hasn't been able to build a solid NFL career. He'll be a college football analyst on TV. Does that sound like the right move for him?

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The Takeaway

After A Big Year, Is 2014 American Soccer's Shining Moment?

Monday, December 30, 2013

It's been a strong year for soccer in America. But is it enough to raise the profile of the game and gain popularity here in the States? Grant Wahl, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Will Brazil Be Ready for the World Cup?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Brazil has faced a myriad of problems in preparing for the World Cup. Hoping to raise revenue for city infrastructure for the World Cup, the Brazilian government raised taxes on bus and train fares last summer, triggering massive protests in Rio and across the country. New construction has also proved problematic. Bruce Douglas, a Brazil-based freelance journalist, examines the country's preparation for the 2014 World Cup and beyond.

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NFL Firings Begin: Browns, Redskins, Others Ax Coaches

Monday, December 30, 2013

With the 2013 regular season now over, teams are starting to fire coaches who produced disappointing results. The least surprising dismissal so far: that of Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. His departure had been rumored for weeks.

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Doctors Unsure Whether Michael Schumacher Will Survive

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Formula One racing legend was critically injured Sunday when he hit his head while skiing in France. Doctors are "working hour by hour" to save him, but can't predict what will happen. At his peak a decade ago, Schumacher was among the most famous and highest-paid athletes in the world.

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A Year Of Surprises In Pro Sports

Sunday, December 29, 2013

As the new year approaches, we take a look back at sports this past year. From fake girlfriends to NFL bullying, concussion lawsuits to doping scandals, NPR's Mike Pesca watched it all, and brings us his list of greatest sports moments of 2013.

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Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

Sunday, December 29, 2013

In laid-back Key West, most people get around by bike. Which meant that NPR's Petra Mayer had to — finally — learn to ride one for her vacation this year. And with the help of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, she did it.

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Injuries Tilt The Balance In NBA, NFL

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Does Kobe Bryant's latest injury setback signal the beginning of the end of a Hall of Fame career? In the NFL's final regular season weekend there are division titles on the line, but injuries might make the difference there too. Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the week in sports, and the way concussions have shaped sports in 2013 and will continue to do so in the year to come.

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Cowboys' Emergency QB Kitna Will Give Away His Pay

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jon Kitna is coming out of retirement to be the backup quarterback for Dallas on Sunday. He's going to give the $53,000 he'll be paid to the school in Tacoma, Wash., where he now teaches math and coaches football.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dwight Gooden; Superman; Russell Banks' Short Stories; Homeless Families in NYC

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dwight Gooden talks about his years with the Mets, winning three World Series, pitching a no-hitter, and how he finally conquered his addictions. Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, one of popular culture’s most enduring heroes. Russell Banks talks about his new collection of short stories. And New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Coalition for the Homeless president Mary Brosnahan discuss why homelessness in New York has reached such high numbers.