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5:50 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

From Podcast To Broadcast: 'Men In Blazers' Gets The ESPN Bump

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 6:51 pm

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5:50 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

What Fans, Parents Are Saying About The NFL Lately

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 6:51 pm

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The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Ravens Fans Line Up To Trade In Ray Rice Jerseys At Stadium

Baltimore Ravens fans exchange the jersey of the team's former running back Ray Rice at M&T Bank Stadium Friday. "He should have been the man here and backed away" instead of hitting his fiancee, a female fan says.
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Fans of the Baltimore Ravens, which earlier this month cut star running back Ray Rice over a domestic violence scandal, are lining up today to exchange jerseys featuring the player's name. It reportedly took more than an hour to get through the line around the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium.

This is the second day of the trade-in, just one of the recent developments in a scandal that started taking shape back in February, when Rice hit his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at a casino resort in Atlantic City.

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Sports
7:36 am
Sat September 20, 2014

The Week In Sports: Serious Problems For The NFL

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 11:16 am

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Sports
5:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I Got It Wrong'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

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3:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NFL Commissioner: 'We Will Get Our House In Order'

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference on Friday, during which he said, "I got it wrong on the handling of Ray Rice. ... But now I will get it right."
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:32 pm

During a news conference on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised that the league "will get our house in order."

Goodell announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead an investigation of the way the league handled the Ray Rice case, and he said that at the end of the process the league will implement new conduct policies.

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5:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

NFL Fans Still Watch Football Despite Players' Scandals

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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Sports
4:59 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

In Other Historic Vote, Scotland Golf Club Admits Women

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:49 pm

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Sports
4:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Fans Call On NFL To Address Domestic Violence Issues

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:49 pm

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10:41 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Cardinals Running Back Arrested in a Domestic Violence Investigation

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PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child.

Phoenix police announced the arrest Wednesday, the latest in the string of cases involving off-the-field violence by NFL players.

The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. He has been deactivated from all team activities.

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Sports
7:50 am
Thu September 18, 2014

NFL's Greg Hardy Sits Out While Domestic Violence Case Is Appealed

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Sports
5:20 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

On Second Thought, Vikings Put Adrian Peterson On Exempt List

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:03 pm

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2:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Vikings Bar Peterson from Team Activities

Adrian Peterson by Mike Morbeck
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says the team "made a mistake" by bringing back Adrian Peterson following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

The Vikings had benched Peterson for last Sunday's loss to New England. But the next day, the team said they would bring him back to play and sponsors reacted swiftly. The Vikings had at least one major sponsorship suspended. Several NFL advertisers, including Anheuser-Busch, expressed concern about the league's recent off-the-field problems. The governor said it was embarrassing.

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Sports
5:02 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NFL Players Union Files An Appeal To Ray Rice's Suspension

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:50 pm

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The NFL Players Association, the union that represents athletes in the league, is appealing the punishment of the former Baltimore Ravens running back.

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Sweetness And Light
5:02 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Is The NFL Too Big To Fail?

The NFL has had a lot of bad press lately. But it doesn't seem to have any impact on sponsors or fans.
AJ Mast AP

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:50 pm

There has been a crowded docket in our preeminent sport. Let's take just three cases. The defendants: the NFL, Roger Goodell and football itself.

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The Two-Way
3:33 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Vikings Now Say Adrian Peterson Is Banned From Team Activities

Andy Clayton-King AP

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:50 pm

Updated at 7:15 a.m. ET:

The Minnesota Vikings announced early Wednesday morning that they had placed running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list.

The change to Peterson's status "will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved," according to a statement issued by the team.

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The Two-Way
9:50 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

NFL Players Association Files Appeal Of Ray Rice Suspension

The NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice on Tuesday evening. They have also asked that the appeal be taken out of the hands of Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff.

"This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players," the NFLPA said in its official statement.

The statement continues:

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Sports
5:12 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Vikings Allow Adrian Peterson Back Without Suspension

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 5:33 pm

Melissa Block talks with Minneapolis Star Tribune sports columnist Chip Scoggins about how Minnesota is reacting to the Vikings decision to allow running back Adrian Peterson to play after admitting to hitting his 4 year old with a switch.

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5:16 am
Tue September 16, 2014

NFL Proposes Plan To Stop Domestic Violence By Its Players

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 7:59 am

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Parallels
4:34 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Scotland's Really Big Vote: Can Women Join St. Andrews Golf Club?

The clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews sits just off the first tee. The course itself is open to the public — women as well as men. But women have never been allowed to join the club since its founding in 1754, and are not allowed to enter the clubhouse, even as guests.
Doug Tribou NPR

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 5:11 pm

Not long after the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews was founded in 1754, the members trimmed the local course from 22 holes to 18, setting the modern standard.

During the 20th century, the club was one of two groups that set the game's rules. Golf has changed a lot in the past 260 years, but one thing is the same: All of the Royal and Ancient's members are men.

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The Two-Way
3:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Minnesota Vikings Reinstate Peterson, Who Says He's Not A Child Abuser

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, seen here at a practice in late May, has been reinstated after he was benched over alleged child abuse.
Andy Clayton-King AP

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 3:27 am

Days after he was arrested and benched over charges that he abused his 4-year-old son by punishing him with a wooden switch, NFL star running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated. The Minnesota Vikings announced the move Monday, as Peterson released a statement defending himself.

Peterson did not go into detail about his actions. Instead, he said, "I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child."

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The Two-Way
1:03 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

'Nude' Or Not, Women's Cycling Team Uniform Makes Waves

This photo of a women's pro cycling team from Colombia raised both eyebrows and the question of who designed the uniforms. One of the team's riders reportedly created the design.
UltimoKilometro

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 2:46 pm

If one goal of the uniforms for a women's cycling team from Colombia is to attract attention, they're a smashing success.

Some observers are calling the outfits — which in photos seem to feature a swatch of flesh-tone-colored fabric in their lower region — "rude," "wrong" and a "disaster." But others are defending the uniform and the cyclists who wear it, saying the criticism is entirely sensationalized.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Pistorius Could Still Compete For South Africa In Olympics

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 2:55 pm

Despite a conviction for culpable homicide and the looming possibility of a prison sentence, Oscar Pistorius would be free to compete in the Olympics, according to the head of South Africa's Olympic committee.

From The Associated Press:

"South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy tells The Associated Press that the sports body has no regulations that prevent someone with a criminal record from representing the country."

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5:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

NFL Admits Players Are At Increased Risk Of Brain Injury

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 7:50 pm

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4:55 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Hannah Storm, A Pro, Fan And Mother, Gives NFL An Earful

ESPN's Hannah Storm aimed a sharply worded op-ed segment at the NFL Sunday, taking the league to task for its handling of the Ray Rice incident. She asked, "What exactly does the NFL stand for?"
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Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 8:23 am

This has been called a long and tough week for the NFL. But ESPN's Hannah Storm asked some tough questions on Sunday's SportsCenter that show how hard the week has been for the league's fans — especially for parents who struggle to reconcile their love for the game with its off-field violence.

A lifelong football fan who's also the mother of three daughters, Storm didn't hold back on her emotions when discussing the NFL's response to what she calls the "horrific Ray Rice elevator video" – and how it also dominated conversations in her home.

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12:42 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Greg Norman Says He's Lucky Not To Have Cut His Hand Off

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 8:05 pm

Posting photos this weekend that show him recovering from a chainsaw accident, Australian golfer Greg Norman says he's a lucky man. Norman says he hurt his left hand while cutting branches off a tree at his home in Florida.

Norman, 59, a former world No. 1 player who went on to a successful business career that includes ventures in sport, apparel and wine, announced his injury via Instagram Saturday by posting a photo of himself in a hospital bed.

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11:23 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Phoenix Mercury Wins WNBA Title In A Sweep Of Chicago

The Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi celebrates the team's championship win Friday with DeWanna Bonner (24) and Penny Taylor (13), after beating the Chicago Sky in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.
KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI AP

Overcoming an injury to their star center, the Phoenix Mercury won its third WNBA title last night, beating the Chicago Sky in three games. An eye injury suffered in game two forced Phoenix center Brittney Griner to sit out.

"Phoenix got 24 points each from Candice Dupree and the sublime guard Diana Taurasi – the Finals MVP – to win," NPR's Tom Goldman reports. "The Mercury dominated this year, they won a record 29 regular-season games. They're fitting champions."

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Sports
7:39 am
Sat September 13, 2014

It Was One Of The Roughest Weeks Ever For America's Favorite Sport

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 12:47 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Wade Goodwyn and it's time for Sports.

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7:39 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Too Young To Drive, But Old Enough For NASCAR

Kaz Grala after his 10th place finish at the Granite State 100.
Karen Given Only A Game/WBUR

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 4:58 pm

The colossal grandstands seem nearly empty for this summer's Granite State 100, the Friday night warm up to the Sunday main event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But the cameras zoom in on one huge group of fans, about 80 strong, dressed all in black. It's the team for Kaz Grala.

Grala is a tenth grader from Westborough, Mass. At 15-years-old, he's not quite old enough to get his driver's license, but he's already following his dream. He started out as a 4-year-old go kart racer. His father, who drives stock cars in endurance races, introduced him to the sport.

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5:04 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Atlanta Hawks GM Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence After Race Remarks

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has taken indefinite leave from the team for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year.
David Goldman AP

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence following revelations that he made racially charged comments about forward Luon Deng.

Team CEO Steve Koonin, in a statement Friday, said he hoped Ferry's "time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing."

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