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6:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Michael Jordan Sneakers Sell For More Than $33,000 At Auction

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11:22 am
Thu December 18, 2014

FIFA Begins Meeting After American Lawyer's Angry Resignation

Michael J. Garcia, head of FIFA's investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, resigned Wednesday in protest.
Walter Bieri EPA /LANDOV

Soccer's governing body is meeting Thursday in Morocco, a day after the American lawyer, who spent two years investigating allegations of corruption in the bidding process for the World Cup, quit in protest at how FIFA handled his report.

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Research News
5:20 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 12:31 pm

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3:46 am
Wed December 17, 2014

What's A Sportsman Anyway?

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:29 am

Sports Illustrated named its sportsman of the year the other day, Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, which reminded me once again that you only hear the word "sportsman" anymore about the time when Sports Illustrated names its Sportsman of the Year. The term seems so archaic that it would be as if Time magazine annually chose a Gentleman of the Year.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Tue December 16, 2014

FIFA Dismisses U.S. Lawyer's Appeal On Handling Of World Cup Report

FIFA, soccer's governing body, said an appeal by an American lawyer who spent two years investigating allegations of corruption in the bidding process for the World Cup is inadmissible.

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Sports
7:34 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

7 Chaotic Hours Behind The Scenes At NFL RedZone

Inside the control room, dozens of monitors allow the production team to keep an eye on the live games and the available replays and graphics.
Becky Sullivan NPR

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:17 pm

Today, like every Sunday in the fall, millions of Americans are tuning in to watch some of the country's most popular sport: football.

And for several million of them, your regular ol' football game isn't fast-paced enough: They're tuning in to NFL RedZone.

NFL RedZone is the frenetic channel run by the NFL Network that, for seven hours straight, switches between football games in an endeavor to show every single score of as many as 12 simultaneous games.

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Sports
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

The Week In Sports: The NFL Rewrites Its Conduct Code

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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9:20 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the winner of this year's Heisman Trophy by a landslide. It's the first win for the Ducks.

The Associated Press reports:

"A pinpoint passer with wide-receiver speed, Mariota came into his junior the season as the favorite to win the Heisman and delivered a performance that turned the presentation ceremony into a foregone conclusion.

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Sports
8:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Olympic Reforms, Cubs Gain Lester: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

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Sports
5:40 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

How Good Can Young NFL Quarterbacks Really Be?

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:16 pm

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Sports
5:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

In The NFL's 'Factory Of Sadness,' All Hope Rests On Johnny Football

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 7:02 am

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Goats and Soda
4:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

As Ebola Cases Drop, Liberia's Soccer Fans Are Back In The Zone

At the Arsenal video club, men sit shoulder to shoulder. But some still say it's too dangerous to go in because of Ebola.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 7:13 pm

The sun has set in Liberia's eastern border town of Ganta, and the red dirt roads are humming with motorbikes and boomboxes.

As Ebola starts to lose ground in the West African country, life is slowly returning to normal. Liberia's nightlife, which stalled after officials declared a state of emergency in early August, is gradually picking up. And the hangouts where Liberians pay a small fee to watch soccer are once again packed with fans.

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Sports
5:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

NFL Owners OK Stiffer Penalties For Domestic Violence, Other Crimes

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:13 am

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9:21 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Toilet No More: NBA Team Changes Arena Plan After Jokes Swirl In

A rendering of the planned Golden State Warriors arena drew ridicule from people who said it resembled a toilet.
Golden State Warriors

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 9:26 pm

The Golden State Warriors have revised their new arena's design, after critics said that from overhead, at least, the building looked just like a toilet with the seat and lid down.

In the latest change in a high-profile move from Oakland to a spot near the Golden Gate Bridge, the Warriors released images of a new design today.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The NFL's Owners Approve New Off-Field Conduct Policy

The new NFL conduct policy includes a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation of domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.
Rick Osentoski AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:10 pm

As it nears the end of a season marred by allegations of domestic abuse by players, the NFL's owners voted to strengthen the league's personal conduct policy Wednesday. The changes include a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation in domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Wed December 10, 2014

S. African Prosecutors To Seek Murder Conviction Against Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Oct. 17. A South African judge ruled today that prosecutors can appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed to the athlete for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Themba Hadebe AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 2:21 pm

Oscar Pistorius will see another day in court. A South African judge ruled today that prosecutors can appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed to the athlete earlier this year for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He will now face murder charges.

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Europe
5:21 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Lebron Somehow Forgets British Royals' Well-Known 'No Touching' Rule

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:23 am

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4:54 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Deford: What's Wrong With Pro Athletes Taking A Stand?

Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., before a game last month. The players faced a backlash from St. Louis police and have been asked to apologize.
L.G. Patterson AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:23 am

A common complaint I've long heard was that current athletes were selfish and not politically involved like their passionate forebears –– players like Jim Brown, Billie Jean King, Bill Russell and Arthur Ashe.

My response was, "Well, how many of the modern athletes' peers are especially engaged in social controversy?" It wasn't fair to compare the sensibility of the athletes of, say, 1995 or 2005 to those of 1965; the apt comparison is with other members of their own cohort.

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Sports
5:24 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

More Professional Athletes Starting To Find Their Political Voices

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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2:24 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

NFL Quarterback Cam Newton Injures Back In Car Crash

A truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sits near Bank of America Stadium after the quarterback was involved in an accident Tuesday.
Skip Foreman AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:39 pm

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered two fractured in his back Tuesday but escaped without other injury, after a vehicle he was driving crashed around 12:30 p.m. ET. The truck reportedly flipped several times on a bridge in central Charlotte, where Church Street passes over Interstate 277.

"The severity of Newton's injuries was not immediately available but witnesses told Channel 9 that Newton's truck flipped four times," WSOC Channel 9 TV reports.

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Sports
5:25 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Jets Coach Promises No Tanking In Game Against Equally Awful Titans

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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Author Interviews
5:10 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Perry Wallace, playing for Vanderbilt University, blocks the shot of 'Pistol' Pete Maravich, circa 1970.
Frank Empson The Tennessean

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:44 pm

Language advisory: Quotes in this story contain language some find offensive.


Many people are familiar with the big stories of racial integration in sports — Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers, Althea Gibson at Wimbledon. But after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, many lesser-known African American athletes became "firsts" — whether they liked that distinction or not.

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Sports
4:58 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

College Football Playoffs Won't Please Everyone

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

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11:31 am
Mon December 8, 2014

IOC Unveils Changes Including Lower Bidding Costs, More Sports At Olympics

A reduced cost of bidding, a new Olympic channel and a more flexible program that could see the inclusion of new sports — those are among the recommendation approved unanimously today by the International Olympic Committee at its meeting in Monaco.

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Sports
5:07 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Buffalo Bills Flag Officials For Excessive Celebration On Losing Play

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4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Texas Teams (Correctly) Shut Out Of New College Football Playoffs

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Sports
4:57 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Why Do The College Playoffs Only Have 4 Teams?

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 1:31 pm

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Sports
5:18 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

After A 5-Year Struggle, Soccer Player Gets A Second Chance

New England Revolution's Charlie Davies celebrates his goal against the New York Red Bulls last week to secure a spot in the MLS Cup.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 12:28 am

The New England Revolution plays the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday for the Major League Soccer championship. For one player on the field — sporting one leg shorter than the other, metal plates in his face and an ear-to-ear scar — the MLS cup caps an excruciating journey back to the top of his game.

That player, Charlie Davies, barely survived a devastating car accident five years ago.

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Sports
7:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Less Wrestling, More Sport In Roller Derby World Cup

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 3:03 pm

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Author Interviews
7:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 11:51 am

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Valentine's Day 2013, and a world-famous athlete who inspired people around the world shot the woman he loved four times as she lay behind a bathroom door.

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