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4:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Don't Let History Of Kansas City Royals' Name Steer You Wrong

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 5:27 pm

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Sports
4:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

World Series A Matchup Of Two Post-Season Upstarts

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 5:27 pm

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Tue October 21, 2014

A Tale Of Two Cities: World Series Fever Takes Hold In SF, KC

Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., a day before Game 1 of the 2014 World Series.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 2:32 pm

Millions of baseball fans and two cities 1,500 miles apart are getting ready for tonight's big game in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals are in their first World Series in nearly three decades. They face the San Francisco Giants, who are back again after missing their chance at the series last year.

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Sports
5:15 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Going Into World Series, Giants And Royals Play Winning Baseball

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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The San Francisco Giants are in Kansas City tonight to play the Royals. It's game one of a best-of-seven series. NPR's Tom Goldman is there. Hi, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

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The Two-Way
4:50 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

South African track star Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
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Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:09 am

Updated at 7:35 a.m. ET

South African Paralympic and Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, 27, received a verdict of culpable homicide from a judge in South Africa in September — a conviction that could have put him in prison for 15 years.

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Commentary
4:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Remembering The '69 World Series And The Miracle Mets

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:03 pm

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Sports
4:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Sometimes Leaving A Youth Sport Is A Family Affair

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:33 pm

Edward Munoz grew up a soccer phenom and his family invested in making him a success. School suffered, so he quit playing two years ago but only recently talked with his father about that decision.

This story is from Radio Rookies, a program at member station WNYC, and was produced by Andrew Mambo and edited by Kaari Pitkin.

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Strange News
4:59 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Don't Sing It: San Francisco Giants Will 'Never Be Royals'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:21 am

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Sports
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Are The Royals Just Lucky? The Week In Sports

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Sports
7:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

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Trade Lingo
4:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

In Skydiving, A 'Whuffo' Won't 'Burble' Or Try The 'Horny Gorilla'

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:57 am

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And speaking of flights of fantasy, meet our next guest.

MICHAEL SNIVELY: Full-time, I design speakers, but part-time and on weekends, I am a skydiving instructor.

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Sports
4:50 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

NBA Is Trying Shorter Games — Why Not A Shorter Season?

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

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Sports
5:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Wild Card Teams, Giants And Royals, To Meet In World Series

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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Sports
11:23 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Walk-Off 3-Run Homer Sends Giants Past Cardinals To The World Series

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:57 am

As the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals entered the bottom of the ninth inning tied 3-3 on Thursday night, all but one run had been the result of balls smacked into the stands.

Giants leftfielder Travis Ishikawa sent a fastball from Michael Wacha into the right-field bleachers to end the game, and the National League Championship Series, in San Francisco's favor. It's the third time in five years the team has reached the World Series.

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Around the Nation
4:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Cardinals' Playoff Success Dampened By Ferguson Protests

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 6:35 pm

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Sports
6:58 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Kansas City Moves On To World Series After Sweeping Baltimore

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 12:32 pm

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And now this - the Kansas City Royals still have not lost a playoff baseball game since 1985. Of course, for 28 consecutive seasons since that World Series victory in '85, they did not have any post-season games at all.

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The Two-Way
7:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Kansas City Royals Sweep Baltimore Orioles To Advance To World Series

Outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals celebrates the team's Game 4 win over the Baltimore Orioles, which completed a sweep of the American League Championship Series, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 7:24 am

The Kansas City Royals, who had not seen the playoffs since 1985, have swept the Baltimore Orioles, winning the American League pennant and securing a spot in the World Series.

As The New York Times puts it, right now, the Royals can do no wrong. The team has yet to lose a playoff game, stringing together eight straight victories, a feat no other team has accomplished.

Today, they perfected that run by beating Baltimore 2-1.

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Reporter's Notebook
5:44 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Baseball, Vietnam And Coming Of Age At The 1969 World Series

A ticket for that fateful game.
Brian Naylor NPR

For me, 45 years ago today — Oct. 15, 1969 — was one of those rare days, a day you remember all your life. It was Game 4 of the World Series. Mets vs. Orioles. My Mets were up two games to one. And I was at Shea Stadium.

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NPR Story
5:01 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Football Players In Sayreville, N.J., Charged In Sexual Assault

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 6:45 pm

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Sweetness And Light
3:39 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Nonprofit NFL Seeks Super Bowl Volunteers, Again

Super Bowl volunteer Ben Schreiber distributes fan guides for Super Bowl XLVI festivities in 2012.
Chad Ryan CSM/Landov

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 2:18 pm

That familiar old preface we so often hear — usually from long-winded people — is: "To make a long story short." I've noticed lately that that expression has become more common, but, to make a long story short, it's been shortened to just "long story short." I'll even bet it's gotten initialed in the text universe to LSS.

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Sports
7:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Lots Of Baseball And A Little Soccer: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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Sports
7:42 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Despite New Sources, Europe Still Relies On Russian Oil

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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The Two-Way
5:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Landon Donovan Makes An Emotional, If Slightly Awkward Farewell

Donovan celebrates with fans after the match. He and teammates led a cheer of "I believe that we can win!"
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 9:14 am

He didn't want to play Friday, but in the end, U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan was glad he did.

The setting was a farewell game to honor the retiring 32-year-old forward, a friendly game between the U.S. team and Ecuador. Donovan played only 40 minutes and didn't score — although he came close, when he bounced the ball off the goal post in the 25th minute — and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

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Sports
4:05 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Landon Donovan Will Leave Indelible Mark On American Soccer

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:43 pm

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The Two-Way
2:30 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Former Texas Cheerleader Behind 'Hook 'Em Horns' Dies At 78

University of Texas football coach Charlie Strong holds up the "Hook' em Horns" sign as he sings the school song following an NCAA game against North Texas on Aug. 30. Texas won 38-7.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 1:27 pm

In 1955, Harley Clark was a cheerleader at the University of Texas when he introduced a hand signal that would become one of the most recognizable signs in college athletics.

At a pep rally, Clark displayed his index and pinky fingers extended, with his two middle fingers tucked under his thumb.

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Theater
4:48 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Play, Ball: A Theatrical Look At The 'Beauty And Brutality' Of Football

Young Mike (Joseph Carlson) antagonizes Mike (Michael Patrick Thornton) during a physical therapy session with Jerry (James Whalen).
Stan Barouh Olney Theatre Center

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 10:15 am

Theater should be as thrilling as a football game, as far as playwright — and Chicago Bears fan — Andrew Hinderaker is concerned. In fact, Hinderaker is so fascinated with the influence of football on society, he wrote a play about it called Colossal, which opens this week in Minneapolis. Productions in Dallas, New Orleans and Boston are planned for early next year.

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Sweetness And Light
3:17 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Deford: A New Sports Talk Show By Women, But Will People Watch?

NFL sideline reporter Alex Flanagan (center) interviews Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last year.
Mark Zaleski AP

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 12:22 pm

Probably the three biggest recent stories involving women in sports have been Mo'ne Davis, Michele Roberts and Becky Hammon.

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The Two-Way
12:51 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Cardinals And Giants Advance To NLCS, Will Play Each Other Saturday

Matt Adams of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.
Dilip Vishwanat Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 12:33 pm

The St. Louis Cardinals will be playing in the National League Championship Series for the fourth year in a row and the ninth time since 2000 after their 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

First baseman Matt Adams cracked a three-run home run for St. Louis in the seventh inning off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz sets the scene:

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Sports
4:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Orioles General Manager Duquette: A Comeback Story Fit For Baseball

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 9:05 am

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The Two-Way
2:26 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Orioles, Royals Sweep Opponents In AL Division Series

The Kansas City Royals celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 to sweep the series in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 1:34 pm

The Baltimore Orioles will meet the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series beginning Friday in Baltimore.

Both teams swept their opponents in the best-of-five AL Division Series on Sunday.

The Royals only needed nine innings to put away the Los Angeles Angels 8-3.

Their two previous games went 11 innings, and their wild-card game against the Oakland Athletics went 12 innings.

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