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4:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Giants Fans Rejoice After Third World Series Title In 5 Years

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:27 pm

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Television
2:15 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Tyler Ritter (center) stars in CBS's The McCarthys with, clockwise from top left, Jack McGee, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre and Kelen Coleman.
Monty Brinton CBS

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:47 pm

Five weeks after the fall TV season started, the broadcast networks are still cranking out new shows.

And in the case of CBS's The McCarthys, you may wish they had stopped a bit sooner.

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Sports
4:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Giants Trump Royals For World Series Win

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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Sports
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Most Cavs Fans Willing To Forgive LeBron On His Return To Cleveland

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:16 pm

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Sports
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

World Series Moves To Game 7 After Royals Grab 10-0 Win

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:12 am

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Sweetness And Light
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Start World Series Games Earlier; Let Us Sleep

Fans cheer during the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:48 am

Let me ask you a question: No matter what the sport, if you could only see the start of a game or the finish of a game, which would you prefer? Of course, any fool would choose to see the finish of the game.

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The Two-Way
11:33 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Royals Force Game 7, Rest Bullpen In Dominant 10-0 Win

The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt can't reach the Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar as he slides safely to first base on an infield single Tuesday night during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series in Kansas City, Mo. Escobar eventually would score the Royals' fourth run.
Matt Slocum AP

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:43 pm

Jake Peavy is having a rough World Series. The second pitcher in the Giants' starting rotation gave up four runs in the team's 7-2 Game 2 loss to Kansas City. Game 6 went even worse.

On Tuesday night, Peavy gave up five runs after recording just four outs. His series ERA sits at 12.79.

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Sports
4:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Giants Are Close To Winning The World Series — But It May Not Be That Easy

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:30 pm

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Research News
4:36 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:32 am

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The Two-Way
10:55 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Cements Its Dominance

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team left its CONCACAF tournament competition in the dust. The team didn't give up a single goal all tournament. Abby Wambach, shown controlling the ball in the second half of the U.S. 6-0 win over Costa Rica in the finals, scored seven of the U.S. team's 21 goals.
Mitchell Leff Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:56 pm

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team showed why it's the top-ranked squad in the world. It won the CONCACAF tournament Sunday with a near-perfect 6-0 final game against Costa Rica.

The U.S. has had an easy run during this World Cup qualifying tournament for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Region. The United States had already qualified for next year's World Cup with a victory in the semifinals against Haiti. Sunday's win over Costa Rica further cemented the U.S. dominance.

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Sports
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

World Series Game 4: A Small Ball Paradise

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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The Two-Way
12:57 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Giants Pound Royals 11-4 To Tie World Series

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:32 am

The San Francisco Giants came roaring back Saturday, pounding the Kansas City Royals 11-4 before a thundering crowd at AT&T Park in Game 4 of the World Series.

The Giants Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval led the team and charged up the crowd to tie the series at two apiece. Pence got three hits, drove in three runs, scored twice and made a nimble sliding catch in right field in the ninth.

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Sports
6:21 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

From The Stadium To Your Stereo: Behind Baseball's Biggest Sounds

When the Giants' Gregor Blanco hit this solo home run to lead off the World Series' second game, three big parabolic microphones arranged around home plate captured the crack of his bat.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

When the Giants' Gregor Blanco hit a home run to lead off the second game of the World Series, millions of viewers heard that satisfying crack of the bat well before watching the ball fall into the Royals' bullpen.

It's baseball's most iconic sound, and it's the No. 1 job for Fox's baseball audio engineer-in-chief, Joe Carpenter.

"The bat crack is really kinda where everything starts for us," Carpenter tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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My Big Break
5:10 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

No Small Feat: The NBA's Shortest Player Never Gave Up

Charlotte Hornets guard Muggsy Bogues (works his way around New York Knicks guard Chris Childs in the first half of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs on April 24, 1997.
Bill Kostroun AP

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:22 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

At 5 feet, 3 inches, Tyrone Bogues, better known as Muggsy Bogues, holds the record as the shortest player in NBA history.

He was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1987, but he's best-known for playing with the Charlotte Hornets alongside Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson.

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Sports
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Royals Take Game 3; Cowboys Surge: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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Now why don't we turn to sports?

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Sports
4:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Giants Fans Prepare For World Series To Hit City By The Bay

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:03 am

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Education
4:31 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

UNC Chancellor: Report Reveals 'Shocking Lack' Of Checks And Balances

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:35 pm

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Now a conversation with UNC's Chancellor Carol Folt. I began asking by her about the accusation you just heard - that this report is a whitewash.

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Education
4:31 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

New Details Revealed In University Of North Carolina Academic Scandal

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:35 pm

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The Two-Way
4:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Report Says UNC Grade-Boosting Scandal Involved Fake Classes

University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross and UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt talk during a special joint meeting of the UNC Board of Governors and the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 4:51 pm

Fake classes, inflated grades and one academic department that facilitated it all. Those are all detailed in a newly released report on grade-fixing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The scandal came to light in 2011, but the report out Wednesday offers the most wide-sweeping look yet at how some school staff members boosted the grades of more than 3,000 students — nearly half of them athletes — over nearly 20 years.

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Sports
4:47 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Die-Hard And Fair-Weather Fans Alike Have A Case Of Royals Fever

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:14 am

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Sports
4:47 am
Thu October 23, 2014

World's Best Bucking Bull About To Retire

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:14 am

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The Two-Way
11:55 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

5 Giants Pitchers Give Up 5 Runs In 6th As Royals Even World Series

San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland watches Wednesday as Kansas City Royals Omar Infante runs around the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Wednesday
Matt Slocum AP

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 1:58 pm

After the Royals' postseason winning streak was snapped Tuesday and the Giants led off Wednesday's game with a home run, one could excuse Royals fans for thinking the glow around this season was finally dimming.

But Kansas City quickly recovered, and had the game even, 2-2, before tearing through Giants pitcher after Giants pitcher in the sixth inning and handing the ball to their dominant bullpen. The 7-2 win evened the World Series at one win per team.

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Sports
4:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

'Curse Of The Shuttlecocks' Haunts Kansas City's Teams

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:09 pm

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Sports
4:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

World Series Opens With A Thud For Royals

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:32 am

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Sweetness And Light
4:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

College Football's Big Ten Conference? Try The Littler Ten

Brandon Wells of the Mississippi State Bulldogs takes the field before a game against the Ole Miss Rebels last year.
Stacy Revere Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:24 am

Nothing in sport reflects the changing demographics of the country more than college football — most especially the decline of the Big Ten Conference and the ascendance of the Southeastern Conference.

Big Ten territory represents steel mills and coal mines, blue collars and black smoke, where America's pigskin heroes used to be weaned on frozen fields. But the SEC, in the growing Sun Belt, has completely taken over. Mississippi State is the No. 1 team in the country. Excuse me: Mississippi State? This is like Antiques Roadshow soaring to the top of television ratings.

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Sports
4:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

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

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:01 am

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4:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

World Series A Matchup Of Two Post-Season Upstarts

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:01 am

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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 Wed October 22, 2014 12:27 am

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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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.
Themba Hadebe AFP/Getty Images

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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