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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Tue September 30, 2014

In NFL Game, A Slide And A Prayer Spur Debate And Clarification

Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs scores a touchdown after an interception against the New England Patriots Monday. He was then penalized for praying on his knees — something the NFL now says shouldn't have been punished.
Dilip Vishwanat Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:28 pm

When an NFL defender picks off a pass and runs it back for a touchdown, the celebration is often spirited. But referees in Monday night's game took exception to Kansas City's Husain Abdullah actions after he slid in the end zone and prostrated himself, imposing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.

The play quickly became a hot topic on social media, where many criticized a penalty for what qualifies as a quiet gesture in the NFL, where excited players are known to point at themselves, others, and the sky, sometimes while making crude gestures.

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The Two-Way
4:26 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

Mike Trout and Los Angeles Angels have been named favorites to reach the World Series, as have Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're seen here when the two teams played in August.
Matt Brown Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:05 pm

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series starts in late October, in a "Freeway Series."

But there's talk of a "Beltway Series" back east, where two teams — the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles — are coming off strong seasons. And you can count on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers to derail everyone else's plans.

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Business
4:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Will The NFL's Domestic Violence Scandal Hurt Its Bottom Line?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

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The Two-Way
2:14 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Nationals Get Their First No-Hitter; Derek Jeter Plays Final Game

Alex Brandon ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 12:46 pm

The final day of Major League Baseball's regular season has been one for the record books.

Jordan Zimmermann, up against the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon, became the first Washington National to pitch a no-hitter. As ESPN notes, "no major leaguer had thrown a no-hitter in Washington since Bobby Burke did it for the Senators in 1931 against Boston."

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Kenya's Kimetto Sets New Marathon World Record In Berlin

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon Sunday. Kimetto set a new world marathon record, breaking the 2 hour, 3 minute mark for the first time.
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Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:00 pm

For the first time, the world record in the marathon is now under 2 hours and 3 minutes, after Dennis Kimetto of Kenya tore through the course at Sunday's Berlin Marathon. Kimetto, 30, says he wants to set a new record next year.

"I feel good because I won a very tough race," Kimetto said after the finish. "I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record. I believe I can improve it further. I'd like to return and try to break it again next year."

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NPR Story
5:18 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

After Nearly Three Decades, A Royals Welcome To The Playoffs

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 6:29 pm

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In case you missed it, last night baseball history was made. Michael Taylor, from the Chicago White Sox, hits a pop-fly in foul territory.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: Popped up.

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Sports
1:16 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

After 7 Years, Finally, A Football Field Of Their Own

In Detroit, members of the Cody High School Comets start the football season on their own field.
Tracy Samilton Michigan Radio

The virgin Astroturf is springy underfoot, and the neon yellow goal posts stretch up into the blue September sky. The Comets should be playing well.

They're not.

After seven years of away-games, the football team at Cody High School in Detroit has their own field. The facility at Cody was in such terrible shape that they couldn't play there.

That changed Friday night. Unfortunately, the Comets homecoming did not start well.

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Sports
9:09 am
Sat September 27, 2014

The Week In Sports: Jeter Takes A Bow And The Ryder Cup Tees Off

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 11:07 am

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And now it's time for Sports. Derek Jeter takes his final curtain. The Ryder Cup tees off Scotland, still part of the United Kingdom. And FIFA contends with scandalous charges and BJ Lederman writes our theme music.

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Politics
9:09 am
Sat September 27, 2014

For Michigan Political Ads, The Tigers Are The Big Game In Town

Detroit Tigers Victor Martinez (left) and Torii Hunter celebrate Martinez's two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 2:20 pm

We're in the final weekend of the regular baseball season and there are still pennant races and wild-card matchups to be set.

Along with sports fans, political consultants are watching as well, and they are keeping an especially close eye on the Detroit Tigers. A fine team, sure, but also one uniquely suited to fill the needs of the people who buy TV time for political campaigns.

All over the country, advertisers love to buy sports spots for the big audiences that are enthusiastic and engaged. And with a live telecast, you can't fast-forward through the ads.

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Sports
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Baseball Roundup: Jeter's Farewell, Playoffs, Long Games

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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Sports
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Bob Sheppard Led Jeter To The Plate One Last Time

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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Last night, 40-year-old Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter went out in storybook style in his last game at home.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Base hit to right field.

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Sports
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Roger Goodell's Future In The NFL Remains Unclear

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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Author Interviews
4:35 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

Derek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild (left) and Wade Brookbank of the Vancouver Canucks exchange punches during a fight in the first period of a November 2005 game in Vancouver, Canada.
Jeff Vinnick Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

Derek Boogaard didn't make it to the National Hockey League because he was a great hockey player. He wasn't especially fast, and he rarely scored a goal. But in skates, he stood nearly 7 feet tall, and he was close to 300 pounds. Considered by many the toughest guy in the NHL, Boogaard was an enforcer, and his job was to fight.

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Sports
11:57 am
Fri September 26, 2014

For Women In Sports TV, A Seat At The Table

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The Two-Way
8:02 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Photos: Jeter Leaves Yankee Stadium With One Last Game-Winning Hit

Jeter celebrates after his game-winning RBI in the ninth inning in his last game at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees beat the Orioles 6-5.
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Sports
7:17 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Golf Fans Rise Early To Watch Ryder Cup Action

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People who love to watch golf on TV...

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

That already sounds like a set-up to a joke.

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Sports
7:17 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Derek Jeter Leaves Yankee Stadium A Winner

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Derek Jeter ended his 20-year career at Yankee Stadium last night in classic fashion.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Bottom of the ninth, score tied, man on second.

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Monkey See
9:44 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Bill Simmons' NFL Talk Gets Him Three Weeks On The Sidelines

Columnist Bill Simmons, seen here in February, is suspended for three weeks.
Leon Bennett Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 1:29 pm

Bill Simmons, the ESPN commentator whose Twitter bio reads in part "Grantland boss + columnist, @30for30 co-creator, NBA Countdown co-host, BS Report host," will not be doing most of those jobs for three weeks after using the last of them — host of the podcast The BS Report — to call NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar, and to dare ESPN to discipline him.

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The Two-Way
6:43 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Grand Jury Won't Indict NASCAR's Stewart In Driver's Death

Tony Stewart prepares for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., in August. Stewart won't face charges in the Aug. 9 death of driver Kevin Ward Jr.
Derik Hamilton AP

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 7:07 am

A grand jury in Ontario County, N.Y., where driver Tony Stewart struck and killed another driver who walked onto the track during a sprint car race last month, has found no cause for charges against Stewart.

County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said in a statement released Wednesday that in the hearings on the Aug. 9 death of Kevin Ward Jr., jurors heard testimony from about two dozen witnesses and reviewed photos and videos.

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Sports
4:39 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Wrigley Field Hosts Last Cubs Game As A 'Classic' Ballpark

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:14 pm

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Business
4:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

What Makes A Bike Pump Worth $450?

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:14 pm

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Monkey See
1:18 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Making The Case 'Against Football'

Steve Almond's blistering book Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto is exactly what it advertises itself to be: an exasperated, frustrated, wide-ranging argument that the time has come to abandon football — particularly but not exclusively the NFL — as a sport built on violence, racism, economic exploitation of poor kids, corrupt dealmaking with local governments over stadiums, and a willingness to find it entertaining to watch people suffer brain damage.

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Sweetness And Light
4:02 am
Wed September 24, 2014

What We Talk About When We Talk About Race And Sports

Florida State fans cheer Rashad Greene after a 74-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Clemson in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sept. 20. In college sports, African-American student athletes and white student audiences are the norm. Commentator Frank Deford asks why this dynamic does not make us more squeamish.
Mark Wallheiser AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

There is no doubt that race, ever sensitive in sports, is most sensitive in basketball. Given the history, this is perfectly understandable, for when African-Americans began to appear on the court in larger numbers, there was resentment, even quotas.

To many whites, men of my vintage, men I knew, there was a sense that their game was being stolen. It was a very visceral racism.

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Sports
4:59 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Big Sponsors May Find It Hard To Break Up With The NFL

Anheuser-Busch's 2014 Super Bowl commercial was titled "Puppy Love." The company is one of several big sponsors that have expressed concern with the NFL.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 12:44 pm

NFL sponsors are not just advertisers; they're a select group of companies that together pay more than $1 billion a year to wrap their own brands in the NFL's aura.

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Sports
4:24 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Cheerleaders' Fair Wage Lawsuits Add To NFL's Problems

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:20 pm

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Sports
5:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Baseball's Regular Season Winds Down, Playoffs Days Away

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:20 pm

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Sports
5:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL

A Ravens fan trades in her Ray Rice jersey Friday after he was cut from the team over allegations of domestic abuse.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:21 am

As the National Football League scrambles to defend its actions in amid a series of domestic abuse allegations against players, some of its harshest critics have been women. Female fans are a key part of the league's business strategy — the NFL says that women make up 45 percent of its fan base — but they haven't reacted to the scandal with one voice.

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Politics
6:13 am
Mon September 22, 2014

After Major Image Fumbles, NFL Now Runs Into Congress

Philadelphia Eagles player Zach Ertz attempts to catch a pass during Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Congress has seized on recent controversies to attack the NFL's tax-exempt status.
Rich Schultz Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 6:10 pm

The NFL just kicked off its 2014 season, and the $9 billion league is currently facing two powerful opponents: its own image and Congress.

Lawmakers have seized on controversies over domestic violence, child abuse and a team name to attack the NFL's tax exemption. While the individual teams generate billions in profits and pay taxes, the league office is considered a nonprofit and does not pay federal income taxes.

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World
6:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Canadian Surfers Ride Chocolate River's Waves For Miles

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 7:15 am

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Sports
9:52 am
Sun September 21, 2014

MLB Division-Clinchers, NCAA Football Trouble: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 11:15 am

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