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4:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right'

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 4:29 pm

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7:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, shown here in January, has sent an open letter to NFL team owners explaining the league's new policies for preventing and punishing domestic violence and sexual assault.
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Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 8:39 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced new guidelines for how the league will handle incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault. The change in policy, explained an open letter to team owners, come a month after the NFL was criticized for how it handled player Ray Rice's arrest on domestic violence charges.

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Sports
6:40 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Jamaica Sets Its Sights On Winter Olympic Hockey Team

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:20 am

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Sports
6:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

There's Something New This College Football Season: Playoffs

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:20 am

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Around the Nation
4:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 7:29 pm

Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series. Chicago Public Radio's Natalie Moore reports that this all-black team has helped to unify a city reeling from North and South Side segregation, as well as renewed attention on the city's violence.

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Sweetness And Light
3:33 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics

Commentator Frank Deford advises the White House press office not to let the president be photographed in a golf cart again.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 8:53 am

There's been much criticism of the president lately, even within his own party, that he's too detached and withdrawn, not combative enough anymore. This can be explained completely with a sports analogy: We elected a basketball president, but then we ended up with a golf president.

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Sports
3:38 am
Tue August 26, 2014

China's 'Great Wall' Takes A Hit At U.S. Heavyweight Boxing

Taishan Dong works with coach John Bray at the Glendale Fighting Club, north of Los Angeles. At 6 feet 11 inches tall, Taishan towers over opponents.
Hans Gutknecht Los Angeles Daily News

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:47 am

In boxing, it's not often that the first fight of the night gets a lot of attention. But at Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco last month, the fans, the announcers, even the viewers watching the broadcast on FOX Sports One were all captivated by the boxer in the blue corner.

"Tonight he makes his professional debut and joins us from Beijing, China," chimed the announcer. "Here is The Great Wall: Taishan!"

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Digital Life
6:27 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

For The First Time, Real Tattoos Make Their Madden Debut

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the only player in the newest edition of the Madden NFL video game franchise to have his signature tattoos faithfully rendered in the game.
EA Sports

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 7:13 pm

The NFL season is looming, and with it comes the new version of the Madden NFL video game — a franchise that has sold more than 100 million copies over the last 25 years.

Each year, Madden gets more and more realistic. "The NFL superstars definitely look like their real life counterparts would," says Samit Sarkar, a reporter for the gaming website Polygon.

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Sports
6:18 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Bob Motley, Last Surviving Negro League Ump, Recalls Baseball History

Bob Motley, 91, seen here in an undated photo, is the last surviving Negro League umpire.
Motley Family Collection

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 7:18 pm

Bob Motley, a 91-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., has lived through remarkable times in our history.

His story is one of a black man in love with baseball. Racial integration didn't come to the major leagues until 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the color line at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

But it was another 19 years before a black man, Emmett Ashford, appeared behind home plate. In the interim, black umpires called balls and strikes in the Negro League.

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Sports
7:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Giants, 49ers Lack Pre-Season Spark: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 12:02 pm

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Now that rousing song was not written by BJ Liederman, but he did write our theme music. Still it's good to hear this because the drum line means that Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast from slate.com, is here to talk sports. Mike, hi.

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Sports
7:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Little League And College Football: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 11:48 am

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Sports
4:06 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Little League Phenom Takes Her Exit, But The Series Goes On

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:09 pm

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Remembrances
4:06 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Remembering Hashim Khan, A Titan Of The Squash Court

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:09 pm

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Sports
5:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

High School Football Players Steer Clear Of Ferguson Violence

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

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Sports
5:07 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Female Pitcher Mo'Ne Davis Is A Hit At Little League World Series

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

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Business
7:08 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Browns Bet On Manziel, But Is He Too Much Of A Distraction?

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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Sweetness And Light
3:33 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

Between innings, racing sausages entertain Milwaukee Brewers fans.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

Let's boldly confront the greatest mystery in all of sport: Why do hot dogs always taste better at the ballpark?

Baseball food has, of course, taken on a much greater variety since 1908, when "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" only celebrated peanuts and crackerjack. But it is another enduring mystery of sport why fans eat during a baseball game, while the preferred mode of cuisine for football is before the game, out in the parking lot — tailgating.

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Latin America
4:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Once An Object Of Reverence, Brazilian Soccer's A Punchline

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 7:38 pm

It's been over a month since the World Cup ended in Brazil, but the shame of the country's blowout loss remains. Once, Brazilians were welcomed in other countries with talk of Brazil's soccer dominance; now, everyone merely speaks of their historic defeat against Germany.

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Sports
5:07 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Mo'ne Davis Throws Like A Girl — At 70 MPH

When behind the plate for one of Mo'ne Davis' 70 mph pitches, try not to blink.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 5:29 pm

The Little League World Series kicked off this week in Williamsport, Pa., and one pitcher in particular has been drawing national attention. Mo'ne Davis, a 13-year-old playing for a Philadelphia team, is just one of two girls playing in this year's series — and she has already made history. On Friday night, Davis became the first female pitcher to throw a shutout in the Little League postseason.

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My Big Break
4:20 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

On The Track, The 'First Lady' Of Audi Calls The Shots

Courtesy of Audi Motorsport

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 5:25 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.

Leena Gade is the race engineer for Audi Sport.

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Sports
8:05 am
Sat August 16, 2014

A Little League Star, A New Commissioner: The Week In Sports

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Sports
8:05 am
Sat August 16, 2014

'Football' Captures Moments Of Grace And Violence

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 1:57 pm

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Sports
4:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Baseball Owners Call Up Commissioner Bud Selig's Relief

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:02 pm

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Sports
2:11 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

At 49, Jamie Moyer's Pitching Career Goes Into Extra Innings

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 3:02 pm

In a new memoir called Just Tell Me I Can't Moyer explains how he became a better pitcher in his 40s than his 20s. Moyer's story isn't just the tale of a talented guy who hung on a little longer than others; with the help of a sports psychologist, he managed to gain control of the mental side of his game. Originally broadcast Oct. 2, 2013.

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The Two-Way
6:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

MLB Owners Pick League's COO As New Commissioner

Chief Operating Officer of Major League Basball Rob Manfred speaks June 26 during a Memorial Tribute To Tony Gwynn by the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park in San Diego.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 1:02 am

Major League Baseball found its new manager inside the clubhouse, as owners voted to elevate current Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred to commissioner in January, when Bud Selig is set to retire. Selig has led the league for 22 years.

Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the final vote, MLB.com reports. Selig said that the vote was unanimous.

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Sports
4:09 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Criminal Charges Appear Unlikely For NASCAR's Tony Stewart

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

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Hundreds of people gathered in the small town of Turin in upstate New York today to remember Kevin Ward Jr. He was the 20-year-old racecar driver who was killed last Saturday when he was hit by the car of top NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart.

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4:09 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

NCAA Ruling Heralds A New, And Murky, Era

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

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The Two-Way
9:04 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Tiger Woods Won't Play In Ryder Cup, Will Rest Back Until December

Tiger Woods rubs his back Aug. 8 during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:33 am

Tiger Woods, who missed The Masters for the first time in his nearly 20-year career this spring as he recovered from surgery for a pinched nerve in his back, will pass on this year's Ryder Cup as well, he announced Wednesday on his website.

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Business
5:22 am
Wed August 13, 2014

LA Clippers Sold To Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 7:38 am

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NPR Story
4:57 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Questions Linger Over Fatal Race Involving NASCAR's Stewart

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 7:38 am

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