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National Football League
3:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NFL Commissioner: 'We Will Get Our House In Order'

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference on Friday, during which he said, "I got it wrong on the handling of Ray Rice. ... But now I will get it right."
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:32 pm

During a news conference on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised that the league "will get our house in order."

Goodell announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead an investigation of the way the league handled the Ray Rice case, and he said that at the end of the process the league will implement new conduct policies.

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Connecticut's Crash Davis
12:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Bridgeport Bluefish Ballplayer to Retire After 20-Year Career

Luis Lopez.
Jonathan McNicol/WNPR

When Luis Lopez played his first professional baseball game, Bill Clinton was president, “Forrest Gump” had just beaten “Pulp Fiction” for best picture at the Academy Awards, and Derek Jeter was still a year away from his rookie season with the New York Yankees.

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Football
8:47 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Two More NFL Players Placed On 'Exempt List' Over Domestic Violence

Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy waves to fans as he arrives for an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 11, 2014.
Chuck Burton ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 8:44 pm

Two more players were benched by NFL teams on Wednesday over allegations of domestic violence.

First, the Carolina Panthers placed their star defensive end Greg Hardy on the exempt list and then the Arizona Cardinals deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer.

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Baseball
4:13 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

As Twins Leave and Rockies Enter, Rock Cats Say Change Won't Alter Development Plans

Credit Doug Kerr / Creative Commons

As public debate continues over whether to build a new Hartford stadium for the New Britain Rock Cats, there's this news: the club's affiliation with the Minnesota Twins is over, and it is now linked with the Colorado Rockies. 

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Football
4:55 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Hannah Storm, A Pro, Fan And Mother, Gives NFL An Earful

ESPN's Hannah Storm aimed a sharply worded op-ed segment at the NFL Sunday, taking the league to task for its handling of the Ray Rice incident. She asked, "What exactly does the NFL stand for?"
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Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 8:23 am

This has been called a long and tough week for the NFL. But ESPN's Hannah Storm asked some tough questions on Sunday's SportsCenter that show how hard the week has been for the league's fans — especially for parents who struggle to reconcile their love for the game with its off-field violence.

A lifelong football fan who's also the mother of three daughters, Storm didn't hold back on her emotions when discussing the NFL's response to what she calls the "horrific Ray Rice elevator video" – and how it also dominated conversations in her home.

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Basketball
11:23 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Phoenix Mercury Wins WNBA Title In A Sweep Of Chicago

The Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi celebrates the team's championship win Friday with DeWanna Bonner (24) and Penny Taylor (13), after beating the Chicago Sky in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.
KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI AP

Overcoming an injury to their star center, the Phoenix Mercury won its third WNBA title last night, beating the Chicago Sky in three games. An eye injury suffered in game two forced Phoenix center Brittney Griner to sit out.

"Phoenix got 24 points each from Candice Dupree and the sublime guard Diana Taurasi – the Finals MVP – to win," NPR's Tom Goldman reports. "The Mercury dominated this year, they won a record 29 regular-season games. They're fitting champions."

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Street Sports
5:48 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Parkour May Run, Flip, Dive And Slide Its Way Into Olympics

A Libyan youth displays his skills in parkour, an extreme sport, during a friendly competition in Tripoli on March 7, 2014.
Mahmud Turkia AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 9:00 am

Parkour looks like skateboarding, without the skateboards. It is a city sport where people run, flip and slide through parks and over buildings — all with just their hands and feet.

A few weeks ago, parkour leaders met with the International Olympic Committee, which led to speculation that parkour could one day end up in the Olympics.

Dan Edwardes, the founder and director of Parkour Generation, a professional parkour organization based in London, said the meeting went well, like a good first date. Perhaps the first of many.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

America's Love-Hate Relationship with Football

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I root for the Green Bay Packers...and not casually. As I speak, there's a Green Bay Packers mug nearby, on weekends I wear a Packers cap and use Packers shopping bags. Most disturbingly, in the long, long off-season, I subscribe to services which provide me with daily obsessive updates on anything going on in Packers land. And, I read them even though nothing really is going on. 

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South Africa
7:50 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Judge In Pistorius Trial Rules Out Murder

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius cries while the verdict is being read during his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday.
Kim Ludbrook/Pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:35 am

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee Olympian accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, has been acquitted of the most serious charge of premeditated murder.

But South African Judge Thokozile Masipa has yet to announce her final verdict in the jury-less trial, although she has hinted that culpable homicide would be a "competent verdict."

As tears streamed down Pistorius' face, Masipa told the court in Pretoria that the athlete did not plan to kill Steenkamp on the night he fatally shot her through a closed bathroom door.

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National Football League
11:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

NFL: Ex-FBI Chief Will Investigate How League Handled Rice Evidence

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 11:33 pm

Update, 11 p.m.:

The NFL is bringing in former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate how the league handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, a reporter for the league's website said Wednesday night.

The original story continues below:

The National Football League is denying a report that it received a video from police that shows former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer.

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Ray Rice
10:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

NFL Commissioner: 'We Have Been Very Open And Honest'

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 8:51 pm

The NFL commissioner says the league has been "very open and honest," in its handling of the Ray Rice controversy.

If you haven't been keeping up, Rice was suspended indefinitely from the NFL after a video showed him hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator. After watching only part of the video, which showed Rice dragging Janay Rice out of the elevator, the NFL had originally suspended Rice for two games.

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Farewell to Football
9:33 am
Wed September 10, 2014

UConn Sophomore Quits Football After Too Many Concussions

Casey Cochran.
Credit UConnHuskies.com

UConn starting quarterback Casey Cochran has decided to end his football career because of multiple concussions.

Cochran, a sophomore from Monroe, suffered a concussion in the first game of the season. It was his third concussion at UConn. Cochran and his family met with UConn's medical and coaching staff late last week and after that meeting, decided to call it quits.

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Ray Rice
12:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Blumenthal Calls for NFL to Impose Stricter Domestic Violence Penalties

Ray Rice at the Baltimore Ravens' training camp in 2009. The Ravens released him after new video emerged showing him assaulting his fiance in an elevator.
Keith Allison Creative Commons

The National Football League's punishment for acts of domestic violence is too lenient, according to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. He responded to the new video showing former NFL player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in an elevator.

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Basketball
3:36 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Hawks Seek Buyer After NBA Team's Owner Reveals Racially Charged Email

Bruce Levenson, seen at an Atlanta Hawks game on Dec. 4, 2013, in Atlanta, announced Sunday that he was selling his stake in the team because of a racially charged email he sent in 2012.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 3:44 pm

The co-owner and CEO of the Atlanta Hawks says multiple people have reached out to him to buy the NBA franchise following the announcement by controlling owner Bruce Levenson that he would sell his stake in the team because of a racially charged email he sent two years ago.

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Tennis
3:54 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Serena Williams Wins U.S. Open For 18th Grand Slam Title

Serena Williams reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win their women's singles final match of the 2014 U.S. Open on Sunday. The win was Williams' 18th Grand Slam title.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 11:19 pm

When Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced off Sunday, the current and former world No. 1 players were both trying to make their own brand of history. For Williams, it was a chance to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova; for Wozniacki, a win would have brought her first Grand Slam title.

But Williams, who has been dominating this tournament, did not slow down and quickly took the first two sets 6-3, 6-3.

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Football
1:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Patriots Season Preview: Defensive Changes Fuel Optimism For Super Bowl

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:37 am

The New England Patriots begin their season Sunday on the road against the Miami Dolphins. Quaterback Tom Brady is expected to be on the field, despite missing practice Thursday.

It’s a Patriots team with a lot of familiar faces, and several notable additions.

Football writer Mike Reiss joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to preview the season. Listen to his full interview above.

Football
9:09 am
Thu September 4, 2014

CBS's Thursday Night Football: An Ambitious Alliance With A Lot At Stake

Actor Don Cheadle will narrate the opening for each broadcast of Thursday Night Football.
Neil Jacobs CBS

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 1:49 pm

How much football is too much for TV?

That's the question CBS and the NFL may face Sept. 11, when the curtain rises on their ambitious experiment to build a new broadcast television home for pro football on Thursdays.

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Football
7:54 am
Fri August 29, 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.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:07 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, comes a month after the NFL was criticized for how it handled player Ray Rice's arrest on domestic violence charges.

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Sweetness and Light
8:25 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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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:07 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Out With the Windmills: Miniature Golf Goes Pro

Colin Bartlett Creative Commons

Mini-golf was created for children but today's children are less and less interested in playing because of video games. Nintendo Wii for example, makes mini-golf video games. Now, that seems so wrong. You should go somewhere to play mini-golf. That's kind of the idea, or is it.

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Baseball
12:18 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

An Attempt To Explain The Magic Of The Ballpark

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Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:44 pm

No doubt some of the autograph seekers leaning across the fence straining for the baseball players' attention were in it for the money.

I suppose a baseball signed by the right person is worth something. Others were collectors working to complete their sets.

But most of us clumped up along the side of the dugout were fans — and our motives were of an entirely different nature.

Well, to be accurate, I wasn't begging for autographs. My kids were. I was there as a chaperone.

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Sweetness and Light
8:01 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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Football
9:42 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Why Are NFL Joint Training Camps On The Rise?

Washington and New England faced off at a joint training camp session that might become a model for the league. (Skip Rowland/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 1:21 pm

The beginning of the NFL season is only three weeks away. To prepare for Week 1, nearly half the league’s franchises are participating in joint practices with other teams, with varying degrees of success. ESPN’s senior NFL writer and commentator John Clayton joined Bill Littlefield to explain why joint practices are more popular than ever.

BL: Joint practices are not new, but they do seem to have become more popular. Why is that?

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Snow Sports
9:42 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Why Olympic Skiers And Snowboarders Are Training In The Ocean

Before competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, U.S. skier Heather McPhie learned how to hold her breath off the coast in Hawaii. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 7:16 pm

A group of Olympian skiers and snowboarders have been spending time in Hawaii, and they’re not on vacation. These athletes were training by learning to hold their breath and diving dozens of feet under water.

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NBA
2:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

LA Clippers Sold To Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer

Steve Ballmer is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA franchise said Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:56 pm

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. A press release from the NBA says a California court has confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team.

Shelly Sterling had arranged to sell the franchise to Ballmer in May for $2 billion, but her husband, Donald Sterling, sued to block the deal.

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College Sports
2:48 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz (left) discusses the NCAA structure Thursday, as Wright State University President David R. Hopkins looks on. The NCAA Board of Directors approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation's five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.
Michael Conroy AP

Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes and other matters, under a new policy adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.

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Arizona
1:32 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Skateboarding On The Reservation

Skaters watch the action in the White Mountain competition. (Ken Shulman/Only A Game)

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 3:22 pm

Ocean surfers on waves off Malibu and Waikiki show off by “Hanging Ten.” But on Indian reservations in the American Southwest, skateboarders do their best just to hang on. And it isn’t easy. Ken Shulman spent time with two Apache skateboard teams in Arizona and came back with this report.

‘Everybody Wants One’ 

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NBA
7:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Judge Rules Against Sterling, Allows LA Clippers Sale To Proceed

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald, during a 2010 Los Angeles Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons.
Mark Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:45 pm

A probate judge has ruled that Donald Sterling cannot block the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Shelly Sterling, his estranged wife, had arranged in May to sell the NBA franchise to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:44 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Scramble: How to Be a Guest on a Talk Show with David Rees

David Rees in "Going Deep with David Rees," on the National Geographic Channel
Credit National Geographic Channel

This hour's Scramble starts fun and gradually grows darker. We begin with David Rees, host of a television show in which he layers expertise onto simple acts like opening a door or making ice cubes. Its motto is "de-familiarizing the ubiquitous so as to increase our appreciation and wonder thereby." We can get behind that.

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Baseball Greatness
12:35 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Has Derek Jeter's Celebration Turned Into Deification?

Derek Jeter went to 2-for-2 at the 2014 All-Star game, his 14th and final All-Star appearance. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:23 pm

When an athlete announces his retirement before actually retiring, it signals the start of a farewell tour. New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is in the midst of his right now. But has the celebration of a great career crossed over into deification?

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