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10:48 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

Former University of North Carolina head basketball coach Dean Smith looks on during the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 1996. Smith died on Saturday. He was 83.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 1:50 pm

Men's basketball coach Dean Smith, who coached the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for more than 35 years, taking them to two national titles, has died at age 83.

The Hall of Famer died Saturday night at his home, his family said in a statement released today.

"We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you," the statement said.

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Sports
8:01 am
Sun February 8, 2015

The Week In Sports: NBA And WNBA Newsmakers

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 4:28 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The Super Bowl is over, but there's still plenty of sports to discuss involving balls of other shapes - in particular, basketball. To do that, we are joined as ever by Mike Pesca. He is the host of The Gist podcast from slate.com. Good morning, Sir.

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Sports
4:39 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Facing 1,000 Miles Of Frigid Winds With Loyal Dogs And Willpower

In the dog mushing world, 44-year-old Lance Mackey is like Michael Jordan. The sled dog racing veteran returns to the Yukon Quest this year.
Katie Orlinsky for NPR

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 9:29 pm

Saturday marks the start of the annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, a 10-day journey from Whitehorse, Yukon, to Fairbanks, Alaska, 1,000 miles away.

It's not so much a race as a test of survival.

This year, veteran musher Lance Mackey is back on the trail. He's considered the Michael Jordan of the dog mushing world — an athlete who fought his way to the top.

It's never been easy for Mackey. He'll tell you life keeps throwing him punches. The older he gets, he says, the harder the punches are.

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Sports
7:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Golf And College Hoops: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:19 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And time now for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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NPR History Dept.
6:13 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Marathon Mania In American History

Marathon Dance contestants, 1923.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 12:10 pm

Odd that Americans, long known for their short attention spans and — oh, look, a sparkly thing ... are at the same time manic for marathonic undertakings.

Running, for example. A century ago, scores of marathoners competed before huge wintertime crowds in the 1909 Brooklyn Marathon. Flash forward, and this past November, more than 50,000 participants finished the 2014 New York City Marathon. (Applications for nonguaranteed entry in the 2015 race must be in by Feb. 15.)

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Sports
4:37 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

'Deflate This': Patriots Fans Welcome Super Bowl Champs Home

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:33 pm

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Sports
4:37 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Thaw In U.S.-Cuba Relations Comes To Baseball

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:33 pm

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Wed February 4, 2015

From Caddy To Pro: Golfer Charlie Sifford Dies At 92

Charlie Sifford works out at a course in Los Angeles in 1957 after winning $11,500 in the Long Beach Open. Sifford helped break the color barrier in the PGA.
Harold P. Matosian AP

He started out in golf as a caddy, earning handfuls of change as a boy. Decades later, Charlie Sifford was named to the World Golf Hall of Fame, after a career marked by talent, character and the drive to change his sport. Sifford, the first black golfer to hold a PGA Tour card, has died at age 92.

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Sweetness And Light
3:42 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Dear Aging Athletes: Say Hello To Goodbye

Tiger Woods on the ninth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open last Friday, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Woods, who'll turn 40 this year, is making Frank Deford wonder: How does an athlete know when to retire?
Rick Scuteri AP

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 9:13 am

When Fred Astaire was 69, he gave up dancing, explaining: "At my age, I don't want to disappoint anyone, including myself." All great athletes should keep that quotation up on their bathroom mirror.

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The Two-Way
5:13 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX Was Most Watched Show In TV History

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:34 pm

Super Bowl XLIX, a thrilling contest that came down to an unbelievable interception in the fourth quarter, has become the most watched show in television history.

According to numbers released by the ratings agency Nielsen, 114.4 million Americans tuned in to watch the Patriots beat the Seahawks 28 to 24 on Sunday.

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