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2:03 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Peace Tops Sporting Wish List For 2013

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Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 7:43 am

At Christmastime, it's long been the fashion for sports columnists to write an annual column about what various people in sports want to find under their tree — a new quarterback for this coach, a starting pitcher for this general manager and so on.

But, of course, the Christmas of Santa Claus isn't the only one. There's also the message that is found in the Gospel Of Luke, which we can all of us, of all faiths, support — as the angels sing: And on earth, peace, goodwill among people.

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Sports
6:08 am
Tue December 25, 2012

NBA Preview For Christmas Day Action

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 9:42 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It has become one big Christmas tradition, plopping down with a big glass of eggnog or something else of your choice in front of a big screen TV to indulge in a big dose of NBA basketball. The New York Knicks actually kicked off this tradition in 1948, beating the Providence Steamrollers at Madison Square Garden. Today's matchups don't involve the Steamrollers. There are five games in all and they promise to be just as exhilarating. And here with a preview is the always exhilarating Mike Pesca.

Hey, Mike.

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Sports
6:08 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Traded Mets Pitcher Sends Holiday Greetings

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 9:42 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This might not be baseball season but former New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has captured the spirit of the holidays. The National League Cy Young winner was recently traded to the Toronto Blue Jays after negotiations to extend his contract with the Mets collapsed. Rather than sulk off to the Great North, Dickey wrote a holiday card to his fans and team that was published in the New York Daily News.

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Sports
6:48 am
Sun December 23, 2012

New NFL Record Holders Could Be Crowned This Season

Originally published on Sun December 23, 2012 12:41 pm

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the sports news of the week, including some NFL records that could be topped this season.

Sports
6:44 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Week In Sports: The Jets, Tebow And An NBA Christmas

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 10:16 am

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine about the New York Jets, Tim Tebow and the NBA on Christmas Day.

Sports
4:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

With Two Weeks Left In Regular Season, NFL Playoff Chatter Begins

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 9:21 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Finally this hour, some football talk. Two weeks to go in the National Football League's regular season and sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now to discuss playoff permutations and other football news. Hi, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Robert.

SIEGEL: Two weeks, of course, is a long time in the NFL. What teams are playoff-bound or likely to be?

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Sports
5:16 am
Thu December 20, 2012

'Bowie Over Jordan': A New Look At The Pick That Still Haunts Portland NBA Fans

Sam Bowie of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots over Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game circa 1984-1988 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bowie's NBA career is the subject of a new ESPN documentary airing Thursday.
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Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:37 am

In 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers chose Sam Bowie, a 7-foot-1 center from the University of Kentucky, with the second pick in the college draft. The Chicago Bulls then took Michael Jordan.

The words "Bowie over Jordan" are part of pro basketball lore, and are still a source of pain for many fans of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Bowie's tenure in Portland was marred by leg injuries; Jordan became a legend. ESPN recounts it all in a documentary about Bowie on Thursday night.

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Sweetness And Light
10:03 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Time For Gun Owners To Be Good Sports About Gun Restrictions

Frank Deford says those who have the potential to reduce the gun violence are people who own guns and who are good sports.
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Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 5:44 am

I've never had any interest in hunting. Among other things, I'm a terrible shot, but I have friends who hunt, and it appears to me to be a perfectly reasonable sports hobby — certainly every bit as honorable as fantasy football. Moreover, shooting a deer or a duck with a bullet seems to me no more inhuman than catching a trout or a marlin with a hook.

Oh, sometimes I get a little piqued that those who hunt and fish are ennobled as "sportsmen," while people who play golf are just golfers and people who bowl are just bowlers. But then, that's just me being picayune.

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Sports
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

College Football's 'Coaching Carousel' In Full Effect

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about college football coaches and the wisdom of the Washington Redskins' backup quarterback.

Sports
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Week In Sports: Players React To Grim Shooting News

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Of course, the news this morning is dominated by yesterday's events in Newtown, Connecticut. And while we're covering the shootings throughout the program, there is other news, even sports, which is sometimes called the great diversion. And maybe this is a good moment for that diversion. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us now.

Tom, thanks for being with us.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: My pleasure, Scott.

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