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6:28 am
Sat December 1, 2012

The Galaxy Waves Bye Bye To Beckham

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 10:41 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Tonight marks the end of the on-field career of a man who's been arguably the most famous athlete in the world. David Beckham will play his last competitive game for the L.A. Galaxy. He signed with the team in 2007 and earned himself something close to a 4250 million over the last five years in salary, and his own line of underwear, sportswear and cologne. Roger Bennett joins us now, he's the voice of Premier League soccer on ESPN, an ESPN columnist and co-host of Grantland's "Men In Blazers" show. Roger, thanks for being with us.

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Sports
6:28 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Week In Sports: College Championship Week

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 10:41 am

Weekend Edition host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the week in sports, from college football to marijuana and the NFL.

Sports
5:01 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Spurs Coach Under Fire For Sending Players Home

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 6:44 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Rosenberg about a controversial decision by the basketball coach of the San Antonio Spurs. The team's coach, Greg Popovich, sent four of his top players home before the team played the Miami Heat in Florida. The Spurs were concluding a difficult road trip and Popovich wanted to rest his best players. National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern said this decision was unacceptable and has fined the team $250,000.

The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Badminton Takes Swing At Avoiding Repeat Of London Scandal

Referee Torsten Berg tried to get players from Indonesia (near court) and South Korea to try their hardest during this match at the London Olympics. The format gave some teams an incentive to lose — in order to get easier opponents in upcoming matches. That format's being changed.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

The biggest scandal at the summer Olympics in London didn't involve doping, or boorish behavior by athletes or judges tipping the results.

No, the biggest scandal came out of the badminton competition, shocking the sport's fanatic followers in Asia and leaving the rest of the world snickering at cheating in badminton, of all things.

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NPR Story
5:04 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Golf's Storied St. Andrews Old Course Gets Facelift

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:05 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Sports
5:04 am
Fri November 30, 2012

How David Beckham Changed U.S. Soccer

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:05 am

Five years after his much-hyped arrival in the United States, David Beckham is playing his last game for the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday. David Greene speaks with Los Angeles Times sportswriter Kevin Baxter about whether Beckham lived up to America's expectations.

Television
5:04 am
Fri November 30, 2012

The NFL's New Target Demographic: Kids

Eleven-year-old Ish Taylor is charged with protecting the NFL — and the world — from a scheming supervillain in NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians.
Nickelodeon

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:05 am

When the NFL wants to make a play for a particular demographic, they go long. To attract Latinos, it forged partnerships with Univision and Telemundo. To keep women happy, it came out with a clothing line featuring shirts that actually fit better than those boxy jerseys.

Now, to engage children, the NFL is going where kids go: Nickelodeon. NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians is a new series rolling out Friday, co-branded by the NFL and Nicktoons.

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Sports
4:33 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

USGA Might Ban Practice Of 'Anchoring' Putters

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:47 pm

The U.S. Golf Association proposed a rule on Wednesday that would outlaw a style of putting known as "anchor putting." The style makes use of an extra long putter where the end of the club is "anchored" in a player's chest or stomach. Robert Siegel speaks with David Duseck, deputy editor at Golf.com about the change.

Sports
4:33 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Doping Era Could Change MLB Hall Of Fame Entrants

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:47 pm

Baseball Hall of Fame voters will come face-to-face with the doping era this year. Major figures in steroid scandals including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa will be on the ballot for the first time. Melissa Block talks with Mike Pesca about the slate of candidates announced on Wednesday.

The Two-Way
11:55 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Baseball Hall Of Fame Ballot Coming; First Swings For Bonds, Sosa, Clemens

Barry Bonds rounding the bases after hitting his 734th home run in 2006.
Allen Fredrickson Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 2:38 pm

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds — two of baseball's greatest players and two who have long been accused of having used performance-enhancing drugs — are on the 2013 ballot for inclusion in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced at noon ET the names of the retired players its members will consider.

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