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7:00 am
Sat October 27, 2012

For Some, Gridiron The Only Escape From 'Muck City'

Crown Archetype

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 12:55 pm

It's almost certain that during this NFL season, you'll see a player from a place that's called Muck City.

There are five graduates from Belle Glade, Fla., in the NFL right now. Belle Glade, on the shore of Lake Okeechobee, is surrounded by black soil, also known as the "muck" that's renowned for growing sweet corn, vegetables and sugar cane.

Over the past generation, Belle Glade Central High School has sent 30 players onto the NFL. The school is proud of that record, but it may have come at a cost.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:07 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

U.S. Soccer Star Abby Wambach Plays Not My Job

Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 11:24 am

Since Wambach sounds kind of like wombat, we figure Abby should know everything about the cuddly marsupials. We've invited her to play a game called "You're good at soccer, but can you carry your young in a pouch?" Our quiz will take about four minutes ... and will probably have more scoring than 90 minutes of soccer.

Wambach is a multiple gold medalist, holds the best goals-per-game ratio in U.S. soccer history and has just been nominated for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.

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Sports
5:57 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

NBA Commissioner Stern Helped League Grow

Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern, who has announced he will step down in early 2014.

Remembrances
5:57 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Surfer Takayama Was An Innovator In Board Design

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

One of the great American surfers and great shapers of surfboards has died: Donald Takayama. He entered the scene young, a hard-scrabble kid in Waikiki making his own boards out of scrap materials and skipping school to surf.

CORI SCHUMACHER: He would go from his mom's house, and he'd paddle down the Alawai, that dirty little canal in the Waikiki. You paddle all the way down it, pop out and then go surfing all along Waikiki.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Suspended Speedskating Coach Still In Demand As Sabotage Probe Expands

Short track speedskating coach Jae Su Chun, shown here in May 2010 at a state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
Alexis C. Glenn UPI /Landov

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 10:28 am

The suspension of Jae Su Chun, the former head coach of the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Team, hasn't stopped some skating clubs from wanting to hire the embattled coach, even as an investigation expands into the most serious allegation against him.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Fri October 26, 2012

No One Gets The Tour De France Titles Lance Armstrong Lost

Lance Armstrong, in the yellow leader's jersey, during the 2002 Tour de France. Now, there's no winner of that race or the six others in which he finished first.
Mike Powell Getty Images

Declaring that they have "listened to the world's reaction to the Lance Armstrong affair," leaders of the international governing body for cycling today said that no one will be awarded the seven Tour de France titles that have been stri

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Giants Take 2-Game World Series Lead With 'Small Ball,' 'Slap & Score'

Please go foul, please go foul, please go foul: Third-baseman Miguel Cabrera (No. 24) and catcher Gerald Laird of the Detroit Tigers watched closely to see if a bunt by the Giants' Gregor Blanco would go foul Thursday night in San Francisco. It didn't. The Giants scored and went on to win the game and take a 2-0 lead in the World Series.
Thearon W. Henderson Getty Images

After the home run heroics of "Kung Fu Panda" in Game 1, last night's World Series faceoff between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers was a much different game, NPR's Tom Goldman said earlier on Morning Edition.

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Sports
6:33 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Detroit Tigers Look To Regroup In World Series

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The San Francisco Giants are one more win closer to a World Series title. Last night at home the Giants reverted to their preferred small ball style of play, scratching out hits and runs. They beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0, giving them a two-games-to-none lead as the series shifts back to Detroit. NPR's Tom Goldman has our report.

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U.S.
5:20 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

As World Series Begins, Detroit Catches Tigers Fever

Fans make their way into the ballpark prior to the Detroit Tigers hosting the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 6:12 pm

In Detroit, Tigers fans are preparing for the return of their beloved team to the grand stage of the World Series. In a city largely known for hard times these days, the World Series means far more than just a chance at a championship.

Facing high unemployment and crime rates and teetering on the edge of financial collapse, Detroit needs something to celebrate. Maybe something along the lines of the celebration that broke out after the Tigers won the World Series again in 1968.

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Sports
2:04 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

NFL Gig A Dream Come True For Replacement Ref

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:33 pm

Inspired by a fellow referee who was sick with cancer, high school football ref Mike Wilmoth dropped 25 pounds, ignored the naysayers, and was picked to officiate a total of six NFL games. Wilmoth talks about making it to the big leagues and the challenges of working as a replacement ref.

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