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8:00 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Oprah Winfrey's Channel Calls Off Michael Sam Series

St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam runs a drill during the team's rookie camp. He won't be followed by Oprah channel cameras for a documentary, as had been planned.
Jeff Roberson AP

Oprah Winfrey's television network was set to follow Michael Sam through rookie camp as he tried to earn a spot on the St. Louis Rams. The docuseries was to follow Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, with a camera team at training camp as well as his personal life — a "historic moment in professional sports," OWN's president told ESPN.

But OWN put the project on indefinite hold Friday to give Sam a chance to work without distraction.

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7:47 am
Sat May 17, 2014

A Worldwide Voyage To Prove Stars, Wind And Waves Are Enough

David Komine Kawika, a crew member on the Hikianalia, Hokulea's sister canoe.
Molly Solomon Courtesy of Polynesian Voyaging Society

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 10:17 am

An ambitious journey by canoe gets underway in Hawaii on Saturday when two double-hulled vessels set sail on a three-year trip around the world.

The 62-foot double-hulled Hokulea is not your average sea vessel. A couple sails, a wooden oar to steer and about five miles of rope to hold the canoe together. Captain Bob Perkins says what you won't find on board is any type of navigational instrument. No GPS, no compass — not even a watch.

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4:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

FIFA President On Qatar's World Cup: 'Of Course, It's An Error'

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.


And I'm Audie Cornish. The World Cup in Brazil begins in less than a month. But why talk about that? The one scheduled for eight years from now in Qatar seems to be making as many headlines. And that's all because the head of soccer's international governing body said in an interview today that it was a mistake to schedule a summer tournament there. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now to talk more about it. Hey there, Stefan.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

That Darn Cat: 'Hero' Feline Will Throw Out First Pitch At Game

An image taken from a video posted by Roger Triantafilo shows the family's cat, Tara, chasing off a dog after it bit his son, Jeremy.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:49 pm

The cat that saved a young boy from an attacking dog became an Internet star this week. Next week, we'll see how Tara the cat does on the ball field: She's been asked to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a local minor league baseball game.

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12:11 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Is It Donald Sterling's Right To Fight For His Team?

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 11:05 am



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Latin America
5:15 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Brazilians Use Lead Up To World Cup To Protest Grievances

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

Protests against June's World Cup — soccer's biggest tournament — swept across host country Brazil on Thursday. Twelve Brazilian cities saw demonstrations as well as many labor strikes.

NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Tries To Jell Before World Cup

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm



OK. Soccer's World Cup is coming. One month from today, the U.S. Men's national team plays Ghana. That's the first of three extremely tough opening round games for the Americans. So they have one month to prepare. In fact, to play catch up with their opponents, in the words of their coach. A World Cup training camp opened this week at Stanford University. NPR's Tom Goldman was there.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: It's that time again. World Cup time when non-soccer fans and media finally pay attention to some of the country's best athletes.

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Sweetness And Light
3:47 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet)

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Comcast Corp. chairman Brian Roberts signed an agreement this month that secures U.S. broadcast rights for NBC Universal through 2032.
Arnaud Meylan AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:50 pm

Because it's the 50th anniversary, there's been a wave of nostalgia for the last New York World's Fair. It made me wonder: Whatever happened to World's Fairs?

Well, it turns out that they still exist. In fact, you, too, can go to a certified World's Fair next year in Milan, where the fun theme is "Feeding the planet, energy for life" — real cotton candy stuff that helps explain why World's Fairs are not so popular anymore.

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5:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Time Warner, DirecTV Squabble Over Dodgers TV Network

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 11:15 am

The Dodgers launched a network to carry their games. But a dispute over broadcast fees and whether the network should be offered ala carte has kept it dark in 70 percent of the Los Angeles market.

Code Switch
7:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Donald Sterling Says He Isn't A Racist. Is Anyone?

Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, might be forced by the league's owners to sell his franchise.

Last week, I was having a conversation with a woman who said that her father was distrustful of people of other races. When I asked her if she considered her father a racist, she balked at the premise of the question. When I think of a racist, I think of the worst kind of person, she said. And anyway, she said, her father didn't like anybody.

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