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7:49 am
Sat August 9, 2014

With First Female Assistant Coach, Spurs Lead A Cultural Shift

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 11:40 am

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LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lourdes Garcia-Navarro. Time now for sports. Scott Simon is away this week so no talk of the Cubs. But B.J. Liederman still wrote our theme song.

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The Two-Way
8:38 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

NCAA Loses Court Ruling In Athletes' Antitrust Case

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, seen here in 2010, has won a court ruling in which the NCAA was told it can't forbid college athletes from being compensated for the use of their images and names.
Isaac Brekken ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 12:28 pm

The NCAA violated antitrust laws when it said college athletes couldn't be compensated for the use of their names and likenesses, a federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken sided with a group of current and former college football and basketball players who say they're being used to help sell video games, TV broadcasts and other content without being paid. Led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, the group filed a lawsuit in 2009.

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Law
8:02 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Some College Players Are Entitled To Payment

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 9:52 pm

College athletes scored a major victory in court Friday. A federal judge issued a ruling that the NCAA violated antitrust law by prohibiting athletes from payment for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The ruling addressed football and basketball players in particular.

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Law
4:35 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Pistorius Trial Nears A Verdict

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 6:57 pm

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Sports
11:11 am
Fri August 8, 2014

With 50 Games Left Till Playoffs, Few MLB Teams Out Of Contention

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 11:15 am

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Men In America
4:58 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

For NFL's Jason Taylor, Playing Through Pain Was Part Of The Game

Jason Taylor signals to his teammates during a game in 2011. Those fingers endured more than a few dislocations during his NFL career.
Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 7:43 pm

When Jason Taylor played professional football, his name struck terror into opposing quarterbacks. Now that he's retired, that name may soon adorn a plaque in the Hall of Fame.

For a reason why, look to seasons like the one Taylor had in 2006, when he was playing defensive end for the Miami Dolphins. He was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year that season, racking up 13.5 sacks, recovering two fumbles and even returning two interceptions — quite a feat for a lineman.

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz (left) discusses the NCAA structure Thursday, as Wright State University President David R. Hopkins looks on. The NCAA Board of Directors approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation's five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.
Michael Conroy AP

Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes and other matters, under a new policy adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.

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Sports
5:17 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NCAA Vote Could Boost Student-Athletes' Benefits, Big Schools' Power

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at an April 6 news conference in Arlington, Texas.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 12:46 pm

Major college sports programs could take a significant step today toward sharing their wealth with the student-athletes whose performances help line their coffers.

The NCAA Board of Directors is expected to vote this afternoon on a plan to restructure Division I athletics, which would give the five biggest athletic conferences autonomy in making certain rules and provide so-called enhanced benefits to student-athletes.

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Sweetness And Light
3:45 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Are NBA And NFL Rules Bush League?

Commentator Frank Deford says part of why we can't do away with college sports is history. Football and basketball have always been tied to college.
AP

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 10:35 am

If there's one rule in American sports that is universally despised, it is the National Basketball Association's stipulation that a player cannot be drafted out of high school, but must put in an extra year playing somewhere — invariably at college. It makes a sham of both education and teamwork, and when the best kids are picked up, the policy is properly ridiculed as "one-and-done."

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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Spurs Hire NBA's First Female Full-Time Assistant Coach

The San Antonio Stars' Becky Hammon, seen here attending a Spurs playoff game, has been hired as a full-time assistant coach, joining the NBA's reigning champions for next season.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 7:21 pm

The NBA now has its first full-time female assistant coach, as the San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon to join their bench for the upcoming season. The move comes as Hammon says she'll retire after her current season playing for the San Antonio Stars.

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