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4:36 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Sports Reporting: The Way It Was ... And Is

Back in the day, people used to ask Frank Deford who he thought was the greatest boxer. Nowadays, nobody even asks about boxing.
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Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 10:08 am

When I was a young, cocksure lad in this business, one thing I hated was for anyone in the Old Guard to preface an observation about sports by saying, "It used to be ... "

Invariably, the point was that it used to be better.

I promised myself that I'd never become a "used-to-be" guy. But for the benefit of today's young, cocksure lads in the business, here I go:

It used to be that people always asked me if athletes weren't making too much money. Nobody ever asks me that anymore. The only money issue I hear now is, "Why aren't college athletes paid?"

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Sports
4:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:12 pm

John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. The Adidas Brazuca is expected to perform better than the version used in South Africa in 2010.

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Sports
12:15 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Before And After Photos: 8 Runners In The Boston Marathon

Matthew Conlon before and after running the Boston Marathon on Monday. Conlon is one of the eight runners who chronicled their journey to the marathon for NPR.
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Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:49 pm

For 10 weeks we followed these eight runners as they trained for the 118th Boston Marathon. On the day of the race we asked each of them to send us a picture of themselves before they hit the course and after they finished. Capturing the ups and downs of the day, this is what it looks like to stare 26.2 miles in the face.

News
4:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

A Year From Tragedy, Boston Marathon Laurels Go To American

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:26 pm

The Boston Marathon is back, over one year since bombs rocked its finish line. NPR's Jeff Brady discusses the race, its heightened security and Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win it since 1983.

Sports
4:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

By Waiting Just A Second Too Long, Gomez Steps On An Unwritten Rule

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:26 pm

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Baseball has lots of written rules, but it also has its share of unwritten rules of etiquette. For example, don't steal a base late in the game if your team is up by a bunch of runs. If the opposing pitcher is throwing a no-hitter, you don't try to break it up by bunting.

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The Salt
12:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Hunger Games: College Athletes Make Play For Collective Bargaining

Shabazz Napier of the Connecticut Huskies speaks to the media in the locker room after defeating Kentucky in the NCAA men's championship on April 7.
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Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:36 pm

When University of Connecticut star basketball player Shabazz Napier told reporters right after winning the NCAA Division I men's basketball national championship he sometimes went to bed hungry, you could almost hear the collective gasp from mothers around the country.

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The Two-Way
12:11 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

America's Meb Keflezighi Wins An Emotional Boston Marathon

American Meb Keflezighi crosses the finish line in first place to win the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on Monday. He became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983.
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Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 6:09 pm

In the men's field of the 118th Boston Marathon, American Meb Keflezighi ended a 31-year drought for U.S. runners, after holding off Wilson Chebet of Kenya in a race that came down to the final mile.

According to race officials, Keflezighi, 38, ran a 4:56 split at mile 23, when he built a 20-second lead. That lead dwindled as the runners neared the finish line, but Keflezighi held off all challengers to win the race with an unofficial finishing time of 2:08:37.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon April 21, 2014

As It Happened: American Wins 118th Running Of The Boston Marathon

Boylston Street's 26-mile marker will be a welcome sight to the thousands of runners who are in today's Boston Marathon. Today marks the 118th running of the race.
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Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:11 pm

There is no doubt the bombings of last year cast a long shadow on the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

It was an inevitable backdrop: The signs on the buildings that line the course near the finish are usually covered in witty, encouraging posters. This year, they encouraged a greater kind of perseverance.

"Boston Strong," they exhorted.

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News
6:56 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The Boston Marathon Through The Eyes Of Two Men Who Love It

Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray (right) greets runners during the Boston Athletic Association 10K race in Boston last year.
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Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 6:32 pm

Dave McGillivray likely knows the Boston Marathon better than anyone else.

McGillivray is the race's director — responsible for all the details of the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world. And for the past 41 years, he has also run all 26.2 miles of the course. For the past 27 years, he's done so after his work duties are done.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Mon April 21, 2014

It's Time To Run Again In Boston: Here's The Schedule

Runners, their friends and family members posed Sunday for photos at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which is being run on Monday.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:15 pm

We don't need to go on at length about why today's running of the Boston Marathon is important.

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