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3:55 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Labor Board Rules Northwestern University Players Are Employees

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks at a January press conference in Chicago.
David Banks Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 6:08 pm

A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University athletes are employees of the school and are allowed to form a union.

The Associated Press calls the decision "stunning" because it has the potential to completely upend the way college athletics function. The AP adds:

"The Evanston, Ill-based university argued college athletes, as students, don't fit in the same category as factory workers, truck drivers and other unionized workers. The school plans to appeal to labor authorities in Washington, D.C.

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Code Switch
11:08 am
Wed March 26, 2014

To Some English-Speakers, Soccer Matches Sound Better In Spanish

Andrés Cantor is the legendary soccer play-by-play announcer behind GOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
PRN

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 3:35 pm

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Sweetness And Light
3:19 am
Wed March 26, 2014

The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office

Phil Jackson recently signed on as the new president of the New York Knicks.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:35 pm

One great mystery of sport is why they call the place that the general manager rules over the front office. Obviously, it's the box office that's out front. What they call the front office is really the "office office."

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

March Madness: After The Upsets, Which Team Do You Like Now?

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison goes up for a shot during his team's victory Sunday over Wichita State. The Wildcats' win sent the previously undefeated Shockers home.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:08 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman on the madness so far

Duke went down the first day, losing to nearly unknown Mercer.

Syracuse was bounced out on Saturday by Dayton — a team that hadn't gone very far in 30 years.

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Sports
5:59 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. Time for an update on March Madness and first condolences are in order for the state of Kansas. Two of its highly regarded men's college basketball teams are out of the tournament. And in addition to condolences to Kansas, I can hear a lot of brackets shredding all over the country. The University of Kansas, a number two seed, lost yesterday to Stanford 70-to-67.

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Sports
5:45 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

In LA, Watching Home Team's Ball Games Just Got More Complicated

Pay to (watch them) play: Dodgers fans in and around Los Angeles can only see their team on TV if they have Time Warner cable service.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 7:37 pm

On Saturday, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off the baseball season with two games in Sydney, Australia. Fans in most of the country watched the games on the official Major League Baseball Network. But in Los Angeles, home of the Dodgers, fans could only watch on a brand new all-Dodgers channel.

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Sports
9:53 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Fate Sets Up A Date With The Boston Marathon

Amelia Nelson, 27, after 6-mile training run for the Boston Marathon.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 12:47 pm

Through the spring, NPR will be telling the stories eight runners competing in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Amelia Nelson is running her first marathon.


Amelia Nelson is a reluctant runner.

As she walks out of her Cambridge apartment one day in February, there is snow still piled on the sidewalks. Big mounds of it — already blackened by the traffic — spill onto the road.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Nation's Last Known Perfect Bracket Busted By Syracuse Loss

Syracuse's Trevor Cooney (No. 10) shoots between Dayton's Devon Scott (second from left) and Dyshawn Pierre (right) as Khari Price (left) watches during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday.
Bill Wippert AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:45 am

Then there were none.

We told you about how some stunning upsets in the men's NCAA basketball tournament ended the billion-dollar dreams of those who entered Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans' "Billion $ Bracket Challenge."

We also told you about Brad Binder, 23, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., who up until Saturday afternoon had the last known perfect bracket in the country.

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Sports
7:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

The Upsetting Nature Of March Madness

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:36 am

It's March Madness — college basketball playoffs! NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate.com's Mike Pesca for his take on the week in sports.

Sports
7:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

New Test Improves Detection Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:23 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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