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3:21 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Yankees' Jeter Says 2014 Season Will Be His Last

Derek Jeter says the upcoming baseball season will be his last. Jeter has played his entire career with the New York Yankees.
Tom Szczerbowski Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 4:49 pm

"I want to start by saying thank you," New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tells fans on his Facebook page, starting a note that should quell the wide speculation about Jeter's future in baseball. He will retire after this season, he said.

"I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart," Jeter wrote. "The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."

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Sports
12:01 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter Olympics: Empty Seats Signify Low Interest?

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 1:43 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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World
12:01 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

U.S. Mayor Recalls Putting Together The First Jamaican Bobsled Team

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 1:43 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to stay in the spirit of the Winter Olympics. You might be keeping an eye on the Jamaican bobsled team. Their first appearance at the winter games back in 1988 was immortalized in the popular Disney movie "Cool Runnings." Here's a clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "COOL RUNNINGS")

DOUG E. DOUG: (As Sanka Coffie) ...I am Sanka Coffie, I am the best pushcart driver in all of Jamaica. I must drive. Do you dig where I'm coming from?

JOHN CANDY: (As Irv) Yeah, I did where you're coming from.

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The Edge
7:15 am
Wed February 12, 2014

No Third Gold For U.S. Speedskater Shani Davis

Shani Davis of the U.S. competes in the second heat of the men's 500-meter speedskating race Monday in Sochi, Russia.
Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 3:21 pm

Update at 11:10 a.m. ET. Davis Finishes In 8th; U.S. Women Lose To Canada:

American speedskating star Shani Davis has come up short in his bid to win a record-breaking third straight gold medal in the men's 1,000-meter competition, NPR's Sonari Glinton reports from Sochi.

Davis finished eighth Wednesday.

The gold went to Dutch skater Stefan Groothuis. Denny Morrison of Canada came in second place, winning the silver medal. Third place, and the bronze medal, went to Michel Mulder of Netherlands.

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Sports
6:49 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Canadians: Selfish With Beer, Generous With Skis

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. In Sochi, the Canadians have filled an entire fridge with Molson beer, but it's not for sharing. The fridge requires the scan of a Canadian passport to open. Still, this Olympic moment: Yesterday, the coach of Canada's cross country ski team spotted a Russian competitor struggling to the finish line with a broken ski, and promptly ran out and gave him a replacement. In sum, Canadians: selfish with beer, generous with skis. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Sports
6:03 am
Wed February 12, 2014

For Would-Be NFL Players, 40 Yards Stand In Their Way

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The pro football season is over, so attention now turns to the draft. Though new talent will not be chosen until May, they show off their skills now. Among other things, they attend the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Sounds like farm equipment, but it's really an even where more than 300 top prospects attend. They'll be evaluated on their strength and speed, specifically the 40-yard dash.

And as Sam Klemet of member station WFYI reports, a tenth of a second can mean all the difference.

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NPR Story
5:22 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Snowborder Shaun White Will Leave Sochi Without A Medal

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Snowboarders have a new set of heroes who are not American. Last night, at the snowboard halfpipe event in Sochi, not a single member of Team USA was on the podium. The winners were Swiss and Japanese. Maybe the biggest disappointment was the fourth place finish by Shaun White. He's the American who, for years, has been the focal point of snowboarding's rise in popularity.

NPR's Robert Smith was there and tells us what it means for the sport.

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Sweetness And Light
3:41 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Double Axels And Death Spirals — Yes, Figure Skating Is A Sport

Russia's Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar helped Russia take gold during the team figure skating competition in Sochi.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

With the addition of team figure skating to the Olympic manifest, I wasn't surprised to hear from my grumpy old pal the Sports Curmudgeon. "Hey, Frank," the crabby kibitzer said, "when you gonna admit that anything that calls itself a sport that has music outside o' halftime ain't a real sport?"

Actually, there are other sporting defenders of the faith who are even more critical. They maintain that any sport — like figure skating, gymnastics, diving, halfpipe — that is resolved by exterior judges rather than by the participants themselves is not a true sport.

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Sports
5:08 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Shaun White Misses The Medal Stand As 'I-Pod' Gets The Gold

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 2:30 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where American snowboarder Shaun White attempted a three-peat today. He was trying to be the first three-time gold medal winner in the half-pipe competition, actually the first American man to win three consecutive golds in any Winter Olympic event. And NPR's Robert Smith watched the action today and joins us now from outside the half-pipe venue. Robert, how did things turn out for Shaun White?

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Sports
5:08 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

A World Of Differences For NHL Players In Sochi

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:00 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This week, the men start playing ice hockey in Sochi. Now, I admit that, although I'm a confirmed TV sports fan, watching National Hockey League games just isn't one of my vices. The Olympics, though, inject a dose of chauvinism into the game, which is kind of fun. I was a kid when the U.S. beat the Soviet Union back in 1960. And in the age of HDTV, we can actually see the puck, which makes the game a lot more watch-able, at least for me.

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