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Sweetness And Light
3:50 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs and Bill Bradley of the Cleveland Naps around 1910.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 8:09 am

For those of us in sports who like to wallow in extended misery, this has been one terrific time. The Chicago Cubs hired a popular new manager, reminding us again, interminably, that they have now gone 106 years without winning the championship, eating up 51 managers in the process.

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Sports
7:26 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics

Britain's Andy Murray plays a return to Canada's Milos Raonic during their singles ATP World Tour tennis finals match Tuesday at the O2 arena in London.
Tim Ireland AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 2:27 pm

Move over Billy Beane — baseball isn't the only sport that's buddying up to Big Data.

Tennis pros — often driven by their coaches — increasingly are turning to data recorders from the likes of IBM, SAP and other tech firms that track the distance players run, where they hit important serves and all sorts of other metrics.

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Sports
5:38 am
Sun November 9, 2014

New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

A 2011 collision that left San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey with a broken leg sparked an MLB debate about preventing injuries. Many collisions have caused head injuries, but a bigger risk to catchers is foul tips.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:13 pm

Before Major League Baseball's experimental Rule 7.13 debuted this year, when runners and catchers collided at home plate, one question lingered in the cloud of dust: Safe or out?

But catchers were racking up injuries, and MLB started asking another question: Are the crashes worth the risk?

Rule 7.13 bans most of those collisions. When it debuted this year, many baseball purists cried foul. But Hall of Fame catcher and Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench loves the change.

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Sports
7:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Rice Case Could Force Changes In NFL Discipline

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 12:33 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer and it is time for Sports.

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Sports
4:32 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NFL Has Another Week Of Legal Turmoil

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 8:11 pm

Stefan Fatsis talks to Robert Siegel about the legal turmoil surround the NFL. A plea agreement in the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson leaves the league to decide how to treat the star running back of the Minnesota Vikings. And league Commissioner Rodger Goodell testified earlier this week in the appeal hearing of star running back Ray Rice who was indefinitely suspended by the NFL and released the Baltimore Ravens after video of his striking his girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino hotel elevator.

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Shots - Health News
7:36 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Sideline Robot Helps Trainers Spot Football Concussions

Go Big Green! Dartmouth is testing the VGo robot to help diagnose concussions when neurologists aren't at the game.
Mark Washburn Courtesy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:03 pm

With the fall season come littered leaves, new television lineups and the sport that can't stop stirring up controversy: football.

Rough tackles and concussions worry many parents. And no wonder. Research cited by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons suggests that more than a third of college football players have had one concussion and 20 percent have had more than one.

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The Two-Way
6:47 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

49ers Running Back Retires From NFL, Without Playing A Snap

Marcus Lattimore retired from the NFL Wednesday, ending his hopes of returning from a knee injury to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Jason O. Watson Getty Images

Saying his knees wouldn't withstand the punishment the NFL deals out, running back Marcus Lattimore retired from the league Wednesday. Lattimore, 23, suffered serious injuries to both knees in college. He says he chose a higher quality of life over the promise of millions of dollars.

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Sports
5:34 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Charlotte's College Of Faith Lacks A Campus But Not A Football Team

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:58 am

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Sports
5:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

2-Day Appeal Hearing To Consider Ray Rice's NFL Case

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:58 am

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Sweetness And Light
3:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Karlos Dansby celebrates during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17.
David Richard AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 7:02 pm

Every election suggests change, so given all the scandals involving football, now's an appropriate time to envision what reforms might be forced upon the sport. Well, I'll tell you: It's tough to mess with football.

Now, to begin with, from hindsight, it was probably misleading to call baseball "the national pastime." The claim was, essentially, based almost entirely on the fact that baseball was the only team sport that boasted a professional presence. The World Series was our World Cup and the Olympics rolled into one.

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