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4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Texas Teams (Correctly) Shut Out Of New College Football Playoffs

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 9:35 am

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4:57 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Why Do The College Playoffs Only Have 4 Teams?

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 1:31 pm

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Sports
5:15 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

After A 5-Year Struggle, Soccer Player Gets A Second Chance

New England Revolution's Charlie Davies celebrates his goal against the New York Red Bulls last week to secure a spot in the MLS Cup.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 12:28 am

The New England Revolution plays the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday for the Major League Soccer championship. For one player on the field — sporting one leg shorter than the other, metal plates in his face and an ear-to-ear scar — the MLS cup caps an excruciating journey back to the top of his game.

That player, Charlie Davies, barely survived a devastating car accident five years ago.

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Sports
7:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Less Wrestling, More Sport In Roller Derby World Cup

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 3:03 pm

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7:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 11:51 am

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Valentine's Day 2013, and a world-famous athlete who inspired people around the world shot the woman he loved four times as she lay behind a bathroom door.

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7:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Pro Athletes Show Support For Ferguson Protesters

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 11:51 am

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Now it's time for Sports, which can get caught up in real life, too.

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Goats and Soda
6:47 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

In a new public health campaign, British actor Idris Elba plays a soccer coach whose team is squaring off against Ebola.
Courtesy of Africa United

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

The soccer coach is giving his team a pep talk: "This is not an ordinary game," he declares as he paces in the locker room. "This is life or death. Ebola has defeated thousands in West Africa. Its key strength is passing."

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Sports
7:11 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Wilt Chamberlain Gets Extra-Long Stamp

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 1:07 pm

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Sports
7:19 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

As Boston, Other U.S. Cities Pursue Olympics, Critics See No Upside

Italian military police officers stand in front of anti-Olympics demonstrators in February 2006 in Turin, Italy, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Games.
Paco Serinelli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:32 pm

It almost seems unpatriotic, not to welcome the Olympics to your hometown, but that's where Chris Dempsey stands.

The lanky 32-year-old with a shock of black hair is nuts about Boston, a prototypically obnoxious Red Sox fan. He wrote his college thesis about the city, worked in its government on transportation, and now is a Bain & Co. consultant by day. But at night he assumes his subversive role: leading a charge against the bringing the 2024 Summer Games to Boston.

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

At Beer Mile Championships, Scientist Sets New Women's Record

In an image from video of the men's event at the Beer Mile World Championships, competitors are seen poised to open their beers, which they'll guzzle before taking off on their first of four laps.
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In a dizzying finish, American scientist Elizabeth Herndon set a new women's world record in the Beer Mile World Championships in Austin, Texas, last night, breaking through a tight field to obliterate the previous mark by 11 seconds.

In the men's race, Canadian mailman Corey Gallagher relied on fast drinking to separate himself from the field, turning in a time a hair over 5 minutes, just three seconds off the men's world record.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

It Wasn't Pretty, But 76ers Manage To Win Their First Game Of The Season

Philadelphia 76ers forward JaKarr Sampson congratulates guard K.J. McDaniels during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Hannah Foslien AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:58 pm

And on the 18th try, the Philadelphia 76ers finally snapped their losing streak, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 85-77 on Wednesday.

Yes, they managed to right the ship to avoid tying the record for worst start to an NBA season and, yes, a win is a win.

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Politics
5:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Sports Commissioners Absent From Senate Hearing On Domestic Abuse

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 7:41 am

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Sweetness And Light
3:22 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Flag On The Play! Playoffs May Shift Focus From Football's Fumbles

Alabama defensive back Nick Perry (right) breaks up a pass on Auburn wide receiver D'haquille Williams (center) as Alabama defensive back Landon Collins looks on during the second half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 55-44.
Butch Dill AP

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 10:07 am

For years, the great brouhaha in college football was its lack of a real playoff. But at last we have one — the four qualifying teams to be announced Sunday.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

FIFA Chief Rejects Responsibility For Welfare Of Workers In Qatar

FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday that FIFA wasn't responsible for the working conditions of laborers who are building the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He said the companies that employed the migrant workers should be responsible for their safety.
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Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 4:57 pm

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said today that soccer's governing body is not responsible for the working conditions of laborers who are building the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Sports
5:31 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Ohio State Players Say No Warning Signs Preceded Teammate's Death

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 2:20 pm

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5:29 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Ohio State Football Player's Death Draws Attention To Head Injuries

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:28 pm

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Sports
5:29 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Proposal Would End Football At University Of Alabama-Birmingham

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:28 pm

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7:19 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Actor Mickey Rourke Takes Another Jab At Boxing

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 7:27 am

At age 62, actor Mickey Rourke last week returned to his other love: boxing.

He fought a match in Moscow and won.

True, some dismissed his opponent.

He's described by the Daily Mail as a man who's lost 9 of 10 pro matches and is homeless.

Still Rourke won, and said of returning to the ring, "It's better to live in fear than go on in shame."

He plans more fights in Russia, though there's no word when he faces Vladimir Putin.

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Sports
6:05 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Washington QB Robert Griffin III's Sinking Career; More NFL News

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 7:24 am

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The Two-Way
8:29 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Missing Ohio State Football Player Found Dead, Police Say

An Ohio State University student who went missing Wednesday was found dead Sunday, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say.

The Associated Press reports that Kosta Karageorge, 22, was a senior defensive tackle on the OSU football team and a former Buckeyes wrestler.

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Sports
12:29 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Happy Birthday To Joltin' Joe — Who Didn't Even Like Baseball

A young Joe DiMaggio was a hitter for hire, playing with whatever local ball club could pay him. Then his semi-pro successes brought him to the San Francisco Seals, and from there to the major leagues — and the rest is history.
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Sports heroes are supposed to play for the love of the game, at least at first, even if the money comes later and fame becomes its own pastime. Rare is the star athlete who just falls into it — who does it because he doesn't have anything better to do.

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Sports
8:07 am
Sun November 30, 2014

The Week In Sports: NBA's Losers Steal The Headlines

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 12:44 pm

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Time now for sports. There are two kinds of people in sports. There are winners, and there are losers. The winners get the fame, the fortune, not to mention all of the attention. And the losers, well, they get Mike Pesca. Hi, Mike.

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Sports
7:46 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Honoring His Grandfather, Boy Breaks Baseball News

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 12:05 pm

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Sports
7:46 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Why Clif Bar Dropped Athletes In Dangerous Sports

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 12:05 pm

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7:46 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Ray Rice Can Play Pro Football Again, But Will He?

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 12:05 pm

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5:42 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Helmets Aren't Always Enough To Keep Players Safe

Cricketer Phillip Hughes celebrates a score in 2011. Hughes was wearing a helmet this week when a ball struck him on the neck and killed him.
Eranga Jayawardena AP

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 12:05 pm

Australian cricket player Phillip Hughes died this week in Sydney after he was struck on the back of the neck by a bounced pitch that's an ordinary and routine part of cricket.

Mr. Hughes was 25, an accomplished and admired player. There's been an outpouring of grief in Australia and around the world over his death. Cricket fans from India and Pakistan to New Zealand have observed a minute of silence before a match, and worn black armbands. Cricket fans have put out cricket bats in tribute. Rory McIlroy, the great Irish golfer, played with a black ribbon in his cap.

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Sports
4:53 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Ray Rice Wins Appeal

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 6:22 pm

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3:33 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Ray Rice Wins Appeal, Reinstated By NFL

Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, on Nov. 5. in New York.
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 4:59 pm

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced earlier this year that showed him hitting his then-fiancee, has won an appeal and will be reinstated by the NFL.

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5:09 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Energy Boom Helps Texas Commuter School Launch Football Program

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 12:12 pm

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5:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

NFL Fans Get Their Fill With 3 Games On Thanksgiving

Jerry Dockery checks his frying turkey as he tailgates at Eastern Market before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in Detroit on Thursday.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:23 am

Updated With Final Scores:

The Detroit Lions won handily over the Chicago Bears 34-17. Detroit is now 8-4 for the season.

The Philadelphia Eagles routed the Dallas Cowboys 33-10. The Eagles are now 9-3 and lead the NFC East by one game over the Cowboys.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 19-3. Seattle is one game ahead of San Francisco for second place in the NFC West.

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