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4:46pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Sports

'Raising Ali' Remembers The 'Worst Mess In The History Of Sports'

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:42 pm

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4:43pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Sports

The Curse Of Lil B: Fans Blame Rapper For Houston Rockets' Bad Luck

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:42 pm

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5:09am

Fri May 22, 2015
Race

Players' Costs May Be A Factor In Why Tennis Leads Golf In Diversity

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 7:32 am

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5:09am

Fri May 22, 2015
Middle East

Talking To Qatar's World Cup Workers Gets BBC Reporter Arrested

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:24 pm

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4:28pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Parallels

China Kicks Off 'Great Leap Forward' On The Soccer Field

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

First-graders take soccer class at the Nandulehe Elementary School in suburban Beijing. The school is one of 20,000 that's launching a national soccer curriculum in the next five years. It's part of a government plan to raise China's soccer skills and eventually, China's leaders hope, host and win a World Cup.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

At an elementary school outside the Chinese capital, Beijing, first-graders practice controlling soccer balls under the instruction of American coach Tom Byer.

"When I clap, everybody's going to dribble to the circle, pull it back and go to the right. Go!" he says.

Regular soccer balls would practically come up to the kids' knees, so they practice with miniature ones instead.

But Byer, a native of New York, argues that even at age 6 or 7, the children are already late to the game.

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11:07am

Thu May 21, 2015
Code Switch

What Anti-Domestic Violence Advocates Are Saying About The WNBA Suspensions

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:45 pm

Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner stops to sign autographs for fans before a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm in 2013 in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

On April 22, WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct after the couple reportedly had a fight in their Phoenix home. A week later, Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and agreed to participate in a 26-week domestic-violence diversion program. On May 8, the couple got married in an outdoor wedding that was written up in The New York Times, and then, on May 15, each woman received an unprecedented seven-game suspension from the WNBA.

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10:50am

Thu May 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed Against The NFL's Ray Rice

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 3:33 pm

Citing the completion of a pretrial intervention program, a New Jersey judge has dismissed a felony assault charge that was filed against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice over a now-infamous incident in which Rice struck his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

Rice hit Palmer during an argument while they were visiting Atlantic City, N.J., in February of 2014. A month later, he was indicted on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault. He then entered into a one-year pretrial program that would allow him to avoid a trial.

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7:17pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Parallels

For Israel, Soccer Becomes A Geopolitical Football

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 8:39 pm

FIFA President Sepp Blatter kicks a ball during the inauguration of a football stadium in the village of Dura al-Qari near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday. Blatter said he is on a "mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations.
Majdi Mohammed AP

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has moved to the soccer field. Next week, at the annual meeting of FIFA — the international body governing football — its 209 members are scheduled to vote on a proposal to suspend Israel from international play.

Palestinian soccer officials put the proposal on FIFA's agenda, saying Israeli policies hurt Palestinian players and the sport's development and break FIFA's own rules.

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5:28pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Sports

Boxing Fans File Lawsuits After Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 10:28 am

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3:29am

Wed May 20, 2015
Sweetness And Light

The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed: Sportsmanship

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline during this year's Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Sport may be dismissed as inconsequential child's play, but there is, in counterpoint, the ideal that sport is our best model for human fairness and equality — a Garden of Eden with competition. But, of course, there are snakes in this athletic garden. Rules will be broken.

To my mind there are, in ascending order, three kinds of transgressions. The first is the most simple: transgressions committed in the heat of the action, instinctively, because of frustration, failure or anger. There are referees to tend to that misconduct.

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