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4:23am

Wed March 25, 2015
Sweetness And Light

'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:18 am

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, center, during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Borland announced that he will retire after just one season to protect himself from brain injuries.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Once again, the question of the NFL's pre-eminence — even existence — has been raised with the retirement of Chris Borland, a very good player, who has walked away from the game and millions of dollars at the age of 24 in order to preserve his health, or more specifically, his brain.

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6:13pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Sports

Bowling's First 900 Score Still Disputed After 30 Years

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:40 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jeff Richgels, who writes the blog, "The 11th Frame," about when bowler Glenn Allison rolled 36 strikes in 1982. His score was disallowed because of an alleged performance enhancing lubricant.

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2:50pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Parallels

With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 5:57 pm

Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities.
Eyder Peralta NPR

It has already been a messy game at Havana's Latin American Stadium, the premier baseball stadium in Cuba. The home team, the Industriales, has given up five runs in the first inning; a shortstop fumbled a ball, an outfielder failed to hustle and an easy out became an extra-base hit.

The home crowd isn't deterred. The vuvuzelas, those ear-splitting plastic horns, still swell when an opposing batter reaches two strikes.

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6:58pm

Mon March 23, 2015
Author Interviews

'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 10:47 am

UNC basketball fans storm the court after a win over Duke in 2014.
Grant Halverson Getty Images

March Madness is college basketball's annual shining moment, and few schools have shone as bright or as long as the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have been in 18 Final Fours and won the national championship five times, most recently in 2009.

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5:07pm

Mon March 23, 2015
Sports

Kentucky Still Favored As March Madness Heads Into Sweet Sixteen

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 6:58 pm

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3:57pm

Mon March 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Wilson Sporting Goods Acquires Louisville Slugger Brand

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:31 am

A 120-foot-tall replica bat fronts the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky. Hillerich & Bradsby on Monday announced a deal to sell its Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Update at 7:21 p.m. ET. Jobs to be lost in deal:

Baseball's most iconic bat has a new owner. Monday, Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which owns Louisville Slugger, announced the brand would be acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million in cash. The move means that Wilson, maker of Major League Baseball's official glove, will soon own the maker of MLB's official bat.

Jacob Ryan of NPR member station WFPL reports that some jobs will be lost in the acquisition:

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8:02am

Sun March 22, 2015
Sports

Actual Dramatic Comebacks Are Rare In NCAA Tournament

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:19 am

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8:02am

Sun March 22, 2015
Sports

Two-Time MVP Steve Nash Retires From NBA

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:19 am

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8:02am

Sun March 22, 2015
Sports

For The Underdogs, Winning The NCAA Was Extra Sweet

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 3:08 pm

The 1988 Kansas Jayhawks hold up their trophy after winning the championship game of the NCAA Final Four Tournament.
Susan Ragan AP

Every March, the madness takes hold.

The NCAA college basketball tournament might be the most emotional event in college sports. Sixty-four teams in a single-elimination tournament. The regular season can be blown away in a single game.

After that one tournament, it's all gone. But we always remember those ultimate underdogs — George Mason, Butler, Richmond. This year, it was Georgia State — until Saturday, when the Panthers fell to the Xavier Musketeers.

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8:01am

Sun March 22, 2015
Sports

NCAA Tournament: N.C. State Shocks No.1-Seed Villanova

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:19 am

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