Sports

4:26pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Latin America

Brazilian Soccer Convention Canceled Amid Funding Foibles

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:21 pm

Transcript

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Rarely does canceling a conference cause so much anger, but the nixing of a major soccer convention in Brazil has the government and organizers pointing fingers at one another. Known as Soccerex, the conference was intended to bring clubs, sponsors and business leaders together before next year's World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports the cancellation has pushed them farther apart.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Welcome, 2014 to the country Brazil.

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1:37pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Parallels

The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:21 pm

A player from the Vatican's new cricket team of priests and seminarians returns a ball during a training session at the Mater Ecclesiae Catholic college in Rome last month. The Vatican officially declared its intention to defeat the Church of England — not in a theological re-match nearly 500 years after they split, but on the cricket pitch.
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Some 500 years after England's King Henry VIII broke with the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican is vowing to defeat the Church of England — not in the pews, but on the cricket pitch.

The Vatican has launched its own cricket club — a move aimed at forging ties with teams of other faiths.

Rome's Capannelle Cricket Club is hosting training matches that will lead to the creation of the Vatican team, the St. Peter's Cricket Club.

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12:04pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Sports

Did Coaches Encourage Incognito's Bullying?

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:10 pm

Hazing and bullying are commonly found in schoolyards and fraternities. But pro sports? The NFL is investigating possible harassment within the Miami Dolphins between veteran guard Richie Incognito and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. Host Michel Martin speaks with sportswriter Kevin Blackistone about the culture of bullying and hazing within the NFL.

11:32am

Wed November 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Splattered Flag-Themed Football Uniforms Have Many Seeing Red

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:01 pm

Part of the special design to be worn by Northwestern University football players on Nov. 16.
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Special uniforms that Northwestern University's football team will wear on Nov. 16 have sparked controversy because of red streaks across the flag-themed patterns that look like blood to many observers.

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9:33am

Wed November 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Astrodoomed? Famed Houston Stadium May Fall To Wrecking Ball

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:46 pm

An interior shot of the Houston Astrodome taken in 1990. The stadium was "the first fully air-conditioned, enclosed, domed, multipurpose sports stadium in the world," according to the Texas Historical Association.
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Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.

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4:42am

Wed November 6, 2013
Sports

NFL To Probe Culture Of Hazing, Harassment

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 8:23 am

The National Football League is investigating reports of harassment by members of the Miami Dolphins. The team suspended lineman Richie Incognito indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team." That conduct is tied to allegations of continued harassment made by teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team last week.

3:02am

Wed November 6, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 9:01 am

"In our world of global entertainment ... passports don't matter and ... taste trumps nationalism," says Frank Deford.
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Does a citizen of any country, not just the good ole U.S. of A., have an obligation to support its national teams? For goodness sake, it's just a game, not Horatius at the Bridge standing between us and national defeat.

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4:02am

Tue November 5, 2013
Sports

Sacramento Kings Look To India To Attract New NBA Fans

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 5:24 am

Last year, Sacramento Kings fans were saying goodbye, expecting the NBA team to move to Seattle. But new ownership came together just in time, and the Kings stayed put. The new management plans to build the Kings into a contender, and a big part of that blueprint involves building up a fan base in — believe it or not — India.

5:53pm

Mon November 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Miami Dolphins Suspend Richie Incognito Over Slurs, Threats

Jonathan Martin, seen here during an NFL rookies' camp in 2012, allegedly received threatening texts and voice mails from teammate Richie Incognito that included racial slurs.
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The Miami Dolphins have suspended a veteran player indefinitely, after he allegedly sent threatening messages that included racial slurs to a younger teammate. The NFL is investigating what is being called a case of hazing and harassment.

Veteran guard Richie Incognito is alleged to have left intimidating messages and texts on the phone of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week. The Dolphins had not previously provided details to explain Martin's absence.

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5:46pm

Mon November 4, 2013
Sports

Miami Suspends Player As NFL Investigates Bullying Allegations

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 7:42 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Miami Dolphins have indefinitely suspended one of their starting players. They've accused offensive lineman Richie Incognito of conduct detrimental to the team. This, after Incognito's fellow lineman Jonathan Martin abruptly left the team last week. Martin filed a complaint prompting the Dolphins and the NFL to investigate allegations of bullying and hazing. NPR's Mike Pesca joins me to talk about developments.

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