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3:09am

Wed March 18, 2015
Sweetness And Light

News From The Charity Stripe

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:23 pm

Arizona State fans showcase their Curtain of Distraction during a game against UCLA on Feb. 18 in Tempe, Ariz.
Rick Scuteri AP

It's the venerable custom in tennis and golf for the crowd to be still and quiet when players hit their shots.

Now, since even ordinary baseball batters have some success hitting against 98 mph fastballs with 40,000 fans standing and screaming, do you really believe that great athletes like Novak Djokovic or Rory McIlroy couldn't serve or putt with a few thousand fans hollering? If they'd grown up playing tennis or golf that way, that is. When disorder is a sustaining part of the game, players, in effect, put it out of their minds. Hear no evil, see no evil.

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4:54pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Sports

Bhutan One Step Closer To World Cup After Shocking Victory Over Sri Lanka

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

Bhutan, the world's lowest-ranked soccer team, shocked the world on Tuesday when they beat Sri Lanka in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Bhutanese journalist Namgay Zam in Thimphu, Bhutan, about the win.

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4:52pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Sports

49ers Linebacker Chris Borland Retires Early Fearing Brain Damage

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

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2:57pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Thailand Cautions Women Against 'Underboob Selfies'

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:33 pm

Citing both potential harm to society and the Computer Crimes Act, Thailand's Culture Ministry is urging women to resist what it says is a new trend of taking photos that focus on the midriff and the lower portion of their breasts.

The warning was issued Monday — and a ministry official acknowledged that in speaking out against an online trend, the agency ran the risk of drawing more attention to it.

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11:20am

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Bhutan, World's Lowest-Ranked Soccer Team, Advances In World Cup Qualifying

Bhutanese football player Chencho Gyeltshen controls the ball in a March 5 match against Sri Lanka. The striker hit two goals Tuesday to lead Bhutan past Sri Lanka and into the next phase of World Cup Qualifying.
Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

They started the game ranked 209th out of 209 national teams — but Bhutan will progress to the second round of World Cup Qualifying after beating Sri Lanka in consecutive matches. The 2-1 victory comes less than a week after its historic first win in a World Cup qualifier.

The win puts Bhutan into the Asian group stage, where they'll gain more international experience as they play for a chance to move another step closer to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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8:42am

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

49ers Linebacker Quits After 1 Season, Citing Safety Concerns

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 12:56 pm

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland (50) is seen here in a game last year against the New York Giants. Borland, who had two interceptions in that game, has announced that he is retiring from the NFL after his rookie season.
Chris Szagola CSM/Landov

Concerns about possibly incurring brain injuries have prompted Chris Borland to end his NFL career after just one season, during which he emerged as a star on the San Francisco 49ers' vaunted defense. Borland, 24, said, "I just honestly want to do what's best for my health."

Saying that he had consulted with other players, medical experts and his family, Borland stated, "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."

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5:34am

Tue March 17, 2015
Sports

In NCAA Women's Bracket, UConn Is Easily The Top Seed

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:25 am

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9:39pm

Mon March 16, 2015
The Two-Way

UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Maryland Earn No. 1 Seeds In NCAA Women's Bracket

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:40 am

Members of Connecticut's women's basketball team react after their 84-70 victory over USF in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. UConn is the returning champ in this year's women's bracket.
Fred Beckham AP

The NCAA has announced the women's basketball bracket for 2015. UConn (32-1), Notre Dame (31-2), South Carolina (30-2) and Maryland (30-2) have all earned No. 1 seeds.

The NCAA also says five schools are making their first appearances in the tournament this century: New Mexico State, Ohio, Seton Hall, Tennessee State and Northwestern.

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6:04am

Mon March 16, 2015
Sports

A Word Of Advice To Baseball Players: Sneeze Carefully

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:50 am

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5:55am

Mon March 16, 2015
Sports

Start The Madness: Weighing The Seeds Of March

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:50 am

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