Sports

1:36pm

Wed September 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Oklahoma State Promises Own Probe Of Alleged Football Abuses

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 4:05 pm

Oklahoma State players celebrate after a score during an Aug. 31 game against Mississippi State.
Bob Levey Getty Images

On this third day of Sports Illustrated's five-part series that exposes what the magazine says are sweeping problems in Oklahoma State University's football program — including money being paid to players, tutors doing players' schoolwork and women from a "hostess program" having sex with recruits — the school's president is vowing to investigate it thoroughly.

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3:25am

Wed September 11, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Diana Nyad's Accomplishment Makes America's Cup Look All Wet

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:54 am

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swims toward shore in Key West, Fla., on Sept. 2, the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. She arrived at the beach about 53 hours after beginning her swim in Havana.
J Pat Carter AP

For sportswriters the fattest target has always been the America's Cup. It's too easy. It's like all those political writers who make fun of vice presidents and think they're being original. Sportswriters have been going har-de-har-har about the America's Cup even long before one of their wags said it was like watching paint dry. Or like watching grass grow. One or the other. Maybe both.

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6:05pm

Tue September 10, 2013
Sports

NASCAR Nastiness Results In Sport's Biggest Fine Ever

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Finally this hour, NASCAR nastiness. This past Saturday, one team appeared to pull out all the stops to rig a big race. One driver spun out his car, and another took an unnecessary pit stop. Both moves helped advance their teammate to the playoffs. NASCAR fined their team - Michael Waltrip Racing - $300,000, and suspended their general manager indefinitely.

Now, this is the biggest fine in NASCAR history, according to Nate Ryan. He's a senior motorsports reporter for USA Today Sports. He joins us from Charlotte, N.C. Hey there, Nate.

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6:05pm

Tue September 10, 2013
Sports

New Head Of Olympic Committee Faces A Number Of Challenges

The International Olympic committee (IOC) has elected a new president, Thomas Bach of Germany. He assumes leadership of an organization that faces criticism over politics, costs and what some view as its insular approach to which sports are offered during the games. The new president succeeds Jacques Rogge, who lead the IOC for 12 years.

2:43pm

Tue September 10, 2013
Code Switch

A Couch Divided Over U.S.-Mexico Soccer Match

Fans wave the flags of Mexico and the United States before a friendly soccer match in Philadelphia in 2011. The match ended in a 1-1 tie.
Tom Mihalek AP

Tonight, my wife and I will argue. There will be hurt feelings. She knows it. I know it.

I live in a mixed-status family. My wife roots for the Mexican national soccer team. I root for the USA. My oldest child sides with her mother in this debate, and we are all still working on the youngest.

The U.S. national team and their Mexican counterparts take the field tonight in Columbus, Ohio, for a crucial match. Defeat could cement Mexico's downfall and shut it out of next year's World Cup. The situation of the U.S. team is only a little less dire.

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11:58am

Tue September 10, 2013
The Two-Way

New International Olympic Committee President Is Thomas Bach Of Germany

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:04 pm

Thomas Bach (right) has been chosen to succeed International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (left). The pair are seen here at the IOC sessions in Argentina over the weekend.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee has elected a new president, naming Germany's Thomas Bach to replace outgoing chief Jacques Rogge, who served in the post for 12 years. Bach was chosen by secret ballot on the last day of meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

An Olympic fencer whose successes include a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Games, Bach later became an executive at Adidas. He was widely seen as the favorite in the race to lead the IOC.

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3:45pm

Mon September 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Dennis Rodman Says He's Taking Former NBA Players To North Korea

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 6:24 pm

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman holds a news conference in New York on Monday to discuss his recent trip to North Korea.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Dennis Rodman is in the news again: After completing his second trip to North Korea, the so-called NBA bad boy put together a press conference and announced Monday that after talking to Kim Jong Un, he will put together a team of 12 former NBA players to take part in a basketball tournament in North Korea next year.

USA Today reports the squad could include Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen. The paper adds:

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11:54am

Mon September 9, 2013
Sports

Monday Night Marked By Redskins Name Debate

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 1:19 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're going to spend a few minutes today talking about the power of words and labels. In a few minutes, we'll meet a person whose irritation with too many of the images he was seeing about Asian-Americans sparked what's become one of the most influential blogs about Asian-Americans. We're talking with the creator of the Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu.

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5:02am

Mon September 9, 2013
Sports

IOC Reinstates Wrestling To Summer Olympics

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 7:25 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Oh, the sport of wrestling was given a reprieve by an International Olympic Committee. The question here is which sports will be part of the 2020 and 2024 Summer Games, and we're delighted to tell you that wrestling beat out squash as well as a combined bid by baseball and softball for inclusion. It's a happy outcome for wrestling, but there are questions about whether the selection process served the goal of breathing new life into the games. NPR's Mike Pesca is in Bueonos Aires where IOC members are meeting. He has this report.

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1:48am

Mon September 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Football Fan Dies At Candlestick Park

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 10:17 am

Fans tailgate outside Candlestick Park in 2012.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

An unidentified man fell to his death Sunday during the San Francisco 49ers' home opener at Candlestick Park.

He reportedly fell from the Jamestown walkway, which goes around the outside of the San Francisco area stadium.

Witnesses say the man appeared to be intoxicated.

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