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7:56pm

Sun September 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Serena Williams Wins Fifth U.S. Open Title

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 9:44 pm

Serena Williams holds up the championship trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sunday in New York.
David Goldman AP

Top-seeded Serena Williams overcame the wind and more than a dozen unforced errors Sunday to defeat No. 2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, in the U.S. Open women's singles championship match 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-1.

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6:26pm

Sun September 8, 2013
Sports

Wrestling Keeps Hold On Olympics And Avoids Cut

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

If you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.

The ancient Olympic sport of wrestling will be the future Olympic sport of wrestling. Wrestling was the winner of a vote by members of the International Olympic Committee earlier today. It beat out squash and a combined bid by baseball and softball for inclusion in the 2020 and 2024 games.

NPR's Mike Pesca has been covering the IOC meetings in Buenos Aires, and he joins us now. Hello there, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

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1:29pm

Sun September 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Michigan Beats Notre Dame, Plays 'Chicken Dance' Song

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 3:51 pm

The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Saturday night, 41-30 — and then celebrated by playing some polka. Here, the Irish's Chris Brown is tackled by Michigan's Delonte Hollowell after making a catch.
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12:16pm

Sun September 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Wrestling Gets A New Hold On Olympics, Avoids Being Cut

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 1:16 pm

The delegation of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles celebrates as its sport is voted to be included in the 2020 and 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
Scott Halleran Getty Images

Wrestling, which was bounced from the Olympics' permanent roster of sports earlier this year, has been given a reprieve: It will be part of the 2020 and 2024 Olympics. In a vote held Sunday, the International Olympic Committee chose it over squash and a combined bid from baseball and softball.

Wrestling was cut from the list of 25 core Summer Olympic sports in February. As NPR's Mike Pesca reported, the cut came as a shock.

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7:14am

Sun September 8, 2013
Sports

Olympic Committee Picks A New Olympic Sport

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 1:40 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Time now for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

MARTIN: Yesterday in Buenos Aires, the International Olympic Committee went eenie-meenie-minie-moe and decided which city will host the 2020 Olympics.

JACQUES ROGGE: The Games of the 32nd Olympiad in 2020 are awarded to the city of Tokyo.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

MARTIN: And the crowd goes wild. NPR's Mike Pesca was there. He joins us now. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

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5:10pm

Sat September 7, 2013
Sports

Tokyo Chosen To Host 2020 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee chose Tokyo over Istanbul and Madrid to host the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Summer Games in 2020. This will be a repeat for Tokyo, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964.

3:55pm

Sat September 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Tokyo Will Host The 2020 Summer Olympics, Beating Out Istanbul

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 5:51 pm

Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Games, IOC officials said Saturday. In Tokyo, five-time Paralympian Wakako Tsuchida, left, and former Olympic athletes Hiromi Miyake, center, and Yoshiyuki Miyake cheer the news.
Atsushi Tomura Getty Images

It will be Tokyo, not Istanbul or Madrid, who hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee and its president, Jacques Rogge, announced in Buenos Aires Saturday. Rival city Madrid was eliminated in the first round of voting. We have updated this post with the latest news.

Update at 4:55 p.m. ET: Voting Tally Detailed

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7:23am

Sat September 7, 2013
Sports

Former Champion Makes Case For Squash As An Olympic Sport

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 1:01 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee will meet in Buenos Aires to decide which sport - wrestling, the combined sports of baseball and softball, or squash - will be added to the 2020 Olympics. Now, if squash is chosen, it would make its debut as an Olympic sport. Jonathon Power was the first North American to become the world's top-ranked squash player. He joins us on the line now. Thanks very much for being with us.

JONATHON POWER: An absolute pleasure. Thanks for having me.

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7:23am

Sat September 7, 2013
Sports

History Repeats Itself At Women's U.S. Open

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 1:01 pm

Serena Williams will take on Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open final. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Tom Goldman about tennis, as well as the season opener of the NFL.

7:23am

Sat September 7, 2013
Sports

Tennis Trivia: The Game With An Egg For A Zero?

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 1:01 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

We're going to turn to tennis now. The U.S. Open is in its final weekend, and to find out a bit more about that sport, we turn to a man who both works and plays without a net: Esquire magazine's editor-at-large, AJ Jacobs, who joins us from New York. AJ, thanks for being with us.

AJ JACOBS: Thank you for having me.

SIMON: So, how did this game begin maybe?

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