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5:20pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Sports

Broncos Blow Out Ravens At NFL Season Opener

After a slow, lightning-delayed, start, creaky, old Peyton Manning exploded in front a national television audience. The Denver Broncos quarterback eviscerated the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the opening game of the NFL season with a record-tying seven touchdown passes. Will Manning's performance help fans forget a worrisome offseason full of concussion litigation and uncertainty? The league hopes so. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to talk about the upcoming NFL season.

12:04pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Barbershop

Gearing Up For Football Season

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 10:36 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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6:39am

Fri September 6, 2013
Parallels

Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo Vie For Olympics, But Is It Worth It?

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 8:47 am

Fireworks at closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Alastair Grant AP

The International Olympic Committee will decide Saturday on the host of the 2020 Summer Games. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are vying for the honor.

As our reporters noted on Morning Edition, these are all world-class cities with strong selling points, but they also face some serious challenges.

Istanbul

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5:05am

Fri September 6, 2013
Sports

Broncos Kick Off NFL Season With One For Record Books

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 12:40 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Coming into this brand new NFL season, the Denver Broncos were considered bona fide championship contenders and it appears all the title talk has merit. In last night's season opener in Denver, the Broncos clobbered the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The final score was 49-27 and the game featured a record-tying performance by Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.

Joining us now is NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Good morning.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello.

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4:19am

Fri September 6, 2013
Sports

Olympic Committee To Announce 2020 Summer Games Host

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 2:22 pm

Tokyo's 2020 candidate city logo.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the International Olympic Committee will announce the host of the 2020 Summer Games. The committee is choosing from among Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. The contenders all have strong selling points, but each also has serious issues clouding its bid.

Violent Crackdown Hangs Over Turkey's Bid

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6:10pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Sports

Broncos, Ravens Pick Up Where They Left Off In NFL Opener

The NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with reigning champs the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Denver Broncos. Pro football has some new rules and the league just settled a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit with players.

4:26pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Sailors With Disabilities Find Freedom On The Water

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:21 pm

Members of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors sail every weekend near San Francisco's Pier 40. The all-volunteer group serves people with a range of physical, developmental and mental disabilities.
Emily Green for NPR

If you think sailing at 40 mph sounds challenging, imagine doing it all alone without the use of your arms or legs, or without hearing or with limited vision. Every weekend in San Francisco, a group of sailors with disabilities does just that, taking to the water to push their bodies to the limit.

Cristina Rubke and her father, Chris, are members of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. On a recent Saturday, they were at San Francisco's Pier 40, where the dock is awash in activity.

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11:28am

Wed September 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Sprinter Usain Bolt Says He'll Retire After 2016 Olympics

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 12:16 pm

Usain Bolt of Jamaica sprints to victory and a new world record in the men's 4x100 meter relay at the 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Mark Dadswell Getty Images

Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest man alive, says he's thinking about hanging up his running shoes after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

The 27-year-old holds world records in the 100 and 200 meters and has six Olympic gold medals. But Bolt says that before retiring, he'd like to win gold in Rio de Janeiro as well as at next year's Commonwealth Games and best his own world record in the 200.

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6:50am

Wed September 4, 2013
Sports

Pirates End Decades Of Losing Seasons

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night for the team's 81st win of the season. That win guarantees the Pirates will not have a losing season this year — as it has since 1993.

2:15am

Wed September 4, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Why Keep Athletes Eligible But Uneducated?

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 4:31 pm

Ersin Kisacik iStockphoto.com

Each football season brings exciting plays and game heroes, but Frank Deford says the real heroes are often overlooked.

As another school year and college football season gets underway, Deford looks at the frustrations and challenges facing educators to keep student athletes eligible.

Click on the audio link above to hear Deford's take on this issue.

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