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5:00am

Wed October 29, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Start World Series Games Earlier; Let Us Sleep

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:48 am

Fans cheer during the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Let me ask you a question: No matter what the sport, if you could only see the start of a game or the finish of a game, which would you prefer? Of course, any fool would choose to see the finish of the game.

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11:33pm

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Royals Force Game 7, Rest Bullpen In Dominant 10-0 Win

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:43 pm

The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt can't reach the Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar as he slides safely to first base on an infield single Tuesday night during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series in Kansas City, Mo. Escobar eventually would score the Royals' fourth run.
Matt Slocum AP

Jake Peavy is having a rough World Series. The second pitcher in the Giants' starting rotation gave up four runs in the team's 7-2 Game 2 loss to Kansas City. Game 6 went even worse.

On Tuesday night, Peavy gave up five runs after recording just four outs. His series ERA sits at 12.79.

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4:40pm

Tue October 28, 2014
Sports

Giants Are Close To Winning The World Series — But It May Not Be That Easy

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:30 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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4:36am

Mon October 27, 2014
Research News

Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:32 am

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11:44pm

Sun October 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Giants Take Down Royals 5-0, Now Lead World Series 3-2

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 4:25 am

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner helped his team take Game 5 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday in San Francisco.
AP

Game 5 was a big victory for the Giants, who took the lead in the series 3-2. They're now one victory away from winning the title.

To the delight of the home crowd at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner pitched a shutout, allowing just four hits. "Smothered" was The Associated Press' verb of choice for how Bumgarner took down the Royals.

The Giants won 5-0. The AP continues:

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10:20pm

Sun October 26, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Cements Its Dominance

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:56 pm

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team left its CONCACAF tournament competition in the dust. The team didn't give up a single goal all tournament. Abby Wambach, shown controlling the ball in the second half of the U.S. 6-0 win over Costa Rica in the finals, scored seven of the U.S. team's 21 goals.
Mitchell Leff Getty Images

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team showed why it's the top-ranked squad in the world. It won the CONCACAF tournament Sunday with a near-perfect 6-0 final game against Costa Rica.

The U.S. has had an easy run during this World Cup qualifying tournament for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Region. The United States had already qualified for next year's World Cup with a victory in the semifinals against Haiti. Sunday's win over Costa Rica further cemented the U.S. dominance.

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10:22am

Sun October 26, 2014
Sports

World Series Game 4: A Small Ball Paradise

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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12:57am

Sun October 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Giants Pound Royals 11-4 To Tie World Series

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:32 am

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
David J. Phillip AP

The San Francisco Giants came roaring back Saturday, pounding the Kansas City Royals 11-4 before a thundering crowd at AT&T Park in Game 4 of the World Series.

The Giants Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval led the team and charged up the crowd to tie the series at two apiece. Pence got three hits, drove in three runs, scored twice and made a nimble sliding catch in right field in the ninth.

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5:44pm

Sat October 25, 2014
Sports

From The Stadium To Your Stereo: Behind Baseball's Biggest Sounds

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

When the Giants' Gregor Blanco hit this solo home run to lead off the World Series' second game, three big parabolic microphones arranged around home plate captured the crack of his bat.
Elsa Getty Images

When the Giants' Gregor Blanco hit a home run to lead off the second game of the World Series, millions of viewers heard that satisfying crack of the bat well before watching the ball fall into the Royals' bullpen.

It's baseball's most iconic sound, and it's the No. 1 job for Fox's baseball audio engineer-in-chief, Joe Carpenter.

"The bat crack is really kinda where everything starts for us," Carpenter tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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5:10pm

Sat October 25, 2014
My Big Break

No Small Feat: The NBA's Shortest Player Never Gave Up

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:22 pm

Charlotte Hornets guard Muggsy Bogues (works his way around New York Knicks guard Chris Childs in the first half of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs on April 24, 1997.
Bill Kostroun AP

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

At 5 feet, 3 inches, Tyrone Bogues, better known as Muggsy Bogues, holds the record as the shortest player in NBA history.

He was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1987, but he's best-known for playing with the Charlotte Hornets alongside Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson.

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