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5:11pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Sports

Alex Rodriguez Among MLB Players Suspended For Doping

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:24 pm

On Monday, Major League Baseball dropped the hammer on more than a dozen players for using performance-enhancing drugs. Twelve have accepted 50 game suspensions. Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014, pending appeal.

1:32pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Author Interviews

Talent Or Skill?: Homing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 11:59 pm

According to author David Epstein, hitters like the Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols look at the movement of the pitcher's shoulder, torso or hand to help them hit the ball.
Brian Bahr Getty Images

We've all had the experience of watching a great athletic performance — from gymnast Mary Lou Retton defying gravity to Michael Jordan sinking a mind-blowing turnaround jumper — and wondered: Were they born with that talent or can you get there with hard work and practice?

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12:06pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Sports

NFL: Is The Game Getting Safer?

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 12:44 pm

As fans and teams get ready for another season of football, a new study sheds light on game safety. Host Michel Martin talks with Jesse David of Edgeworth Economics about whether efforts to cut down on serious injuries are getting results.

7:33am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Baseball Suspends Alex Rodriguez For 211 Games

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:49 pm

He's waiting to hear his fate: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
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(We most recently updated this post at 6:48 p.m. ET.)

New York Yankees' slugger Alex Rodriguez, one of baseball's brightest stars and its highest-paid player, will be suspended through the 2014 regular season because he violated parts of baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league said today.

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5:52am

Mon August 5, 2013
Sports

A-Rod Said To Be Facing Long Suspension From Baseball

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Major League Baseball appears set to hand down suspensions to several players implicated in performance enhancing drug use. New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez is the biggest name by far on that list and he also faces the longest suspension. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us now for an update. Good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

MONTAGNE: So what length of penalty does Alex Rodriguez face?

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7:03am

Sun August 4, 2013
Sports

Pro-Bowl Struggles To Gain Popularity

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 11:39 am

Transcript

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

A lot of sports have all-star games: baseball, basketball, hockey - the best of the best facing off against each other. But football's all-star game, well, it's having a little bit of trouble. The Pro Bowl, as it's called, has struggled for audiences. So, this past week, the NFL and the player's union declared new rules which they hope will fix the problems. And it just so happens that NPR's Mike Pesca has some thoughts about all of this. Hey, Mike.

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5:16am

Sun August 4, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio?

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 2:55 pm

Members of the U.S. men's soccer team take a lap around the field after beating Panama 1-0 to capture the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday in Chicago.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

At the beginning of 2013 — with only a year before soccer's crown jewel event, the World Cup in Brazil — all was not rosy with the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team. There was that 0-0 tie with Canada, and then a 2-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.

But now, the cry is, "Break up the Americans!"

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5:06pm

Sat August 3, 2013
Sports

How Major League Baseball Alleviated Its Broken Bat Problem

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 6:29 pm

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks his bat on a single to right field during a game in June. The rate of such breaks has been cut in half since 2008.
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Back in 2008, Major League Baseball had a problem with broken bats. That season, bats were breaking into multiple pieces at a higher rate than ever before: around once per game.

The problem coincided with a surge in the popularity of maple bats over the traditional ash.

A bat that simply cracks isn't too big a deal. But in 2008, maple bats kept breaking apart. Often, they'd break along the handle, sending the heavier upper barrel of the bat flying.

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7:27am

Sat August 3, 2013
Sports

Drugs And The Future Of Baseball

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 1:46 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Time now for sports.

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WERTHEIMER: A big week for Major League Baseball. The trade deadline came, the trade deadline went, but the pennant races are close, games were won in the final at-bats, but everyone is still talking about a clinic in Miami - Biogenesis - and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the major leagues.

To break it down we're joined by Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine. Hi, Howard.

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5:19pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Sports

Female Golfer Seeks To Roundup Titles

At this week's Women's British open, Inbee Park is trying to be the first golfer, man or woman, to win all four Grand Slam titles in one year. So far, she's had a rough time. She's fallen to the middle of the pack on the leaderboard through two rounds. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis for an update.

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