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5:07am

Thu July 18, 2013
Business

Game Over For NCAA And Electronic Arts

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK, for financial analysts, the Fed chairman's voice is certainly a familiar one. For sports nuts, football fans, video game players, there's this voice.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: EA Sports. It's in the game.

GREENE: But that stamp might not be part of one game for much longer.

The NCAA announced Wednesday it is not renewing their contract with EA or Electronic Arts, the maker of the hugely popular college football video game series.

Here's NPR's Nathan Rott.

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6:55pm

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Talk Of Boycotting Russian Olympics Stirs Emotions

The silver medal design for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Olga Maltseva AFP/Getty Images

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sent a shudder through the Olympic world Wednesday when he told American Olympic network NBC that the United States should consider boycotting the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics if Russia grants the asylum request of "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden.

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4:09pm

Wed July 17, 2013
Sports

Doping In Sports: A Story We've Gotten Too Used To?

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:11 pm

The Olympics, baseball, track and cycling, among others, continue to struggle with the problem of doping, despite threat of sanctions. Sports fans are trying to digest news that never quite goes away. Some are wondering if it ever will.

4:54am

Wed July 17, 2013
Sports

All-Star Fans Honor Mariano Rivera, Who Will Retire Soon

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 5:08 am

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has played 19 seasons. That means he started his baseball career when the youngest players in this year's All-Star game were just toddlers. Rivera plans to retire at the end of this season.

12:30am

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

American League Wins All-Star Game In 3-0 Shutout

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 8:24 am

Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees pitches a perfect eighth inning during Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star baseball game. He was later named Most Valuable Player.
Kathy Willens AP

New York Yankees' great Mariano Rivera, pitching in his final All-Star game, was honored by fans at the home of the crosstown Mets, then pitched a perfect eighth inning to help the American League to a 3-0 victory over the National League in Tuesday's All-Star game.

The win means the team representing the American League will host this year's World Series.

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10:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Clap If You Believe In Roger Maris

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 5:08 am

Davis says that in his opinion, Roger Maris (above) is the all-time home run record holder. Maris hit 61 homers in 1961.
AP

In 1961 the American League schedule was lengthened by eight games to 162, and it was about this time that summer that the commissioner –– of whom it was once written, "An empty cab drove up to the curb and Ford Frick got out" –– declared that even if some player broke Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs, it would not count if he needed more games than Ruth had had.

So, when Roger Maris hit his 61st in the last game of the longer season, the distinction did not displace Ruth in the record books but was merely listed along with The Babe's lesser number.

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6:33pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

WWE Can Now Tag-Team With NSA Versus Leakers

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 7:46 pm

Match outcomes at WWE's Wrestlemania 29 event are just a few of the ones a Reddit user predicted with 100 percent accuracy.
Mel Evans AP

While perhaps not on par with Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning, Reddit user Dolphins1925's leaks could shake up the world of professional wrestling.

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5:06am

Tue July 16, 2013
Sports

New York Hosts Major League All-Star Game

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:55 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The best players in major league baseball take the field tonight in New York. Fans voted for their favorites in the American and National Leagues. The All-Star game is an exhibition - or mostly an exhibition - and there is a real prize. The winner gets home-field advantage during the World Series. The game also offers a chance to check on how teams are doing midway through the season.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Here to talk all things baseball is NPR's Mike Pesca. Good morning.

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3:13am

Tue July 16, 2013
Sports

An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:21 am

Matthew Berry's new book, "The Fantasy Life," talks about how a made-up game has affected millions of lives, including his own.

It's the fourth most popular sport in the United States and more than 30 million people play it in the United States and Canada. Around 13 percent of Americans played it in 2012. There are hundreds of variations across multiple sports, but football is by far the most popular.

And it's pure fantasy.

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11:52am

Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Is This The Worst Ceremonial First Pitch In History?

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen smiles with pitcher Matt Moore just before the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros on Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
J. Meric Getty Images

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