Sports

5:40pm

Sat October 13, 2012
Sports

A Shifting Playing Field: Coming Out As A Gay Athlete

Originally published on Sun October 14, 2012 11:07 am

Boxer Orlando Cruz hits a speed bag at a public gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 4. He said publicly that he is gay earlier this month.
Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo AP

These days, we're more likely to see professional athletes on products than protest lines. But it wasn't always this way. In the 1960s, sports stars were often as famous for what they believed as for their home runs.

Back then, many athletes spoke out about civil rights. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title and threatened with imprisonment for refusing to fight in Vietnam, on the grounds of racial discrimination.

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6:17am

Sat October 13, 2012
Sports

What Happened In The MLB Playoffs This Week?

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 10:15 am

Weekend Edition host Scott Simon talks baseball with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

5:07pm

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Embattled U.S. Speedskating Coach Responds To Resignation And Suspension

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 6:56 pm

A day after resigning under pressure from U.S. Speedskating, former head coach Jae Su Chun says he didn't report a tampering incident at an international meet last year to protect skater Simon Cho, who confessed to sabotaging a Canadian athlete's skate blade.

"I know I chose Simon over my own principles," Chun says in a written statement translated from Korean by a spokesman.

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4:58pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Sports

Baseball's Division Playoffs Down To Single Games

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:59 pm

Robert Siegel talks with Mike Pesca about Major League Baseball's postseason.

2:37pm

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

If Lance Armstrong Is Stripped, No One May Get His Tour De France Titles

Lance Armstrong, in the leader's yellow jersey, during the 2001 Tour de France.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Two days after the United States Anti-Doping Agency's release of the evidence it says shows that cyclist Lance Armstrong was part of "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," the head of the Tour de France has said the world's most famous race will officially have no winners of the seven Tours that Armstrong won if he is stripped of those titles.

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4:24pm

Thu October 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Father Of Yankees' Girardi Dies; Inspired His Son, Who Will Keep Managing

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi during Monday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Alex Brandon AP

There's sad news today that "Jerry Girardi, the father of New York Yankees manager and East Peoria native Joe Girardi," has died in Metamora, Ill., Peoria's Journal Star reports.

Jerry Girardi was 81. He had suffered for the past several years from Alzheimer's disease. According to the local funeral home, he died on Saturday.

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7:11am

Thu October 11, 2012
Sports

N.Y. Yankees Win With Help From Raul Ibanez

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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4:47am

Thu October 11, 2012
Sports

Doping Agency Outlines Evidence Against Armstrong

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 6:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong conquered mountains to win the Tour de France seven times. Now, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has revealed a mountain of evidence against him. The agency known as USADA documents a sophisticated doping scheme and puts Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service teammates at the center of it, laying out the reason why Armstrong was banned for life from the sport and stripped of his Tour de France titles.

NPR'S Tom Goldman reports.

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4:46pm

Wed October 10, 2012
Remembrances

Football Player-Turned-Actor Alex Karras Dies

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 6:57 pm

Alex Karras played defense for the Detroit Lions in the 1960s. He turned to acting when he retired his cleats, landing a number of character roles in television and film. He was 77.

11:08am

Wed October 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Alex Karras, Former NFL Star And Actor, Dies

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 11:36 am

Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions in 1971.
AP

Alex Karras, who was a star defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions in the 1960s and went on to gain other fame for his acting in Hollywood's Blazing Saddles and TV's Webster, has died, according to multiple reports.

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