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5:38am

Sun February 17, 2013
Sports

Loss Of Olympic Prospects A Blow To High School Wrestlers

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 8:56 pm

The IOC executive board decided last week to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games. The surprise decision removes one of the oldest sports on the Olympic program.
Paul Sancya AP

The International Olympic Committee's decision to cut wrestling from the 2020 summer games came as a surprise to the quarter of a million high school wrestlers around the country.

At Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland, the Blair Blazers, ranked 7th in the county, are hoping for a good showing in one of the last big matchups of the season. But as they worked out this week, many of them were thinking beyond the tournament and to their wrestling future.

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7:05am

Sat February 16, 2013
Sports

Week In Sport: A Track Star's Fall From Grace

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 10:05 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Oscar Pistorius remains in prison, the athlete who mesmerized so much of the world last summer when he became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games, has been changed with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Oscar Pistorius has been a hero in South Africa and lionized all over the world as the blade runner.

We're joined now by Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. Howard, thanks for being with us.

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7:05am

Sat February 16, 2013
Sports

New Car Hits The Road In NASCAR Season Opener

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 10:05 am

NASCAR's new season begins Saturday, and there's something a bit different on the track: a new car. NASCAR says it's betting on the future of the sport with the introduction of this new ride.

4:18pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Sports

When Sports Icons Fall Short

In the wake of a murder charge against legless sprinter Oscar Pistorius, sportswriter Stefan Fatsis and Robert Siegel discuss the elevation of sports stars beyond acclaim for their physical gifts.

12:02pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Barbershop

Who Really Benefits From Raising Minimum Wage?

President Obama argued for raising the minimum wage in his State of the Union address, but will it really help keep up with the cost of living? And the manhunt for Christopher Dorner kept the country on its toes for a week. Now that it's over, what questions remain? Host Michel Martin and the guys weigh in.

7:49am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'Blade Runner' Pistorius In Tears As Murder Charge Is Filed

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:32 am

South African Paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius as he wept today while being charged with murder.
Antoine De Ras EPA /LANDOV

"South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend in his Pretoria house," Reuters reports from Pretoria.

According to the wire service: "The 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic superstar stood with head bowed in front of magistrate Desmond Nair to hear the murder charge read out, then started sobbing, covering his face with his hands."

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6:12am

Fri February 15, 2013
Sports

Turks Desire 'Reversal' In Olympic Wrestling Move

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 8:39 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This week's news that the International Olympic Committee has decided to drop wrestling from the list of core Olympic sporting events has caused acute pain in Turkey. Wrestling is revered there as an ancestral sport.

In this letter from Istanbul, NPR's Peter Kenyon tells us that Turks plan to take the IOC decision to the mat.

PETER KENYON, BYLINE: The Turks don't claim either to have invented wrestling or to be the best in the world at it. They do love it though, and closely followed the matches at the London Games last year.

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4:38pm

Thu February 14, 2013
Sports

'Blade Runner' Athlete Charged With Murder Of Girlfriend

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 5:40 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee who made history last year by competing in the London Olympic Games, is in the headlines for a very different reason today. The South African runner and Paralympic athlete, known as the Blade Runner, is facing charges of murder. This, after his girlfriend was shot to death at his home in Pretoria early this morning.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.

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4:38pm

Thu February 14, 2013
Sports

Disabled Athletes Bring Bravado To The Ice In Sled Hockey

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 5:40 pm

Bravado, body checking and broken bones are all surprisingly commonplace in sled hockey — a sport designed for people with mobility limitations.

7:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
Sports

Pistorius In Custody After Girlfriend's Death

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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