Sports

4:24pm

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

What Lance Armstrong, And The USADA, Might Gain From A Confession

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 9:23 am

Lance Armstrong, seen here at a LIVESTRONG Challenge Ride in October 2012, might be willing to confess to doping — in exchange for an easing of his lifetime ban, according to reports.
Cooper Neill Getty Images

The news that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong might be willing to confess to the doping charges he spent years denying has reopened interest in his case — and in the question of whether his lifetime ban from competitive sports could be eased in exchange for Armstrong's cooperation.

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5:59am

Mon January 7, 2013
Sports

Notre Dame, 'Bama To Meet In BSC Championship Game

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:26 pm

Alabama is trying to win its third title in four years Monday night. Notre Dame is trying to cap an undefeated season with a championship win.

7:00am

Sun January 6, 2013
Sports

A Lesson In Coaching: Which Football Tactics Work

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 10:02 am

As the bowl games march on, NPR's Mike Pesca talks with host Rachel Martin about coaching in college football.

12:53pm

Sat January 5, 2013
The Two-Way

NFL Weekend Playoffs: Wild-Card Games, Dynamic Quarterbacks And A Loser

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 2:54 pm

Michael Dwyer AP

The NFL has four wild-card playoff games this weekend, and millions of people will settle back in sofas to scream at their televisions in joy or frustration on Saturday and Sunday.

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6:56am

Sat January 5, 2013
Sports

NFL Playoffs Kick Off In A Season Of Rookies

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 9:59 am

The NFL playoffs get underway this weekend with four wildcard games. Three rookie quarterbacks are leading teams into the playoffs, and Baltimore Raven veteran Ray Lewis plays his last home game. Monday, Notre Dame faces Alabama in the college national championship game. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Howard Bryant of ESPN about these crucial games.

4:37pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Sports

Weak Schedule Helped Some Wild Card Teams Into NFL Playoffs

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 7:02 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Finally this hour, as we get ready to settle in for the NFL playoffs - that's four football games per weekend over the next two weekends - NPR's Mike Pesca is here to offer insight, analysis, and I understand a little cold water. Mike, what's your deal here?

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12:15pm

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Olympic Cyclist Dies After Being Hit By Taxi In South Africa

South African cyclist Burry Stander, seen here riding in the cross-country mountain bike race at the London Olympics, was killed during a training ride Thursday in South Africa.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Burry Stander, one of the world's elite mountain bikers, was killed Thursday as he rode his bike in his native South Africa. Stander, 25, a two-time Olympian who placed fifth in his event at the London 2012 Olympics, was reportedly struck by a taxi van as he trained near his home in Shelley Beach, on South Africa's southeastern coast.

The close proximity of the accident to his childhood home apparently allowed Stander's family members, reportedly including his wife, mother and father, to arrive at the scene quickly.

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11:39am

Fri January 4, 2013
Barbershop

Will Republicans Follow The Leader?

The Barbershop guys talk about which political party seems more bruised now that the battle over taxes has ended. They also guess who will be going down in the NFL playoffs this weekend. Guest host Celeste Headlee checks in with culture critic Jimi Izrael; sports writer Pablo Torre, NPR's Ken Rudin and former chair of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele.

8:56am

Fri January 4, 2013
Monkey See

In NFL Football, As In Hollywood, Does Anybody Know Anything?

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:30 pm

Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 23, 2012 in Philadelphia.
Alex Trautwig Getty Images

Baseball: The San Francisco Giants, in winning the 2012 World Series, participated in 16 playoff games — and they'd have had more, had they not swept Detroit 4-0 in the World Series itself.

Football: The San Francisco 49ers played 16 games in their entire regular season. Three more wins would make them Super Bowl champions.

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4:41am

Fri January 4, 2013
Sports

Countdown To Super Bowl:Playoffs Set To Begin

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 3:26 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It is the moment of truth in the National Football League: playoff time. Pack the fridge, warm up the recliner, because there are some great matchups this weekend. Now, when the season began, we asked Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Theismann for his predictions. He was right on target, so we called him back.

Joe Theismann, welcome back to the program.

JOE THEISMANN: Thank you, David. Always good to join you.

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