Sports

5:06pm

Tue August 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Jets Quarterback Geno Smith 'Sucker-Punched' By Teammate, Left With Broken Jaw

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 5:54 pm

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will have surgery after a teammate broke his jaw in a locker room altercation Tuesday.
Seth Wenig AP

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will miss a lot of playing time after being "sucker-punched" by a teammate Tuesday. The fracas left him with two fractures in his jaw.

IK Enemkpali, a reserve linebacker who threw the punch, was promptly released by the team. Head coach Todd Bowles told reporters the altercation "had nothing to do with football."

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12:17pm

Tue August 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Track And Field Organization Tests Old Doping Samples, Suspends 28 Athletes

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 3:05 pm

Competitors race at the IAAF World Athletics Championship held in Osaka in 2007. Athletes' samples that were kept from the event have now been retested, resulting in suspensions, the IAAF says.
Kai Pfaffenbach Reuters /Landov

In track and field, new anti-doping tests of old samples — taken from athletes at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships — have brought a flurry of suspensions. The sport's world governing body says it's punishing 28 athletes over the findings. It did not release any of their names or nationalities.

The International Association of Athletics Federations is calling the suspensions its "latest success," but the organization also says "a large majority" of the 28 athletes have already retired and that others have already faced sanctions.

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10:27am

Tue August 11, 2015
Goats and Soda

This Basketball Ref Calls It Like She Sees It, On The Court And Off

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 3:54 pm

Dorothy Okatch got a whistle, started blowing it and "just fell in love with reffing."
Justin T. Gellerson for NPR

Years ago, when Dorothy Okatch was getting her start as a basketball referee in the Namibian Basketball Federation, a towering player took issue with a foul she called against him.

The player strode up to Okatch, brought his face inches away from hers and yelled about the call. She briefly considered backing away or shouting back. But then Okatch, who stands 5 feet, 6 inches, called a technical foul, the penalty for unsportsmanlike behavior.

It was a memorable call for both Okatch and the player, whom she still referees regularly.

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6:54am

Tue August 11, 2015
Television

HBO's 'Hard Knocks' Takes Fans Inside Houston Texans' Training Camp

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 2:14 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Football fans - and even those who don't watch any football - hear this.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

JOHN FACENDA: Professional football in America is a special game - a unique game played nowhere else on earth.

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8:22pm

Mon August 10, 2015
The Two-Way

Runner Nick Symmonds Out Of World Championships In Sponsorship Dispute

Nick Symmonds will not be going to the world championships with the U.S. team in Beijing this month.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Nick Symmonds, an American middistance runner, won't be competing in the world championships in Beijing this month.

Symmonds, who is a U.S. National champion and has competed in the Olympic Games, failed to sign a terms and conditions agreement with USA Track & Field that is necessary to be part of the team. He has a personal sponsorship deal with Brooks Running, while the American world championships team is sponsored by Nike.

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10:46am

Mon August 10, 2015
The Two-Way

Legendary NASCAR Driver Buddy Baker Dies Of Cancer At 74

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 10:57 am

Buddy Baker, the 1980 Daytona 500 winner, has died at age 74. Here, he poses at Daytona International Speedway in 2007.
Marc Serota Getty Images for NASCAR

He was one of racing's fastest drivers, the first in NASCAR to take a car to 200 mph on a closed course. When his career in racing ended, he became a commentator. Now, a month after lung cancer forced him to finally retire, Buddy Baker has died at age 74.

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5:03am

Mon August 10, 2015
Latin America

El Paso-Juarez Race Reunites 2 Border Cities

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 4:09 pm

Stephanie Acosta of El Paso, Texas, crosses the finish line after running a 10K race from the United States into Mexico.
Monica Ortiz Uribe KJZZ

Close to a 1,000 people made a run for the border this weekend in El Paso, Texas, as part of an international 10K race from the United States into Mexico.

El Paso and Ciudad Juárez lie side by side in the desert within waving distance of each other. Six years ago, many El Pasoans stopped going to Juárez. A vicious drug war that took the lives of more than 10,000 people scared them off. But on Saturday morning, some of that fear melted away.

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5:03am

Mon August 10, 2015
Remembrances

Frank Gifford, Sports Broadcaster And Ex-NFL Star, Dies At 84

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 4:10 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NFL Hall of Famer and sports announcer Frank Gifford died yesterday in Connecticut at the age of 84. NPR's Sam Sanders has this remembrance.

SAM SANDERS, BYLINE: A lot of you listening may know of Frank Gifford for things like this.

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3:38pm

Sun August 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Sports Broadcaster And Former NFL Star Frank Gifford Dies At 84

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 11:21 am

Frank Gifford arrives at an opening on Broadway in a photo from Oct. 2007.
Peter Kramer AP

NFL Football Hall of Famer and longtime sports broadcaster Frank Gifford died Sunday at his Connecticut home at age 84.

He "died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes," the family confirmed in a brief statement.

Receiver and running back Gifford attended the University of Southern California on a football scholarship before going pro. He played for the New York Giants in a career on the field that spanned 1952 to 1964. He made the Pro Bowl in seven of his 12 NFL seasons.

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7:59am

Sun August 9, 2015
Sports

Is Football Worth The Brain-Injury Risk? For Some, The Answer Is No

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:45 pm

A photo of former Chicago Bears Dave Duerson, while he was playing at Notre Dame, hangs behind his son Tregg as Tregg announces a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL in 2012.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

The National Football League held its annual hall of fame induction ceremony Saturday night, in Canton, Ohio. Eight players were given football's highest honor, including a posthumous induction for Junior Seau, the former linebacker for the San Diego Chargers who killed himself in 2012.

After his death, Seau's brain showed signs of chronic damage — the same kind of damage that has been found in dozens of other former NFL players.

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