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5:18am

Tue September 11, 2012
Sports

Andy Murray Wins His First Grand Slam

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:57 am

In a five-set match Monday, Andy Murray fended off Novak Djokovic to win the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam title.

4:56pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Sports

Same-Sex Marriage Debate Collides With NFL

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 6:26 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The debate over same-sex marriage has collided with the world of professional football in a loud and public way. Let's roll back. It started with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who's a vocal supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage, an issue on the Maryland ballot this November.

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5:57am

Mon September 10, 2012
Sports

Peyton Manning Leads His New Team To A Win

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 6:42 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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5:17am

Mon September 10, 2012
Sports

Murray-Djokovic Rivalry Takes Center Court

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 6:45 am

The U.S. Open tennis championship is scheduled to conclude Monday with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic playing for the men's singles championship. For more, Steve Inskeep talks to Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated.

7:24am

Sun September 9, 2012
Sports

From War To Competition: Vets In Paralympics

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

A marathon around the city of London wraps up the 2012 Paralympics Games today. They're the biggest, best-attended games in the history of the event, which began as an exhibition of World War II veterans, also in London, at the 1948 Olympics. Veterans from recent wars are returning to the competition now to find a very competitive tournament, and one in which the United States seems to be playing catch-up.

NPR's Quil Lawrence has attended the games. He joins us now from outside London. Quil, welcome.

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7:24am

Sun September 9, 2012
Sports

Anticipation Builds For Football Matches

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. And it is time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

WINONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ballgame, being played each day...

WERTHEIMER: It is the first Sunday of the NFL season. NPR's Mike Pesca is back with us this week for a look at today's action on the gridiron. Mike, welcome.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hi.

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4:57pm

Sat September 8, 2012
Sports

At 42, Detroit Lions Kicker Earns Admiration

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:55 pm

Detroit Lions place-kicker Jason Hanson attempts a field goal in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Hanson, 42, has played 21 consecutive seasons for the Lions.
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As the NFL's regular season gets under way this weekend, one player is adding another year to an already record-setting career. At 42, Detroit Lions place kicker Jason Hanson is the oldest active player in the NFL.

And despite playing a notoriously tenuous position, Hanson has also been with one team longer than anyone in the history of the league — no small feat in an industry where players often switch teams in search of a bigger paycheck or where a missed kick can cost you your career.

A High-Pressure Position

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8:16am

Sat September 8, 2012
Sports

A Star At U.S. Open, NFL Opens, Paralympics To Close

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: (Singing) Ah, to remember the kind of September.... The seasons are flipping, and so Serena's poised to win again, not just today. NFL season opens in earnest, and the real Olympic spirit still lives on in London. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us.

Morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Seasons are flipping, I fear you are too.

(LAUGHTER)

SIMON: Tom, I'll make the jokes here, please.

GOLDMAN: Thank you.

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6:18pm

Fri September 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Armless Archer Matt Stutzman Describes How He Shoots A Bow — And Wins Medals

Archer Matt Stutzman of the U.S. prepares to shoot in the London Paralympics. Born without arms, Stutzman uses a release trigger strapped to his shoulder to fire.
Dennis Grombkowski Getty Images

American Paralympian Matt Stutzman won the silver medal in archery this week, a feat he accomplished despite being born without arms. In the men's compound open final, he was narrowly beaten by Finland's Jere Forsberg, who has the use of both arms.

In the gold medal match, Forsberg fired a perfect 10 on his final arrow to avoid a shoot-off with Stutzman.

The Paralympics have helped Stutzman, who is from Fairfield, Iowa, become something of a celebrity, thanks to his competitive spirit and his refusal to let his talents go to waste.

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5:12pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Sports

Suspensions Of New Orleans Football Players Lifted

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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