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4:25pm

Thu August 6, 2015
Sports

Will Brazil Be Ready For Summer Olympics? The Athletes Weigh In

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 5:51 pm

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5:17am

Wed August 5, 2015
Sports

WHIP The Competition: Stat-Heads Run Minor League Team, Lead It To First

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 8:35 am

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UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: To Escobar - unbelievable.

GREENE: Some baseball excitement - and now this...

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5:17am

Wed August 5, 2015
Sweetness And Light

Bryce Harper Or Mike Trout: Are These Two Too Good?

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 2:10 pm

Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout (left) and Washington National Bryce Harper during warmups before the start of an April 2014 baseball game in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Because college football and basketball are so prominent, when the best players move up to the pros they're already well-known.

However, baseball's different.

How many of you pretty good sports fans can tell me who won the baseball College World Series just a few weeks ago? Same with the players. Even the stars drafted highest are anonymous except to the real cognoscenti. And even then, whereas invariably the can't-miss prospects in other sports don't miss, hardly ever miss, in baseball nobody ever says: Can't miss. Fact is, the ones who miss too often are the scouts.

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6:56pm

Tue August 4, 2015
The Two-Way

One Of The World's Most Famous Free Divers Is Missing Near Ibiza

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:31 pm

Free diver Natalia Molchanova of Russia has been missing since Aug. 3.
Jacques Munch Stringer/Getty

One of the world's most prominent free divers is missing off the coast of an island called Formentera, near Ibiza, Spain. Natalia Molchanova of Russia was on a recreational dive on Sunday when she was separated from companions, according to AIDA, the worldwide federation for free diving. The organization calls her the most accomplished and most famous female free diver in the world.

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4:29pm

Tue August 4, 2015
Sports

Swimmer Katie Ledecky Breaks Her Own Record, Again

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:02 pm

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10:42am

Tue August 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Did Beijing's Olympics Song Lift Parts Of 'Let It Go'?

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 6:48 pm

Fireworks explode behind a skiing sculpture to celebrate Beijing being chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics last week.
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5:01pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Sports

Ultimate Frisbee Recognized By Olympic Committee

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 10:52 am

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The International Olympic Committee has formally recognized the World Flying Disc Federation. Translation - Ultimate Frisbee is one step closer to being included in the Olympics at some point in the future. Here's NPR's Brakkton Booker.

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2:32pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Goats and Soda

Basketball (And The NBA) Try To Find Fans In South Africa

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 4:21 pm

The night before the NBA exhibition game, two South African teams faced off in Johannesburg. Hoops aren't exactly a huge draw in the soccer-loving country. Attendance was about 1,000.
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Motlapule Mofokeng missed his chance to see the biggest professional basketball game ever played in South Africa on Saturday. Tickets sold out in less than an hour for the NBA's All-Star Team Africa vs. Team World game in Johannesburg.

Fortunately, it wasn't the only big game in town. On Friday night the fashion design student at Vaal University of Technology cheered on the Egoli Magic, 7-0, as they battled the only other undefeated team in the Basketball National League (BNL), the Tshwane Suns.

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9:22am

Mon August 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Bat Boy, 9, Dies After Being Struck In Baseball Game

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 12:01 pm

Kaiser Carlile, 9, the bat boy for a summer-league team in Kansas, died Sunday after being injured in a game Saturday.
Liberal Bee Jays

In a tragic accident that has left a Kansas community in mourning, a bat boy hit in the head by a player taking practice swings Saturday has died of his injuries. Kaiser Carlile, 9, was a well-loved part of the Liberal Bee Jays, a summer league team for college players.

Photos of Carlile show him as a freckle-faced boy: hustling around the field, sitting in the dugout and talking with the players. But during his team's National Baseball Congress World Series game Saturday in Wichita, he was hit in the head by a bat as he ran past the on-deck circle after an out.

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7:09am

Mon August 3, 2015
Sports

After 9 Days, Special Olympics World Games Come To A Close

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 7:59 am

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