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6:47am

Mon January 6, 2014
Sports

Florida State Meets Auburn In Final BCS Game

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Fans will not be complaining, at least not about the weather tonight, as Florida State and Auburn face off in a very important game. They're playing in tonight's college football championship in warm and sunny Pasadena, California. And there's even better news for the many college football fans who've grown to loathe the Bowl Championship Series, known as the BCS. Tonight marks the end of it. It's being replaced next season by a playoff that will decide the national champion.

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3:03am

Mon January 6, 2014
Sports

Figure Skater With 'Happy Feet' Hopes To Clinch Spot In Sochi

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

Jeremy Abbott performs during a figure skating competition in Paris in 2012.
Gonzalo Fuentes Reuters/Landov

As the Olympic Games get closer, athletes like figure skater Jeremy Abbott are focusing on making Team USA. With only two slots on the U.S. men's figure skating team, the competition is tough. But the three-time U.S. champion — who has yet to deliver on the world stage — wants 2014 to be the year he takes a medal in Sochi, Russia.

Abbott, 28, has been in ice skates since he was 2 years old. He's already been to one Olympics, placing ninth at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

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5:25pm

Sun January 5, 2014
Sports

Costs Climb As Sochi Winter Olympics Approaches

Originally published on Sun January 5, 2014 6:55 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

Russia is spending $51 billion on the Sochi Winter Olympics, the most expensive Olympic Games ever by a wide margin. The preparations have not gone smoothly. Construction has been delayed repeatedly and marred by accusations of political corruption. The outlandish price tag for the games has turned into an embarrassment for Russian officials.

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8:01am

Sun January 5, 2014
Sports

It's Winter, Time For NFL Teams To Shed Their Coaches

Originally published on Sun January 5, 2014 11:13 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Time now for sports.

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MARTIN: And it is coach firing season in the NFL. A new year brings in a batch of new head coaches. More on who's gotten the axe and who's signing shiny new contracts in a moment, but first we have some of last night's games to talk about.

NPR's Mike Pesca joins us to run through them. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hey.

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4:31am

Sun January 5, 2014
The Sunday Conversation

Basketball Coach Fights For His Dream Of A Division I Job

Originally published on Sun January 5, 2014 11:13 am

Elwyn McRoy and his family dress up for Halloween in 2012.
Courtesy of Elwyn McRoy

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

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5:16pm

Sat January 4, 2014
Sports

Controversial Since Day 1, Bowl Championship Series To End

On Monday, the BCS National Championship featuring Florida State and Auburn University will mark the end of the confusing and controversial Bowl Championship Series. Dennis Dodd from CBS Sports speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about what this means for the future of NCAA football.

9:29am

Sat January 4, 2014
Sports

Venture Capitalist Gets A Wild Idea: Try Out For The Olympics

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 2:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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8:19am

Sat January 4, 2014
Sports

Football Fans Say Farewell To The Bowl Championship Series

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 2:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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

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WERTHEIMER: College football fans are saying goodbye forever to the bowl championship series, and as NFL playoffs skip a kickoff today, wild card weather could be a game changer. For more, I'm joined by NPR's sports correspondent, Tom Goldman. Good morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Happy New Year to you.

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4:43pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Sports

Winter Weather Could Impact NFL Playoffs

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:43 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

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4:43pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Around the Nation

Skier Vies For A Spot On Team USA After Breaking Both Legs

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:43 pm

Alice McKennis speeds down the course during the women's downhill at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, in February.
Alessandro Trovati AP

On a cold, cloudy day in Colorado, ski racer Alice McKennis suits up. She buckles her boots, puts on a back protector and dons a tightfitting speed suit.

She's training at the U.S. Ski Team's Speed Center at Copper Mountain near Vail, Colo. — and how she got here is exceptional.

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