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1:59pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Sports

Olympics: Goodbye Sochi, Hello Brazil

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 2:14 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Winter Olympics games closed yesterday with a spectacular display of fireworks, dance and music, including a thousand children singing the Russian national anthem.

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1:11pm

Mon February 24, 2014
The Edge

Now That The Games Are Over, What Will Happen To Sochi?

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:53 pm

A view of the Olympic Park on Feb. 6, a day before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

The closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi featured a particularly captivating image: an aerial view of the coastal Olympic village, with the stadiums set like jewels among sparkling avenues, set off by the flash of fireworks in the night sky.

It seemed as if Russia, and especially President Vladimir Putin, had achieved everything that could be hoped for from a world-class sporting event.

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9:45am

Mon February 24, 2014
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Warm Reception As NBA's Jason Collins Makes History

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:01 pm

Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets during Sunday's game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Jeff Gross Getty Images

The applause was warm and some fans stood Sunday night in Los Angeles when basketball player Jason Collins made history by walking onto the court during an NBA game.

By checking in during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the newest member of the Brooklyn Nets became the first openly gay man to play for a team in one of the nation's four major professional sports.

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7:00am

Mon February 24, 2014
Sports

TV Replay Confuses Daytona 500 Watchers

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 11:24 am

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Sunday's Daytona 500. But during a rain delay, Fox Sports showed a replay of the 2013 race won by Jimmie Johnson. Thousands of fans took to Twitter to congratulate Johnson.

5:11am

Mon February 24, 2014
Sports

Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony Held In Sochi

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Russia put on a spectacular closing show for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi last night, with fireworks, Russian music and dance, and a thousand children singing Russia's national anthem. As always, the games were full of the sort of drama and surprises that make them one of the world's great spectacles.

Sonari Glinton is about to turn out the lights in NPR's Sochi bureau, but before he does, let's get the low-down from him about the two-plus weeks of competition.

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5:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Sports

Jason Collins Joins Nets, Is NBA's First Openly Gay Player

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

Jason Collins signed with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. With the deal, he becomes, not only the NBA's first gay player, but the first openly gay athlete active in U.S. major professional sports.

6:14pm

Sun February 23, 2014
The Two-Way

With Nets, Jason Collins Will Be NBA's First Openly Gay Player

Jason Collins, who played for the Boston Celtics in 2012, signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Collins came out as gay in an article in 2013.
Bruce Bennett Getty Images

Jason Collins, who announced last year that he was gay, will be the first active openly gay player in NBA history when he takes to the floor for the first time with the Brooklyn Nets.

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5:12pm

Sun February 23, 2014
Sports

Sochi Olympic Flame Is Extinguished

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 7:00 pm

The last big games of the Olympics, including the gold medal hockey game and four-man bobsled, concluded Sunday. After the closing ceremony, thousands headed for Sochi's tiny airport. NPR's Robert Smith provides a roundup of highlights.

2:18pm

Sun February 23, 2014
Sports

Olympic Photo Of The Day: This Is The End

Jonathan Nackstrand AFP/Getty Images

Fireworks explode around the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the end of the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday at the Olympic Park in Sochi.

For more Olympics coverage, go to The Edge.

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11:36am

Sun February 23, 2014
The Edge

Flame Goes Out In Sochi, Torch Passes To Pyeongchang

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 1:42 pm

Pyrotechnics explode over dancers formed into the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Sunday.
David J. Phillip AP

This post was last updated at 1:40 p.m. ET.

The torch has officially been passed. The 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are over with all the drama in the competition and not over safety and security during the 17 days of the events, as many had feared.

Outdoor fireworks rattled Sochi's Fisht Stadium as the Olympic flame was set to be extinguished Sunday. Winners and losers in the international competition now will have to look east to South Korea to test their Olympic mettle in the contest for medals four years from now, in 2018.

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