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4:58am

Wed July 29, 2015
Sweetness And Light

Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:38 pm

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Southpaw, a new movie about a junior middleweight boxing champion who faces adversity.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Some people wanna ban boxing. I just wanna ban boxing movies.

You get the feeling sometimes that Hollywood still thinks Joe Louis is heavyweight champion and boxing is still top-tier popular? Yes, there's yet another boxing movie out, this one entitled Southpaw.

Oh, please, please. Making boxing movies when boxing is so passé would be like if Hollywood kept making showbiz movies about vaudeville.

Click the audio above to hear Frank Deford's take on movies about boxing.

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8:08pm

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Mexico's Soccer Coach Loses Job After Allegedly Punching Reporter

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 8:22 pm

The Guardian describes Mexico's fired coach, Miguel Herrera, as "combustible."
Matt Rourke AP

Mexico's soccer coach, Miguel Herrera, has been fired after allegations that he punched a TV reporter.

According to The Guardian, Herrera allegedly punched TV reporter Christian Martinoli while waiting in the TSA line at the Philadelphia airport on Monday.

The altercation came just two days after Mexico's soccer team won the Gold Cup over Jamaica. The paper reports that incoming president Decio de Maria confirmed the coach's termination at a press conference on Tuesday:

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5:00pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Sports

Remembering The Flair Of #45: Boston Red Sox To Honor Pedro Martinez

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:31 pm

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5:00pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Sports

NFL Upholds Tom Brady Suspension For 'Deflategate' Scandal

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:31 pm

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3:19pm

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

NFL's Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:08 pm

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, seen here arriving at NFL headquarters last month, sought to destroy evidence in the "deflategate" incident, says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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Saying that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs" below required levels, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the punishment.

In doing so, Goodell also faulted Brady for not cooperating with the investigation, citing his "destruction of potentially relevant evidence" — a reference to Brady's cellphone and SIM card, which he gave to an assistant to be destroyed, according to Goodell's findings.

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1:24pm

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Arizona Cardinals Hire Female Coach For Training Camp And Preseason

Jennifer Welter, who played in a Texas Revolution game as a running back in 2014, will help coach the linebacker corps for the Arizona Cardinals this summer.
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Jen Welter, an athlete and sports psychologist, will become an NFL coach in what is believed to be a first. The Arizona Cardinals have hired Welter to coach the team's inside linebackers during this summer's training camp and preseason.

"I am honored to be a part of this amazing team," Welter said in a tweet Monday night. She thanked the Cardinals and head coach Bruce Arians.

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6:20am

Tue July 28, 2015
Sports

Boston Drops Out Of The Running For 2024 Olympic Games

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:47 pm

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5:13am

Tue July 28, 2015
Sports

Cardinals Hire Jen Welter, Possibly NFL's First Female Coach

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 2:18 pm

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5:13am

Tue July 28, 2015
Around the Nation

The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:58 pm

Travis Moyer (center) drives the car that he built for the demolition derby in Kansas.
Frank Morris KCUR

Americans have been intentionally ramming cars into each other for sport for decades. And at this time of year, fans crowd into county fairs to see battered, souped-up cars bash each other to pieces.

This steel equivalent of blood sport draws a passionate following, and the drivers say it is deeply addicting.

"There's nothing better," says John Green, a demolition derby driver at a recent fair in Franklin County, Kan. "A lot of people say they would do it, but until you get in there and do it you never know the real feeling."

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7:24pm

Mon July 27, 2015
Sports

U.S. Olympic Committee Ends Bid To Bring 2024 Summer Games To Boston

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:57 am

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