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6:11pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Sports

'Cold Actually Feels Good' At The U.S. Winter Swimming Championship

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:37 pm

Daina Bouquin competes in the first U.S. Winter Swimming Championships on Saturday in Lake Memphremagog near Newport, Vt. The event drew swimmers from around the world to race in icy water that was below 32 degrees F.
Herb Swanson for NPR

One way to test your mettle in winter is to take one of those quick penguin plunges in icy water. But some stoic swimmers actually carve pools out of frozen lakes and race each other.

The sport of winter swimming is popular abroad, especially in Russia, Scandinavia and China. But last weekend, a newly formed organization to promote winter swimming in the United States held its first national competition on the Vermont-Quebec border.

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11:59am

Mon February 23, 2015
The Two-Way

12 Feet: A Soaring New Broad Jump Record Is Set At NFL Combine

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:10 pm

University of Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones takes off for the broad jump at the NFL combine Monday. Jones recorded an NFL record of 12 feet 3 inches.
Julio Cortez AP

If you're ever standing near Byron Jones when he jumps, you might want to stand well back. At Monday's NFL scouting combine, the cornerback from the University of Connecticut nearly flew off the grid that measures the standing broad jump. He landed more than 12 feet away.

Jones recorded 12 feet 3 inches in the broad jump, a discipline that was once in the Olympics. No other player came close to Jones' mark at the combine, the scouting event for players who want to be considered in pro football's draft.

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9:31am

Sun February 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Chilean Cyclist Nearing Record Killed By Truck In Rural Thailand

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 8:09 pm

A rural highway in southern Thailand photographed in 2013. Congestion and reckless driving are not uncommon on the country's roads and thoroughfares.
Sumeth Panpetch AP

A Chilean man who began an around-the-world bicycle journey four years ago and was closing in on a Guinness distance record has been killed.

Juan Francisco Guillermo was hit by a passing pickup truck while stopped on the side of a highway in rural Thailand. His Singaporean wife and 2-year-old son, who were traveling with him, sustained minor injuries.

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8:01am

Sun February 22, 2015
Sports

The Week In Sports: 76ers On A Rebuilding Spree

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 12:36 pm

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10:43am

Sat February 21, 2015
Code Switch

NASCAR Hall-Of-Famer Helped Open The Track For Black Drivers

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 12:36 pm

Wendell Scott, pictured here in 1969, is the first — and only — black man to win a race in NASCAR's top series.
AP

On Dec. 1, 1963, Wendell Scott became the first African-American to win a race in NASCAR's top division. More than 50 years later, he is still the only African-American to have done that.

The new NASCAR season begins this weekend, and some in the sport are using Scott's recent induction into its Hall of Fame to celebrate a pioneering achievement — but also to examine why NASCAR still struggles with diversity.

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8:17am

Sat February 21, 2015
Sports

NASCAR And Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:20 am

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4:46pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Sports

Play Ball ... And Hurry Up: MLB Changes To Speed Up The Game

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:43 pm

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2:34pm

Fri February 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Batter Up, Already: MLB Tries To Speed Up The 2015 Season

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:36 pm

Concerned by game times that have bloated beyond three hours, Major League Baseball is putting baseball on a diet for the 2015 season. In upcoming games, timers will regulate the pause between innings, and hitters must now keep one foot in the batter's box nearly all the time.

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6:38am

Fri February 20, 2015
The Two-Way

At Baseball's Spring Training, Giants' Manager Bochy Has Heart Surgery

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 1:34 pm

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (right) had two heart stents inserted Thursday. He's seen here during the Giants' World Series victory parade last year.
Jason O. Watson Getty Images

Pitchers and catchers have reported for Major League Baseball's spring training in Florida and Arizona. But for defending champions the San Francisco Giants, the excitement is being tempered by concern for manager Bruce Bochy, who underwent heart surgery Thursday.

The procedure, in which doctors inserted heart stents, came one day after Bochy underwent a physical exam. The Giants say that the team's medical staff was monitoring Bochy, 59, after he experienced some discomfort.

From Arizona, Mark Moran of member station KJZZ reports:

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5:11am

Fri February 20, 2015
Sports

Daytona 500 Kicks Off NASCAR Sprint Cup Season

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 8:10 am

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