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4:27pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Sports

Many Fans Not Sad To See End Of Bowl Championship Series

On Monday night, Florida State and Auburn battle for the national college football title. It will be the last championship under the much maligned Bowl Championship Series, or BCS. A new playoff system kicks off next season, but will it be better?

1:55pm

Mon January 6, 2014
The Two-Way

Last Game Is Finally Here: BCS May Go Out With A Bang

Look, But Don't Touch, Part I: Some players are superstitious and don't want to touch a trophy until they win it. Florida State defensive back Jonathan Akanbi poses with the NCAA's Coaches' Trophy, which goes to the winner of Monday night's game.
Chris Carlson AP
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman previews the championship game

There are obviously many things that could be said about Monday night's Bowl Championship Series game between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn, starting with this:

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10:10am

Mon January 6, 2014
The Two-Way

Was Luck's TD The Most Amazing Moment Of A Wild NFL Weekend?

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 12:50 pm

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck dives over the goal line in the fourth quarter of his team's 45-44 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
David Eulitt MCT/Landov

It's hard to imagine a much more dramatic weekend of NFL playoff games.

There was the big comeback by the Indianapolis Colts, who had fallen 28 points behind the Kansas City Chiefs.

Indy bounced back to win a 45-44 thriller.

The game included arguably the most amazing play of the weekend: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's touchdown late in the fourth quarter when he picked up a ball that had bounced off a teammate's shoulder. Luck dove toward the end zone and managed to just stretch across the goal line.

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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.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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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