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11:57am

Thu January 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Michael Schumacher Remains In Coma On Eve Of 45th Birthday

Michael Schumacher in April 2012.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Race car legend Michael Schumacher "remains in a critical but stable condition on Thursday, four days after his skiing accident in the French Alps," Sky Sports reports.

The German driver turns 45 on Friday.

His family has posted a message to those who have shown their concern for his health:

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4:02pm

Wed January 1, 2014
Sports

Olympic Snowboarder Must Overcome Injury To Win Third Gold

He's the only man with two gold medals in Snowboard Cross from the Olympics, in 2006 and 2010. And now Seth Wescott of Maine is trying for a third in Sochi. But this time around, Wescott's recovering from a torn ACL and a broken tibia, injuries sustained during an annual snowboard trek in the rugged Alaska wilderness last April. Wescott knows it will be difficult to defend his title. But at 37 he's no shrinking violet. He's already setting his sights on the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, when he'll be 41 years old.

4:02pm

Wed January 1, 2014
Sports

Tech-Savvy Brooklyn's Barclays Center? Yep, There's An App For That

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is home to the Brooklyn Nets. It's also home to some of the most advanced technology ever to come to a stadium or arena. Many older sports venues have struggled to keep pace with the latest developments in digital devices and social media. But that's hardly the case at Barclays. The venue even has its own app.

6:10am

Wed January 1, 2014
Sports

Rose Bowl Highlights College Football Game Day

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 11:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

January 1st is the day college football fans dream about - or, at least they used to. Not too long ago, it featured the big event: the last and biggest of the bowl games. We'll have to wait until next Monday for the BCS championship, but no worry, there are still some good games on tap for today. And here with a preview is NPR's Mike Pesca. Good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

MONTAGNE: Six games today, Mike. Which are the big ones?

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3:07am

Wed January 1, 2014
Sweetness And Light

The (Very) Long View On The State Of Football

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 11:42 am

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Football is often called a "gladiator game." This past semester, several football players took a class at the University of Washington that explores the idea. It turns out that both the professor and her football-playing students found that it's not just a glib analogy.

Apart from the extreme fact that the Roman slaves actually killed each other in their games, there are certain fascinating parallels.

Click on the audio link above to hear Deford's take on this issue.

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4:54pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Sports

With Little To Lose, Coaches, Players Get Creative In Bowl Games

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 6:56 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

There are 35 college football bowl games on the schedule this year. We'll be a good two-thirds of the way through them by the time the Chick-fil-A Bowl ends this evening. And while there's a good deal of prestige associated with winning the Rose bowl, for example, or beating a highly-ranked opponent, many bowls feature un-familiar opponents facing off in a game with a funny name. As NPR's Mike Pesca reports, that often yields results that are downright strange.

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4:47pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Sports

Icing On The Puck: Hockey Fans And The NHL Winter Classic

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 6:56 pm

NHL Winter Classic hockey game seat pads are displayed at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor ahead of the New Year's Day outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Paul Sancya AP

The Detroit Red Wings are kind of playing a home game on New Year's Day — even if it'll be played about 40 miles west of their home ice in downtown Detroit.

Mike Babcock, the Red Wings head coach, told the NHL Network that might not be such a good thing, because home teams haven't fared so well in prior Winter Classics.

"The reason the home team doesn't have much success is there's probably a New Year's Eve party going on in everybody's house," he said. "So you gotta decide whether that's more important, or the game's more important."

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10:32am

Tue December 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Has Tim Tebow Found His Right Place At ESPN?

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 11:21 am

Tim Tebow, right, during a TV interview before last January's Allstate Sugar Bowl. He's taking his talents to ESPN.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

Although he says he still wants to be a quarterback in the National Football League, former phenom Tim Tebow has signed up to be a college football analyst for ESPN.

The sports network announced Monday that Tebow is coming aboard to be part of SEC Nation — a "pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning August 28, 2014."

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6:40am

Tue December 31, 2013
Sports

Kiwi Gardner Gets A Break, Told To 'Go At The Rim'

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:44 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We have an update now on a hoop dream. In October, NPR's listeners heard from Kiwi Gardner, a 20-year-old, five-foot-seven inch basketball wiz from Oakland, California. Like so many talented young ballplayers, Gardner's ultimate goal was the NBA. To get there, he chose the minor league route.

KIWI GARDNER: I want to be able to make a D-League team this year, you know. I feel I'm at that level or I play at that level right now.

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6:32am

Tue December 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Michael Schumacher Showing 'Surprising' Improvement

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 8:25 am

Race car driver Michael Schumacher in November 2012.
Mark Thompson Getty Images

Racing car legend Michael Schumacher is not out of danger, but is showing "surprising" improvement as doctors in France continue to treat him for the severe head injury he suffered Sunday while skiing, The Associated Press reports from Grenoble.

That improvement has allowed surgeons to operate for a second time, doctors said Tuesday.

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