Sports

1:15pm

Thu December 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Cowboys' Emergency QB Kitna Will Give Away His Pay

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:12 pm

Quarterback Jon Kitna in 2011, before his retirement from football. He's due to be back in a Dallas Cowboys uniform on Sunday.
NFL Getty Images

Whether or not you like the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, this news may warm your heart:

Jon Kitna, who is coming out of retirement to be the team's emergency quarterback on Sunday, plans to donate his $53,000 paycheck from the game to the Tacoma, Wash., high school where he now teaches math and coaches football.

According to the Dallas Morning News:

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3:22am

Wed December 25, 2013
Sweetness And Light

No Rest For Ye Merry NBA Players This Christmas

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 7:04 pm

Benny and the Elevators perform during the game between the NBA's Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets Dec. 25, 2012. The Bulls are one of 10 NBA teams playing on Christmas Day this year.
David Banks Getty Images

Holidays have long been made for sports. Football has all but replaced the turkey as the signature of Thanksgiving. For decades, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day meant stadiums filled for baseball double-headers. It's almost as if games are now an excuse for holidays, rather than the other way around.

So I now wish you a Merry NBA Day! There will be five nationally televised pro basketball games, lasting 13 straight hours, on Wednesday.

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5:22am

Tue December 24, 2013
Sports

Berlin Cheers On Former East German Soccer Team

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 7:24 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

For people in Germany, Christmas means evergreens, "Silent Night" and mulled wine. In the city of Berlin, Christmas also means celebrating a scrappy group of athletes. The FC Union soccer team was formed by iron workers more than a century ago. During the Cold War, it became a symbol of resistance against the East German government. These days, despite mixed results on the field, FC Union remains a fan favorite.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson sent this postcard from a game over the weekend.

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9:42am

Mon December 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Peyton Or Tom? Which QB Do You Want When Game's On The Line?

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:07 pm

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2012.
Steven Senne AP

There's nothing like a "who's the best quarterback" debate to get NFL fans going.

So, on this day after Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos broke the single-season record for touchdown passes, we're wondering what Two-Way football fans think about one of the ongoing topics of conversation in recent years:

Who's the quarterback you'd like to see in charge when your team's behind in a playoff game with time running out?

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3:26am

Mon December 23, 2013
Sports

So Long, Candlestick Park, And Thanks For All The Fog

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 1:27 am

A low, wet fog swirled across the field at Candlestick Park in San Francisco as the Giants opened a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 31, 1962.
AP

In San Francisco, the last Monday Night Football game of the NFL season is a significant moment for Bay Area sports fans. The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons are playing the final regular season game at historic Candlestick Park.

The 49ers are moving south to a plush new home in Santa Clara next season. Candlestick is set to be demolished, leaving behind more than a half-century of memories. It is prompting goodbyes — and, for some, good riddance — to the weather-beaten stadium known as the 'Stick.

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4:53pm

Sun December 22, 2013
The Two-Way

With 51 Touchdowns, Peyton Manning Breaks Season Record

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 8:17 am

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos celebrates after throwing his fourth touchdown during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday in Houston.
Scott Halleran Getty Images

Throwing his 51st touchdown pass of the season, the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning set a new NFL record on Sunday.

Manning bested Tom Brady's record for most touchdown passes in a single NFL season.

As ESPN reports, the record pass was Manning's fourth during a 37-13 win against the Houston Texans. The AP reports:

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10:05am

Sun December 22, 2013
Sports

Are NFL Kickers Getting Better?

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 2:33 pm

Monday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions came down to the kicker. NPR's Rachel Martin and sports reporter Mike Pesca discuss the role of the NFL kicker and whether that job is getting more respect from fans and players.

10:36am

Sat December 21, 2013
Simon Says

Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 11:30 am

Billie Jean King spoke with CNN after being named to the delegation, saying "I'm very proud to go as an athlete, and as a gay woman."
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

When President Obama announced that the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Russia would include Billie Jean King, there was no need to explain who she is or the prestige she brings to her county. Billie Jean King won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles, defeated Bobby Riggs in the so-called Battle of the Sexes in 1973, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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8:20am

Sat December 21, 2013
Sports

Universities Investigate Possible NCAA Tutoring Violations

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 11:30 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Speaking of naughty, time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: What? A university accused of trying to improve its students' academic performance? There's a lead for sports. And one of the most distinctive, sometimes despised, major league stadiums is closing. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us. Happy holidays, my friend.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Same to you, Scott.

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5:46pm

Fri December 20, 2013
Number Of The Year

The Cost To Keep The Home Team At Home May Not Be Worth It

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 7:52 pm

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announces that the city will demolish Turner Field after Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Reed says it was a hard decision but he thinks the city will be better for it.
David Goldman AP

$498 million — that's how much the state of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis have agreed to pay as their share of a new, nearly $1 billion football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Team owner Ziggy Wilf says he believes Minnesotans got a fair deal.

And as it turns out, the deal is pretty standard. But is it fair? Increasingly, privately owned sports teams aren't just asking for newer, fancier digs. They're also asking the public to pay half — or more — of the bill.

Hidden Costs Add Up

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