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6:30pm

Wed November 5, 2014
The Two-Way

49ers Running Back Retires From NFL, Without Playing A Snap

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 6:47 pm

Marcus Lattimore retired from the NFL Wednesday, ending his hopes of returning from a knee injury to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
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Saying his knees wouldn't withstand the punishment the NFL deals out, running back Marcus Lattimore retired from the league Wednesday. Lattimore, 23, suffered serious injuries to both knees in college. He says he chose a higher quality of life over the promise of millions of dollars.

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5:14am

Wed November 5, 2014
Sports

Charlotte's College Of Faith Lacks A Campus But Not A Football Team

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:58 am

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5:00am

Wed November 5, 2014
Sports

2-Day Appeal Hearing To Consider Ray Rice's NFL Case

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:58 am

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3:32am

Wed November 5, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 7:02 pm

Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Karlos Dansby celebrates during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17.
David Richard AP

Every election suggests change, so given all the scandals involving football, now's an appropriate time to envision what reforms might be forced upon the sport. Well, I'll tell you: It's tough to mess with football.

Now, to begin with, from hindsight, it was probably misleading to call baseball "the national pastime." The claim was, essentially, based almost entirely on the fact that baseball was the only team sport that boasted a professional presence. The World Series was our World Cup and the Olympics rolled into one.

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5:57pm

Tue November 4, 2014
Goats and Soda

What Makes Kenya's Marathon Runners The World's Best?

Wilson Kipsang of Kenya hoisted his country's flag after winning the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Kipsang won in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 59 seconds.
Craig Ruttle AP

Wilson Kipsang, the Kenyan winner of Sunday's New York City Marathon, told reporters after it was over that he'd had to slow down — to "exercise a lot of patience" — as he logged the first miles of the 26.2-mile race.

And even with his purposely slowish (!) start, he completed the marathon in two hours, 10 minutes and 59 seconds.

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4:16pm

Tue November 4, 2014
Sports

Judge In Ray Rice Appeal Known For Being 'Down The Middle'

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:32 pm

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3:43pm

Tue November 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Pleads No Contest In Child Abuse Case

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson arrives at the courthouse for an appearance Tuesday in Conroe, Texas. He pleaded no contest in his child abuse case, avoiding jail time.
Pat Sullivan AP

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest in his child abuse case, avoiding jail time after being indicted in September for using a wooden switch to punish his 4-year-old son.

The Associated Press reports that a judge in Conroe, Texas, agreed to the plea deal.

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3:27am

Mon November 3, 2014
Sports

Terminally Ill Player Scores First Basket Of NCAA Season

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:41 pm

After Hill's first basket, the sold-out crowd at Cintas Center in Cincinnati went wild.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Nineteen-year-old college freshman Lauren Hill played her first game Sunday night, for a tiny, Division III college in Cincinnati.

That's not usually big news. But Hill has a rare form of brain cancer, and her first collegiate game might also be her last — which brought an unusual degree of attention to the court at Mount Saint Joseph University.

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6:18pm

Sun November 2, 2014
All Tech Considered

New Players In The NBA: Big Data, User-Controlled Jumbotrons

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 6:36 pm

This sample image from Second Spectrum shows the company's data visualizations for the NBA. They crunch game data — past and present — to show live statistics and information during games.
Courtesy of Second Spectrum

The NBA ushered in the new season this past week, and fans at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers' opening game had access to some new toys.

The Clippers were the first NBA team to roll out new features for the huge monitors that hover just above the playing floor. For instance, sometimes the video replay was enhanced to show overlays of intricate new statistics, displaying the game as if viewed from the point of view of the Terminator.

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5:03pm

Sun November 2, 2014
The Two-Way

From Bad To Worse: A Tough Day For The Washington Redskins

Protestors march outside TCF Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, on Sunday in Minneapolis.
Jim Mone AP

This hasn't been the best of days for the Washington Redskins.

First, one of the team buses crashed en route to Minnesota, where the Redskins were to play the Vikings.

ESPN says:

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