Sports

3:01am

Wed December 18, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Why The American Dream Is Still Alive In Sports

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 10:02 am

Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for the shot as Philadelphia 76ers defend the basket on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Chris Szagola AP

Political innocent I may be, but I find great irony in that, while everybody agrees there is massive inequality in the United States today, it's in sports where the American dream still lives — more than ever.

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4:17pm

Tue December 17, 2013
Sports

Some Competitors Say Free-Diving Needs A Safety Sea Change

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

Nicholas Mevoli smiles while diving in Curacao in October. He died a month later following an attempted dive in a free-diving competition in the Bahamas.
Daan Verhoeven Barcroft Media/Landov

Dahab, Egypt, just north of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula, is perfect for free-diving. A diver can have tea in a simple beach cafe and then take just a handful of steps into the Gulf of Aqaba, where the seafloor plunges more than 100 yards into a wine-glass-shaped blue hole.

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2:08pm

Tue December 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Concussion Research Slowed By Shortage Of Donated Brains

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 4:08 pm

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher's body has been exhumed more than a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions.
Seth Perlman AP

Former NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher's body was exhumed last week so doctors can perform tests on the remains of his brain. The family hopes to find out if a degenerative brain disease played a role in Kansas City Chiefs veteran's death last year, when he shot his girlfriend then killed himself.

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4:59pm

Sun December 15, 2013
Sports

Deep In China, 'Cowboys' Have Skied For Thousands Of Years

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 10:21 am

A lassoed elk struggles after Serik demonstrates the age-old technique of capturing game in deep snow.
Jonas Bendiksen National Geographic

The birthplace of skis is under debate, but the ski is believed to be even older than the wheel.

"So they're one of the very first forms of transportation," travel writer Mark Jenkins says.

Jenkins recently traveled to China, which claims to have invented skis almost 10,000 years ago. His exploration is documented in the December issue of National Geographic.

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11:27am

Sun December 15, 2013
Sports

Why, In A Team Sport, Does Only One Win The Heisman?

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And it's time now for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: The biggest individual award in college football, the Heisman Trophy, was given out last night. And the winner was no surprise: Jameis Winston, quarterback for Florida State University. He hugged and kissed his parents and laughed through much of his speech, but there was a lot of controversy surrounding his potential win, which Winston hinted at. Let's take a listen.

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9:17pm

Sat December 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Florida State QB Jameis Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy as college football's best player. He's shown here in a Nov. 2 game against Miami.
Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the nation's top-rated passer who led his team to college football's title game in his first season, was named the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Saturday as the country's best collegiate player.

Winston, 19, became the youngest player and second straight redshirt freshman to win the award, following Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Winston completed nearly 68 percent of his passes for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Undefeated Florida State plays Auburn in the Jan. 6 Bowl Championship Series title game.

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5:13pm

Sat December 14, 2013
The New And The Next

Science Becomes 'Sexy' With Fast Cars And Gangsta Physics

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 6:19 pm

Todd Rosenberg Getty Images

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about a gangster-turned-astrophysicist and a race car driver working to making science "sexy" again. Plus, a look at the changing landscape of African art — no tribal masks allowed.

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9:55am

Sat December 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 3:22 pm

Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston faced an accusation of rape, but the state of Florida decided not to press charges following an investigation.
Julio Cortez AP

On Saturday night, there's a very good chance Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy, awarded each year to the best college football player in the country.

For Winston, family, friends, teammates and Seminole fans, undoubtedly it'll be a shining moment, but a discordant note continues to run through this tale of football glory.

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11:53am

Fri December 13, 2013
Barbershop

If You're Rich, Can You Say You Don't Know Right From Wrong?

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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5:19am

Fri December 13, 2013
Author Interviews

2001 Army-Navy Game Marked By Specter Of Sept. 11

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 12:59 pm

Navy players await the start of their annual game against Army, on Dec. 1, 2001.
AP

On Saturday, Army and Navy will take the field to renew their legendary football rivalry for the 114th time. The teams are playing in Philadelphia, which is also where they faced off in 2001, just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. The players that year faced a sobering new reality: The nation was at war, and they'd soon leave the football field behind for the battlefield.

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