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8:18am

Mon December 9, 2013
Sports

Broncos' Prater Kicks Record 64-Yard Field Goal

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Anybody who grew up watching football has seen video of Tom Dempsey's historic field goal. In 1970, the New Orleans Saint kicked a field goal from a record 63 yards to win a game. He did it though he was born with no toes on his right foot. The record stood for decades, sometimes equaled never exceeded, until Sunday. Denver's Matt Prater kicked one from 64 yards, though it was not decisive since his team won by 23 points.

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7:58am

Sun December 8, 2013
Sports

Just How Unfair Is The U.S.'s World Cup Draw?

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 11:50 am

What's the best way to pick a sport's ultimate champion? Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the fickle nature of competitions, from the World Cup to the NFL playoffs to college football playoffs.

5:33pm

Sat December 7, 2013
The New And The Next

An 'Accidental Activist,' And England's World Cup Hope

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 3:47 pm

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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, Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about about a rising star in soccer who could turn things around for England in the World Cup, and a Bahraini woman who calls herself an "accidental activist." He also shares a clip from an Ozy interview with President Bill Clinton regarding Nelson Mandela's legacy.

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8:05am

Sat December 7, 2013
Africa

Nelson Mandela, The Sports Fan

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:39 am

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Nelson Mandela often was quoted as saying that sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire, but rugby in South Africa has traditionally been a sport played by whites. Most black South Africans saw it as a pass time of the ruling elite. The year after Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa, his country hosted the Rugby World Cup. This was 1995.

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8:05am

Sat December 7, 2013
Sports

Florida, Ohio, Auburn Battle In Bowl Championship Series

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:39 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

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8:05am

Sat December 7, 2013
Sports

Swimmers Cheer, And Strip, For Volleyball Team In Louisville

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:39 am

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The University of Louisville women's volleyball team was great this past regular season: 23-and-7. They were undefeated at home. A possible good luck charm, at certain home games the Louisville men's swim team are in the stands, each athlete wearing 26 items of clothing. Every time the Lady Cardinals score a point, the swimmers strip off a piece of attire. It takes 25 points to win a volleyball game so victory reveals young male swimmers in nothing but Speedos.

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8:05am

Sat December 7, 2013
Sports

With Stellar Football Season, Duke Has New Team To Celebrate

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 1:50 pm

Duke coach David Cutcliffe hugs linebacker David Helton following Duke's 27-25 win over North Carolina on Nov. 30.
Gerry Broome AP

Every college football season, at one team turns out to be a surprise. This year, it's Duke.

The Blue Devils have won 10 games — the most in the school's history. The team's coach, David Cutcliffe, was just named national coach of the year.

It's a big turnaround for a team that was once the laughingstock of the Atlantic Coast Conference and overshadowed by basketball. But now, Duke is headed to the ACC championship game.

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5:37pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Sports

U.S. To Face Ghana, Portugal And Germany In World Cup

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 7:35 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

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5:37pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Sports

Many Won't Miss College Football's Soon-To-Go Bowl System

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 7:35 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. College football fans have one last chance to complain about the Bowl Championship Series after this weekend. Since 1998, the complicated ranking system has determined who gets to play for the national championship. The BCS has successfully angered fans and media alike every single year.

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12:49pm

Fri December 6, 2013
The Two-Way

World Cup 2014 Draw Is Set: U.S. Will Face Germany, Portugal, Ghana

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 2:53 pm

FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke shows a paper with the name of the Korea Republic as Brazilian presenter Fernanda Lima looks on during the final draw of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Friday.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

The final draw of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was announced Friday. The U.S. team will face Germany, Portugal and Ghana in Group G; host Brazil will face world No. 16 Croatia in Group A. Only the top two teams of each group advance to the next round.

The draw puts the U.S., currently ranked as the world's No. 14 team, in the same group with the world's No. 2 (Germany) and No. 5 (Portugal). Ghana is ranked 24th. The showdown with Germany has the potential to be bittersweet for Jürgen Klinsmann, the coach of the U.S. team who was a star for German World Cup teams in the 1990s.

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