Fri November 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Norway's Magnus Carlsen Is New Chess World Champion

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:21 pm

Norway's Magnus Carlsen smiles at a news conference after clinching the FIDE World Chess Championship Friday in Chennai, India, on Friday.
Babu Reuters /Landov

In Norway, it's "Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, all of the great days" rolled into one: That's because 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen has beaten the defending champion, India's Viswanathan Anand, to be crowned chess world champion.

The world No. 1's victory Friday over Anand, the world No. 8 and an Indian fan favorite, came after 10 games in Chennai, India. Carlsen won three and drew seven, and earned the highest rating of all time with the 6.5-3.5 win.

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Fri November 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Among 100-Point Players, Bevo Francis Merits More Mention

Clarence "Bevo" Francis in December 1952, when he was a star for Ohio's Rio Grande College.


Wed November 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Talk About An Error! We Put 'Mr. Cub' On The White Sox!

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 2:05 pm

Ernie Banks, of THE CHICAGO CUBS, back in his playing days.
  • From the NPR Newscast: Our error about Ernie Banks

The words were barely out of our friend and correspondent Ari Shapiro's mouth just after 7:30 a.m. ET this morning when the phones started ringing and emails started arriving.

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Wed November 20, 2013

World Cup Qualifying Match Tests Cairo's Security

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 7:34 am

Ghana qualifies for its third straight World Cup — defeating Egypt 7-3 on total goals after a 2-1 loss. This was the first international match in Cairo in two years. A bloody soccer riot there left dozens dead in 2011. It was also the first match since authorities lifted the curfew that went into effect after widespread clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, protesting the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.


Wed November 20, 2013
Sweetness And Light

In Basketball, It's Always About What's Next

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 12:51 pm

This year, there are three college players being called "the next LeBron James." Meanwhile, many are speculating about where the first LeBron James, now playing for the Miami Heat, will be next season.
Lynne Sladky AP

College basketball seems to get started sooner every year, like puberty in American children. Why does everything have to begin so early now, before you have time to get ready for it?

Things move so fast in college basketball that there are three players this year who are being called "the next LeBron James. " In the NBA, most of the talk is already about where the superstars will be next season.

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Tue November 19, 2013

One-Fifth Of Norwegians Tune In To Watch Rock Star Chess Champ

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:54 pm

Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen is competing in the 2013 World Chess Championships. Melissa Block speaks with Joran Jansson, president of the Norwegian Chess Federation, for more on his rise to a number one ranking and what his popularity means for the game of chess.


Mon November 18, 2013
All Tech Considered

Calling The Shots: Realistic Commentary Heightens Video Games

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 11:16 am

Recently released sports video games are touting how their high-powered graphics portray players like the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant realistically. The realism extends to audio as well.
2K Games

A big selling point for new video game consoles is better graphics — how real something looks. But better computing power also means better sound.

Compare a real live basketball broadcast to video game audio. Can you tell the difference?

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Mon November 18, 2013

Foreign Workers Abused In Qatar, Report Says

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 6:59 pm

Foreign laborers work at the site of a new road in Doha, Qatar, last month. According to recent media reports, immigrants working on projects for the World Cup in 2022 have been subject to abuse and harsh working conditions.

Our friends over at the Two-Way recently told you about disturbing allegations against Qatar for its handling of migrant workers building the country's infrastructure for the 2022 soccer World Cup. Those revelations were first reported in The Guardian.

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Mon November 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Hoops, He Did It Again: Player Has Second 100-Point Game

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 11:49 am

Have ball, will shoot: Grinnell College's Jack Taylor fires a 3-point shot during Sunday's game against Crossroads College. He scored 109 points — the second time he's topped 100 in a game.
Justin Hayworth AP

This year Jack Taylor "only" scored 109.

The Grinnell College basketball player, who set an NCAA record a year ago when he scored 138 points in one game, poured in 109 Sunday night during his team's 173-123 win over Crossroads College of Rochester, Minn.

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Sun November 17, 2013

The NFL Game Of The Season

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 11:24 am



It is time now for sports.


MARTIN: Well, we've got a whole day of football ahead of us. But let's face it, all eyes are on one game in particular. The Kansas City Chiefs go to Mile High Stadium to play the Denver Broncos. Just one loss between the two of them, seems like a big deal. But is it, really?

The man with the answers, as usual, is NPR's Mike Pesca. Good morning, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hi. You've set up this question. Will I puncture it just by saying, yeah, it's a big deal.

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