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7:47 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Tom Brady Calls NFL's 4-Game Suspension 'Unfair'

NFL quarterback Tom Brady attends the welterweight unification championship bout on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 9:11 am

Tom Brady issued an impassioned defense of his actions this morning after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold a four-game suspension over his role in "deflategate."

The New England Patriots quarterback called the suspension "unfair" and said he was "disappointed" that Goodell dismissed his "hours of testimony."

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Sweetness And Light
2:58 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Southpaw, a new movie about a junior middleweight boxing champion who faces adversity.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:38 am

Some people wanna ban boxing. I just wanna ban boxing movies.

You get the feeling sometimes that Hollywood still thinks Joe Louis is heavyweight champion and boxing is still top-tier popular? Yes, there's yet another boxing movie out, this one entitled Southpaw.

Oh, please, please. Making boxing movies when boxing is so passé would be like if Hollywood kept making showbiz movies about vaudeville.

Click the audio above to hear Frank Deford's take on movies about boxing.

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The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Mexico's Soccer Coach Loses Job After Allegedly Punching Reporter

The Guardian describes Mexico's fired coach, Miguel Herrera, as "combustible."
Matt Rourke AP

Mexico's soccer coach, Miguel Herrera, has been fired after allegations that he punched a TV reporter.

According to The Guardian, Herrera allegedly punched TV reporter Christian Martinoli while waiting in the TSA line at the Philadelphia airport on Monday.

The altercation came just two days after Mexico's soccer team won the Gold Cup over Jamaica. The paper reports that incoming president Decio de Maria confirmed the coach's termination at a press conference on Tuesday:

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Sports
3:00 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Remembering The Flair Of #45: Boston Red Sox To Honor Pedro Martinez

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:31 pm

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Sports
2:39 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

NFL Upholds Tom Brady Suspension For 'Deflategate' Scandal

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:31 pm

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

NFL's Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, seen here arriving at NFL headquarters last month, sought to destroy evidence in the "deflategate" incident, says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:08 pm

Saying that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs" below required levels, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the punishment.

In doing so, Goodell also faulted Brady for not cooperating with the investigation, citing his "destruction of potentially relevant evidence" — a reference to Brady's cellphone and SIM card, which he gave to an assistant to be destroyed, according to Goodell's findings.

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The Two-Way
11:24 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Arizona Cardinals Hire Female Coach For Training Camp And Preseason

Jennifer Welter, who played in a Texas Revolution game as a running back in 2014, will help coach the linebacker corps for the Arizona Cardinals this summer.
MICHAEL PRENGLER CSM /LANDOV

Jen Welter, an athlete and sports psychologist, will become an NFL coach in what is believed to be a first. The Arizona Cardinals have hired Welter to coach the team's inside linebackers during this summer's training camp and preseason.

"I am honored to be a part of this amazing team," Welter said in a tweet Monday night. She thanked the Cardinals and head coach Bruce Arians.

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Sports
4:20 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Boston Drops Out Of The Running For 2024 Olympic Games

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:47 am

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Sports
3:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Cardinals Hire Jen Welter, Possibly NFL's First Female Coach

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:18 pm

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Around the Nation
3:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby

Travis Moyer (center) drives the car that he built for the demolition derby in Kansas.
Frank Morris KCUR

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:58 am

Americans have been intentionally ramming cars into each other for sport for decades. And at this time of year, fans crowd into county fairs to see battered, souped-up cars bash each other to pieces.

This steel equivalent of blood sport draws a passionate following, and the drivers say it is deeply addicting.

"There's nothing better," says John Green, a demolition derby driver at a recent fair in Franklin County, Kan. "A lot of people say they would do it, but until you get in there and do it you never know the real feeling."

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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid Is Over

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks at a news conference last month. He and the USOC announced Monday that his city is no longer in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:19 am

It's official. The 2024 Olympic Games will not take place in Boston.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Olympic Committee "severed ties" with Boston on Monday. In a statement, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, "I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston." He continued, "However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result."

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Sports
2:21 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

U.S. Olympic Committee Ends Bid To Bring 2024 Summer Games To Boston

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:57 am

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Major League Soccer Gambles On Star Power Of Aging Foreign Players

New York City FC's Andrea Pirlo warms up before an MLS soccer match against Orlando City SC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 1:39 pm

"We want Pirlo! We want Pirlo! We want Pirlo!"

On Sunday night, this chant thundered through Yankee Stadium, where Major League Soccer's prized acquisition from a top European club, legendary Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, was set to make his debut with the New York City FC. The 36-year-old former Juventus star took the field as a sub in the second half, but from the cheers of the more than 30,000 fans, it was as if Babe Ruth had just scored the winning touchdown for the Knicks.

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Monkey See
4:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

The Giant Foam Finger: Sports Hatred

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers smiles during a game against the New York Knicks on Oct. 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jason Miller Getty Images

A couple weeks ago, Code Switch blogger Gene Demby and I sat down to reflect on a decade-old sports moment — a single play in a single game — and describe how it affected us as rival fans of the teams involved. In this second episode of the series we're calling The Giant Foam Finger, the two of us tackle a far unwieldier subject: hatred.

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The Two-Way
12:57 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

British Cyclist Chris Froome Wins Tour De France

Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain, with the race leader's yellow jersey, celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the 109.5-km (68 mile) final 21st stage of the 102nd Tour de France.
Stefano Rellandini Reuters/Landov

British cyclist Chris Froome rode to his second Tour de France win in just three years on Sunday, edging out his toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.

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Sports
5:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Pro Gaming Joins Other Sports As It Begins Drug Testing

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 8:38 am

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Code Switch
5:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

On A 'Tour De Tacos' With Los Angeles' Eastside Bike Club

The Eastside Bicycle Club on a 35 mile Saturday evening ride with stops for tacos.
Carlos Morales

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 5:05 pm

Decked out in spandex and a yellow and orange racing jersey with Eastside Bicycle Club: Ride To Live on the front, Gabriela Bilich was hanging out at club founder Carlos Morales' bike shop before a Saturday evening group-ride last weekend, joking with the other cyclists in spanglish.

Bilich says a couple of years ago, she would never have imagined herself riding a bike through the streets of LA. She says the cycling world just didn't feel welcoming to a 40-something Latina from Southeast LA who struggled with her weight.

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Sports
5:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Athletes Make News On Social Issues: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 8:55 am

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Sports
3:19 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Searching For The Golden Snitch At First European Quidditch Games

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 9:04 am

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The Two-Way
12:14 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Hulk Hogan's WWE Contract Terminated After Alleged Racist Language In Sex Tape

Hulk Hogan's contract with World Wrestling Entertainment has been terminated.
Chris O'Meara AP

World Wrestling Entertainment has terminated its contract with wrestler Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hulk Hogan after reports the wrestler used racist language in a sex tape. The alleged transcripts from the leaked tape were published in a joint investigation by Radar and The National Enquirer and depict Bollea using the N-word and identifying himself as a racist.

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Sports
3:33 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Baseball Writer To Be Honored By Hall Of Fame, But He's Out Of A Job

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

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Sports
2:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

British Cyclist Chris Froome Leads As Tour De France Enters Final Days

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:14 pm

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Sweetness And Light
2:57 am
Wed July 22, 2015

For Love Or Money: Fans And Businesses Flock To Fantasy Sports

Kelly Hirano, vice president of engineering, demonstrates the Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy contest during a product launch in July in San Francisco. Yahoo has designed this experience for the mobile fantasy player and offers Daily Fantasy, Full Season Fantasy, and real-time sports news and scores as an all-in-one experience.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:59 pm

In the famous Disney movie, a carpenter named Geppetto longed to have a son. He carved a puppet of a boy, and, wouldn't you know it, the wooden Pinocchio magically became a real child. Fantasy games are the Pinocchio of sport, for all who play them become Geppettos. Isn't it the dream of every fan to construct his or her own team, as Geppetto wanted to carve out a son?

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Sports
3:24 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Los Angeles Angels Blow Dry Their Wet Field With A Helicopter

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:20 am

There may be a drought in California, but the Los Angeles Angels had a home game rained out Sunday, their first in 20 years.

They needed to dry the field on Monday, so they called in a helicopter to hover overhead.

The field was blow-dried, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia was unimpressed.

He recalls a youth league game years ago when wet base paths were doused in gasoline and set on fire.

Presuambly the fire went out before the game began.

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Author Interviews
3:11 am
Tue July 21, 2015

A Lifelong Surfer Explains Why There's No Such Thing As A 'Perfect' Wave

William Finnegan surfs Cloudbreak, off the island of Tavarua in Fiji, in 2005.
Scott Winer

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 12:24 pm

William Finnegan is a New Yorker journalist, but his new memoir doesn't focus on the wars or controversies he's covered. It's about surfing.

Finnegan traces his love of surfing back to his childhood, when he used to watch surfers in Ventura, Calif. He remembers being 10 years old, sitting with his family in a diner, watching waves break on the coast.

It seemed "like they were arriving from some celestial workshop ... carved by ocean angels," he writes. "I wanted to be out there, learning to dance on water."

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Sports
4:37 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

American Zach Johnson Wins British Open In Historic 3-Way Playoff

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Sports
2:59 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Los Angeles Angels Experience First Rainout At Home In 20 Years

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:37 pm

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

American Zach Johnson Wins British Open In 3-Way Playoff

Zach Johnson won the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, on Monday. He's seen here teeing off on the 18th hole in the playoff round.
Andrew Redington Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 3:36 pm

American Zach Johnson has added a second major title to his career, winning the British Open on Monday in a dramatic four-hole playoff. Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth narrowly missed a chance to join the playoff, quashing dreams of a Grand Slam in 2015.

"It's surreal," an emotional Johnson said after the win, adding: "I'm thankful. I can't play any better than I did. My wife is my rock."

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Mon July 20, 2015

FIFA Will Select New President In February

Soccer's world governing body will elect a new president on Feb. 26, 2016, in Zurich. FIFA made the announcement on Twitter on Monday.

If you remember, as a corruption scandal engulfed the upper echelons of FIFA's leadership, the organization's president, Sepp Blatter, announced his resignation in June.

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Sports
5:20 am
Mon July 20, 2015

For The Rubik's Cube World Champ, 6 Seconds Is Plenty Of Time

The Rubik's Cube world championships were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, drawing participants from more than 40 countries. The winner completed his cube in 5.69 seconds.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 2:14 pm

Brazil hosted the World Cup last year. Next year, it will host the Summer Olympics. On Sunday, though, the country played host to another international gathering of talented competitors: the Rubik's Cube World Championship.

This past weekend, hundreds of "speedcubers," as they're known, descended on Sao Paulo from over 40 countries, to take part in three days of intensive competition.

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