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5:13 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Al Michaels On Great Sports Moments That He's Witnessed

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 11:02 am

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OK, pick a moment in sports - a big moment - over the past four decades, and our next guest - he was probably there.

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Science
3:45 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 4:23 pm

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

The Booker High Kiowas entered the state playoffs undefeated, and with two record-setting players on its 29-man team.
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Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:57 am

A football dream ended in Texas last night, as the little town of Booker saw its high school team lose for the first time this year, eliminating them from the state playoffs. But Booker High School has plenty to celebrate β€” the 29 players on its team include the state's all-time leading passer and leading receiver.

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Sports
5:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Cavaliers, Lakers Lagging: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 9:21 am

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The Two-Way
6:42 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore prepares to take the bus, leaving Ralph Wilson Stadium to play a "home" game in Detroit. Tickets to the game, postponed to Monday, are free.
Gary Wiepert AP

Many things will make Monday night's NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets an odd duck. Among them: It's being played in Michigan, and tickets to the game are being given away at no charge.

"Free tickets will be available for Monday's matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ford Field," the Detroit Lions announced today, adding that emails are being sent out to Bills and Lions season-ticket holders that will let them snag seats.

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Raiders (Finally) Claim Victory, In Game Against Chiefs

Oakland Raiders fans during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum on Thursday in Oakland.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:41 am

The Oakland Raiders finally claimed victory, in a home game Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

And yes, that is news because the Raiders had lost their past 16 games. As CBS News reports, their last win was a bit more than a year ago β€” on Nov. 17, 2013. The network explains:

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Sports
4:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Device Lets You Experience A Hockey Hit

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:46 am

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The Two-Way
2:13 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Snowed-Out Buffalo Bills To Play N.Y. Jets In Detroit

A massive amount of snow is keeping the Buffalo Bills from playing on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The game with the New York Jets has been moved to Detroit, and they'll play Monday night.
Buffalo Bills

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:33 am

Thanks to a massive snowstorm in western New York state, the National Football League has moved the Buffalo Bills' home game against the New York Jets this weekend to Detroit.

More than 5 feet of snow have fallen in some areas and even more had been expected by Friday.

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The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FIFA To Review World Cup Corruption Report

FIFA President Joseph Blatter is flanked by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (right) and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani on Dec. 2, 2010, in Zurich, Switzerland, after the announcement that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar in 2022.
Michael Probst AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:29 pm

Soccer's governing body said today it will further review the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reopening for scrutiny the mechanism by which Russia and Qatar were awarded the tournaments.

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Sweetness And Light
1:49 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Outside Of The Games, Are Sports Corrupt?

The executive committee of FIFA β€” the international organization that regulates soccer β€” was so suspected of taking bribes that FIFA ordered its own internal investigation. It's no surprise, says Frank Deford, that it found no wrongdoing.
Kirill Kudryavstev AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:03 am

We so regularly excuse the chicanery of sport. We fans suspect that our team is just as guilty as whatever ooze bubbles to the surface elsewhere, so let it go lest we be the next one caught. For us privileged to actually be down in the rabbit hole, the sins have been so present for so long, they simply become accepted as a benign part of the landscape. Hey, it's all just fun and games, so go along, be a β€” well, be a good sport.

Only, every now and then ...

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Sports
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson Without Pay

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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Sports
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton Earns Record $325 Million Contract With Marlins

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Tue November 18, 2014

FIFA Files Criminal Complaint Over 2018, 2022 Soccer World Cup Bidding

FIFA President Joseph Blatter (second right) is flanked in Zurich, Switzerland, on Dec. 2, 2010, by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (right) and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani after the announcement that Russia will host the soccer World Cup in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.
Michael Probst AP

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 12:41 pm

Soccer's governing body says it has lodged a criminal complaint against individuals in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, days after clearing the winning bids of corruption.

"In particular there seem to be grounds for suspicion that, in isolated cases, international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland took place, which merit examination by the criminal prosecution authorities," FIFA said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Tue November 18, 2014

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For At Least Remainder Of 2014 Season

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

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 10:06 am

The National Football League has suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Peterson of his suspension in a letter made public on Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
7:12 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Man Gets 8 Months In Jail After Driving VW Hatchback Onto Race Track

Jack Cottle, 22, arrives at court in Kent, where he pleaded guilty to driving a Volkswagen Polo onto the Brands Hatch circuit during a race. Cottle was sentenced to eight months in jail.
Gareth Fuller PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:35 pm

Video of a man driving his girlfriend's Volkswagen onto a British race track during a competition became an Internet hit this summer. But footage of the stunt didn't impress a judge, who sentenced Jack Cottle, 22, to eight months in jail Monday.

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Asia
2:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Diplomacy Through Cricket? It's All In How You Spin It

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:59 pm

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Sports
2:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Lawsuit, Drug Raid Raises Questions About NFL Painkiller Practices

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:59 pm

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Digital Life
2:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

University Turns To E-Sports For New Scholarship Opportunities

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:59 pm

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Around the Nation
3:11 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

In Texas, Amputees Get Their Shot At The 'Sweet Science' Of Boxing

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 7:00 pm

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Recently, Texas became the first state to sanction amputee boxing. Now, a group of athletes who thought they could fight competitively are making their mark. From San Antonio, Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies reports

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Sports
3:11 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Lakers May Be Losing Games, But They're Still Winning Latino Fans

The Los Angeles Lakers sport "Los Lakers" jerseys each March, for "Noche Latina" games.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 7:00 pm

The Los Angeles Lakers have played just nine games so far this season β€” and at 1-8, they're already off to their worst start ever. But off the court, the Lakers have become the leader in something the NBA has been working on for almost 20 years: courting Latino fans.

The Lakers are a perfect fit for the job. First off, despite the last few seasons, they're still 16-time NBA champions, the home of legends like Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.

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Sports
7:18 am
Sun November 16, 2014

The Case For β€” And Against β€” Gambling On NBA Games

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 10:25 am

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Sports
5:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Chicago Dominates The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 8:21 am

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Sports
2:23 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NBA Commissioner Calls For Legalization Of Sports Gambling

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 4:34 pm

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Fri November 14, 2014

NBA Commissioner Thinks Gambling On Games Should Be Legal

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference during the NBA Board of Governors meeting in July.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 6:37 pm

"I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated."

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Sports
6:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Baseball's Best, A Hitter And A Pitcher, Are From LA

After helping the Angels win 98 games this season, outfielder Mike Trout swept the first-place votes for the American League Most Valuable Player.
Ed Zurga Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 4:09 pm

For Mike Trout, the outfielder from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the third time was the charm. The star hitter finally won the American League's MVP Award after finishing second in the voting both last year and the year before β€” not too shabby for a player who just turned 23 in August. He picked up all 30 first-place votes.

In an era when pitchers are increasingly dominant, Trout actually had arguably his worst season yet as a starter. He set career lows in batting average (.287), hits (173), and on-base percentage (.377).

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Sports
2:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

FIFA Won't Reopen Bidding Process For 2018, 2022 World Cups

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 8:31 am

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

FIFA Clears Qatar, Russia Of World Cup Corruption, Ignites Furor

FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed al-Thani exchange documents in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 16, 2010, after the Arab country won the bid to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Osama Faisal AP

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 2:50 pm

A report by FIFA has cleared Qatar and Russia of corruption in their successful bids to host the soccer World Cup, but the report has plunged the sport's governing body into more controversy.

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The Two-Way
5:35 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Baseball's Cy Young Awards Go To A Newcomer And A Repeat Winner

Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians narrowly won his first Cy Young Award after a stellar second half of the season.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 9:25 am

The National League Cy Young award goes to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw β€” the third time he's won it. He led both the American and National Leagues in wins this year and also had the lowest earned run average in the major leagues. Kershaw threw a no-hitter in June against the Colorado Rockies, where just one fielding error kept him from a perfect game. He also helped lead the Dodgers to a division title. And he did all of that while missing more than a month with a back injury.

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Sports
3:02 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Yankees Look For Ways To Unload Alex Rodriguez

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 6:09 am

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Everything about this next story is awkward. It's a story of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees star suspended for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.

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That is awkward.

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Sweetness And Light
1:50 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs and Bill Bradley of the Cleveland Naps around 1910.
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Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 6:09 am

For those of us in sports who like to wallow in extended misery, this has been one terrific time. The Chicago Cubs hired a popular new manager, reminding us again, interminably, that they have now gone 106 years without winning the championship, eating up 51 managers in the process.

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