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Latin America
4:30 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Sad And Smelly: Massive Fish Die-Off At Rio's 2016 Olympic Site

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Business
4:23 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Universities Target MBA Programs Toward Professional Athletes

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Sports
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Alex Rodriguez Closes In On 660 Homerun Record Set By Willie Mays

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:35 pm

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Sports
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Canadians Hope For An End To 22-Year Stanley Cup Drought

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:23 pm

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Tim Tebow Will Reportedly Return To NFL With Philadelphia Eagles

Tim Tebow, seen here at an NCAA football game last season, will reportedly sign with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday.
John Mersits CSM /LANDOV

Continuing a string of surprises in this NFL offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly sign quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract to play quarterback. Tebow, 27, hasn't played in the NFL since 2012.

It would be the former Heisman winner's fourth stint with an NFL team. The New York Jets released Tebow in the spring of 2013; later that same year, he was cut by the New England Patriots. Tebow was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, after winning two BCS championships at Florida.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Ethiopia's Desisa Wins Boston Marathon; Kenya's Rotich First Among Women

Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, crosses the finish line to win the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 10:40 am

Updated at 12:29 p.m. ET

Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa has won the elite men's Boston Marathon and Caroline Rotich of Kenya finished first in the elite women's division.

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Sports
5:07 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Cubs Pitcher Thinks On The Fly To Get The Out At First

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:49 am

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Strange News
3:34 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Like 'Dynasty' On Ice: The Nancy Kerrigan And Tonya Harding Museum

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at a practice session at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Pascal Rondeau Getty Images

Why would a couple of comedians build a museum in their Brooklyn apartment hallway dedicated to figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan?

Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins were only 6 and 7 in 1994, when Harding's ex-husband and his friend plotted to wallop Kerrigan on the knee with a baton, knocking her out of the national championship.

"We remember a very Disney version of the story," says Olen. "You know, this crazy, trashy person beat up the beautiful ice princess."

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Sports
3:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Bystander, Injured In Blast, Runs Again

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:33 pm

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Sports
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

NBA And NHL Playoffs Dominate The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Sports
5:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

The Week In Sports: The Cubs Next Big Thing

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:59 am

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Sports
5:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Islander Fans Already Miss Their 'Wonderful Dump' Of A Stadium

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:59 am

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It's All Politics
8:33 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

Hill staffers and PGA professionals mingle Wednesday at this year's National Golf Day event on Capitol Hill, which included an annual Democrats versus Republicans putting challenge.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:32 am

Earlier this week, members of Congress and their staffs were greeted by a makeshift golf expo set up in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The event included golf shot simulators, certified golf instructors and a putting challenge between Democrats and Republicans. It was all part of National Golf Day, an annual event organized by the industry that promotes the economic and health benefits of the sport.

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Sports
4:32 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

NBA Players Union Head Michele Roberts Says No Lockout Expected

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:05 pm

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

First-Place Fake-Out: Woman Who Didn't Run Marathon Stripped Of Title

Last Sunday, runner Kendall Schler was the first to cross the finish line at the GO! St. Louis Marathon. She received a $1,500 check and a photograph with Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the finish line. Trouble is Schler of Columbia, Mo., had not run the entire 26.2-mile course.

That's not all. Schler, race organizers say, also faked her third-place finish at last year's race – with a time that allowed her to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon this year.

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The Salt
2:58 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Running A Marathon? How To Eat and Drink So You Don't Hit The Wall

Performance nutrition experts recommend stopping at all the hydration stations for a quick fill-up of a sports drink to replenish the glycogen that's being burned during a marathon.
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Elite runners know the drill. When you run a marathon, you've got to consume extra amounts of carbohydrate — either from food or energy gels or energy drinks — in order to go the distance.

And if you don't fuel up enough? You may hit the wall during the big event, which, believe me, is pretty miserable.

The wall comes on abruptly. Suddenly your legs feel like lead. And then you're woozy.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we share with you five reads.

From Ina Jaffe, a correspondent on NPR's National Desk:

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The Two-Way
12:11 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Can Top Slugger Joining Cubs End 106 Years Of Sadness?

Top prospect Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs will bat fourth in his debut Friday against the San Diego Padres. Bryant hit 43 home runs in the minors last season.
Chris Carlson AP

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:14 pm

The wait is over for Cubs fans.

Well, not the more than 106-year wait for a World Series Championship, but the wait for arguably the most exciting young slugger in baseball to join their club.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Fri April 17, 2015

ESPN Suspends Reporter Over Rant Recorded By Towing Company

An image from a video in which ESPN reporter Britt McHenry berates a tow company employee. ESPN says McHenry has been suspended for one week.
LiveLeak

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:10 am

A string of insults aimed at a woman who works at a towing company were recorded by a surveillance camera. Now they've come back to sting sports reporter Britt McHenry. After the video emerged of McHenry, 28, dishing out profane verbal abuse, ESPN announced she'll be punished.

"Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week effectively immediately," the media company said.

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NPR Story
3:15 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Golden State's Stephen Curry Perfects 3-Pointers

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 5:35 am

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The Two-Way
2:07 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Adrian Peterson To Be Reinstated By NFL

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (center) is seen following a court appearance last year in Conroe, Texas.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 4:15 pm

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

The NFL has announced that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated Friday as "an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings."

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The Two-Way
8:39 am
Thu April 16, 2015

With Quad Cork 1800, Snowboarding Twists To New Heights

The British snowboarder Billy Morgan on his way to landing a Backside 1800 Quadruple Cork. Before this week, the trick was a subject of debate — including the question of whether it could be performed.
Red Bull

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:47 pm

If you're new to this area of winter sports, we'll reassure you: The Quad Cork 1800 is not a drink. Instead, it's a big deal in the sport of snowboarding, where Billy Morgan is being hailed as a hero for pulling off a trick that some had thought impossible.

The British snowboarder accomplished the feat on a slope at the Mottolino Resort in Livigno, Italy, where a special wedge of snow was built to provide enough speed and lift for Morgan to perform four off-axis flips and five full rotations while in the air.

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Around the Nation
3:06 am
Thu April 16, 2015

In Record Drought, California Golf Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

A bio-filtration basin, pictured during installation in 2007, captures water runoff from the Pelican Hill golf club's maintenance facility. The water is filtered through grass, gravel, sand, soil and filter fabric into an underground drainage system.
Pelican Hill

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 11:58 am

In drought-stricken California, golf is often seen as a bad guy — it can be hard to defend watering acres of grass for fun when residents are being ordered to cut their usage and farmers are draining their wells.

But golf is a $6 billion industry in the state and employs nearly 130,000 workers, according to the California Golf Course Owners Association. So while the greens are staying green, some golf courses are saving every drop of water they can.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Chess Grandmaster Caught In High-Tech Cheating Scheme

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:52 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Tony Rich, chief arbiter for the U.S. Chess Championship and international arbiter for the World Chess Federation, about how a chess grandmaster was accused of cheating using an iPhone on Saturday. Other grandmasters have bemoaned the effect of technology, particularly smartphones, on their sport and criticized the World Chess Federation's lack of effective punishment for cheaters.

Law
2:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Sentenced To Life In Prison

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:46 pm

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Gets Life Sentence For Murder

A court officer places handcuffs on the wrists of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez after he was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass.
Dominick Reuter Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:36 pm

Aaron Hernandez, whose rise to elite status in the NFL was ended by charges that he shot and killed a man, has been found guilty of first-degree murder. In 2013, Hernandez was accused of killing the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister.

The verdict comes on the seventh day of a jury's deliberations on counts that ranged from murder to gun and ammunition charges. As the findings were read in a Fall River, Mass., courtroom, Hernandez sat between his lawyers and occasionally shook his head.

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The Two-Way
4:58 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Judge Orders V. Stiviano To Return Millions In Assets To Shelly Sterling

V. Stiviano, whose recording of former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling led to his having to sell the team, arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court in March.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:24 pm

V. Stiviano, the former companion of onetime Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, must return millions of dollars in gifts, a judge has ruled in a lawsuit that was filed by Sterling's wife, Shelly.

A Ferrari, a Bentley and a million-dollar home are among the things that must be turned over to the Sterling family trust, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge said. The tentative ruling could become final within 15 days barring objections.

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Sweetness And Light
1:43 am
Wed April 15, 2015

As American Sports Skew More Armcentric, Throwing Injuries Rise

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla throws during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on March 4, in Surprise, Ariz. He is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery this week.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:11 am

Whatever happened to rotator cuffs? It seems like just yesterday that every pitcher who was injured had a problem with his rotator cuff. But baseball player injuries now invariably require something called "Tommy John surgery," which has become epidemic.

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Sports
3:13 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Jordan Spieth's Masters Win Signifies Bright Future For American Golf

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 5:53 pm

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Golf Celebrates Its New Hero: Masters Winner Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth waves after winning the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on Sunday.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 6:11 pm

Jordan Spieth, 21, won the Masters on Sunday with a record-tying score. The focus Monday morning is on American golf's new hero — whom The New York Times is calling "a composite of several of the best golfers the United States has produced."

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