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In Upstate New York, Lack Of Snow Creates A Paradise For Nordic Skaters

The lack of snow in upstate New York has created a paradise for skaters — most specifically, Nordic skaters. It is a little-known sport in the U.S., involving long blades designed to speed over rough lakes and rivers. NPR meets some Nordic skaters who cover 30 to 40 miles of wilderness ice in a day.
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Maria Sharapova Failed A Drug Test At Australian Open

The five-time Grand Slam champion said she was notified by the International Tennis Federation several days ago that she tested positive for meldonium.
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An Emotional Peyton Manning Says Goodbye To Football

The future Hall of Fame quarterback retires after 18 seasons in the NFL, two Super Bowl rings and a string of superlatives.
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Phew! Fan Saves Boy From Being Hit By A Flying Baseball Bat

In an instant that's frozen in time, the barrel of the bat looms just inches away from the boy's nose and eyes, with a man's hand and forearm blocking its path.
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Five-Time MVP Peyton Manning Will Announce His Retirement

Manning, who is the NFL's all-time leading passer and its winningest starting quarterback, just won his second Super Bowl during his 18th season.
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What's Better Than A Buzzer-Beater? How About 3 ... In A Single Game?

On Thursday, an epic high school basketball game — featuring three buzzer-beating buckets — ended with a last-second shot in quadruple overtime, sending one team to the Minnesota state tournament.
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MLB Hopes New Openness Will Ease Players' Path From Cuba To The Majors

The league's plan, which needs approval from the players' union and both governments, would allow direct pickups of Cuban players — no defections — in exchange for cash support for the sport there.
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Time, Money, Ambition: Inside China's Bid For Global Soccer Power

China's Super League is signing international stars for huge sums. Given government interest, investor enthusiasm and an enormous potential fan base, could Chinese soccer be the sport's next force?
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Around The World In One Canoe

The Hokule'a, a Hawaiian double-hulled sailing canoe, arrives back in American waters for the first time since 2014. The canoe relies only on sails for power and the wind and the stars for navigation.
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The Week In Sports

Five months from now, the Olympics open in Brazil. Are the stadiums ready? Are the athletes? NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, talks to sport's correspondent, Tom Goldman.

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