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From Afghanistan To Sochi, One Marine's Path To The Paralympics

Joshua Sweeney is a member of the U.S. sled hockey team at the Paralympic Games in Sochi. The former Marine joins Melissa Block to discuss his path to the arduous, often brutally physical sport.
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Dunk Now, Pay Later: Elite College Players May Suffer In Middle Age

Division I athletes may be at the top of their game in college, but by their 40s they often have more health problems than people who never played sports, researchers say.
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'Blade Runner' Trial Becomes Media Frenzy

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is on trial in South Africa for the killing of his girlfriend. Parts of the trial will be televised live. The BBC's Nomsa Maseko talks about the latest in the case.
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E-Sports Reach Pro-Athletic Status, Fandom — And Money

Gamers are attracting millions of fans to their live competitions and bringing in some serious prize money. E-sports teams can be bought for millions, and players are traded for thousands.
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Worldwide Attention Expected For Track Star's Murder Trial

South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius goes on trial next week for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Guardian reporter David Smith about the upcoming court case.
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Teen Pop Idol Attracts Extra Fans To UK Soccer Match

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson played for UK Soccer club Doncaster Rovers in a reserve game this week against Rotherham United. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with BBC's Andy Kershaw about the game.
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Olympian Gets Parade In Remsen, Where Ticker Tape Is Made Of Snow

The small town of Remsen held an Olympic-sized party for the first U.S. woman to medal in luge. North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein reports that Erin Hamlin was welcomed home with a parade.
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Should The NFL Police The N-Word?

The National Football League is considering a 15-yard penalty for players using the N-word on the field. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news of week.
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Boom: Amazing Soccer Goal Comes On Game's First Play

The ball soared through the night air and over the head of the goalie, who had been caught out near the top of the penalty area.
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It's Time To Shrink Home Plate

Commentator Frank Deford has a modest proposal to make baseball more interesting: cut an inch and a half off each side of home plate. It'd lead to a better game to both play and watch, he says.

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