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Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Strong Inside tells the story of the first black player in college basketball's Southeastern Conference. Wallace says the hard work of integration is "a gritty, dirty, ugly business."

College Football Playoffs Won't Please Everyone

The College Football Playoff committee announced that Ohio State took the final spot along with Alabama, Oregon and Florida State. Holly Anderson of joins Robert Siegel to talk about the aftermath.

IOC Unveils Changes Including Lower Bidding Costs, More Sports At Olympics

The changes adopted today at a two-day meeting in Monaco include a new Olympic channel. They are all part of biggest change in decades to the International Olympic Committee.

Buffalo Bills Flag Officials For Excessive Celebration On Losing Play

After an official signaled a touchdown for Denver in the Broncos' win, he and another ref exchanged a fist-bump. A player calls it proof of bias; the NFL says they were excited to get the call right.

Texas Teams (Correctly) Shut Out Of New College Football Playoffs

Ohio State's romp in the Big Ten championship game propelled the Buckeyes past TCU and Baylor in the eyes of the college football playoffs selection committee — and NPR's Tom Bowman.

Why Does The College Playoffs Only Have 4 Teams?

Top-division college football announced the teams in its first-ever playoff: Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Florida State. But the next division down, has had a playoff since the 1970s — with 24 teams.

After A 5-Year Struggle, Soccer Player Gets A Second Chance

Sunday's MLS Cup features a player with one leg shorter than the other, metal plates in his face and an ear-to-ear scar. Charlie Davies, nearly killed in a 2009 car crash, is finally back on his game.

Pro Athletes Show Support For Ferguson Protesters

After a rough start, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are winning.'s Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon that off the court, James has been outspoken on political issues.

Less Wrestling, More Sport In Roller Derby World Cup

Players with names like Enemy, Tantrum and Blockadile Dundee are competing in this weekend's Roller Derby Blood and Thunder World Cup. The competition features teams from 30 countries.

Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

Oscar Pistorius stunned the world when he ran on prosthetic legs in the 2012 Olympics, then shot his girlfriend dead months later. NPR's Scott Simon asks John Carlin about his new book on the athlete.