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Once Immune To Cord-Cutting, 'King Of Live Sports' Finds Throne Shaken

Even as other channels tried to adapt to a new TV landscape, ESPN seemed to be impervious for one reason: People want to watch sports live. But ESPN has shed 3.2 million subscribers since May 2014.

WATCH: Surfer In South Africa Narrowly Escapes Shark

During a World Surf League competition in Jeffreys Bay that was broadcast live on television, Australian surfer Mick Fanning has a heart-stopping moment.


MLB Season Turns Predictions Upside Down

We are at the half-way mark! NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca of Slate's The Gist podcast about the good, the bad, and the surprising of this summer's baseball season.

Where There's A Wheel, There's A Way. Where There Are 2, Things Can Get Weird

Boneshakers, gunshots and "hygienic saddles": Cycling's history is littered with oddities. With the Tour de France in full swing, journalist A.J. Jacobs offers some choice nuggets of bike trivia.

Baseball's Second Half; A Power Winner At Wimbledon: The Week In Sports

NPR's Scott Simon and ESPN's Howard Bryant discuss body image in sports. While Serena Williams was winning Wimbledon, some people seemed to focus on her appearance rather than her victory.

Mocked And Maligned, Japan Spikes Plan For $2 Billion Olympic Stadium

Its cost had swollen; its design sparked an unflattering meme. Now Japan's prime minister is telling Tokyo organizers to start over with their plan for a centerpiece stadium.
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Three Ways Nationals Fans Define Themselves ('Crazy' Isn't One Of Them)

This isn't Philadelphia, New York or Baltimore, even. But the Nationals have been around for 10 years, and that's enough time for a fan base to build an identity. We asked Nats fans and local baseball writers about what it means to support the Washington club.


2-4-6-8, A 401(k) Would Be Great: Calif. Law Makes Cheerleaders Employees

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that bars professional teams there from treating their cheerleaders as independent contractors. The bill came after lawsuits alleged the cheerleaders were underpaid.

Webcast: Sports And Health In America

What are the obstacles that keep adults off the field? How can sports help keep kids and adults in good health? What are the best ways to encourage more widespread and enduring participation?

Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.