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After Free-Diving Death, Can The Sport Be Made Safer?

Free diver Nicholas Mevoli of Brooklyn died after his event last week at the Vertical Blue competition in the Bahamas. Host Rachel Martin talks to writer James Nestor, who is writing a book on the subject and says competitions are a bad idea.

An Inside Look That Strips The Face Paint Off The NFL

Writer Nicholas Dawidoff spent a year living with the New York Jets and came away with a respect for players and coaches that not all fans will like. NPR's Mike Pesca says Dawidoff's new book, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, demystifies the game as it entrances.

Rivals Help Level Playing Field For Tornado-Shattered Team

Competition and compassion meet on the field in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, when two central Illinois high school football teams face off for a spot in the state championship. One team is a perennial powerhouse, but the other is from a town that was all but destroyed by a tornado one week ago.

Trail Blazers Stretch Winning Streak To Nine

Portland's NBA team is riding a hot streak. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the Trail Blazers, a new champion in chess, and how John F. Kennedy's assassination set a precedent for how sports commissioners handle cancelling games after tragedies.

Heisman Frontrunner Under Investigation For Sexual Assault

The frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy is now under investigation on sexual assault charges. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to talk about this and other college football stories.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen Is New Chess World Champion

The 22-year-old prodigy defeated India's Viswanathan Anand over 10 games in Chennai, India. Carlsen becomes the highest-rated player of all time.

The Science Behind Hard Hits And Touchdowns

Fans love to watch the drama on the football field. But scientists are watching the action in a different way. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with material scientist Ainissa Ramierez and journalist Allen St. John about their new book "Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game."
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Inside The Local Running And Racing Boom

As runners lace up for the next Turkey Trot and Jingle Bell Run, we explore the growing popularity of running in our area and the tensions between serious and casual racers.


Talk About An Error! We Put 'Mr. Cub' On The White Sox!

NPR messed up Wednesday, saying that Ernie Banks had played for the Chicago White Sox. Boy, did we hear from listeners about that. Banks was known for saying, "Let's play two," but he only ever played for one major league team.

World Cup Qualifying Match Tests Cairo's Security

Ghana qualifies for its third straight World Cup — defeating Egypt 7-3 on total goals after a 2-1 loss. This was the first international match in Cairo in two years. A bloody soccer riot there left dozens dead in 2011. It was also the first match since authorities lifted the curfew that went into effect after widespread clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, protesting the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.