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Why Play Football? 2 Views On The Game, From Those Who Know It Best

Recent football-related deaths have renewed focus on the sport's risks. Ex-pro Nate Jackson and Nahshon Ellerbe, a former high school star, explain their love of the game — and how to make it safer.

Suburban High School Says Farewell To Football

In St. Louis, a school district has disbanded its football team, citing injuries and waning demand for the sport.

An American Pigskin In London: Jets, Dolphins Head To U.K.

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins play in London Sunday. Andrea Kremer of HBO's Real Sports and the NFL Network says that despite logistical challenges, it could mean big profits for the NFL.

Cubs Fans Try To Make Up For Sending Another Cubs Fan Death Threats In 2003

After Steve Bartman possibly interfered with a catch in a 2003 playoff game, his fellow Cubs fans sent him death threats. Now they want to send him to the National League wild card game next week.

Coca-Cola, McDonald's Among Sponsors Calling For FIFA President's Resignation

Major sponsors want Sepp Blatter, who is being investigated for corruption, to step down immediately. He has said he'll leave the job in 2016.

The Risks For Refs: Heckling, Finger-Pointing And Sometimes Worse

In two separate incidents, high school football players have recently struck referees during games. Officiating crews know they're not liked on the field — but has it gotten worse?

#NPRreads: China's One-Child Policy, And Pat Sajak's Politics

Also this week: What the Washington Nationals dugout clash between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper says about the culture of baseball.
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D.C. Moves To Obtain Stadium Land Using Eminent Domain

Under a deal with D.C. United, the District needs to acquire land needed to build a soccer stadium. But it appears that negotiations with the landholder aren't going well, because Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration has filed to take the land using eminent domain.

Analysts Says NFL Safety Rules Put Quarterbacks At Risk Of Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers' high-powered NFL offense lost its veteran quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, to a hurt knee last weekend after a hit by a defensive player. Roethlisberger is the latest high profile quarterback to go down this season, and there's concern there could be more.

Court Rules Against Paying College Athletes

A federal appeals court in California upheld a lower court's decision that profiting from athletes' likenesses violated antitrust laws, but vacated a plan that would pay them up to $5,000 per year.