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NFL To Discuss Redskins' Name With Oneida Indian Nation

A campaign to get the Washington football team to change its name has at least captured the attention of officials with the NFL.


WNBA's All-Time Top Scorer Tina Thompson Retires

The WNBA's biggest star, Tina Thompson of the Seattle Storm, has just retired. She played in each of the league's 17 seasons. She won four championships and two Olympic gold medals. Steve Inskeep talks to Thompson, who never dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player.

His Dodgers In The Playoffs, A Legendary Announcer Keeps On

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is widely considered the greatest sportscaster of all time. He's certainly the longest-tenured — he turns 86 in November — and yet, by all accounts he still has his fastball. He recently announced that he would return for a 65th season next year, in part because he's energized by the success of the team. With the Dodgers in the playoffs for the first time in four years, many fans will be muting the TV so they can hear Scully, who will only be calling games in his one-man booth on the radio.

Fan's Video Captures Scary Scene Of Franchitti's IndyCar Crash

The Houston Grand Prix was the scene of a scary crash Sunday, as driver Dario Franchitti's race car went airborne into a catch fence on the last lap of the day's second race. Several spectators were also reportedly injured after debris flew into the stands.

When It Comes To Brain Injury, Authors Say NFL Is In A 'League Of Denial'

Brothers Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru take an exhaustive look at how the NFL has dealt with allegations that playing football can lead to brain damage. They say the NFL has repeatedly avoided tying football to brain injury, even as it has given disability payments to former players with dementia-related conditions.

When The Bond Between Teams And Players Goes Sour

Sometimes sports teams are good to their employees, other times, not so much. NPR's Mike Pesca talks to host Rachel Martin about some particularly bad working relationships in both the NFL and MLB.
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Obama Open To Name Change For Washington Redskins

President Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would "think about changing" the team name.


Baseball Swings Into Playoffs

Host Scott Simon and Howard Bryant of ESPN talk about baseball playoff winners and losers. Plus Alex Rodriguez files suit against the MLB and commissioner Bud Selig, and the Cincinnati Reds let manager Dusty Baker go.

'Linsanity': For Asian Fans, It Felt Just Like 'Young Love'

The new documentary Linsanity retells the unlikely rise of Jeremy Lin as an Asian-American NBA star. Now playing for the Houston Rockets, Lin generated global buzz and a large Asian-American fanbase last year as a high-scoring point guard for the New York Knicks.

NFL Commissioner Pens Open Letter Amid Brain Damage Scandal

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter Thursday to ten million of his closest friends. He wanted to let everyone know the league is doing everything it can to prevent concussions and that player safety is top priority. His letter came the day after excerpts of the book League of Denial, which details how the NFL ignored the evidence linking football to concussions and long-term brain damage, came out. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks to Audie Cornish about this and other NFL news.