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Rangers, Reds, Indians Battle For AL Wild Card Spot

On the last weekend of regular-season baseball, Howard Bryant of ESPN joins host Scott Simon to talk about the playoff possibilities, plus big changes afoot in how college athletes get paid for their likenesses.
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Cuban Athletes Can Finally Go Pro (Outside Of Cuba)

For the first time in over 50 years, Cuba is letting its athletes sign professional contracts in other countries. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks to Robert Siegel about the historic announcement.
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Will Qatar's World Cup Games Be Played Over Workers' Bodies?

As work begins on the infrastructure, stadiums, hotels and other things being built in Qatar for soccer's 2022 World Cup, a disturbing number of immigrant workers are dying. There are reports of food, water and pay being withheld. Officials vow to change things.
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Forget Shutdown, How About Kimmel & Kanye Showdown?

From the government shutdown to Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel's showdown, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's hot topics.
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VIDEO: Yankees Great Mariano Rivera Bids A Tearful Goodbye

The greatest closer in baseball history threw his last pitch at Yankee Stadium Thursday night. Rivera, who's heading off to retirement, shed some tears as his teammates and a sell-out crowd cheered.
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Fans Experience The Thin Line Between Winning And Losing

It's not just sports teams that win championships. It's also their fans who endure long seasons hanging on every pitch, touchdown or basket. David Greene finds out what it's like to be on the cusp of either a championship — or a disaster.
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Bream's Slide Decades Ago Dashed Pittsburgh's Playoff Hopes

David Greene speaks to Sid Bream, the former Atlanta Braves player whose dramatic slide into home plate ended the Pittsburgh Pirates last playoff run in 1992. A Pennsylvania native and former Pirate, Bream is now cheering for the Pirates as they return to the post season for the first time in 21 years.
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MLB Chief Bud Selig To Retire After Next Season

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig made it official: He formally announced his retirement Thursday, effective after the 2014 season.
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The Root 100: A Who's Who Of Black America

What do politician Cory Booker, tennis star Serena Williams and rapper Jay Z have in common? They all top this year's "Root 100," an annual list of black "influencers." The Root publisher Donna Byrd talks to host Michel Martin about who else made the list, and why.
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Doping Scandals Cast Pall Over Cycling Group's Election

Cycling's international governing body, the UCI, will hold a presidential election in Florence, Italy, on Friday. It comes at a time when cycling is still trying to recover from the admissions of Lance Armstrong and the ever-present cloud of doping.

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