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The Olympics Has A Big Problem

And NPR's Mike Pesca, who just returned from the International Olympic Committee meeting in Argentina, knows how to fix it. He lets host Rachel Martin in on the secret.
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For Rich NFL Players, Do Fines Matter?

The NFL has fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $100,000 for an illegal low block behind an opponent's knee. Suh, twice voted the league's "dirtiest player" by fellow players in a Sporting News poll, is appealing the fine, the largest ever for on-the-field conduct. The question for Suh and fellow athletes is whether fines change behavior.
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Nine American League Teams In Playoff Running

Which team looks poised for the best last-minute kick? NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about the scramble for a spot in the baseball's American League playoffs.
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Is The NFL Weakening Defense Of Redskins' Name?

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar crack open the listener inbox for Backtalk. This week, they talk about the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins' team name.
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Oklahoma State Slammed By Sports Illustrated

Sex, money, drugs, and grade fixing. A new investigation makes strong allegations against a big college football program. Host Michel Martin asks the Barbershop guys if the report surprises anyone. She speaks with culture critic Jimi Izrael, and journalists Kevin Blackistone, Ammad Omar, and Corey Dade.
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'Money' And 'Canelo' Punch It Out For Black And Latino Fans

Saturday's big fight will be one of the biggest American sports events of the year, but you wouldn't know it by looking at mainstream sports media.
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13 Years Later, Lance Armstrong Returns Olympic Medal

Already stripped of his Tour de France titles, Armstrong lost another link to his once-legendary cycling career Wednesday, returning the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
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Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

A new PBS documentary looks at King's legacy as both a tennis champion — she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles — and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.
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Oklahoma State Promises Own Probe Of Alleged Football Abuses

Sports Illustrated is this week posting a five-part expose about the school's football program. Among OSU's alleged transgressions: money paid to players; tutors doing players' schoolwork; and women from a "hostess program" having sex with recruits.
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Diana Nyad's Accomplishment Makes America's Cup Look All Wet

America's Cup yachts can gracefully skim above water at better than 40 mph, but Frank Deford says when he looks back at the seven seas in 2013 he'll remember 64-year-old Nyad "plowing, all by herself, freestyle, through 100 miles of surf from Havana to Key West."

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