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Judge Blocks NFL Concussion Settlement

A $765 million NFL concussion settlement between the league and former players was blocked by a federal judge on Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the latest news and where the high-profile lawsuit goes from here.
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Women's Team Sports: Where Is The Love?

Commentator Frank Deford ponders why individual women's sports continue to be popular fare, while women's team sports simply never manage to attract much attention, let alone success.
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Federal Judge Rejects The NFL Concussions Settlement

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a preliminary settlement between the National Football League and retired players and their families over concussion-related injuries. The judge doubted that the $765 million settlement would adequately cover all of the retired players potentially eligible to be paid.
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Why The Race Of The New Football Coach At University Of Texas Matters

Charlie Strong will be the first black head coach of any men's sport at the university. Despite having led an impressive career since 1986, he hasn't been a popular hire with some of Texas' billionaire boosters. But others testify to Strong's abilities and professionalism.
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Lake Placid: A National Incubator For Winter Sport Olympians

In Vancouver four years ago, athletes who grew up in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York accounted for about one in 10 medals garnered by the U.S. In this region, the Olympics don't seem like a pipe dream, and they don't seem like ancient history — the Olympics is just sort of what people do.
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Sochi-Bound Brian Hansen Maintains Speedskating Routine

One of the world's fastest long-track speed skaters has been preparing for the Winter Olympics in Milwaukee. Some in the coaching circle have even questioned his decision to stick with the same training routine and the same coach for so long. Brian Hansen says when you find something that works, you just stick with it.
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How Will NBC Cover Gay Issues During Sochi Olympics?

Mainstream Russian media outlets don't cover gay issues neutrally — let alone positively. So, as the nation gears up to host the Winter Olympics, activists are calling on Western media to shed light on the plight of gay Russians. That puts NBC in the awkward position, as both a journalistic enterprise and a business partner of the Olympic Games.
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U.S. Announces Figure Skating Team For Sochi

This past weekend in Boston, American figure skaters were chosen for the Olympic team. The Americans are not seen as having much of a shot at gold medals, but that didn't dim the competition for a place on the team.
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The Brawl Over Baseball Hall Of Fame Voting

The new Baseball Hall of Fame inductees were announced this week — and it's not just who got in and who didn't that's causing a stir; the voting itself has people talking. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about that and the reduction of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez's suspension.
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Will The Colts Run Out Of Luck Against Patriots?

Saturday's NFL playoffs pits Tom Brady's Patriots against the Colts and the Seahawks against the Saints. Over on the other side of the world, will Serena serve herself into history — again? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, about the sports stories of the week and sports to come.

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