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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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Oracle Team USA Defeats New Zealand To Win America's Cup

Oracle Team USA completed a remarkable comeback to win the America's Cup regatta, winning eight straight races. The American team, backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Larry Ellison, beat Emirates Team New Zealand. Just a few days ago, the American team trailed the Kiwis, and were on the brink of being eliminated from the competition.
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NBA Rookie Wants To Bring Hope To Greece, And To Milwaukee

Baby-faced Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 19-year-old Greek basketball phenom, was taken with the 15th pick in this year's NBA draft. Antetokounmpo's success has heartened many Greeks desperate for their country to become an incubator of dreams instead of a dead zone of joblessness.
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In Comeback, Oracle Team USA Wins America's Cup

With a 44-second victory, Oracle Team USA faced down Emirates Team New Zealand at the finals Wednesday to hold onto the America's Cup. Wednesday's race capped off an America's Cup competition that included capsizing and shattered masts, and an Oracle Team USA that seemed sure to lose.
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Oracle Team USA Defeats New Zealand, Keeps The America's Cup

The win by the U.S. defender, down seven races just a week ago, caps one of the most spectacular comebacks in yachting history.
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Yankees Bobble The Ball On Mariano Rivera Giveaway Night

The first 18,000 fans were supposed to get jiggly statues of their soon-to-be retired star. But the bobbleheads didn't arrive on time. When they did, there were long lines and hot tempers. What's more, the Yanks lost. All in all, it was a night to fuhgeddabout.

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