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Talk Of Boycotting Russian Olympics Stirs Emotions

There have been suggestions that if Russia grants asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden, the U.S. should respond by not sending athletes to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. But others say that just sends the wrong message and punishes only the athletes.
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Doping In Sports: A Story We've Gotten Too Used To?

The Olympics, baseball, track and cycling, among others, continue to struggle with the problem of doping, despite threat of sanctions. Sports fans are trying to digest news that never quite goes away. Some are wondering if it ever will.
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All-Star Fans Honor Mariano Rivera, Who Will Retire Soon

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has played 19 seasons. That means he started his baseball career when the youngest players in this year's All-Star game were just toddlers. Rivera plans to retire at the end of this season.
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American League Wins All-Star Game In 3-0 Shutout

New York Yankees' great Mariano Rivera, pitching in his final All-Star game, was honored by fans at the home of the crosstown Mets, then pitched a perfect eighth inning, helping the American League to a 3-0 victory over the National League in Tuesday's All-Star game.
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Clap If You Believe In Roger Maris

Commentator Frank Deford has cooked up a plan that invokes Tinker Bell for baseball's annual All-Star Game.
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An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality

ESPN's Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst Matthew Berry's new book Fantasy Life is a look into the world of fantasy sports, which draw in tens of millions of players and ranks as the fourth most popular sport in the nation.
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Is This The Worst Ceremonial First Pitch In History?

Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen essentially rolled a pitch way off the plate. The pitch prompted historical comparisons to other shockingly bad performances.
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3 Sprinters Test Positive for Banned Substances

Three well-known track and field athletes from the United States and Jamaica have tested positive for banned substances. One of the athletes who came forward Sunday was Tyson Gay, one of the world's top sprinters over the last 10 years.
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Cleveland Fan Grabs 4 Foul Balls At Indians Game

Greg Van Niel is a Cleveland Indians season-ticket holder. But he wasn't sitting in his usual seats when he grabbed four foul balls at yesterday's game at Progressive Field in Cleveland against the Kansas City Royals.
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Jeter's Back ... Then Injured Again

Derek Jeter was back in the Yankees lineup last week after breaking his ankle in the 2012 playoffs. A few at-bats later, he was out with a strained quadricep. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about how much difference this one player can make on the baseball diamond.

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