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Baseball Danger: An Instant Conversation

In professional baseball, what's known as retaliation — when the pitcher from one team will intentionally throw the ball at a batter from the other team — can be risky business.
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Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs?

Also: the first English-language bookstore in Cuba; the role of public libraries during natural disasters; the best books coming out this week.
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Dufner Wins PGA Championship Over Furyk

Jason Dufner has won his first major golf title with a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship. Dufner bogeyed the final two holes Sunday for a 2-under 68 that was good enough to hold off the 2003 U.S. Open champion. The winning score was 10-under 270.
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New Muscle Drugs Could Be The Next Big Thing In Sports Doping

From human growth hormone to EPO, many sports doping products these days come from big drug companies, not rogue chemists. Scientists and body builders warn that new drugs being developed to treat muscle wasting disease will also likely be abused by athletes — with little chance of detection.
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Is Banning Doping The Right Choice For Major League Sports?

Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden interviews sportswriter Justice B. Hill about how performance-enhancing drugs affect major league sports, and what the league can do about them. Hill says the best option is to stop banning steroids and other drugs, and instead legalize and regulate them.
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The Great Stories Happening In Baseball

Early last week, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees gave a press conference about his suspension in connection with charges of using performance-enhancing drugs. He deflected questions about his future in baseball, asking the press to focus on "all of the great stories that are happening in baseball right now." NPR's Mike Pesca takes him up on that offer.
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Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

This week's U.S.-Russia talks in Washington were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition — under fire — wasn't out of place.
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Small-Market Teams Leading MLB Standings

The baseball season heads into its home stretch, and it looks like the year of the little guy: The Pirates, Royals, Orioles and Tigers are contending for championship spots. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to ESPN's Howard Bryant about Major League Baseball.
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Bocce Ball: From Old-World Sport To New-School Phenomenon

Bocce ball bars are popping up all over the country, integrating an ancient Roman sport with a young crowd of drinking socializers. While originally a sport for old Italian men, bocce is being played more by people between the ages of 20 and 40.
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NCAA Will Stop Selling Player Jerseys, Takes Web Shop Down

Stung by fresh accusations that the NCAA makes money off college athletes, the organization has promised to stop selling jerseys and similar products. The move came days after ESPN analyst Jay Bilas tweeted pics of the NCAA Shop selling jerseys corresponding to current players' numbers.

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