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Li Na One Of Few Athletes To Break From China's Sports System

Li Na, the sixth ranked female tennis player in the world, advanced Friday to the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Li's career success is remarkable in that she's achieved it after breaking with the Chinese state sports system — a rarity for Chinese athletes. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Mr. Brook Larmer, author of Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar.
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NCAA Has Long List Of Headaches As Football Season Starts

It's been another long college football off-season complete with a scandal involving reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziell. That scandal has passed, for now, but it's another in a list of headaches for the NCAA as it kicked off the regular season last night. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to talk about it all.
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Does The NFL's Proposed Settlement Change The Game?

The National Football League has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement over concussion-related injuries. But the league also denies any wrongdoing. So is it a victory for the players? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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Concussion Suits: NFL, Retirees Reach $765 Million Deal

More than 4,500 retired players had been part of the lawsuits. They claimed the league hadn't properly protected them over the years. In the settlement, the NFL does not admit any liability.
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In NCAA Division I Football, Winning Isn't Everything

The college football season got under way Thursday night. In one game, Presbyterian College lost to Wake Forest 31-7. That result was not a surprise. Presbyterian is the smallest football school in Division I. Every year, lower-level Division I schools make a lot of money losing to larger and richer schools.
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NFL Settles Players' Concussions Dispute For $765 Million

The NFL has agreed to a $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players and families over concussions. The money will fund medical exams and treatment and provide compensation to players and families.
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NFL, Retirees Reach $765M Settlement On Concussions Suits

More than 4,500 retired players had been part of the lawsuits. They claimed the league hadn't properly protected them over the years. In the settlement, the NFL does not admit any liability.
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Anacostia River Program Teaches More Than Just Fishing

A new pilot program is teaching local kids how to fish on the Anacostia River, while helping them learn more about the environment.

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Venus Williams Bounced From U.S. Open In Second Round

For Venus Williams, a three-hour tennis match came down to a third-set tiebreaker against Zheng Jie of China at the U.S. Open Wednesday night. But the world's former No. 1 player couldn't get past 44 unforced errors, and Zheng outlasted her in a rain-delayed match.
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2013 College Football Season Opens On Thursday

College football fans are excited. NCAA Division 1 play starts Thursday night with 17 games on the schedule. Most of the heavyweights, including top-ranked Alabama, start their campaigns Saturday.

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