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Sports: Real Losses And Potential Downslides

Another football tragedy this week renews questions about the safety of the game that made many stars rich, but at what cost? It may be closing time for one of the all-time greats. Plus, the hockey playoffs: Are they going Hollywood? Host Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.
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Called To The Post, Derby Starters Pack 'Em In

When the gates fly open at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, all eyes will be on the 20 racehorses that launch themselves into the 138th Kentucky Derby. That's a lot of horses, and a special challenge for the men charged with getting them into the starting gate safely.
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Alcoholidays In America: ¡Viva El Tequila Julep!

The way holidays stack up in this country, an outsider might be forgiven for thinking the United States seems like a party monster lurching from beer blast to beer blast. And this Saturday presents an unholy marriage on the same day: Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. Call it Drinko de Mayo.
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After 30 Years, Derby's Dirt Guru Hits Finish Line

The dirt track at the hallowed Churchill Downs is known for crushing dreams and cementing equine legacies. Raymond "Butch" Lehr leads a team of dozens that carefully tends the one-mile oval. On Saturday, Lehr will end his 30-year career.
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A Need For Speed: Inside Jamaica's Sprint Factory

When it comes to sprinting, Jamaica reigns supreme. And what, exactly, makes Jamaicans so fast? Some say it's in the food; others point to genetics. But let's start with the obvious: In Jamaica, kids really like to run.
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NFL Player's Death Highlights Brain Injuries

Junior Seau's suicide this week adds more fodder to the questions around the NFL and player safety. Audie Cornish talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about Seau and the league's ongoing lawsuits from other players and their families.

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