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Getting A Degree In Football?

College athletics and academics are often at odds. One professor says it's time to end the charade and let athletes major in what they love - sports. Host Michel Martin speaks with Professor David Pargman of Florida State University, about why he thinks his proposal is more honest than what colleges are currently doing.

Trying To Understand Murder And Suicide

The sports world was shocked when Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then took his own life last weekend. His death is raising many questions, and has people wondering what leads someone to take such extreme measures. Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Thomas Joiner, author of the book Myths About Suicide.
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Redskins' Robert Griffin III Makes Hall Of Fame

Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III secured a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, after setting a record in last Monday night's game against the Giants.


How History Created The Cult Of The Catcher

Star 19th Century barehanded catcher Deacon White was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday. White played from 1871-1890, logging 2,067 hits in 1,560 games. He gained fame in the days when catchers wore no gear and the job required a substantial amount of courage.

Talks Resume In Nation Hockey League Dispute

The two sides in the National Hockey League labor dispute plan to meet again Wednesday, following an estimated 10 hours of talks Tuesday. It's day 81 of the owner lockout of players. Games are canceled through Dec. 14. The time is approaching when no deal will mean cancelling the entire season.

Navel-Gazing: Why Golf Should Embrace Belly Putters

In pro golf, oversized clubs and space-age balls have changed the game and altered venerable golf courses. But the honchos who run the sport are more concerned about the trend of golfers' resting a long putter against their belly.

Vanderbilt Has A Banner Year On The Gridiron

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is college football's most dominant program. It has won the Bowl Championship Series for the past six years. And a record six SEC teams finished in the top ten this year. Another SEC team, Vanderbilt, is also doing well. Long the doormat of the conference, the private university known more for its academics is enjoying gridiron success.