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From Obscurity To The Olympics Back To Obscurity

It's time for the Olympics! Which means, at least for commentator Frank Deford, that it's time to cheer for obscure sports that we only watch every four years.
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Prisoners And Gasbags: Baseball's Odd Team Names

Ever heard of the Kalamazoo Celery Pickers, the Poughkeepsie Honey Bugs or the Iola Gasbags? To find out more about these long-forgotten baseball teams, Robert Siegel talks with Tim Hagerty, a broadcaster with the Triple-A Tucson Padres. Hagerty has compiled a new book called Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names.
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Olympic Sports We Don't See Any More, And Why

The Olympic Games doesn't just seem like one of the most tradition-bound sporting events in the world — it is. But that doesn't mean the sporting events are written in stone. Some past duds:
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Hosting The Olympics

Officials in London hope the Olympics will be an economic boon for the city, but prior hosts have found that's not always the case. Diane and guests discuss the economics of hosting the Olympics.

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For Olympic Soccer Forward, Attitude is Everything

Sydney Leroux has been called one of the most dangerous forwards at her level. This year, she has played in nine games and scored seven goals — five in one game. Host Michel Martin speaks with Leroux about her passion for soccer and her hopes for the Olympics.

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