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Debate Pits Strasburg's Health Against Wins

One of the biggest debates in Washington these days has nothing to do with taxes, health care or the economy. It's about baseball and whether the Nationals should end the season of their star pitcher, just as the team may be headed for the playoffs.
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London's Paralympics Set To Be The Biggest Yet

A flame-lighting ceremony Tuesday evening in Stoke Mandeville, England, marks the beginning of the 2012 Paralympic Games. Melissa Block explores the history of the sports competition, which brings together disabled athletes from around the world, with Ian Brittain. Brittain is the author of The Paralympic Games Explained.
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Heat Guidelines Help Keep Young Athletes Cool

A coalition of sports medicine organizations has created guidelines to prevent high school football players from getting heat stroke, but so far only a handful of states have signed on.
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How Madden NFL's Business Lineup Helps It Win Big

The video game franchise is the largest of its kind in all of North America. Its success comes thanks to the complicated team effort of a few interested parties: the NFL, the software company that makes the game, and ESPN.
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Will Kick-Off To Football Season Bring More Boos?

The NFL is in a pay dispute with referees, and replacement refs have been working the preseason. Players and unionized officials say the substitutes are struggling, and that it'll only get worse. They cite safety as their biggest concern. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with Pablo Torre of Sports Illustrated.

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