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Black, Gay Cowboy: Michael Sam Steps Up

Gay football player Michael Sam didn't make an NFL team, but he will play for the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Writer Michael Arceneaux says that's an important step forward for gay black men.
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U.S. Open Surprises: Stars Djokovic And Federer Out

Surprising upsets at the U.S. Open on Saturday when both two top players were eliminated. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with Mike Pesca of Slate.com about that and the upcoming NFL season.
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Phoenix Mercury And Chicago Sky Meet In WNBA Finals

The WNBA finals begin Sunday, and the Chicago Sky are up against the Phoenix Mercury.
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Japan's Nishikori Beats Djokovic, Making History; Federer Falls To Cilic

Kei Nishikori put a buzz into the U.S. Open crowd in New York and put himself into the history books, becoming the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam tennis final.
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Bengals' Signing Of Player Will Let Him Pay For Daughter's Cancer Care

For Devon Still, the Cincinnati Bengals' decision means he'll be able to stay close to his daughter — and it will help pay the roughly $1 million her fight against cancer will require.
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Baseball Playoffs, U.S. Open: The Week In Sports

Baseball teams head toward the playoffs and the top tennis players chase U.S. Open titles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to ESPN's Howard Bryant from the U.S. Open.
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Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial

To mark the bicentennial of the hand-made flag that flew over Ft. McHenry in Baltimore and the national anthem it inspired, Kojo explores little-known tales of the people and events that produced them.

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Arthur Ashe

A new biography explores how tennis great Arthur Ashe navigated the poles of radical activism and assimilation.

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On NFL's Opening Day, Fans Find A Tale Of Two Leagues

The National Football League opens its regular season on Thursday night. Far and away the most popular sports league in the U.S., the NFL generates $10 billion a year in revenue. But recent issues off the field — a bullying scandal, a court battle over concussions and Washington's controversial team name — have drawn some shadows across the game.
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Gridiron Tech Tags Players, Delving Deeper Into The Game's Data

Something new is coming to the NFL this year: high-tech tracking devices on players. In some stadiums, they'll give teams and TV audiences real-time readouts of player movements. They'll also give coaches tons of data to fine-tune their game plans.

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