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Sports: A Possible Super Bowl Preview And Letting Go

Host Scott Simon catches up on the week in sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN: A surprise contender out of Chicago is taking on a well-funded operation with a mighty offensive attack and an NBA firing that surprised exactly no one.

Lee MacPhail, Half Of Only Father-Son Duo In Baseball Hall Of Fame, Dies

As an executive with the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, MacPhail helped build World Series champions. He also served as president of the American League. At 95, he had been the oldest living member of the Hall. That distinction now goes to former Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr.

No Federal Charges Against Syracuse Coach

Local prosecutors had earlier said they couldn't pursue charges related to alleged sexual abuse because the statute of limitations had passed. Federal authorities aren't saying why they have also declined to prosecute Bernie Fine. He has always said he's innocent.
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D.C. United Pulls Out Big Win, Advances To Conference Finals

D.C. United had a big win over the New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer eastern conference semi-final last night. The team will now advance to the finals against the Houston Dynamo.

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Injured Va. Teen Works To Walk Again

Nick Balenger is a star baseball player at Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Va. But everything in his life changed after he suffered a serious spinal cord injury.


Darrell Royal, Texas Football Coaching Legend, Dies

His University of Texas teams won three national championships in the '60s. The coach was also famous for creating the Wishbone offense and for his "Royalisms." A fast running back, he would say, was "quicker than a hiccup."