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Baylor's Griffin Wins Heisman

Robert Griffin III is the first Baylor player to ever win the Heisman. In a year full of scandals in college sports, the win for Griffin — a dean's list student and son of two retired Army sergeants — delivers a much-needed shot in the arm to the public image of the NCAA, says Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation.
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What's Major League Soccer Without Beckham?

David Beckham's contract with LA Galaxy ends Dec. 31. Beckham's star power has helped make soccer more popular in America. Host Audie Cornish speaks with football critic David Henry Sterry about the impact Beckham has had on Major League Soccer.
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Sports: Money Talks, Big Stars Walk

A canceled-then-reinstated trade shakes basketball before it can even start up again. Also, do Tim Tebow's victories speak as loud as his prayers? Host Scott Simon talks sports with NPR's Tom Goldman.
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Heisman's First Winner Said No To The Pros

In 1936, when the Ivy League dominated football, Yale end Larry Kelley was the first college football player to win the Heisman Trophy. But instead of going pro, Kelley returned to his old high school to teach history and coach.
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Baseball Faces Busy Off-Season

Lynn Nearly talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the busy baseball off-season. St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols is moving the Los Angeles Angels, the Marlins tweak their image and a pitcher in Japan might inspire a bidding war.
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Engineers Give The Jump Rope A Spin

When they both worked at Princeton, Howard Stone and Jeff Aristoff used to play basketball at lunchtime. One day, when Dr. Stone was warming up with his jump rope, the two wondered if anyone had mathematically modeled the shape of the rope. The two researchers decided to give it a whirl.

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