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An Epic (And Mythic) 2011 NBA Preview

The NBA season opens Christmas Day, and every sports writer worth his tinseled tropes has made a reference to basketball fans being able to unwrap a slate of games under the tree. The theme for this year's season preview? The mythology of the Vainakh peoples of the North Caucasus. Seriously.
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Sports To Look Forward To: NBA, NFL Pick Up

This weekend the NBA gets going, the NFL gets exciting, and the Boise State Broncos get to clean out their lockers. They demolished Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl, but now their season is over, and they'll head home to sit on the couch and watch lower-ranked teams compete in the Bowl Championship Series. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the week in sports.
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NBA Kicks Off Shortened Season On Christmas Day

Men's professional basketball was on a long break because of the lockout. But on Christmas Day, the NBA season begins with a five-game package featuring exciting teams and glittering superstars. There's a rematch between defending champion Dallas and everyone's favorite team to hate — the Miam Heat.
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Because Of Somali Pirates, Ocean Racers Are In A 'Stealth Zone'

The six-boat, nine-month-long, 39,000-mile Volvo Ocean Race that started in Spain two months ago and is set to end in Ireland next July isn't going to tell exactly where the boats are while they're in that part of the Indian Ocean.
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Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children Decades Ago, Sportswriter Retires

Bill Conlin, a Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter for 46 years, retired after three women and a man came forward to accuse him of molesting them in the 1970s. His lawyer says he wants to "vindicate his name."
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The NBA Is Bullish On Christmas, By Necessity

In 2010, Phil Jackson, then the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, complained about the NBA's scheduling of games on Christmas Day. It seemed, he said, that "Christian holidays don't mean anything" any longer. With its season shortened, the NBA can't afford to skip the holiday this year.
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Montrealers Reject New Interim Canadiens Coach

The new interim coach of the Montreal Canadiens is being rejected by fans of the hockey team. Not because of a losing record — but because he doesn't speak French. Robert Siegel speaks with Stu Cowan, sports editor of the Montreal Gazette.

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