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BCS Presidents Approve Four-Team College Football Playoff

Big-time college football is headed for a playoff. On Tuesday, university presidents agreed to a four team playoff system that will result in a national champion, doing away with the BCS. All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the move

Ready, Set, Sail: America's Cup Back In Rhode Island

For the first time in 29 years, an America's Cup sailing event is being held in Newport, R.I., known as the "sailing capital of the world." No longer the sleepy, tactical match of yesteryear, the race now features high-tech catamarans and athletic sailors in body armor.

Lake Lures Fishermen ... And Drug Traffickers

Falcon Lake, on the U.S.-Mexico border, has been named the best bass fishing lake in the country. But a Mexican drug cartel also uses the lake to smuggle drugs. While that hasn't kept the anglers away, it does mean fishing there carries an element of risk.

'Steeplechase Queen' Hopes To Score Big In London

Jenny Simpson, the 1500 meter women's world champion, is known to some as the American steeplechase queen. Simpson is doing a few last-minute training tweaks as she gets ready for her Olympic trials race on Thursday. She's hoping to represent the U.S. in London in an event that isn't typically dominated by American women.
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Capitals Name Former Captain Adam Oates As New Head Coach

The Capitals have announced that former team captain Adam Oates will be returning to the fold — this time as head coach, replacing Dale Hunter.


How Do They Know Those Sprinters Finished In A Dead Heat?

A starting gun that triggers the timers. Cameras that can snap 5,000 frames a second. And officials still can't decide whether Allyson Felix or Jeneba Tarmoh qualified for the Olympics in the 100 meter sprint. Should they flip a coin or run again?

Lochte Beats Phelps In Olympic Trials Final

The London Olympics are more than a month away, but fans of swimming were eager to see the 2012 edition of the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte get started Monday, when the two Olympic gold medalists face off in the final of the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic Trials.