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The NCAA And Its Treatment Of Student Athletes

The NCAA was created in 1906, at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt, to protect and look out for the best interests of student athletes. In the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine, journalist Taylor Branch tracks how the organization evolved over the years into a body that now, he says, exploits young athletes for the financial gain of its member schools. Melissa Block talks to Branch about his article, which advocates for better treatment — and pay — for student athletes.

The NCAA And The So-Called 'Student-Athlete'

Student-athletes are being used and abused by the NCAA, says commentator Frank Deford, and a new article supports his view. The article provides ample evidence that student-athletes are lacking in their rights as American citizens.

Whatever Happened To Sportsmanship?

Serena Williams' recent outburst against an umpire at the U.S. Open represented poor sportsmanship, some say, and could have excluded her from a Grand Slam tournament. Professors and referees point to high salaries and contract pressures as the likely cause of the increase of angry athletes.

Djokovic Wins 1st U.S. Open Title, Beats Nadal

Novak Djokovic has won the men's title at the U.S. Open. He beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated and Steve Inskeep recap Monday's final match.

Serena Williams Fined After U.S. Open Outburst

The fine comes a day after Williams took an umpire to task at a U.S. Open match. Williams told the ump she was "unattractive inside."
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Redskins' Dan Snyder Drops WCP Lawsuit

Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, dropped his controversial libel lawsuit against Washington City Paper over the weekend.


Russian Hockey Player Dies; Was Only Member Of Team To Survive Crash

Alexander Galimov, 26, had been severely burned. Last week's plane crash killed most of the players and staff on Russia's elite Lokomotiv hockey team. Several NHL veterans were among those who died.

Djokovic, Nadal To Meet In U.S. Open Men's Final

For the fourth straight year, the men's final at the U.S. Open had to be postponed a day because of bad weather earlier in the tournament. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal play Monday. Australian Samantha Stosur defeated American Serena Williams in the women's final on Sunday.