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Sports: U.S. Open, NFL

Host Scott Simon and NPR's Mike Pesca discuss the US Open tennis tournament and the opening weekend of the 2011 NFL season.

Arthur Ashe: A Civil Right Activist Off The Court

NPR's summer road trip series, "Honey Stop the Car!" pulls over in Richmond, Va., where a statue of tennis great Arthur Ashe stands in an unlikely place. It's among statues of major figures from the Confederacy.

MLB Teams Sew Up Division Titles, Wild Card Slots

Summer is just about over. That usually means Major League Baseball fans are feverishly checking the standings as the playoff races tighten up in the last weeks of the season. But this year, virtually every division title and wild card slot have been sewn up. Could an unexciting September lead to a dramatic October? Robert Siegel talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.

Australian Wins Surfing Competition

Australian Owen Wright won the first pro-surfing competition held in New York. Wright beat out Kelly Slater, a ten-time world champion surfer, for the $300,000 prize.

VIDEO: NFL's First Player Born In '90s Scores On 108-Yard Return

Not only is the Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb notable for his year of birth (1990), he's now in the record books as well for his touchdown run.

NFL Preview: Packers Vs. Saints

Melissa Block talks with NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the start of the professional football season. The first regular season game is taking place Thursday night — the New Orleans Saints are in Green Bay to take on the Packers. It's a matchup of the previous two Super Bowl champions.

Most Of Russian Hockey Team Killed In Plane Crash

Russia is grieving along with ice hockey fans and players around the world. A private jet carrying one of the country's top teams crashed Wednesday, killing 43 people — most of the team's players and coaching staff.