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Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Commentator Frank Deford ponders which city has had the worst luck in sports. It's hard to decide whether Cubs fans or Cleveland fans deserve the most sympathy for their years of cheering on futility.
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Yankees Look For Ways To Unload Alex Rodriguez

Steve Inskeep talks to ESPN sportswriter Pablo Torre about how Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees might respond to new reports of steroid use by star player Alex Rodriguez.
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D.C. In Talks With Washington Wizards On Training Facility In Shaw

D.C. officials confirmed today that they are in talks with the Washington Wizards to build the team a training facility in Shaw, a project that would cost between $30 and $40 million and could impact a skate park, dog park and planned middle school on the site.
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New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

Major League Baseball is reviewing its controversial Rule 7.13, which bans most home plate collisions. Catchers actually face a bigger head-injury risk that the rule can't prevent.
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Rice Case Could Force Changes In NFL Discipline

Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice has made his appeal in court, and now a federal judge will decide whether to overturn his NFL suspension. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.
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NFL Has Another Week Of Legal Turmoil

Former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice testified at a hearing stemming from his indefinite suspension, and the criminal case against Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson ended in a plea deal.
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Sideline Robot Helps Trainers Spot Football Concussions

It's common for some clinics in rural America to consult medical specialists by video for difficult cases. Dartmouth is testing a robot that connects trainers to a neurologist who is miles away.
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49ers Running Back Retires From NFL, Without Playing A Snap

Running back Marcus Lattimore, 23, retired from the NFL Wednesday. He says he chose a higher quality of life, citing a lingering knee injury. Lattimore reportedly has a $1.7 million insurance policy.
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D.C. Could Be Overpaying By $25 Million On Soccer Stadium Deal, Analysis Says

Advocates of a proposal to build a new soccer stadium for D.C. United say it will have major benefits for the city, but a new analysis shows the city may be overpaying in the land-swap deal that would make it happen.
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2-Day Appeal Hearing To Consider Ray Rice's NFL Case

An independent arbiter in New York on Wednesday begins hearing Ray Rice's appeal of his lifetime ban from the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to testify, as are other key executives.

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