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Politics Roundup: Trump's Call To Fire NFL Players Protesting During National Anthem

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:01:18 -0400

The GOP health care plan, the Graham-Cassidy bill, takes what may be a fatal hit after Sen. John McCain has said he'll vote "no". Meanwhile, President Trump unleashes some of his own hits on major professional sport figures. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith helps us understand.

Saturday Sports: CTE, Aaron Hernandez And The NFL

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:11:26 -0400

We discuss NFL quarterbacks, the latest on Aaron Hernandez, and the possibility that France, Germany and Austria could withdraw from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over security concerns.

Major League Baseball Teams Look To Add Extra Netting After Yankee Stadium Accident

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:41:13 -0400

After a foul ball hit a young girl at Yankee Stadium this week, some Major League Baseball teams will be adding extra netting along the baselines to protect fans.

Scans Show Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Had A Severe Case Of CTE

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:41:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with NPR Science Correspondent Jon Hamilton about the Hernandez family's announcement and the connections between CTE, the degenerative brain disease, and violent behavior.

'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:18:54 -0400

Emma Stone stars as King in a breezy new film that carries us back to '73, and the heyday of the women's lib movement. Critic John Powers says the message of Battle of the Sexes still resonates today.

Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:18:54 -0400

King's 1973 exhibition match with self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs is now the subject of the new film, Battle of the Sexes. The 20-time Wimbledon champ spoke to Fresh Air on Sept. 12, 2013.

Aaron Hernandez's Brain Reveals Signs Of CTE, Says Lawyer

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:18:42 -0400

The former NFL star, who stopped playing at age 23, allegedly had brain damage more consistent with a player three times his age.

NFL Lineman Says He Was Losing Too Much Weight

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:34:00 -0400

Offensive lineman Trent Williams likes his playing weight to be around 320 pounds. When he went vegan, he kept losing weight. Williams says as a lineman, you have to have "some type of girth to you."

Former Boxing World Champion 'Raging Bull,' Jake LaMotta Dies At 95

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:49:00 -0400

Former boxing world champion Jake LaMotta has died at 95. His colorful life was the subject of a book and an Academy Award winning movie, Raging Bull.

Jake LaMotta, Boxer Of 'Raging Bull' Fame, Dies At 95

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:34:04 -0400

LaMotta, the middleweight champion whose story inspired Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, was famous for his fury both in and out of the ring. Later in life, he became a stand-up comedian.

Film Chronicles The Road To The 2-Hour Marathon: It's 'Just 25 Seconds Away'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:10:00 -0400

The documentary Breaking2 follows three elite runners as they attempt to break one of the most famous barriers in sports — maintaining 26.2 four-minute, 34-second miles.

NFL Fans Are Divided Over How Players Express Themselves Politically

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:22:00 -0400

Players protesting during the national anthem has exposed deep racial and political divides among the NFL's fans. David Greene talks to Jesse Washington, senior writer for

Around The World In Not Quite 80 Days, Cyclist Smashes Record

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:25:36 -0400

Mark Beaumont arrived in Paris Monday after circumnavigating the Earth on two wheels over 79 days.

Saturday Sports: Cleveland's Winning Streak Ends

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:08:14 -0400

Howard Bryant of ESPN and ESPN the Magazine joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about the Cleveland Indians' winning streak and the imbroglio between ESPN and the White House.

Royals Snap Indians' Winning Streak At 22 Games, Four Short Of Record

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:42:00 -0400

A day after they needed a final-out double to reach extra innings against Kansas City and get their 22nd win, Cleveland finally fell. The 4-3 loss is the Indians' first in more than three weeks.