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Sweetness And Light
2:41 am
Wed February 11, 2015

'Gentleman And Coach' Dean Smith Did What He Believed In

UNC Tar Heels head basketball coach Dean Smith gives instructions during a 1997 playoff game against the Colorado Buffaloes. Smith died Saturday. He was 83.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 7:54 am

When I was a callow basketball reporter, I wrote critically of a stall strategy called the four corners that North Carolina Tar Heels coach Dean Smith would have his team use if they were ahead late in a game. He asked me why I didn't like the ploy, and I told him that it was my experience (my experience: I'm like 25 years old) that "sitting on a lead" — that's the expression — changes the emotion, the passion, and while it may be rational, it's dangerous psychologically.

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Sports
4:36 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Atlanta Hawks The NBA Surprise Of The Year

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 7:53 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Upcycling, Underground: Huge Bike Park Opens In Former Limestone Mine

A rider gets some air at the newly opened Mega Underground Bike Park in Louisville, Ky.
Jacob Ryan WFPL

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 11:43 am

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Around the Nation
5:13 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Nevada's Gaming Commission Considers Olympic Wagers

A man watches sports broadcast on screens at a sports book owned and operated by CG Technology in Las Vegas. CG Technology is asking the Nevada Gaming Control Board to allow betting on the Olympics.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 2:21 pm

Later this month, Nevada's gaming commission will weigh a proposal that would allow the state's sports books to start taking wagers on the Olympic Games.

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Remembrances
12:59 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Ed Sabol, Founder Of NFL Films, Dies At 98

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 9:00 am

Ed Sabol's first film for the NFL was of the 1962 championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. He opened with panoramic views, planes flying by and trains rolling on the tracks.

Sabol's crew filmed in 15 degree weather with frozen cameras. They weren't just filming football. They were making cinema. Just a few years later, Ed Sabol became head of NFL Films. And then he and his son, Steve, revolutionized the way we watch sports.

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Sports
3:55 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

UNC Basketball Legend Dean Smith Dies At 83

Originally published on Sun February 8, 2015 5:35 pm

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

Former University of North Carolina head basketball coach Dean Smith looks on during the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 1996. Smith died on Saturday. He was 83.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 12:50 pm

Men's basketball coach Dean Smith, who coached the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for more than 35 years, taking them to two national titles, has died at age 83.

The Hall of Famer died Saturday night at his home, his family said in a statement released today.

"We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you," the statement said.

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Sports
6:38 am
Sun February 8, 2015

The Week In Sports: NBA And WNBA Newsmakers

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 3:28 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The Super Bowl is over, but there's still plenty of sports to discuss involving balls of other shapes - in particular, basketball. To do that, we are joined as ever by Mike Pesca. He is the host of The Gist podcast from slate.com. Good morning, Sir.

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Sports
3:39 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Facing 1,000 Miles Of Frigid Winds With Loyal Dogs And Willpower

In the dog mushing world, 44-year-old Lance Mackey is like Michael Jordan. The sled dog racing veteran returns to the Yukon Quest this year.
Katie Orlinsky for NPR

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 8:29 pm

Saturday marks the start of the annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, a 10-day journey from Whitehorse, Yukon, to Fairbanks, Alaska, 1,000 miles away.

It's not so much a race as a test of survival.

This year, veteran musher Lance Mackey is back on the trail. He's considered the Michael Jordan of the dog mushing world — an athlete who fought his way to the top.

It's never been easy for Mackey. He'll tell you life keeps throwing him punches. The older he gets, he says, the harder the punches are.

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Sports
6:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Golf And College Hoops: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 10:19 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And time now for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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