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4:38 am
Sun November 9, 2014

New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

A 2011 collision that left San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey with a broken leg sparked an MLB debate about preventing injuries. Many collisions have caused head injuries, but a bigger risk to catchers is foul tips.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 11:13 am

Before Major League Baseball's experimental Rule 7.13 debuted this year, when runners and catchers collided at home plate, one question lingered in the cloud of dust: Safe or out?

But catchers were racking up injuries, and MLB started asking another question: Are the crashes worth the risk?

Rule 7.13 bans most of those collisions. When it debuted this year, many baseball purists cried foul. But Hall of Fame catcher and Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench loves the change.

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Sports
6:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Rice Case Could Force Changes In NFL Discipline

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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Sports
3:32 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NFL Has Another Week Of Legal Turmoil

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:11 pm

Stefan Fatsis talks to Robert Siegel about the legal turmoil surround the NFL. A plea agreement in the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson leaves the league to decide how to treat the star running back of the Minnesota Vikings. And league Commissioner Rodger Goodell testified earlier this week in the appeal hearing of star running back Ray Rice who was indefinitely suspended by the NFL and released the Baltimore Ravens after video of his striking his girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino hotel elevator.

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Shots - Health News
6:36 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Sideline Robot Helps Trainers Spot Football Concussions

Go Big Green! Dartmouth is testing the VGo robot to help diagnose concussions when neurologists aren't at the game.
Mark Washburn Courtesy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:03 pm

With the fall season come littered leaves, new television lineups and the sport that can't stop stirring up controversy: football.

Rough tackles and concussions worry many parents. And no wonder. Research cited by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons suggests that more than a third of college football players have had one concussion and 20 percent have had more than one.

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The Two-Way
5:40 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

49ers Running Back Retires From NFL, Without Playing A Snap

Marcus Lattimore retired from the NFL Wednesday, ending his hopes of returning from a knee injury to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Jason O. Watson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:47 pm

Saying his knees wouldn't withstand the punishment the NFL deals out, running back Marcus Lattimore retired from the league Wednesday. Lattimore, 23, suffered serious injuries to both knees in college. He says he chose a higher quality of life over the promise of millions of dollars.

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Sports
4:34 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Charlotte's College Of Faith Lacks A Campus But Not A Football Team

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 10:58 am

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Sports
4:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

2-Day Appeal Hearing To Consider Ray Rice's NFL Case

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 10:58 am

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Sweetness And Light
2:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Karlos Dansby celebrates during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17.
David Richard AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 6:02 pm

Every election suggests change, so given all the scandals involving football, now's an appropriate time to envision what reforms might be forced upon the sport. Well, I'll tell you: It's tough to mess with football.

Now, to begin with, from hindsight, it was probably misleading to call baseball "the national pastime." The claim was, essentially, based almost entirely on the fact that baseball was the only team sport that boasted a professional presence. The World Series was our World Cup and the Olympics rolled into one.

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Goats and Soda
4:57 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

What Makes Kenya's Marathon Runners The World's Best?

Wilson Kipsang of Kenya hoisted his country's flag after winning the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Kipsang won in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 59 seconds.
Craig Ruttle AP

Wilson Kipsang, the Kenyan winner of Sunday's New York City Marathon, told reporters after it was over that he'd had to slow down — to "exercise a lot of patience" — as he logged the first miles of the 26.2-mile race.

And even with his purposely slowish (!) start, he completed the marathon in two hours, 10 minutes and 59 seconds.

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Pleads No Contest In Child Abuse Case

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson arrives at the courthouse for an appearance Tuesday in Conroe, Texas. He pleaded no contest in his child abuse case, avoiding jail time.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 2:43 pm

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest in his child abuse case, avoiding jail time after being indicted in September for using a wooden switch to punish his 4-year-old son.

The Associated Press reports that a judge in Conroe, Texas, agreed to the plea deal.

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