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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Sun May 11, 2014

WATCH: Michael Sam, Boyfriend React To Draft Pick

Michael Sam runs through drills during the 2014 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., on Feb. 24. Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL.
USA Today Sports Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 12:41 pm

After being drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam is poised to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Sports
6:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Stress-Free Golf, With Holes The Size Of A Pizza

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 10:47 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you're a golfer not named Tiger Woods you have surely experienced days out on the course where it felt like the hole was the size of a penny. Rather than hurl your clubs, now you can try big-hole golf. It's a new twist on a very traditional sport where the hole is the size of an extra-large pizza. Intrigued?

To hear more, we are joined by John Paul Newport. He's the gold columnist at The Wall Street Journal and recently played a round of golf with the bigger bull's-eye. Hey, John Paul. Thanks for being with us.

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The Two-Way
6:29 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Rams Pick Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted In NFL

Michael Sam runs a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. Sam was picked in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:09 am

In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams picked Michael Sam, making him the first openly gay player to be drafted by a pro football team.

Sam, who played for Missouri in college, came out earlier this year in media interviews with ESPN and The New York Times. His team and coaches knew his sexual orientation before the interviews, but kept it private for his final college season.

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Sports
5:40 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Athletes Chased By Technology In The Sport Of Anti-Doping

Lance Armstrong (left) and Tyler Hamilton compete in the 90th Tour de France in 2003. Hamilton later testified in the doping case brought against Armstrong and the U.S. Postal cycling team.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:59 pm

As the Giro d'Italia bicycle race sets off in Ireland this weekend, the shadow of doping will not be far behind. In a competition to beat the cheaters, scientists are constantly trying to improve drug testing.

While it can be hard for regulators to keep up with new habits, when an athlete is finally caught doping, the result can be revolutionary.

Performance-enhancing drugs have plagued the sport of cycling for years, with Lance Armstrong at the center of the scandal. But he was not alone.

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Arts & Life
4:23 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Coffee And Cups: 2 Stories Of High Stakes And High Prices

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:15 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

ARUN RATH, HOST:

From NPR West, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Arun Rath.

It's time now for the New and the Next.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RATH: Carlos Watson is the co-founder of the online magazine Ozy. Each week he joins us to talk about what's new and what's next. Welcome back, Carlos.

CARLOS WATSON: Arun, really good to be with you.

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Sports
3:39 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Youth Football Clinics Try A New Angle To Prevent Concussions

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 10:00 pm

On a windy day in in Macon, Ga., dozens of second-graders are standing on a university football field, crowded around Atlanta Falcons rookie Terren Jones.

Jones is helping to lead a Heads Up Football clinic, one of hundreds held across the country this spring by the nonprofit USA Football. Primarily funded by the NFL, these clinics teach parents about proper helmet and shoulder-pad fitting, and kids as young as 6 learn how to avoid concussions from pros like Jones.

"Nobody wants to get concussions, because it sucks, and it's not fun," says Jones. "I've had a couple."

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OKC Thunder
7:20 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Hot-shooting Thunder beat Clippers 118-112

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  Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder outplayed the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for a 118-112 victory Friday night and a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

Serge Ibaka added 20 points and Westbrook had 13 assists for the Thunder in a game that neither team ever led by double digits.

Blake Griffin scored 34 points, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 16 assists for the Clippers, who saw their four-point lead disappear for good early in the fourth quarter. Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford added 20 points.

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Sports
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Michael Sam Waiting For An Invite In NFL Draft Spectacle

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:44 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And, by the way, BG Lederman didn't write a single one of those songs. But he does write our theme music, including this one that says it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: Post season - sorry, basketball. Forget about it, hockey. For theatrics, we're watching football's off season. The spectacle that is the NFL draft enters its third day today and America wants to know, can it be as good as the Kevin Costner film? NPR's Tom Goldman joins us - any Kevin Costner film. Thanks for being with us, Tom.

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Sports
3:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Heisman Winner Slides In NFL Draft, Caught By Cleveland

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:45 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. This was an NFL draft party last night hosted by the sports radio station ESPN Cleveland.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Johnny Manziel.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

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Code Switch
2:59 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Spain Fines Team Of Racist, Banana-Throwing Fan, But Is It Enough?

Levante's Pape Diop, from Senegal, was taunted by fans of rival Atletico Madrid who made monkey noises during a match in Madrid on Sunday.
Alberto Saiz AP

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 12:40 pm

Days after a banana was thrown at a black soccer player in Spain, igniting an uproar over racism in European sports, a new controversy has erupted over how to punish racist fans.

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