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3:22 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Boston 2024? City Is Chosen To Bid For Summer Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to bid on hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. Committee Chairman Larry Probst is seen speaking last February.
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Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:55 pm

Boston won a tight contest to become the next American city to bid for hosting an Olympics, beating out Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., for the right to vie for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"This selection is in recognition of our city's talent, diversity and global leadership," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. "Our goal is to host Olympic and Paralympic Games that are innovative, walkable and hospitable to all. Boston hopes to welcome the world's greatest athletes to one of the world's great cities."

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Sports
3:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Investigation Finds No Evidence NFL Saw Second Ray Rice Video

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:31 pm

An independent investigation found no evidence the NFL saw a second video that showed a detailed assault by running back Ray Rice of his then fiance. The report concludes a four-month investigation by former FBI director Robert Mueller into the actions of the league while it investigated abuse allegations involved former Baltimore Ravens player.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Investigation Finds No Evidence NFL Received Ray Rice Elevator Video

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:29 pm

A report by former FBI Director Robert Mueller has found no evidence the NFL possessed a video that showed former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, before the footage was publicly released.

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Business
4:13 am
Wed January 7, 2015

ESPN, Other Networks To Be Streamed On Dish Network's Sling TV

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:35 am

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Sweetness And Light
2:39 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

The Yale football team in an undated photo. Commentator Frank Deford finds it curious that a sport as brutal as football became popular among the academic elite.
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Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:35 am

So, we finally have our first official college football championship, and something like 50 million or so fans will be watching to see whether Oregon or Ohio State is the 33rd-best team in the country. This statement makes me, I admit, both perfectly accurate and infuriatingly facetious.

Certainly, no one would dispute that even the most miserable of the 32 NFL teams is far superior to any collegiate squad, but at the same time, a great segment of America will be deeply invested in watching what is, essentially, the equivalent of Triple-A baseball.

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Sports
3:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Baseball Hall Of Fame Elects Three Pitchers, Second Baseman

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:36 pm

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The Two-Way
3:02 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Johnson, Smoltz, Martinez And Biggio Voted To Baseball's Hall

Craig Biggio (from left), Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz, the four members of the 2015 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:42 pm

Three dominating pitchers and one resilient fan favorite are heading to Cooperstown, as Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were named to Baseball's Hall of Fame Tuesday.

The strong class marks the first time in 60 years that baseball writers have chosen four players from the same ballot — and the first time three pitchers were elected in the same year. Biggio narrowly missed being inducted last year, falling just short of the required 75 percent of ballots.

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Sports
11:31 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Heupel, Norvell Out As Stoops Announces Much-Anticipated Staff Shakeups

University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops addresses reporters during Tuesday's press conference.
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University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops announced the firings of co-offensive coordinators Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel Tuesday morning after a tumultuous 8-5 season that culminated with a 40-6 loss Dec. 29 to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

“By no means are they scapegoats. The bottom line is, I feel moving forward we need to go in a different direction,” Stoops said. “I thank them for what they have contributed, their dedication, and hard work through all these years, and I’m sure they’ll continue to have successful coaching careers as they move forward.”

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Jordanian Prince To Challenge 4-Term FIFA Chief For Presidency

FIFA Vice President Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein says he will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of soccer's governing body.
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FIFA Vice President Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of soccer's governing body.

"I am seeking the presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport," he said in a statement on the website of the Jordan Football Association, of which he is president.

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Sports
5:28 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Oregon Ducks' Football Team To Change Uniforms

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:34 am

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