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Thursday, Nov 29

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Loyola's Sister Jean Presented With Final Four Ring After March Madness Run

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Loyola University Chicago surprised Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt this week with an NCAA Final Four appearance ring. The 99-year-old chaplain became a national star after an improbable March Madness run.

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'Seduced By The Game' - Hall Of Fame Coach Returns To The Court

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Jim Calhoun won three NCAA Division I Championships while coaching the University of Connecticut's men's basketball team. Six years after retirement, he's back coaching at a small Division III school.

Wednesday, Nov 28

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Magnus Carlsen Retains His Title As World Chess Champion

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Carlsen, a 27-year-old Norwegian, has held the title since 2013. He defeated Fabiano Caruana, who would have been the first U.S. citizen to win the world title since Bobby Fischer.

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'That's How I Found Out I Was Dead': Soccer Club Fakes Player's Demise (Poorly)

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Fernando LaFuente's former team, Ballybrack FC in Dublin, says it made an "unacceptable mistake" by falsely reporting his death in an accident. He didn't find out about it until coworkers told him.

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Freedom Of Movement Rule May Be The Cause Of High-Scoring NBA Games

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David Greene talks to Tim Reynolds, who writes about basketball for The Associated Press, about why NBA scores are repeatedly climbing into the triple digits.

Time For A Tiebreaker In Deadlocked World Chess Championship

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Players will embark on a series of tiebreaks, which will get faster if they continue to draw. If American Fabiano Caruana beats Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, it could cement St. Louis as a chess capital.

Tuesday, Nov 27

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Stalemate To Checkmate: After 12 Draws, World Chess Championship Will Speed Up

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The event could give the U.S. its first champion since Bobby Fischer took the crown in 1972. Italian-American Fabiano Caruana will play world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Monday, Nov 26

Former Michigan State President Arraigned On Charges Tied To Larry Nassar Scandal

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Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police. The charges are part of an investigation related to Nassar, the Olympics doctor who abused hundreds of women and girls.

Saturday, Nov 24

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Saturday Sports: Basketball, Football and Golf

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Scott Simon talks with NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman about basketball, football, and golf.

Friday, Nov 23

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Bus Overturns Carrying University Of Washington Marching Band

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Washington State Patrol said "40-45 plus" people were transported to hospitals but that none of the injuries were serious. They were traveling to perform in Friday's Apple Cup in Eastern Washington.

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Soccer Fans With Heart Conditions Offered Special Game Broadcasts

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Argentina's two major teams soccer teams meet in the Super Classic Saturday. Because fans get emotional, a cardiologist group offers radio broadcasts for people with heart and anxiety conditions.

Thursday, Nov 22

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Atlanta Falcons Cut The Prices For Their Stadium Food, But Is It Working Out?

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Sports fans have gotten used to exorbitant prices for food and drinks at stadiums. They know they're a captive market. But could the stadiums be missing out by charging too much?

Wednesday, Nov 21

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Father Of Illinois High School Football Player Poses As Referee

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A lawsuit filed by parents at the Simeon Career Academy says the man attended the game in a referee's uniform and helped sway the outcome of the game. His son's team, Nazareth Academy, won.

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Deadspin's Ben Tippet On World Chess Championship

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The championship in London is a nail-biting competition between an American and the defending champion, who's from Norway. Steve Inskeep talks to Ben Tippett, of the sports website Deadspin.

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Michigan State University Ex-President Charged With Lying In Larry Nassar Case

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Lou Anna Simon was charged with two felony and two misdemeanor counts on Tuesday for allegedly lying to police about how the school handled previous sexual misconduct allegations against the doctor.

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NFL Fans Are Still Buzzing About The Rams 54-51 Win Over Kansas City

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NPR's Audie Cornish talks with sportswriter Robert Mays of the Ringer about Monday's NFL game in Los Angeles. The thrilling win by the Rams over the Kansas City Chiefs may be a sign of things to come.

Tuesday, Nov 20

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'It Looked Impossible': New Film Follows Free Climbers Up The 'Dawn Wall'

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Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first to free climb to the top of the southeastern face of Yosemite's El Capitan. "It's as sheer and as vertical as the side of a skyscraper," Jorgeson says.

Saturday, Nov 17

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Not My Job: We Quiz Orlando Magic Star Aaron Gordon On Actual Magic

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We recorded the show in Orlando, Fla., this week so we've invited NBA star Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic to play a game called "Abracadabra!"

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Saturday Sports: Tensions Among Golden State Warriors Players

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with ESPN's Howard Bryant about the tensions between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors.

Friday, Nov 16

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Viva Las Vegas: Elvis, Adelson Honored With Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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President Trump awarded the nation's highest civilian honor to seven people Friday, including Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and GOP megadonor Miriam Adelson.

Wednesday, Nov 14

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Suzy Whaley, PGA's First Female President, On Bringing Inclusivity To Golf

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Just 40 years ago, PGA membership comprised men only. But Suzy Whaley is used to breaking new ground in a male-dominated sport. "For me it's always been about wanting to play the game," she says.

Monday, Nov 12

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Chicago Bears Kicker Misses 4 Attempts, Hits The Uprights Each Time

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Cody Parkey just looked puzzled. He had hit the upright four times on field goal and extra point tries. The analysis on Fox: "Boy he can hit those uprights, can't he?"

Saturday, Nov 10

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Saturday Sports: The Start Of The NBA Season And The NFL

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with ESPN's Howard Bryant about the start of the NBA season and the lack of breakout teams in the NFL.

Friday, Nov 9

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Fans Fundraise To Ask Buffalo Bills' Nathan Peterman To Retire

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Buffalo Bills fans started a fundraising page to ask quarterback Nathan Peterman to retire. They want $1 million, but so far have raised just $285.

Thursday, Nov 8

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The Future Of Jon Gruden Following Praise As Youngest Coach To Win Super Bowl

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Commentator Mike Pesca, host of Slate's daily podcast The Gist, who offers his take on the Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.

Tuesday, Nov 6

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Luring More Women To Fishing In The Upper Great Lakes

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A new study finds an uptick in the number of women who are fishing in the Upper Great Lakes region. Younger women especially seem drawn to a sport that is traditionally male-dominated.

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Olympic Officials Move To Dump USA Gymnastics As Organizers Of Olympic Athletes

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The U.S. Olympic Committee has taken steps to revoke the group's status as the governing body after the sexual abuse of gymnasts was revealed last year, and three CEOs have resigned.

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U.S. Olympic Committee Moves To Decertify USA Gymnastics

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The U.S. Olympic Committee has moved to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as a "national governing body." The move comes as the organization has botched its reorganization following a sex-abuse scandal.

Monday, Nov 5

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Secret Service Protects Estonia's President As She Runs U.S. Marathon

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The Secret Service protects U.S. presidents and also visiting heads of state. Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid was in the New York City Marathon — two agents had to run with her.

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No, Athletes Will Not 'Shut Up And Dribble' — And They Never Have

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A new documentary series on Showtime, executive produced by LeBron James, offers a direct, pointed, emphatic response to commentator Laura Ingraham and her admonition to him to stay out of politics.