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8:03pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The American Way: Winners And Losers, And No Ties

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 6:13 am

Real Salt Lake's Jonny Steele (right) trips Chicago Fire's Sebastian Grazzini during a Major League Soccer matchup. The game ended without a score — one of 11 ties each MLS team is likely to record this season.
John Smierciak AP

Politicians love to boast about American exceptionalism: how special we are from all the merely ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill countries around the globe. I would say that what sets us apart, more all the time, is that we Americans don't like ties.

I don't mean four-in-hands or bow ties, but the ties in games, the ones that somebody once said are "like kissing your sister." Boy, do I agree — and I never even had a sister. Nothing about me is more American than that I don't like ties.

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5:44am

Sun May 13, 2012
Sports

The NFL's Defense Against Head Injury Lawsuits

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 10:09 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: If life is a ball game, then Mike Pesca is the guy behind home plate helping us sort out the check swings from the foul balls. He is, of course, NPR's sports correspondent and our guide to the fascinating intersections between life and sports. He joins us, as he does every week. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hey. Every once in a while you could foul a ball off a check swing.

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2:23pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Soccer Stars Are Paid The Best, And Indian Cricketers Out-Earn NFL Players

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 6:26 am

Lionel Messi of Barcelona during a match Saturday against RCD Espanyol.
David Ramos Getty Images

Think the players on your favorite team are the most overpaid in the world?

Well, American sports fans, you may not be able to brag (or complain?) about that.

As the number crunchers at Sporting Intelligence reported earlier this month, European soccer teams hold the top four spots when it comes to average pay per player.

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8:26am

Sun May 6, 2012
Sports

Sports: Real Losses And Potential Downslides

Another football tragedy this week renews questions about the safety of the game that made many stars rich, but at some cost. Also, it may be closing time for one of the all-time greats. Over in hockey playoffs, are they going Hollywood? Host Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.

3:11pm

Sat May 5, 2012
Sports

Ex-NFL Player To Draft Picks: 'Your Privacy Is Gone'

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 4:42 pm

After the lights turn elsewhere, former NFL player Nate Jackson warns top draft picks Robert Griffin III, left, and Andrew Luck that their every breath will be a public affair.
Al Bello Getty Images

Former Denver Bronco's tight end Nate Jackson posted an open letter on Buzzfeed.com this week to Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the NFL's top two draft picks this year.

It begins, "You have been mentioned in the same breath for the last several months. But once you get drafted and shake hands with Darth Vader, your lives will diverge and you will be immersed fully in the identity of your new employers."

The story doesn't get much better, Jackson continues.

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