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5:55am

Fri March 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Michigan State Is First No. 1 Seed To Be Bounced

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 6:01 am

Chane Behanan of the Louisville Cardinals during Thursday's victory over Michigan State.
Jamie Squire Getty Images
  • Mike Pesca on 'Morning Edition'

Tough defense by Louisville led to the defeat Thursday night of Michigan State in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, NPR's Mike Pesca said earlier on Morning Edition.

The Spartans, who lost to Louisville 57-44, are the first of the four No. 1 regional seeds to be sent home.

Syracuse, another No. 1 seed, managed to hang on with a 64-63 win over Wisconsin. In Thursday's other two games, Florida beat Marquette 68-58 and Ohio State thumped Cincinnati, 81-66.

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11:19am

Wed March 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Jets, Broncos Complete Trade For Tim Tebow

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 8:47 pm

Tebow celebrates after the game against the New York Jets on Nov. 17, 2011 in Denver.
Garrett Ellwood Getty Images

The Denver Broncos have traded quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth-round and a sixth-round draft pick, Newsday is reporting.

Tebow became redundant in Denver after the team signed Peyton Manning to a five-year, $96 million contract. Newsday adds:

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11:05am

Wed March 21, 2012
The Two-Way

NFL Slams Saints Over Bountygate; Coach Suspended For 2012 Season

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 12:03 pm

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, and then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in August 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been "suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team's bounty program," NFL.com reports.

The team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, "has been suspended indefinitely." He ran the program that paid players bounties for hits that knocked opponents out of games. Williams left the Saints after last season to join the St. Louis Rams.

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2:43am

Wed March 21, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

A Nation Stands Together For A Fallen Soccer Player

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 6:43 pm

Blackburn Rovers players wear T-shirts in support of Bolton Wanderers' midfielder Fabrice Muamba.
Paul Ellis AFP/Getty Images

Last weekend, English soccer fans were looking forward to a sporting feast. They ended up taking part in a nationwide communal vigil, focused on an African player's fight for life.

Something extraordinary is happening here.

It started in a sports stadium in London on Saturday. A big crowd had gathered there to watch two English teams, Tottenham and Bolton, do battle in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

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2:08am

Wed March 21, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Americans Hit The Brakes On NASCAR

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 10:25 am

Drivers practice for the Budweiser Shootout at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Individual sports are always volatile, and after being the next big thing, NASCAR's popularity has stalled.

A lot had to do with the economy. In a sport that depends on sponsorships and rich owners — like those good buddies Mitt Romney kicks tires with --– NASCAR was especially vulnerable.

And as for fans, when it became cutback time, they had to think twice about gassing up those big old RVs and driving a far piece to sit in those ear-shattering stadiums.

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