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Baseball owners lock players out after their bargaining agreement expires
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L. Carol Ritchie | December 2, 2021
Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves bats against the Houston Astros during Game Five of the World Series in October.Kevin C. Cox | Getty Images Major League Baseball owners and players failed to reach a deal on a new work agreement, triggering a lockout — the owners' version of a ...
News the MLB used 2 types of baseballs in 2021 throws curveball into labor talks
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Becky Sullivan | December 1, 2021
Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves hits a home run against the Houston Astros during Game 6 of the 2021 World Series. A report by Business Insider found that the league used two different types of baseballs during the 2021 season, one of which flew farther.Carmen Mandato | Getty Images ...
Meet the Arkansas cowboy who found a new life as a rodeo clown
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Brian Mann | November 25, 2021
Rob Gann puts on his clown makeup in the backstage locker room at the Adirondack Stampede Rodeo in Glens Falls, N.Y.M. Scott Brauer for NPR It's an hour before showtime and Rob Gann is running late. He has to get his makeup on, climb into his costume, and build a ...
Washington Spirit wins its 1st NWSL championship after 2-1 win over Chicago
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Wynne Davis | November 20, 2021
The Washington Spirit celebrates defeating the Chicago Red Stars after the NWSL Championship held at Lynn Family Stadium on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.Joe Robbins/ISI Photos | Getty Images The Washington Spirit is bringing home its first national championship title to the nation's capital after defeating the Chicago Red Stars in ...
NBA stars are missing 3-pointers this season. Is a new ball really to blame?
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Mano Sundaresan | November 9, 2021
Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers says the new Wilson ball doesn't feel the same as the old Spalding one.Katelyn Mulcahy | Getty Images The NBA has been tough to watch this year. Compared to this same point in previous seasons, the 3-point percentage is the lowest since 2015-16 ...
NFL denies telling Aaron Rodgers vaccinated people couldn’t get or spread COVID-19
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Joe Hernandez | November 8, 2021
Aaron Rodgers walks off the field following in Glendale, Arizona on Oct. 28. Rodgers missed the Packers' 13-7 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday after being placed on the league's reserve/COVID-19 list.Christian Petersen | Getty Images Updated November 8, 2021 at 4:41 PM ET The NFL is batting away a ...
NBA launches investigation into Phoenix Suns owner after explosive ESPN report
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Vanessa Romo | November 4, 2021
Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver, pictured last month, said he is "shocked" by the ESPN report that details several alleged instances in which he used racist language and sexist comments.Christian Petersen | Getty Images The NBA has launched an investigation into Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver who has ...
Inside the jaw-clenching world of cricket fighting in China
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Emily Feng | October 23, 2021
Men crowd over a cricket fight in Beijing in September. Competitive cricket fights are believed to have been held for more than 1,000 years in China.Yufan Lu for NPR BEIJING — The window shades are drawn, the air's filled with cigarette smoke and tension. About three dozen people, mostly men, ...