Sports

July 31, 2014 | WFAE · Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there’s no money for injured players.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · The Hanwha Eagles lost over 400 games in five years. But online fans have stayed true. Now remote fans can control robots at the stadium that are wearing jerseys, cheering and bearing the fans’ faces.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s two-game suspension of a Baltimore Ravens player for an alleged assault has been widely criticized. Commentator Frank Deford says American football needs a new envoy.
 

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Linda Wertheimer talks with Bloomberg View sportswriter Kavitha Davidson about the NFL’s suspension of the Baltimore Ravens running back for assaulting his then-fiancee, now wife.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · A Los Angeles judge has issued a preliminary ruling against embattled LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A California judge gave the green light to the sale of the team, which Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had arranged in May.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · The Rockies won a home game Saturday night, and fans at Coors Field received replicas of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s jersey. But the shirts misspelled his last name.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.
 

July 27, 2014 | NPR · New members are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Mike Pesca of Slate talks to NPR’s Arun Rath about who they are and the Hall of Fame’s new induction rules.
 

 

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News

July 31, 2014 | NPR · An isolation unit at Emory University’s hospital will be used to treat a patient infected with Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 700 people in a recent outbreak in West Africa.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · About 58 percent of California is currently in the worst of the four drought levels used by experts, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday. Envoys will also travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal.
 

Arts & Life

Well Go USA
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it’s almost impossible to empathize.
 

IFC Films
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.
 

Courtesy of Sundance
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She’s a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
 

Music

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.
 

Courtesy of Jerry Graham Publicity
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
 

July 31, 2014 | WPLN · Sometimes the kids you hear on records for kids aren’t really kids. In fact, there’s a crew of adult singers in Nashville that specializes in sounding young — very young.
 

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