September 30, 2012 When referees make bad calls, the athlete who gets the better deal generally won't make a correction. But the way the public reacts to those athletes can be different in the U.S. than it is abroad. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca.
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September 29, 2012 Host Scott Simon talks about the end of the NFL referee lockout and the end of the regular baseball season with Howard Bryant of ESPN.
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September 28, 2012 The refs are back! After three weeks of bizarre rulings, controversy, and near player revolt, the NFL ended the referee lockout this week. The regular officials came back just in time for Thursday night's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. The regular refs returned as heroes — until they made their first blown call. Robert Siegel talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.
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In Baltimore, fans made their feelings clear Thursday night.
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September 28, 2012 It was clear Thursday night that the return of the league's officials after their labor dispute restored order.
September 28, 2012 This weekend, professional golf turns into a team sport. The United States takes on Europe for the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago. David Greene talks to USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan about the matchup.
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La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011. He won the World Series titles with them in 2006 and 2011.
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September 27, 2012 At the helm of an underdog team that won one of the most dramatic World Series ever, Tony La Russa "retired" in just about the best way possible. Robert Siegel talks with La Russa about his new baseball memoir One Last Strike and his remarkable 33 year career as one of the best managers in Major League Baseball history.
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Simon Cho of the U.S. celebrates during the 500 meter men's final race at the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Dresden in 2011.
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September 27, 2012 U.S. skaters are split over allegations of abuse leveled against two coaches and a claim that a coach ordered the sabotage of a Canadian athlete's skates at an international competition last year. Twelve skaters are now part of a demand for arbitration that seeks the ouster of U.S. Speedskating's short track head coach Jae Su Chun, and an assistant.
Adam Greenberg, who's going to get another chance to bat, on NBC's The Today Show.
September 27, 2012 On July 9, 2005, Adam Greenberg of the Chicago Cubs went to the plate for his first major league at bat. One pitch later, his major league career was over. Until now.
September 27, 2012 Gabby Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal in the individual all-around event. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Douglas about the sacrifices she has made — like moving 1,200 miles away from home to get better coaching — and how she handles being "America's Sweetheart."
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September 27, 2012 Eric LeGrand was a standout defensive lineman at Rutgers University, when a tough tackle left him motionless on the football field. A spinal cord injury paralyzed him from the neck down. He speaks with guest host Celeste Headlee about overcoming major obstacles and his memoir, Believe: My Faith and the Tackle that Changed My Life.
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They'll be welcomed back by fans: Regular NFL refs will be on the job again starting tonight. (2006 file photo.)
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September 27, 2012 NFL fans' nightmare is over. The league and its referees have reached a tentative agreement on a new, eight-year contract. So replacement refs — who have been blamed for botching calls and giving at least one team a victory it didn't deserve — have been sent to the showers.
September 27, 2012 A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the National Football League and the referees' union. The impasse began in June when the NFL locked out the officials and used replacement referees.
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A spoof site launched by Erik Johnson pretends to offer Google's search engine — if it were run by replacements.
September 26, 2012 Frustration over the NFL's not-ready-for-primetime replacement referees has inspired web designer Erik Johnson to present Google's search page as if it were run by replacement engineers and coders. The result looks a lot like the standard Google page, but it doesn't do exactly what you'd expect.
Things haven't been going well for these guys: Some of the NFL's replacement referees, during a Sept. 23 game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
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September 26, 2012 Fans from President Obama and Mitt Romney to Joe and Jane Sixpack are begging for a settlement. But there's nothing to indicate that the NFL and its referees will settle their labor dispute in time for this week's games.
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September 26, 2012 Patience is running thin for many after the latest blown call by replacement referees in the National Football League. It's even seeped into national politics. Will a long-term strike have long-term implications for the game?
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