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Drone Crash At U.S. Open; New York City Teacher Arrested

The black, shoebox-sized drone flew over the court at Louis Armstrong Stadium during a second-round match and then crashed into empty seats and broke apart.

Morning Edition

Dartmouth College Adds A Robot To Its Practice Football Team

The foam padded android, named MVP — short for Mobile Virtual Player — was designed by graduate engineering students. Players tackle MVP so they don't have to ram into each other.

Morning Edition

For 3 Climbers, Summiting Meru Was An 'Irresistible' Challenge

Meru is a 21,000-foot mountain in northern India. Some of the greatest climbers in the world have tried and failed to reach its peak — a sheer granite wall known as the Shark's Fin.

Professional Soccer Sets Welcoming Tone For Refugees In Germany

Last week, Bundesliga fans brought welcome banners to stadiums. Now soccer giant FC Bayern Munich is following suit, opening its heart and wallet to help refugees adjust to life in Germany.

Rutgers Suspends 5 Football Players After Arrests On Assault Charges

Police have arrested five Rutgers players and four others, accusing them of crimes that range from assault to home invasion and rioting.

All Things Considered

Leon Gorman, Longtime CEO Of Outdoor Outfitter L.L. Bean, Dies

The longtime head of outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean has died. Leon Gorman was president of the company for 34 years. The grandson of L.L. Bean himself, Gorman grew the company from a struggling mail order outfit that catered to sportsmen to a $1.6 billion business.

All Things Considered

Bat Dog For Greensboro, N.C., Minor League Baseball Team Plays Last Game

Her name is Miss Babe Ruth and last night in North Carolina, she took to the field for the final time for the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The dog has been a fan favorite for years retrieving bats and taking balls to umpires at the minor league ballpark.

All Things Considered

Judge Rules NFL Was 'Fundamentally Unfair' To Tom Brady

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to lawyer Alan Milstein about deflategate. A federal judge threw out Tom Brady's four-game suspension over his role in the scandal Thursday.

All Things Considered

Federal Judge Throws Out Tom Brady's Suspension Over Deflategate

A federal judge nullified the four-game suspension by the NFL against Brady Thursday for his connection to deflated footballs used during the conference championship game last season.

Judge Throws Out Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Over 'Deflategate'

Brady appealed a suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in federal court. The judge sided with Brady.

Corruption In Sports, Not Just For The Professionals

September 5, 2015
Virginia Military Institute cadets man cannons used to deliver a 21-gun salute in front of the barracks at VMI  (Steve Helber/AP Photo)

Bill Littlefield examines a standoff between two scholarship basketball players and their legal battle with Virginia Military Institute.

‘The Ugly Game’ Details FIFA’s Culture Of Corruption

September 5, 2015
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Charges of corruption, bribery, money laundering and influence peddling have made FIFA the object of criticism and the subject of investigations. Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, authors of “The Ugly Game: The Corruption of FIFA and the Qatari Plot To Buy the World Cup,” join Bill Littlefield.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

September 5, 2015
Serena Williams in action, serve vs Netherlands Kiki Bertens during the US Open (Photo by Erick W. Rasco /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

With so much NFL news this week, is there time to discuss anything else? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce sits down with Bill Littlefield to talk football, Serena Williams, and a few other notable news items from this week.

CrossFit Helps A California Duo Overcome Life’s Challenges

September 5, 2015
Jennifer Judge has helped Nick, her patient for almost a decade, relieve some of his aggression through CrossFit. (Jennifer Judge)

Behavioral specialist Jennifer Judge found that CrossFit helped her feel stronger and calmer. So, she thought her client, Nick, might like to try it too. After documenting improvements in Nick’s physical and mental well being, Judge is now trying to start a non-profit to help bring CrossFit to other children and adults with special needs in her California desert community.

Rural Oregon Town Rides The Wind – And Wind Sports – To Prosperity

September 5, 2015
No waves needed. Surfers use kites to glide across the river. (Jason Albert/Only A Game)

Hood River, Oregon, is tucked along the Columbia River an hour east of Portland. For much of its history, the town’s economy rose and fell with the boom-bust cycle of fruit prices and timber war lawsuits. Jason Albert reports on how blustery Hood River is now profiting from the wind.

Crusader Disheartened That Manfred Won’t Clear ‘Shoeless’ Joe’s Name

September 5, 2015
Shoeless Joe Jackson died in 1951, but that didn't stop historians and fans of the ballplayer to try to get him elected into the Hall of Fame almost 100 years after he was banned from the sport. (AP)

Arlene Marcley isn’t a fan of baseball. She’s a fan of justice. And she hoped that new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred would see things her way. The founder of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, talks to Bill Littlefield about her efforts to clear Shoeless Joe’s name.

Hollywood Vs. The NFL, NCAA Stipends And Teenagers Turning Pro

September 5, 2015
How young is too young to be playing sports professionally? Will Smith's new movie tackles the NFL, and college players will start receiving stipends. (Getty Images)

How young is too young to go pro? Will Sony’s “Concussion” go hard enough on the NFL? And should the NCAA do more than give stipends to athletes? The Boston Globe’s Shira Springer and Vice Sports’ Patrick Hruby join Bill Littlfield for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Deflategate Decision: What It Means For The Future Of Pro Sports

September 5, 2015
Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots arrives at federal court to contest his four game suspension on August 31, 2015 in New York City. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman has required NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Brady to be present in court when the NFL and NFL Players Association reconvene their dispute over Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A U.S. district Judge threw out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in deflating footballs. Sports attorney Alan Milstein joins Bill Littlefield to talk about what the decision means for pro athletes and teams.

Live Horse Racing Returns To Suffolk Downs

September 4, 2015
Jockey Chris Shultz takes Tale Of Houdini for a lap around the track during a training run for the final day of racing at Suffolk Downs last October. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The historic racetrack will host three days of thoroughbred racing starting on Saturday as part of it’s Suffolk Downs Festival of Racing. There will also be horse races on Oct. 3 and Oct. 31.

How Streetball Brought Together A Boston Community

September 4, 2015
An aerial view of two 9-Man players, Wesley Chin and Wendall Chin (no shirt) as they warm up for a game. They both play for the Boston Freemasons. (Courtesy Ursula Liang)

9-Man, is a variation of volleyball that started in Boston and Providence, amid racial oppression and segregation in the 1930s.

Week In Review: Deflategate Deflated, DCF Report, And Irish Nanny Goes Home

September 4, 2015
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves Federal court, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in New York. Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have failed, leaving a judge to decide the fate of "Deflategate." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Our Week In Review panelists, Shira Springer and Dante Ramos, go behind the headlines.

A Few Surprises But No Major Upsets (Yet) At U.S. Open

September 4, 2015
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Serena Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their Women's Singles Second Round match on Day Three of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim talks about the tournament so far, including a number of heat-related injuries and a drone crash.

What Serena Williams — Queen Of Tennis — Means To The Sports World

September 4, 2015
Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Kiki Bertens, of the Netherlands, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Serena Williams. The undisputed queen of tennis, and what she’s meant in sports and beyond.

Expert: NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Appeal Will Be An Uphill Battle

September 4, 2015

Northeastern University law professor Roger Abrams, an authority on sports and labor law, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to review a judge’s ruling throwing out Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

Judge Rules In Favor Of Tom Brady In ‘Deflategate’ Legal Case

September 4, 2015

A judge ruled Thursday that the NFL failed to treat Tom Brady fairly during its review of allegations that he played a role in deflating footballs used in a playoff game last season.

Judge Throws Out Brady’s 4-Game ‘Deflategate’ Suspension

September 3, 2015

The reigning Super Bowl MVP gets to play after all.

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