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Afghans Make History, Winning Thriller Against Scotland In Cricket's World Cup

The win in Dunedin, New Zealand, is a first for Afghanistan at the World Cup. The victory spurred Afghans to celebrate on the streets of Kabul.

Inglewood Approves Plan For NFL Stadium, In Deal Involving Rams Owner

The unanimous vote Tuesday night came after "a consultant compared stadium noise in surrounding neighborhoods to that of bird calls," KPCC reports.

Morning Edition

FIFA Panel Recommends 2022 World Cup Be Played In Winter

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played in Qatar. Soccer's championship is typically played over the summer, but temperatures in Qatar during that season can exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

All Things Considered

FIFA Considers Proposal To Move 2022 Qatar World Cup To Winter

FIFA is considering a proposal to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter, but the change would would cause major disruption to the Premiere Leagues schedule.

FIFA Panel Backs Winter World Cup In Qatar In 2022

Soccer's World Cup is typically played over the summer, but temperatures in Qatar during that season can exceed 110 degrees. A winter tournament would coincide with the European club season.

All Things Considered

'Cold Actually Feels Good' At The U.S. Winter Swimming Championship

Last weekend, more than 40 swimmers from around the country competed in the inaugural U.S. Winter Swimming Championship in northern Vermont. They swam in a two-lane pool cut into an icy lake.

12 Feet: A Soaring New Broad Jump Record Is Set At NFL Combine

If you're ever standing near Byron Jones when he jumps, you might want to stay well back. On Monday, the cornerback flew more than 12 feet from a standing start.

Chilean Cyclist Nearing Record Killed By Truck In Rural Thailand

Juan Francisco Guillermo, 47, had been hoping to set a Guinness record by cycling more than 155,000 miles on five continents over five years.

Weekend Edition Sunday

The Week In Sports: 76ers On A Rebuilding Spree

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Slate's Mike Pesca to find out what's up with the Philly 76ers trading away all their best players, and we'll hear the news around the track. The Daytona 500 is today.

Weekend Edition Sunday

NASCAR Hall-Of-Famer Helped Open The Track For Black Drivers

In 1963, Wendell Scott became the first African-American to win a race in NASCAR's top division. No other black driver has won a top NASCAR race since, but the sport is starting to diversify.

Girls Basketball Teams Suspended For Trying To Lose

February 26, 2015
The Riverdale High School and Smyrna High School girls basketball teams were suspended for both trying to lose the game on Feb. 21. (Screenshot from a video tweeted by Trevor Goodson @CousinTrevvv)

Each team was apparently trying to avoid going on to play a stronger team next. Principals blamed the coaches.

Celtics Rout Knicks 115-94

February 26, 2015
Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner (11) drives against New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) during Wednesday night's game in Boston on Feb. 25, 2015. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Boston pulled away with 20 unanswered points in the second half and extended New York’s losing streak to eight with a 115-94 win on Wednesday night.

For Pro Athletes, Injuries Don’t Just Happen On The Field

February 25, 2015
Chandler Jones has been vocal about a possible charity fight against his brother, UFC fighter Jon "Bones" Jones. Such a fight could void Chandler's contract with the Patriots. ( Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It’s hard enough for pro athletes to avoid on-the-field injuries. But what happens when real world injuries affect playing time?

Nine Years Later, Revisiting Duquesne Men’s Basketball Shooting

February 25, 2015
Sam Ashaolu was one of five Duquesne University basketball players shot in 2006. Ashaolu is now interested in becoming a coach. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

On Sept. 17, 2006, five members of the Duquesne University men’s basketball team were shot after leaving a dance on the Duquesne campus in Pittsburgh. A recent shooting provoked Bill Littlefield to revisit those circumstances.

Another Sad Beanpot For Northeastern And Soccer On The Horizon

February 25, 2015

Northeastern lost another Beanpot championship on Monday, this one to BU. And the Major League Soccer season is on the horizon, but negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement are threatening to delay it.

Boston 2024 CEO Richard Davey

February 25, 2015
Reporters view a video display of the sites of the potential Olympic stadium, athlete's villages and media centers during a news conference by organizers of Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Richard Davey joined us in the studio. He’s CEO of Boston 2024, the private group organizing Boston’s bid to host the Summer Olympic Games.

Hitting Stronger, Pitching A Question As Red Sox Begin Spring Training

February 25, 2015
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia makes a throw to first as he participates in infielder drills at baseball spring training in Fort Myers Fla., Monday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy said the Red Sox added “proven hitters” to this season’s lineup.

Bruins Fall 2-1 To Canucks

February 25, 2015

The Bruins had 41 shots on goal, but only one managed to get through.

NFL Hopefuls Turn To Wearable Tech For An Edge

February 24, 2015
Wearable devices, like this "miCoach Elite System" by Adidas, allow athletes and trainers to analyze second-by-second health and performance reports. (adidas.com)

With devices that can cost upwards of $100,000, athletes and trainers are able to analyze real-time health and performance data.

Thomas Helps Celtics Beat Suns In Return To Phoenix

February 24, 2015
Phoenix Suns Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas (4) pumps his fist after losing his shoe during the second half Monday night's game against the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 23, 2015, in Phoenix. The Celtics won 115-110. (Matt York/AP)

Isaiah Thomas scored eight of his 21 points in the last 1:37 Monday night in the Boston Celtics’ 115-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Boston Globe Reports Pawtucket Red Sox Have Been Sold

February 23, 2015
Matt Cloutier/Flickr

The Triple A affiliate of the Red Sox was bought by a group of investors led by Sox team president, Larry Lucchino, according to The Boston Globe.

Investors Purchasing PawSox, Moving Team To Providence

February 23, 2015
The Pawtucket Red Sox have played in McCoy Stadium since 1970. (Steven Senne/AP)

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and several Rhode Island businessmen purchased the Triple-A baseball club for an undisclosed price from the widow of its longtime owner.

Bruins Rout Blackhawks 6-2, End 6-Game Losing Streak

February 23, 2015
Bruins' Tony Krug (47), celebrates with teammate Loui Eriksson (21), after Eriksson scored a goal during the first period Sunday. (Paul Beaty/AP)

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring with his 200th goal, then added two assists in Boston’s four-goal second period and the Bruins snapped a season-high losing streak.

Lakers Stop 7-Game Losing Streak With OT Win Over Celtics

February 23, 2015
Celtics center Brandon Bass scores against the Lakers during the first half of Sunday's game in Los Angeles. (Chris Carlson/AP)

No matter how poorly the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have played this season, they showed they can still produce a thriller no matter who is wearing the uniforms.

Afghanistan Reaches Cricket World Cup, Provides ‘Symbol Of Hope’

February 21, 2015
Afghanistan lost their first World Cup bout against Bangladesh by 105 runs.(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Afghanistan’s first trip to the Cricket World Cup may be “an early contender for the most remarkable and unlikely sports storyline of 2015,” writes USA Today Sports reporter Martin Rogers. He joins Only A Game’s Karen Given to explain.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

February 21, 2015
Kevin garnett's time in Brooklyn is over. He's returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he spent the first 12 years of his NBA career. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins KG (Karen Given) to discuss KG’s (Kevin Garnett’s) return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the seemingly contradictory “Deflate-Gate” reports and the NFL’s potential return to Los Angeles.

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