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UNC Chancellor: Report Reveals 'Shocking Lack' Of Checks And Balances

Audie Cornish talks with the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carol Folt, about Wednesday's report on the school's varsity athletes taking phony classes.

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New Details Revealed In University Of North Carolina Academic Scandal

At one of the most prestigious state universities in the country, there's new detail on a very dark chapter. An independent investigation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals new details of a long running scandal that involved thousands of students, phony classes and bogus grades.

Report Says UNC Grade-Boosting Scandal Involved Fake Classes

An independent investigation found that the school's African and Afro-American Studies Department used the "paper classes" to inflate grades for more than 3,000 students, nearly half of them athletes.

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World's Best Bucking Bull About To Retire

Bushwacker is retiring at the end of October. There have been a lot of top bulls in the sport, but none has reached Bushwacker's level of superstardom.

5 Giants Pitchers Give Up 5 Runs In 6th As Royals Even World Series

Butler, Perez and Infante each knock in two runs, and Kansas City's powerful bullpen shut out the Giants in the final four innings of a 7-2 win over San Francisco. The series resumes Friday.

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'Curse Of The Shuttlecocks' Haunts Kansas City's Teams

Ever since the giant Shuttlecocks art exhibit was installed in the 1990s, Kansas City professional sports teams haven't been able to win a national championship. And there are some who believe the exhibit is to blame.

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World Series Opens With A Thud For Royals

The Giants won 7-1 against the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night. San Francisco snapped Kansas City's streak of eight-straight wins.

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College Football's Big Ten Conference? Try The Littler Ten

Country music isn't the only American cultural institution rallying in the South. Commentator Frank Deford says the region has triumphed in college football, taking over where Big Ten had ruled.

Giants Pummel Royals From The Start In Game 1 World Series Win

A three-run first inning was all San Francisco needed to top Kansas City and steal home field advantage. They tacked on another four runs anyway to win 7-1.

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World Series A Matchup Of Two Post-Season Upstarts

Game one of the World Series begins tonight between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. Relief pitching and scrappy play by both teams are expected to make the series close.

Week In The News: Terror In Canada, Midterm Horse Races, Remembering Ben Bradlee

October 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Investigation Reveals Cheating Scandal At UNC

October 23, 2014
University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, left, and Chancellor Carol Folt listen during a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The board gathered to discuss the results of an independent investigation of past academic irregularities. (Gerry Broome/AP)

The report shows more than 3,000 students, about half of them athletes, enrolled in nonexistant classes for which they received A’s and B’s.

Is Kobe Bryant Responsible For Lakers’ Downfall?

October 23, 2014
Kobe Bryant, 36, played just six games last season due to injury. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In a scathing piece for ESPN The Magazine, Henry Abbott writes that Kobe Bryant is the reason the Lakers have struggled to land big-name free agents. But critics from within the NBA — and outside of it — have attacked the report.

When Sideline Interviews Get Awkward

October 23, 2014
As perhaps the best-known sideline reporter in sports, Erin Andrews has had her share of awkward on-air moments -- but she's not alone. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Thanks to the magic of live television, sideline reports can sometimes go awry.

Remembering Bart Giamatti, A Baseball Fan

October 22, 2014
Bart Giamatti (left), seen here chatting with his predecessor, Peter Ueberroth, served as MLB Commissioner from September 1988 to September 1989.

Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on the legacy of former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, who was a fan of the game above all else.

Bruins Beat Sharks 5-3

October 22, 2014
Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) is tripped from behind by San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) on a breakaway during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Gregory Campbell netted the game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Dallas Cowboys Cut Michael Sam

October 21, 2014
Michael Sam has now been cut by two NFL teams and has yet to make a regular-season roster. (Brandon Wade/AP)

The Dallas Cowboys have cut Michael Sam from their practice squad. Sam would be the first openly gay player in NFL history, but has yet to make a regular-season roster.

In Kansas City, It’s A Generational Thing

October 20, 2014
Fans watch batting practice prior to the American League Wild Card game between the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Jeremy Bernfeld of KCUR talks to Royals fans in their 20s who have known only losing, and to little kids who have grown up with a winner.

Svedberg Earns Shutout In Bruins’ Win Over Sabres

October 19, 2014

The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with their first shutout victory.

50th Head Of The Charles Regatta Underway

October 18, 2014
Rowers make their way under the Boston University Bridge Saturday. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

Here’s a look at some of photos shared from around the area on the first day of races.

Head Of The Charles Regatta Brings Thousands To Boston

October 18, 2014
Rowers pass under the Boston University Bridge on Saturday during the Head of the Charles (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

The 50th annual Head of the Charles regatta is expected to draw thousands of athletes and spectators to Cambridge and Boston Saturday and Sunday–meaning you may need to rethink your travel plans.

Pea Shooting: A Sport For Everyone

October 18, 2014
Children and adults alike can learn pea shooting, and compete in the national championship, in the span of one day. (Beverly Amsler / Only A Game)

Pea shooting, popular in the U.K. for years, is a relatively new sport in the U.S. Just this month, the first U.S. Championships took place in Roanoke, Va. Beverly Amsler brings us the story.

The Florida Panthers’ Empty Den

October 18, 2014
With lackluster attendance and the team in last place, the Florida Panthers' last playoff appearance in 2012 feels like a distant memory. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Attendance at Florida Panthers home games is bad. So bad, in fact, that beat writers for visiting teams have tweeted pictures of the half-empty arena for laughs. Bill Littlefield chats with Yahoo! Sports’ Greg Wyshynski about the Panthers’ attendance woes.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

October 18, 2014
The Kansas City Royals are going to the World Series for the first time since 1985, but Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce thinks their ride is coming to an end. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the Royals-Giants World Series matchup, the latest on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the sports-based appeal of a $26,000 watch.

Biking ‘Mountain To Mountain’ To Improve Lives Of Afghan Women

October 18, 2014
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Shannon Galpin didn’t plan to break cultural norms and ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. But she did, and her new book, “Mountain To Mountain,” recounts her attempt to have a meaningful dialogue about women’s role in Afghan society.

Autographs And The NCAA’s ‘Own Little Universe’

October 18, 2014
Georgia running back Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely while he's investigated for allegedly accepting cash in exchange for his autograph. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston are under investigation after an autograph-authentication business certified their signatures on thousands of items. But, as Michael Weinreb tells Bill Littlefield, it’s the image of the NCAA that’s taking the biggest hit from the scandal.

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