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IOC Awards Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games

With the selection over the Kazakh city Almaty, Beijing will become the first city to host both winter and summer games. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

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Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.

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AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Michel Platini Is Running For President Of Scandal-Plagued FIFA

Currently the president of European soccer's governing body and a FIFA vice president, he is considered a heavy favorite. The presidential contest follows a major corruption scandal.

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Mexico's Soccer Coach Fired After Punching TV Reporter

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to ESPN soccer commentator Fernando Palomo about Miguel Herrera's coaching style, legacy and strange appeal.

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After Boston Drops Olympic Bid, U.S. Committee Scrambles To Find New Choice

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Andrew Zimbalist, author of Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, about cities' reluctance to host the Olympics.

Tom Brady Calls NFL's 4-Game Suspension 'Unfair'

The Patriots quarterback said he got rid of his phone only after his lawyers told the NFL his device would "not be subjected to investigation." Brady said he was "disappointed" in the NFL's decision.

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Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

Commentator Frank Deford isn't crazy about the new boxing movie Southpaw. He says its shortcomings are typical of Hollywood's depiction of boxing.

Mexico's Soccer Coach Loses Job After Allegedly Punching Reporter

The altercation came just two days after Mexico's national team won the Gold Cup over Jamaica.

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Remembering The Flair Of #45: Boston Red Sox To Honor Pedro Martinez

Longtime Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez will have his number retired Tuesday night at Fenway Park. For one public radio reporter and a Boston fan, the ceremony holds special significance.

Week In The News: Cincinnati Police Indictment, Bye-Bye Boston 2024, RIP Cecil The Lion

July 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Post-World Cup, Record Crowds For Women’s Soccer — But Can It Last?

July 31, 2015
More than 3,400 fans attended last week's NWSL matchup between the Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars -- a record crowd for the Breakers this season. (Martin Kessler/WBUR)

The U.S. team’s Women’s World Cup victory is paying dividends for the Boston Breakers. But will the current excitement translate into long-term stability for the Breakers and the fledgling National Women’s Soccer League?

Red Sox Rock Sale, Win 8-2 To Snap White Sox Streak

July 31, 2015
Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval is hit by a pitch after swinging during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston Thursday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz each had three hits, and the Boston Red Sox beat Chris Sale and the White Sox 8-2 on Thursday night.

Sports And Media Pros Bet Big On Fantasy Sports

July 30, 2015
A woman tries the new Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy contest following a product launch on July 8 in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Some investors believe the online games may also help create a larger fan base for professional sports.

Inside The Winner’s Circle With Basketball’s Sue Bird

July 30, 2015
Olympics Day 5 - Basketball

With the 2015 WNBA season just past its halfway point, Only A Game was reminded of the story of Seattle Storm guard and basketball great Sue Bird, who has found success throughout her legendary hoops career.

Porcello Hit Hard In Boston’s 9-2 Loss To The White Sox

July 30, 2015

Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox continued their headfirst slide into the American League East cellar Wednesday night.

A Failure Of Leadership: DeflateGate’s Real Villain Is Roger Goodell

July 30, 2015
In this Thursday, April 30, 2015 file photo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during the first round of the 2015 NFL Football Draft in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Goodell is rapidly cementing his reputation as the worst commissioner in professional sports, and in NFL history.

Brady Fights On, Files Lawsuit To Stop Suspension

July 30, 2015
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls out signals during an NFL football minicamp in Foxborough last month. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the quarterback posted a statement on Facebook with his firmest denial yet, writing: “I did nothing wrong.”

Kraft Calls Brady’s Suspension ‘Unfathomable’

July 29, 2015

As the Patriots opened training camp on Wednesday, team owner Robert Kraft called the NFL’s decision to uphold a four-game suspension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady “unfathomable.”

How Boston’s Olympic Bid Unraveled In The Final Days

July 29, 2015
(Charles Krupa/AP)

A look at how relations between state leaders and the USOC soured in the days before the 2024 bid was pulled.

Combo Sports: When Two Sports Become One

July 29, 2015
FootGolf is played on golf courses with slight modifications. Players kick regulation soccer balls into a 21-inch hole. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Why play a single sport when you could play two — at the same time? From Chess Boxing to Headis, Only A Game takes a look at four hybrid sports that have gained popularity.

Patriots Hit Back At NFL Over Brady Suspension

July 29, 2015
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft blasted the NFL, calling its decision to uphold the four-game suspension of Tom Brady "unfathomable." (Stephan Savoia/AP)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he regrets that he did not appeal the league’s punishment of the team back in May. Now, the NFL Players Association will take Tom Brady’s case to court. How will this all end?

Boston Mayor Wishes LA Luck In Possible Olympic Bid

July 29, 2015
Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters in June at TD Garden. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Mayor Marty Walsh reflects on how Boston’s Olympic bid fell apart and suggests changes at the International Olympic Committee.

Brady Continues Fighting ‘Deflategate’ Suspension

July 29, 2015
Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady arrives for his appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York in late June. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady denies destroying his phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested.

Brady Vows To Fight NFL Penalties, Kraft Says He Regrets Not Doing So

July 29, 2015
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft makes a statement condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate" suspension. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Kraft said that the league’s claim that Brady trashed his cellphone was just the latest in a series of statements and leaks designed to impugn the integrity of Brady and the team.

Analyst Talks Brady’s Upheld Suspension And The Accusation Of A ‘DeflateGate’ Cover Up

July 29, 2015

ESPN NFL Nation reporter Mike Reiss talks about the NFL’s decision to uphold the four-game suspension given to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in the so-called “DeflateGate” scandal.

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