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Sports With Littlefield: Olympic Rugby, Olympic Doping, An End To Deflategate05:16
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Rugby returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1924. Patriots back-up safety Nate Ebner will be on Team USA. Pictured here, U.S. and Wales players at the 2016 World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia. (Rob Griffith/AP)
Rugby returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1924. Patriots back-up safety Nate Ebner will be on Team USA. Pictured here, U.S. and Wales players at the 2016 World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia. (Rob Griffith/AP)
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Rugby will be included in the Rio games this August, the first time the sport has been in the Olympics since 1924.

And there will be a Boston player on Team U.S.A. Nate Ebner is the Patriots' backup safety, and he will join the team as the only active NFL player in the Olympics.

In other football news, Tom Brady finally dropped his appeal of the four-game suspension penalty, and Russia is waiting to hear whether the International Olympic Committee will ban their athletes entirely from the 2016 games.

Guest

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.

This segment aired on July 20, 2016.

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