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3:45 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Churchill Downs Supervisor Beginning His Last Lap

The field of horses charges down the stretch in the seventh race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on June 19, 2009. The day marked the first night racing at the storied track in its 135-year history. Track superintendent Butch Lehr is retiring after Saturday's race. He's been maintaining the track since 1982.
Ed Reinke AP

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:04 pm

The surface on which Kentucky Derby horses will race Saturday is a special piece of real estate, built for high performance and safety. The track is generically described as dirt, but is actually a careful mixture of river sand, silt and clay.

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Sports
3:18 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

NFL Player's Death Highlights Brain Injuries

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:04 pm

Junior Seau's suicide this week adds more fodder to the questions around the NFL and player safety. Audie Cornish talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about Seau and the league's ongoing lawsuits from other players and their families.

NFL Bounties
11:06 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Independent Counsel Confirms Bounty Payments

NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. attorney hired by the NFL to evaluate its investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program says the evidence shows payments were handed out and received for some hits on targeted opponents. She adds the players always had the option to say no, but didn't.

Tulane Stadium
11:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Opposition Arises to Tulane Stadium

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University's plans to construct a new football stadium in New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood are drawing opposition from some residents. Opponents of the stadium say they believe it will add to traffic and parking problems.

The Two-Way
9:36 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Junior Seau's Family OKs Having His Brain Studied, 'L.A. Times' Reports

Junior Seau in 2008, when he played for the New England Patriots.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 3:49 pm

As soon as it was learned on Wednesday that former NFL star Junior Seau had killed himself, there was speculation about whether he may have suffered brain injuries during his career that in turn led to depression or dementia.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Fri May 4, 2012

No Mo! Yankees Great Mariano Rivera Suffers Possible Career-Ending Injury

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, earlier this season.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:19 pm

Update at 5:18 p.m. ET. He'll Be Back:

"I can't go out like this."

That's what Mariano Rivera told the AP about an injury that many thought could end the greatest closer in baseball history's career.

The AP reports that Rivera said he would be back on the mound by 2013.

Our Original Post Continues:

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Sports
5:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Horse Tips For Saturday's Kentucky Derby

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If all goes according to plan, tomorrow is the day the sun shines bright, the people are gay, and the birds make music all the day, for it is the first Saturday in May, Kentucky Derby day. But long before the horses are off racing in the greatest two minutes in sports - that's a trademark phrase, by the way - there is one man all eyes will be on, and his name is Mike Battaglia. He sets the morning line at Churchill Downs and has joined us from a trailer next to the racetrack to tell us about handicapping horses.

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Education
2:02 am
Fri May 4, 2012

For College Seniors, One Last Lap Before Graduation

The pool at Bryn Mawr College's Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center. Bryn Mawr is one of a handful of colleges that requires students to pass a swimming test to graduate.
Courtesy of Bryn Mawr College

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 8:57 am

It's spring, the season when many college students are cramming for final exams. But it's also when some college seniors must prove they can literally stay afloat.

A swim test is still a graduation requirement on a handful of U.S. campuses, mostly in the Northeast. For seniors who have been putting off the exam, it's time to sink or swim.

A Shrinking Tradition

On a recent evening, a handful of seniors at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., gather nervously at the edge of the campus pool, waiting to take the last swim test of the school year.

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Sports
3:48 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

As Olympics Approach, A Look At The 100m Sprint

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Tomorrow, as we look ahead to this summer's Olympic Games in London, we'll report on one event and the one country that's best at it. Today, a word about that event. It's the one that crowns the world's fastest human. Four years ago, in Beijing, that was a Jamaican named Usain Bolt.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: And a fair start. Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt is also out well. Here they come down the track. Usain Bolt sprinting ahead - winning by daylight.

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Sports
10:48 am
Thu May 3, 2012

NFL Rocked By 'Bounty' Scandal, Death Of Seau

News recently broke that New Orleans Saints' coaches were giving bonuses to their players for hard hits. The NFL responded by suspending coaches and now, players. The sports world was also shocked by the apparent suicide of Junior Seau, who played for the San Diego Chargers. Host Michel Martin talks with sports reporters Dave Zirin and Pablo Torre.

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