Dirt's a handicap at the Derby

May 2, 2008
Picking a winner in Saturday's Kentucky Derby will be harder than usual. Churchill Downs has had a dirt track for 134 years, but many of the races leading up to the Derby are run on synthetic surfaces. Scott Jagow talks about it with horse-racing reporter Jennie Rees.
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After the draft, it's contract season

May 1, 2008
Now that last weekend's NFL draft is over the hard work starts for lawyers and agents trying to hammer out multimillion-dollar contracts for their college-age athletes. Business-of-sports analyst Diana Nyad gets into the details with Kai Ryssdal.
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Team's winning strategy loses its edge

Apr 18, 2008
The Oakland Athletics once rode an innovative strategy called sabermetrics to success in Major League Baseball. The team is now struggling, but commentator Dan Drezner says it's not because the strategy has failed. Rather, most of the other teams are using it too.
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Fewer people are playing golf

Apr 11, 2008
The number of people playing golf has dropped or stayed flat since 2000. What's up with that? Well, fatherhood for one thing. Sports business commentator Diana Nyad explains.
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More China tensions come to light

Apr 7, 2008
Protests around the Olympic torch have focused the world's attention on Tibet, but discontent is rippling through other parts of China, too. In Xinjiang province, Muslim Uighurs are also asking for religious freedom and economic opportunity. Scott Tong reports.
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Are new suits a good fit for swimming?

Apr 3, 2008
Speedo's new LZR Racer swimsuit is going to be the hottest thing in the Olympic pool this summer. Some are crediting it for the world records that have been falling during qualifying trials this spring. Diana Nyad tells Kai Ryssal more about it.
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Getting green back in the ballpark

Mar 31, 2008
Major League Baseball wants to become more eco-friendly in the new season. But some feel green change grows slowly. Sarah Gardner looks into recycling game day programs and using low-flush toilets.
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Fight, fight, fight for school song rights

Mar 27, 2008
School fight songs aren't all just team spirit and nostalgia. A lot of people are making money off of them, as Tanya Ott reports.
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Dogs on the uptick in NCAA

Mar 21, 2008
The Drake Bulldogs are a potential Cinderella story in the NCAA tournament this year, which could mean big money for their school. Dan Grech reports on the possible increases in merchandise sales and out-of-state applicants.
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Olympic sponsors sweat over politics

Mar 20, 2008
The Chinese crackdown on Tibet has been a major news story leading up to Beijing's 2008 Olympics. Now corporate sponsors who have contributed hundreds of millions are worried about the implications of the political unrest. Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Tong in Shanghai, China.
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