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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The U.S. Open Returns To Pinehurst

The Seventh Hole of Pinehurst No. 2 as seen in Pinehurst, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The reintroduction of "natural areas" hearkens back to the course's origins, but is less aesthetically pleasing to many.
Credit John Mummert / USGA

Host Frank Stasio talks with United States Golf Association senior historian Michael Trostel about the 114th U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open is back in Pinehurst, North Carolina for the third time in the last 15 years.

The first round of the tournament does not start until tomorrow, but the event has already set a few records.

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Sports
8:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Payne Stewart's Legacy Lives On As U.S. Open Returns To Pinehurst

A statue of Payne Stewart is next to the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2, where the 114th US Open is taking place this week. Stewart won the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst, and struck this pose after clinching the win.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Overlooking the 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 is a statue of a man. He’s standing on one leg, a putter dangling in his left hand and a right fist extended straight forward, in victory. The statue preserves a moment now 15 years-old. It’s a moment more famous than any other that this course has seen, since it opened in 1907.

In his trademark knickers, Payne Stewart won the event on that misty Father’s day with a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole. He kissed his wife Tracy and celebrated his second US Open win.

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Sports
10:57 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Duke Lacrosse Defends Championship, Approaches Dynasty Status

Credit Duke Photography

Duke Lacrosse has had to come a long way since the national attention brought on by false rape allegations in 2006. The tactic that's likely been most effective in changing the public face of the program could be considered the most difficult, but the Blue Devils have made it look easy: Winning.

The team took home their third national championship on Monday (2010, 2013, 2014) holding off Notre Dame 11-9 in Baltimore.

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Sports
5:00 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Contested: National Radio Show Features Three Sports Stories From Durham, NC

A member of the Pop Warner football league, the Durham Eagles (NC)
Credit Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

How much money does your family spend on sports? Do you spend hundreds each your on a traveling team for a middle schooler? Perhaps your child plays in more than one of these competitive leagues. How about a private conditioning coach? How much is too much?

There's an intriguing new project about the topic. It's called Contested, and it features families in Durham, NC.

>>Browse the multimedia site.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Contested: Sports In America

Basketball players compete in the 1963 NCAA championship game
Credit Ramblers

The world of sports is a multi-billion dollar industry. And sports have a special elevated place in American culture.

A new one-hour radio documentary looks at the less-examined aspect of sports: the experience of young athletes. Contested is produced in collaboration with the radio program, State of the Re:Union, and will air Monday at noon on WUNC.

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Man Versus Science

Sport Science is an ESPN TV series
Credit Creative Commons

A conversation with television host John Brenkus

    

Can an NFL running back muster the same force as a running bull? Does a nine-foot python squeeze harder than a martial arts star?

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The State of Things
11:22 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Politics of Fútbol! In Latin America

Fútbol! Why Soccer Matters in Latin America
Credit http://upf.com/ / University Press of Florida

Joshua Nadel discusses his new book, 'Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America'

  

Sports say a lot about a city, state, or nation. Joshua Nadel’s new book explores the place of soccer in Latin America, and how it's influenced national identity in a post-colonial world. Nadel is the author of “Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America” (University Press of Florida; 2014) and a professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at North Carolina Central University. 

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Sports
8:46 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

A Team Legend Takes Over For The Hurricanes

Ron Francis as a player for the Hurricanes in 2000.
Credit Hurricane.nhl.com

Carolina Hurricane's owner Peter Karmanos announced at a press conference on Monday that Ron Francis will be taking over as the team's General Manager.

Francis is a Hall-of-Famer who both began and ended his career with the organization (first in Hartford, and then later after the franchise moved to Raleigh in 1997). He remains the team leader in many offensive categories.

In recent years he's joined the team in management roles - climbing the ladder from assistant head coach to Vice President of Hockey Operations.

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Sports
1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

How A Triangle Statistician Devised Times For Runners Unable To Finish 2013 Boston Marathon

Runners left shoes to memorialize the dead and injured in Boston. (May, 2013)
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Today marks the running of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Last year an explosion took the lives of three people. Hundreds were injured, many losing limbs. 6,000 runners were unable to complete the marathon due to the death and destruction.

Richard Smith is Triangle based marathon runner, and a statistician. He was approached with an unusual request from race organizers.  Could he, somehow, figure out official finish times for the runners who could not complete the race?

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Sports
4:36 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

One And Done: Duke's Jabari Parker Heads To The NBA

Duke freshman Jabari Parker says he'll take his talents to the NBA.
Credit goduke.com

Duke freshman basketball star Jabari Parker has decided to enter this year's NBA Draft.   A video on The Blue Devils' athletic website confirmed speculation that Parker would give up his final three years of eligibility. 

He led the team in scoring and rebounding this season.  Parker was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and to several national All-America teams.  Parker says making his decision took time because there were a lot of people offering him advice.
 

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