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Photo: The Loyola Chicago Ramblers played against Cincinnati in the 1963 N.C.A.A. tournament title game.
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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.

Man Versus Science

May 15, 2014
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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?

Former Brazilian Soccer Player Pelé is shirtless and being hoisted up by fans after the 1970 world cup on Cover of Fútbol! Why Soccer Matters in Latin America
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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. 

Ron Francis as a player for the Hurricanes in 2000.
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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.

Runners left shoes to memorialize the dead and injured in Boston.
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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?

Jabari Parker
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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.
 

Race organizers say two people have died at the inaugural Raleigh Rock and Roll Marathon. Neither the names nor the causes of the deaths have been released. Both runners were participating in the half-marathon portion of the event.

In a statement, Dr. P.Z. Pearce, the medical director for the Marathon, said: "We are greatly saddened by these tragic losses and our prayers go out to the each of the runner's family and friends. We have spoken with each of the families and they have asked everyone to kindly respect their privacy during this most difficult of times."

South Building and the Old Well, UNC Chapel Hill
Dave DeWitt

An independent review is discrediting the findings of a whistleblower at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mary Willingham is an academic advisor at UNC-Chapel Hill who first blew the whistle on no-show classes two years ago. More recently she claimed that one-fourth of all Carolina athletes were reading at our below a fourth-grade level.

UNC-Chapel Hill officials disputed the methods she used in making that assertion. The school hired three professors at other institutions to review Willingham’s data.

Wikipedia

The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. - Terrance Mann, Field of Dreams

Allisha Gray
UNC Athletic Communications

North Carolina's run in the NCAA Women's Tournament is over.   The fourth-seeded Lady Tar Heels fell to second-seed Stanford 74-65 in the West Regional final.  UNC wound up just one game short of reaching the Women's Final Four for the fourth time.

UNC was led by freshman guard Allisha Gray with 19 points and nine rebounds.   ACC Rookie of the Year Diamond DeShields added 13 points for North Carolina which finished its season 27-10

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