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And now it's time for sports.

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The percentage of Americans who fish is in decline and that decline has had an impact on conservation projects, because hunting and fishing licenses help fund everything from habitat restoration to clean water programs.

So there are efforts to lure more anglers to the sport — and those efforts seem to be working, as more and more young women are taking up fishing.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has taken preliminary steps to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as the governing body for the sport after it fumbled attempts to reorganize after a sexual abuse scandal.

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The new documentary series Shut Up and Dribble, which premiered the first of its three parts this weekend on Showtime, is a response to commentator Laura Ingraham's dismissive February 2018 sneer in the direction of LeBron James, one of the series' executive producers.

At the New York City Marathon on Sunday, the race's top long-distance runners greeted an ideally brisk and sunny fall morning with near record times.

It was a day of many personal firsts, as a field of more than 50,000 sought to push their way through the city's five boroughs in the annual race.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men's race — his first in New York — in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds.

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NFL Cheerleader Kneels During National Anthem

Nov 2, 2018

A cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the U.S. national anthem on Thursday evening, just before a game against the Oakland Raiders. The woman has not been identified, and her decision to kneel echoes player protests against racism and police brutality.

Football player Colin Kaepernick started the protests when he kneeled during a pre-game anthem in 2016. He is a former player for the 49ers.

Spectators photographed the cheerleader kneeling while the rest of her squad held up pom-poms in unison during the Star Spangled Banner.

You may know Peter Sagal as the host of the NPR news quiz, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. But he is not here to talk about the show.

He came to talk about his other pursuit — one that pays even less than public radio.

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Nov 2, 2018

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Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. Seventy-seven-year-old Denny Douds was the head football coach for East Stroudsburg University for 45 seasons until Saturday, when he called an illegal fourth timeout with just seconds remaining in the game.

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The chairman of University System of Maryland's Board of Regents resigned on Thursday amid outrage from faculty, trustees and students after the board's handling of an investigation into a football player's death earlier this year.

"In my estimation, my continued presence on the board will inhibit its ability to move Maryland's higher education agenda forward. And I have no interest in serving as a distraction from that important work," James Brady wrote in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Maryland Fires Football Coach

Nov 1, 2018

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Hall of Fame first baseman and one of the most beloved former members of the San Francisco Giants, Willie McCovey died Wednesday.

His death at age 80 was announced by the Giants. The team didn't specify an exact cause of death, citing instead "on-going health issues."

A day after they said they wouldn't, the University System of Maryland's board of regents has fired DJ Durkin as coach of the Terrapins, university president Wallace Loh announced in a statement on Wednesday.

"A departure is in the best interest of the University, and this afternoon Coach Durkin was informed that the University will part ways," Loh wrote in a letter addressed to the University of Maryland community.

Five months after the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair, the university system's board of regents has decided that football coach DJ Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans can both keep their jobs.

University President Wallace Loh, however, will retire in June.

At a press conference in Baltimore on Tuesday, Chairman of the Board of Regents James Brady said that the board had accepted all of the findings and recommendations from an independent commission's study on the culture of the university's football program.

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson had only made five 3-point shots throughout the first seven games of the 2018 NBA season.

He made 14 Monday night — in one game.

With that, the 28-year-old shooting guard broke an NBA record previously held by teammate Stephen Curry for the most 3-pointers in a game and the Warriors improved to 7-1.

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Steve, did you time to watch the World Series?

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The Boston Red Sox just capped a dominating season with their fourth World Series in 15 years.

Heading into Sunday night's Game 5, the Los Angeles Dodgers needed a win to stall Boston's chances at this year's title.

But Boston, led by David Price's pitching and Steve Pearce's batting, ruled the road turf to take home their ninth World Series title — and their fourth since 2004.

The Boston Red Sox stand one win away from their ninth World Series title after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6 in Game 4 of the best of seven contest.

Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner took the game's first run in the bottom of the sixth and the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead when right-fielder Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer off of Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez — who slammed his glove in frustration.

But Boston pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland made his own three-run homer, landing in the right field seats, at the top of the seventh.

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The duo of Bob Cousy and Bill Russell was one of the greatest to ever hit the basketball court.

Together, they won six NBA championships for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and '60s, and buttressed a dynasty that would win 11 titles in total.

Bob Cousy was the point guard: listed as 6 foot, 1 inch, he was a white man who grew up the son of poor French immigrants to Manhattan. Bill Russell was the center: standing 6 feet, 10 inches tall, he was a black man born in segregated Louisiana.

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There wasn't a doubleheader scheduled for Dodgers Stadium on Friday night, but they played one anyway. And if that wasn't enough baseball for you, Game 4 of the World Series starts in Los Angeles in less than 17 hours (8 p.m. ET, Fox).

The longest World Series game ever lasted 18 innings and more than seven hours. Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi threw a nearly flawless seven-inning start, beginning in the 11th inning.

Gritty is an icon for our troubled times.

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross. Last year, the NCAA college basketball tournament known as March Madness was seen by 97 million TV viewers.

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