For athletes anywhere, just qualifying for the Olympics can be a full-time job. But in India, training full-time is a luxury few can afford. That means many athletes work part-time government jobs. And for some, it can result in a job for life.
In return for putting in an appearance at the office, athletes like shooter Suma Shirur get a monthly salary and time to train.
On a sunny afternoon, four residents of the Del Webb retirement community in the northern Illinois village of Huntley are in engaged in a pickleball match. Back and forth they volley using specialized paddles and a wiffle-styled ball. Pickleball is a mix of badminton, tennis and ping pong.
In a scathing report that takes to task former head football coach Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials, an independent report from investigators led by former FBI director Louis Freeh says there was a "total disregard for the safety and welfare" of Jerry Sandusky's child victims "by the most senior leaders" at the school.
16-year-old John Brechon was a shy teen, until he discovered others shared his passion of cubing. A familiar example of cubing is the popular Rubik's Cube puzzle game. But it is much more than that. There are cubes of all shapes and sizes, and for Brechon, it is about beating the clock to solve each puzzle.
"They time your solves and basically whoever has the fastest times wins."
Sounds easy, right? That depends on how skilled the cuber is, and in some tournaments, the cuber must solve the puzzle blindfolded.
Baseball season is well-underway. For St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra, that means it’s time to talk about the science behind America’s national pastime. Washington University aerospace engineer David Peters was happy to join in.