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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Usain Bolt’s victory over Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters at the track and field world championships, and whether it represents the triumph of good over evil in sports. They also discuss the fallout from the sexual assault conviction of Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu and the responsibilities of coaches when their players transgress. Finally, they examine the place of religion in sports, with Houston Texans running back Arian Foster declaring his atheism.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The board game Clue is also known as Cluedo.
- Usain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin to win the 100-meter title at the track and field world championships.
- Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden on Bolt vs. Gatlin as a battle of good vs. evil in track and field.
- The BBC’s take on Bolt vs. Gatlin.
- Ross Tucker on “the Gatlin dilemma”—what we should think about the American sprinter getting faster with age.
- The latest track and field doping scandal: a leak of blood test results that shows a huge number of suspicious tests by elite athletes.
- Back in June, Hang Up and Listen talked to David Epstein about doping allegations against legendary running coach Alberto Salazar.
- Former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu was sentenced to 180 days in jail after being convicted of sexual assault.
- Texas Monthly’s Jessica Luther and Dan Solomon on the Ukwuachu case.
- Baylor coach Art Briles and former Boise State coach Chris Petersen dispute what Briles was told about Ukwuachu’s past.
- Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz on how Baylor kept Ukwuachu’s sexual assault quiet and the school’s shameful investigation.
- Grantland’s Charles P. Pierce on Briles and Ukwuachu.
- Alabama brought in Jonathan Taylor, who was arrested after allegedly punching his girlfriend while at the University of Georgia. Taylor was subsequently arrested on domestic violence charges in Alabama and kicked off the Crimson Tide football team, though those charges were later dropped.
- The SEC subsequently passed a rule banning transfers with a history of “sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.”
- LSU reinstated offensive lineman Jevonte Domond despite pending domestic violence charges.
- Arian Foster tells ESPN the Magazine’s Tim Keown that he does not believe in God.
- Foster gives his testimony to the group Openly Secular.
- The Houston Chronicle on Foster’s nonbelief.
- A Christian deconstructs Foster’s atheism.
- The Freedom From Religion Foundation asked public universities to stop using chaplains in their football programs.
- The Charlotte Observer on whether Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney goes too far in pushing Christianity on his players.
- The history of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Baseball Chapel.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Paul Crafts:
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