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On The Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft Podcast Examines the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In Part II of our post-draft podcast, Jordan, Tolly and Peter give their evaluations for several teams throughout the NFL. Tolly gives high marks to Washington, Jordan bemoans the Texans not selecting a certain receiver, and Peter hands out low marks to the Atlanta Falcons.

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On The Clock: Medill makes its mock picks 16-31 of the first round

In the second part of our mock draft series, Jordan, Peter and Tolly go through picks 16-31. Peter especially takes a lot of flak in this one (and rightfully so) for a pick you certainly won’t want to miss.

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On The Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft podcast makes its mock picks 1-15 of the first round

Will North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz or Cal’s Jared Goff be selected No. 1 overall? Will any wide receiver be drafted in the top-15? How far might Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil fall? Jordan, Tolly and Peter attempt to answer these questions and more in Part I of their first round mock draft.

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On the Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft podcast looks at defensive back prospects the Bears might choose

Jordan, Peter and Tolly continue their draft preview series by taking a look at the defensive back prospects in this year’s NFL draft. First, they rave over Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey and talk about some cornerback prospects the Bears might consider. Then, they go over a few notable safeties that could be considered in the second round.

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On The Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft podcast looks at the Bears options at O-line

Jordan, Peter and Tolly discuss the Bears’ needs at offensive line and who they think might be an option at No. 11. They also discuss some possible second-round options for Chicago.

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On the Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft podcast looks at da Bears and da linebackers

Jordan, Peter and Tolly continue their draft preview series by taking a look at what linebackers the Bears might consider in the first and second rounds. They also debate whether Eastern Kentucky outside linebacker Noah Spence is worth a shot at No. 11 despite numerous off-the-field concerns.

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On the Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft Podcast gets defensive. What’s on the line for the Bears?

Jordan, Peter and Tolly continue their draft preview series by taking a look at some of the defensive linemen the Bears could target in the first two rounds of the draft. They also get into a little bit of a debate about Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and whether or not his off-the-field concerns should keep the Bears from taking a flier on him.

*Warning this podcast contains some adult subject matter.

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On the Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft Preview Podcast for the Chicago Bears

Medill’s Peter Dawson and Tolly Taylor join Jordan Ray for their first NFL Draft Preview episode. They break down if the Bears might be in play for a quarterback in one of the first two rounds and talk about a certain Penn State quarterback who has garnered their attention for all the wrong reasons.

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Analysis: Why the open water events will captivate Olympic audiences

By Peter Dawson

And the award for the most intriguing draw of the 2016 Summer Olympics goes to…

Surprise, the open water events.

Sailing, rowing and the 10-kilometer swim certainly don’t offer the same excitement as watching Usain Bolt running the 400m, or Team USA Basketball going for a third straight gold medal.

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What they do offer is a twisted schadenfreude for viewers who are itching to ridicule the IOC and the other organizers of the 2016 Games. Continue reading

Troubled water? Athletes, scientists still unsure about potential health risks in Rio

By Peter Dawson

In August of 2016, 50 Olympic open-water swimmers are expected to plunge into Copacabana Bay in Rio de Janeiro despite two Associated Press reports last year about viral contamination in nearby Guanabara Bay.

Viruses in human intestinal and respiratory tracts may cause “vomiting, explosive diarrhea and respiratory problems,” according to one of the AP reports.

But this is the Olympics.

“The worst-case scenario is that you get sick for a couple of days,  you throw up a couple of days after the race is over, and you’re fine,” said Alex Meyer, a 2012 U.S. Olympian in the 10-kilometer open-water event. Continue reading