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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 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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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