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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Dave McKenna discuss the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs, the quarterbacks who'll likely be selected at the top of the NFL draft, Ben Roethlisberger's likely NFL suspension, and ESPN's documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
An academic paper on which sports are the most competitive (PDF). (Hockey is less predictable than basketball.)
The NHL's Presidents' Trophy winners.
The No. 7 and No. 8 seeds in the hockey playoffs have gotten off to an 8-4 start.
Hockey teams don't fight as much in the playoffs.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are the youngest playoff team in NBA history.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the NBA referees are too kind to Kevin Durant.
The Thunder had one of the biggest turnarounds in league history as well.
Sam Bradford, who is part Cherokee Indian, says he wouldn't refuse to play for the Redskins.
ESPN's Jon Gruden raps with Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Jimmy Clausen, and Sam Bradford.
Clausen, unlike the other star college quarterbacks, has experience throwing the ball from under center.
Gruden compares Colt McCoy to Drew Brees.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't be charged for sexual assault, but the NFL is expected to suspend him in the coming days.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's rundown of the Roethlisberger police report.
The Georgia police officer who took the accuser's statement in the Roethlisberger case has resigned.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King wrote last week that it was "unlikely" that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would suspend Roethlisberger.
Kobe Bryant's police file from his 2004 Colorado rape case.
ESPN's documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson.
Iverson's rap sheet.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly double shifts:
Mike's double shift: Who designed the Los Angeles Dodgers logo?
Dave's double shift: The Prince George's County cops brutally beat a Maryland student after the Terrapins beat Duke earlier this year. It wasn't the first time.
Josh's double shift: How Pat Jordan's 1989 Playboy feature on Rorion Gracie helped create the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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