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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 discuss Dustin Johnson's bunker kerfuffle at the PGA Championship, the premiere of HBO's Hard Knocks on the New York Jets, Team USA's chances at the World Basketball Championships, and the potential demise of the tie game.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Dustin Johnson lost out on a chance to win the PGA Championship after he was penalized for "grounding his club" in a bunker.
ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski says Johnson "has only himself to blame for committing one of the greatest mistakes in the history of majors golf."
SI.com's roundtable on the PGA Championship rule controversy.
PGA players' tweets about the ruling.
Stefan's 2008 Slate piece on the reality and fraudulence of Hard Knocks.
The New York Post reports that NFL players were won over by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's performance on Hard Knocks.
ESPN.com's preview of the World Basketball Championships.
International stars like Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, and Manu Ginobili will be skipping the tournament.
The New York Times on the excellence and humility of Kevin Durant.
The CBS Sports headline: "World Championships offer quiet Durant loud stage."
FIFA has floated the idea of eliminating tie games from the World Cup.
Edward McClelland's Slate piece on the beauty of tie games.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly sister kisses:
Mike's sister kiss: the Houston Astros—no longer the worst on-base percentage in the major leagues.
Stefan's sister kiss: Peter King's amazement that San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding has consulted a sports psychologist. (Stefan's SI.com column about Kaeding from this January.)
Josh's sister kiss: MLB Network's The Club, a reality show about the Chicago White Sox.
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