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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 Usain Bolt's shocking false start at the world track championships and artificial-limbed Oscar Pistorius' attempt to break through against able-bodied athletes. They also talk about whether the Little League World Series should be televised, the recent spate of big-money transfers in international soccer, and ESPN the Magazine's special issue on Michael Vick.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Usain Bolt false started his way out of the 100-meter final at the world track championships.
Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden says the false start rule is incredibly stupid.
Layden asks whether Bolt is fading.
Officials ignored the rule at the Prefontaine Classic, allowing Allyson Felix to stay in her race.
Oscar Pistorius reached the semifinals of the men's 400-meter competition.
The debate over whether Pistorius' artificial legs give him a biomechanical advantage over able-bodied runners.
California beat Japan to win the Little League World Series.
ESPN's Poynter Review Project on the network's Little League coverage.
Baseball Factory, Little League's "official and exclusive player development partner."
According to Baseball Factory, Japan's Gaishi Iguchi is comparable to Kazuo Matsui.
The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson on Samuel Eto'o and Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Wall Street Journal's Gabriele Marcotti on Eto'o.
The Guardian on the legal battle over Carlos Tevez.
The Guardian's Sid Lowe on Cesc Fabregas' move to Barcelona.
Seth Wickersham's ESPN story on Michael Vick's time behind bars.
Touré's ESPN article, "What if Michael Vick were white?"

Hang Up and Listen's weekly McClendons:

Mike's McClendon: The Dominican Republic, skin-whitening, and Satchel Paige.Josh's McClendon: The 20th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints' "cha-ching" craze.
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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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