Tom Goldman en There's Something New This College Football Season: Playoffs <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Well, here's a sign of fall coming; college football's regular season has gotten underway. Last night Georgia State won a 38-37 thriller over Abilene Christian. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 60249 at Female Pitcher Mo'Ne Davis Is A Hit At Little League World Series <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This week, pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis became the youngest athlete ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. And last night, the youngest has suffered the SI Jinx, which holds that being on the cover doesn't bode well for you next time on the field. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59860 at NCAA Ruling Heralds A New, And Murky, Era <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The NCAA is preparing to appeal last week's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case. O'Bannon is a former college basketball player who sued the NCAA and won. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59520 at With 50 Games Left Till Playoffs, Few MLB Teams Out Of Contention <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It might be the best invention the world has ever seen or maybe, actually, the worst. I'm talking about the app that lets you watch any baseball game you want to watch any time. I cannot imagine the hours of productivity I've lost because of this thing. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59171 at NCAA Vote Could Boost Student-Athletes' Benefits, Big Schools' Power Major college sports programs could take a significant step today toward sharing their wealth with the student-athletes whose performances help line their coffers.<p>The NCAA Board of Directors is expected to vote this afternoon on a plan to restructure Division I athletics, which would give the five biggest athletic conferences autonomy in making certain rules and provide so-called enhanced benefits to student-athletes.<p>Following the vote, there will be a 60-day period for all 351 Division I schools to weigh in. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59080 at NCAA Vote Could Boost Student-Athletes' Benefits, Big Schools' Power Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So based on the emptiness of the streets in many cities, a lot of people were watching the game yesterday. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 57687 at Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.<p>That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.<p>Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 57656 at Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream Host country Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in epic fashion: Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 during the semifinal match. Brazilians are wondering how their beloved team could be so pulverized. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 57408 at Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany? Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 57336 at Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Hey, thanks for sticking with us on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Brazilians should be celebrating today after beating Colombia 2-1 yesterday in the World Cup quarterfinals. But instead, it is not looking good. Brazil's best player - 22-year-old striker Neymar - was injured during that game - is now out for a month with a broken bone in his back. That leaves Brazilians wondering if the end of Neymar's brilliant run in the tournament also means the end of the host country's World Cup dreams. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 57237 at Continental Rivals Take Spotlight In World Cup Quarters Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Brazil, tears of joy and relief as the World Cup home team won its quarterfinal against Colombia.<p>(CHEERING)<p>SIEGEL: Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in a hard-fought game between the two South American neighbors, but as we'll hear, it was a costly victory. An earlier game today - Germany defeated France 1-nothing to move on to the World Cup final four. NPR's Tom Goldman is in Rio de Janeiro, and he joins us now. And, Tom, first of all, Brazil won. But in a way, it also lost. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 57196 at Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes The U.S. men's soccer team is out of the World Cup. For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0, but the team lost in extra time to Belgium on Tuesday, 2-1. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 57034 at U.S. Plays Belgium In World Cup's Knockout Stage Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. It's all on the line today for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team at the World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. plays Belgium in the knockout stage of the tournament. Lose this one and America's World Cup is all over. But yesterday, some good news - a goal-scoring teammate the U.S. team has been missing nearly the entire term, maybe coming back. From Salvador, Brazil, NPR's Tom Goldman has the story.<p>(SHOUTING)<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56965 at Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup The U.S. men's soccer team moves on to the World Cup's round of 16. They lost to Germany, but advance because Portugal beat Ghana. The team will get to rest a bit before playing Belgium on Tuesday. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56778 at In Loss To Germany, U.S. Escapes With A Skid From 'Group Of Death' Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)<p>FANS: U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A..<p>BLOCK: The sound of euphoric, American fans at the World Cup, celebrating in Recife, Brazil, after the U.S. lost to Germany today. Despite that one-nothing defeat, the U.S. will advance to the round of 16, the knockout round, because of the outcome of today's match between Portugal and Ghana. NPR's Tom Goldman was at the U.S.-Germany match and joins me now from Recife. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56760 at U.S. Needs To Win Or Tie Germany To Advance In World Cup Play Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In case you have not heard, David, it's perfect fine to take this day off work. The coach of the U.S. soccer team has published an excuse note for Americans to send their employers saying they were busy World Cup.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>But Steve, we don't know if employers will accept this. We do know the United States plays Germany. The game in Recife, Brazil helps determine who escapes the so-called Group of Death and moves on to the knockout round.<p>INSKEEP: A second game also makes a difference here. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56702 at World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed? The U.S. plays Portugal in a key World Cup match on Sunday, and it is in the tournament's most exotic locale: Manaus.<p>Manaus is a teeming city of nearly 2 million in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. But it's not some remote outpost; it's the sixth richest city in Brazil, thanks to its Free Trade Zone designation bringing big business like Nokia, Honda and Harley-Davidson.<p>Sunday's game will be the third of only four scheduled in the city's new $300 million World Cup stadium, the Arena da Amazonia. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56445 at World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed? A World Cup Stunner: Spain Fails To Defend Its Crown With an upset by Chile Wednesday, defending World Cup champion Spain has been eliminated from this year's tournament. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56271 at U.S. Soccer Hopes To Shake Shadow Of Recent History Against Ghana Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. It's game day for the U.S. men at the World Cup in Brazil. The Americans play their first game at the tournament in just under an hour. They face Ghana, the team that's eliminated the U.S. from the previous two World Cups. NPR's Tom Goldman is in the Brazilian city of Natal for that game, and he joins me now. And Tom, before we start talking about the upcoming U.S. game, let's talk about another big match that's been played today. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56125 at U.S. World Cup Team To Take The Field Against Ghana After months of analysis about America's chances in Brazil, it's time for the U.S. men's soccer team to play. Monday's game against Ghana begins a U.S. campaign through the so-called group of death. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56079 at Brazil Gets World Cup Started With 3-1 Win Over Croatia The 2014 World Cup is officially underway. Before the opening game, there were several protests around the country. But the revelry and excitement after the match captured the most attention. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55937 at Brazil And Croatia Open World Cup Play On The Pitch Brazil and Croatia face off in the first game of the 2014 World Cup. Organizers hope the start of the tournament directs attention back on the field and away from the problems in preparation. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55925 at Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING CROWD)<p>UNIDENTIFIED FANS: (Spanish spoken) Mexico. Mexico. Mexico.<p>GREENE: Yes, excited fans of the Mexican national men's soccer team - they're getting an early start to the World Cup festivities. Mexico does not play until tomorrow. Today, it's all about Brazil, the country hosting the tournament. They're kicking things off with a match against Croatia. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55864 at U.S. Men's Soccer Team Braces For World Cup Challenges The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil. The U.S. team has its first match against Ghana the following week, the start of the so called "group of death." Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:31:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55653 at A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race <p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55606 at A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race Miami Heat Aims To Win Legacy-Defining 3rd Straight NBA Title Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The NBA finals begin tonight with the numbers, three or five, figuring to play prominent roles. Here's why. Three, as in the Miami Heat are trying to win a legacy defining third straight title. Five as in the San Antonio Spurs are trying to win a fifth championship since 1999. That is dominance. That would solidify their dynasty status. These two best teams in the league are meeting for the second consecutive year in the finals. And NPR's Tom Goldman is here to tell us why Miami is already miffed before game one even starts. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55475 at Clippers Sale Claims Attention As NBA Inches Toward Finals Rematch The Eastern and Western Conference finals are underway in the NBA, and the Miami Heat are just one win away from heading to the league finals for the third straight time. Meanwhile, the league has announced its agreement with Shelly Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. NPR's Tom Goldman talks to host Robert Siegel about the latest NBA news <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55180 at Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. The LA Clippers pulled off a comeback victory last night to tie up their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but that's not the Clippers conversation of the day. That conversation centers on Donald Sterling, the now-banned Clippers owner. He has broken his silence.<p>In a CNN interview, Sterling apologized for racist remarks that emerged on an audio tape. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 54103 at NFL Draft To Begin, Houston Texans Have No. 1 Pick Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Tonight kicks off one of the biggest events on the NFL calendar, but there will be not one tackle made or touchdown thrown at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Instead, just a guy in a suit, stepping up to a microphone every few minutes and saying the name of a college football player soon to be a professional football player. It is the start of the annual NFL draft, which will stretch into the weekend. Thu, 08 May 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 53877 at Sterling Expected To Fight Forced Sale Of LA Clippers Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Donald Sterling case is far from over. Yes, the NBA has banned the L.A. Clippers' owner for life and the pro-basketball playoffs have continued. But Sterling has not revealed what he will do after being banned from the league for making racist remarks. He is expected to fight the forced sale of his team and that could have significant consequences.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman reports.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: At this point, without a Donald Sterling public statement on the way forward, we are forced to turn to those he's met in private, such as L.A. Wed, 07 May 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 53819 at