Sports

Sweetness And Light
6:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The Washington Football Team That Must Not Be Named

In spite of mounting pressure to change the Washington Redskins' name, team owner Daniel Snyder seems to remain unmoved.
Nick Wass AP

Anybody who possesses a scintilla of good taste (and/or decency) is against the Washington football team using its longtime nickname. I don't have to scrounge for Brownie points by getting all indignant about it.

The one person who is most adamant about keeping the name is Daniel Snyder, who owns the Washington football franchise, and who appears to be either especially stubborn, or insensitive or both.

The obscene nickname is, of course, Redskins, and increasingly it's been suggested that we in the media should stop saying or writing it.

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Sports
5:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Woman Will Officiate Big 12 Football Game For The First Time

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to Catherine Conti. Cat Conti will be the first woman to officiate a football game in the Big 12 Conference. She'll be part of the crew when Kansas plays Southeast Missouri State. The officiating supervisor says she got that job because she's, quote, "darned good." Kansas coach Charlie Weis says because of Ms. Conti, he will try not to swear as much.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Actually, Coach Weis, equality means curse away.

Around the Nation
5:05 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It

Every Wednesday for a decade, Tim Bomba has been helping people in Santa Monica, Calif., get over their fears of the ocean.
Carlo Allegri Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:26 pm

Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile and a penchant for off-color jokes. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade, Bomba has taught a ocean swimming course in Santa Monica, Calif.

The course, called Ocean 101, isn't for accomplished swimmers like Bomba. It's for people who are new to the ocean, and many participants are afraid of the water when they arrive. Bomba knows what they're going through. He himself was terrified of swimming until he was in his 50s.

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Sports
3:44 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

It's Not The Size Of This Sumo Wrestler That's Stunning

Czech sumo wrestler Takanoyama Shuntarō, whose real name is Pavel Bojar (right) throws his opponent during the Grand Sumo New Year Tournament in 2013.
The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

There's only one country where it's practiced professionally, and there's probably only one country where it could be practiced.

The practice? Sumo. The place? Japan.

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Code Switch
1:40 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Why An African-American Sports Pioneer Remains Obscure

Alice Coachman clears the bar at 5 feet to win the running high jump at the Women's National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1948.
AP

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 6:01 pm

Alice Coachman Davis never entered the pantheon of breakthrough African-American sports heroes, like Jesse Owens or Wilma Rudolph. But she was a pioneer nonetheless.

In 1948, competing as Alice Coachman, she became the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold, breaking the U.S. and Olympic records in the high jump.

Chances are, you've never heard of her. Davis died on Monday at age 90 from cardiac arrest.

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Sports
8:11 am
Sat July 19, 2014

What It Takes To Be A Champion

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The Olympic motto is faster, higher, stronger. And year after year, athletes seem to live up to those words, but how?

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

DAVID EPSTEIN: We definitely are better. Although, it sort of depends how you look at the question because in some ways, we might not be as much better as we like to believe.

SIMON: David Epstein writes about sports science. He spoke to Guy Raz at the Ted Radio Hour.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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Goats and Soda
7:08 am
Sat July 19, 2014

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

One set of knuckles meets another. Both are equal in this greeting that expresses approval and triumph.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Back in the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama launched a media storm when he nonchalantly fist bumped his wife Michelle. "Obama's Fist-bump Rocks The Nation!: The Huffington Post exclaimed. "Is the fist bump the new high-five?" NPR's Laura Silverman asked.

Obama has done it again.

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TED Radio Hour
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

"Success motivates us, but a near-win can propel us in an ongoing quest" β€” Sarah Lewis
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Sarah Lewis' TEDTalk

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

About Sarah Lewis

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TED Radio Hour
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

How Do We Use Our Challenges To Live Beyond Limits?

"It's fulfilling to me to find out what those limitations are, or to blow through the limitations that you thought you had" β€” Amy Purdy
Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Amy Purdy's TEDTalk

Paralympic snowboarder and "Dancing With the Stars" finalist Amy Purdy tells how losing her legs at age 19 enabled her to achieve more than she ever dreamed.

About Amy Purdy

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TED Radio Hour
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

"The Olympic motto is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius.' Faster, higher, stronger. And athletes have fulfilled that motto rapidly" β€” David Epstein
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About David Epstein's TEDTalk

Humans seem to have gotten faster, better and stronger in almost every way. Yet as sports journalist David Epstein points out, many factors are at play when we shatter athletic records.

About David Epstein

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TED Radio Hour
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" β€” Diana Nyad
Marla Aufmuth TED

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 2:35 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Diana Nyad's TedTalk

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

About Diana Nyad

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NPR Story
5:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Actor Kurt Russell Talks About The Family Business: Baseball

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:00 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Portland Mavericks were a minor league baseball team that played in the 1970s. Their story is told in a new documentary on Netflix. It's called "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball." This team was irreverent, unorthodox. The roster included a bunch of hopefuls and has-beens.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Mavericks were founded by a baseball outsider, the actor Bing Russell probably best known for his role as Deputy Clem on "Bonanza." But he was also a serious student of baseball.

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

'Voices of Cycling' Duo Has Shared A Mic For 29 Years

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:17 am

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen have covered the Tour de France, the sport's most grueling race, together for decades and have developed a rapport that viewers appreciate.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Remembrances
4:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

The Life Of Red Klotz, Illustrious Loser To The Harlem Globetrotters

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:02 pm

As a basketball coach, Red Klotz had one job β€” to lose. And he did it well. As a player, coach and general manager of a team usually known as the Washington Generals, he lost countless times to the Harlem Globetrotters. Klotz died Saturday at age 93, and John Ferrari, his colleague and son-in-law, has this remembrance.

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Sweetness And Light
3:30 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports

Charles Dillon Stengel had been known as Dutch β€” derived from the German Deutsch. Only after the U.S. went to war was Casey Stengel born.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:00 am

When America entered the Great War in 1917 β€” a war that began 100 years ago this summer β€” Major League Baseball faced a special problem: It had a hefty German heritage. Its best-known team, the New York Giants under John McGraw, was even sometimes called "McGraw's Prussians" for its tough, fighting spirit. Obviously, just as sauerkraut became "liberty cabbage," that had to go, too.

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Sports
4:58 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

A New Act In Jeter's Last Season, Before Dwindling All-Star Audience

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:23 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Baseball's All-Star Game is tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis - home of the Twins. The American League will face the National League and the winner claims home-field advantage for the World Series. Tonight is also part of a farewell tour for a certain Yankee.

(SOUNDBITE OF NIKE TRIBUTE AD)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Now batting for the Yankees, number two, Derek Jeter - number two.

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Men In America
4:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear

Joe Ehrmann, shown in 1975, was a defensive lineman with the Baltimore Colts for much of the '70s. He says that as a child, he was taught that being a man meant dominating people and circumstances β€” a lesson that served him well on the football field, but less so in real life.
Neil Leifer Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:24 pm

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.

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Europe
4:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Germans Return Home With World Cup, Already Worried About Next One

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:24 pm

Nearly every team left the World Cup on a sour note, having returned with less than the championship they'd played for. The one exception? The Cup-winning Germans, whose victory has reverberated throughout the country. For a look at the symbolic impact of the German triumph, Robert Siegel turns to Angela Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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The Two-Way
2:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Tipping The Cap To Derek Jeter, An All-Star's All-Star

Those tipping their caps to Derek Jeter include former Yankees manager Joe Torre and his former teammates Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Tino Martinez, in a new ad by Nike.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:46 pm

We're halfway through the last baseball season for New York Yankee Derek Jeter, and that's reason enough for Nike's Jordan Brand to craft a stirring tribute that shows his fellow sports stars, fans and rivals giving a nod to the shortstop.

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The Two-Way
11:56 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Another Former Champion Abandons Tour De France After Crash

Spain's Alberto Contador abandons the Tour de France after crashing during the 10th stage Monday.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 8:49 am

These are not good days to be a former Tour de France champion on the roads of France. Spain's Alberto Contador left the race after suffering a heavy crash in a wet and foggy portion of Monday's mountain stage, five days after defending champion Chris Froome abandoned the race.

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Sports
5:17 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.

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NPR Story
5:12 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Germany And Argentina Face Off In World Cup Final

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 6:22 pm

The World Cup final takes place on Sunday in Brazil. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Russell Lewis in Rio de Janeiro about the match, which went into extra time with a score of 0-0.

The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal

Germany's players celebrate after winning 1-0 on extra time at the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:09 pm

In a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play, Germany was finally victorious over Argentina to take home the 2014 World Cup title on Sunday with a 1-0 win.

In a game that at times seemed more like a rugby match or WWE bout β€” with head injuries, flying knees and even an eye rake β€” both teams displayed hardy defenses and a hungry offense.

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Sports
9:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Soccer Biter Will Return From His Ban To Play For A New Club

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 11:47 am

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

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Sports
9:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Germany And Argentina To Finish Up World Cup

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 11:47 am

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

You're listening to NPR News. This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm a Arun Rath.

(SOUNDBITE OF MIKE PESCA THEME SONG)

RATH: That triumphant fight song means it's time to talk sports with slate.com's Mike Pesca, host of the podcast, The Gist. Hi Mike. Good to talk to you.

MIKE PESCA: Triumphant, yes.

(LAUGHTER)

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The Sunday Conversation
9:12 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Soccer's Racism Problem In Need Of Follow-Through

Retired U.K. soccer player Jason Roberts, seen here in 2012 playing for Reading, says he's experienced racism in the sport since his teens.
Scott Heavey Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:32 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

The 2014 World Cup winds down Sunday after a month of competition in which FIFA tried to emphasize unity and multiculturalism. The "Say No to Racism" slogan has been promoted on banners and in commercials.

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Sports
8:22 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn?

Brazil fans on Copacabana Beach were subdued during the third-place game against the Netherlands on Saturday. The national team gave them little to cheer about.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 12:09 pm

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.

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.

Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. But for Brazilian fans, the tournament that began a month ago with so much hope for the host country has ended with a thud.

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The Two-Way
6:20 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Netherlands Dominates Brazil To Win Third Place In World Cup

Daley Blind of the Netherlands (5) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Ron Vlaar (2), Georginio Wijnaldum (20) and Bruno Martins Indi (right) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil on Saturday.
Robert Cianflone Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 7:48 pm

Coming off of a devastating loss to Germany, World Cup host Brazil's chances at redemption were dashed by the Netherlands on Saturday. The 3-0 victory secured a third-place finish for Oranje in the 2014 World Cup.

A penalty kick at just 3 minutes in from Robin Van Persie, granted after Brazil's Thiago Silva yanked down Arjen Robben, got the Netherlands off to an early lead.

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Sports
4:54 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Heading Home To Ohio, LeBron Returns To Cleveland Cavaliers

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 6:30 pm

Four years after famously leaving, NBA superstar LeBron James has decided to return to the team where he started his professional career. Many fans in Cleveland say they're excited to have him back.

Sports
8:08 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports.

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