Tom Goldman en UConn To Face Kentucky In NCAA Final The matchup is set for Monday's men's NCAA basketball championship. The Connecticut Huskies will take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:02:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 63476 at Freshmen Wildcats Step Easily Into Storied Tradition Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It is the last day of March, but there's still another weekend of March Madness to come. Four teams gather in Dallas this weekend for the Final Four. If you go strictly by seeding, the University of Kentucky is the longest shot to win the men's college basketball title. In fact, though, the eighth-seeded Wildcats suddenly are a very hot favorite after yesterday's thrilling win over Michigan in the Elite Eight.<p>Once again, head coach John Calipari has brought a freshman-heavy team to the brink of a championship. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 63073 at Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. Time for an update on March Madness and first condolences are in order for the state of Kansas. Two of its highly regarded men's college basketball teams are out of the tournament. And in addition to condolences to Kansas, I can hear a lot of brackets shredding all over the country. The University of Kansas, a number two seed, lost yesterday to Stanford 70-to-67.<p>And also the undefeated Wichita State Shockers are undefeated no more. They lost to Kentucky in a thriller yesterday, 78-to76. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 62555 at A Day Of Upsets In College Basketball Thursday was a day of buzzer-beating shots and nail-biting overtime wins. Much of it happened at the NCAA tournament site in Spokane, Wash. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 62402 at Drought Closes Oregon Resort Before The Season Even Opens Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. This was supposed to be a special year for the Mount Ashland ski area in Southern Oregon as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. But after a long drought this summer, Mount Ashland had to call it a season early. Yesterday, it declared slope season was over due to a lack of snow. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 61985 at Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much Jack Everett sat on his living room couch wearing a back brace, eyes glued to a massive TV set playing his favorite video game, NHL 2013.<p>"I'm the Boston Bruins," the 10-year-old said as he deftly worked the video controls. "The guy that just shot was Milan Lucic. He's a really good guy on our team."<p>Whether at home or during recess at his elementary school in suburban Los Angeles, Jack's young life now is about sitting still.<p>"Well, I can eat lunch with friends, and I play cards," Jack says. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59119 at Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much Ridge Of High Pressure Blocks Snow From Oregon Ski Resort Throughout the West, bone dry conditions are exacting a toll on places that rely on water to thrive. In southern Oregon, recreation plays an important role in the region's economy. The ongoing drought is drying up streams where fishing once was plentiful and it's left ski resorts wanting for snow. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:42:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 58867 at U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team The U.S. Olympic team is taking shape in the run-up to next month's Winter Games in Russia. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:32:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 58156 at U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team NBA Trailblazers Continue Their Surprising Season Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>A third of the NBA season is complete and the Portland Trailblazers are on a surprising run. Last night they beat the L. A. Clippers 116 - 112 in overtime. Portland has the league's best record - 24 wins, five losses. Now the tepid pre-season forecasts are turning into talk of how far the Blazers can go in the post-season. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The Trailblazers already have beaten title contenders Indiana, Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:19:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56676 at Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist On Saturday night, there's a very good chance Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy, awarded each year to the best college football player in the country.<p>For Winston, family, friends, teammates and Seminole fans, undoubtedly it'll be a shining moment, but a discordant note continues to run through this tale of football glory.<p>On Friday, a lawyer representing a young woman who accused Winston of rape said the investigation that essentially cleared Winston of wrongdoing is anything but clear. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:33:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55885 at Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston Won't Be Charged With Rape Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Tomorrow night, star quarterback Jameis Winston will lead the Florida State Seminoles against Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. It's a big deal, mainly because Winston's participation was in doubt. Until yesterday. That's when a Florida prosecutor announced he would not charge Jameis Winston with a felony. A young woman had accused the player of rape after a sexual encounter a year ago. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 55309 at NBA Preview: On Valuable Knees And Building Legacies Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The NBA begins a new regular season today with three games. Among the match-ups, the two-time defending champion Miami Heat play the Chicago Bulls. That game features the regular season return of Bulls' all-star point guard Derrick Rose. He hurt his knee badly a year and a half ago. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 52787 at NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries The NFL season is in high gear — a fact that pleases the roughly 64 percent of Americans who watch football. The season rolls on despite the now constant news about concussions in the sport.<p>The recent <a href="">TV documentary League of Denial</a> and the book by the same name claim that for years the NFL had denied and covered up evidence linking football and brain damage. Is the concussion conversation challenging this country's deep love for the game?<p>Apparently, not very much. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 52060 at NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries Concussion Suits: NFL, Retirees Reach $765 Million Deal Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>A dark cloud hanging over the National Football League is a bit lighter today. There is a proposed settlement in a huge concussion lawsuit, brought by over 4,000 former players. The agreement was reached and announced yesterday, a week before the start of the new NFL season. If approved, the league will pay out $765 million to as many as 18,000 former players. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: It was a volatile and contentious case. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:46:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 48594 at USA Swimming Faces Lingering Doubts Over Sexual Abuse There's concern the sport of swimming still may be dealing with a sexual abuse problem in the United States.<p>It's been three years since revelations emerged in the media. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:38:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 48407 at USA Swimming Faces Lingering Doubts Over Sexual Abuse USA Swimming To Review Sexual Misconduct Prevention Program Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The sport of swimming is back in the news, with new questions being raised about whether swimming has effectively confronted a sexual abuse problem, a problem that's been revealed in recent years. USA Swimming - the sport's governing body in this country - announced an independent review of Safe Sport, their organization's program to protect athletes from sexual abuse. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 48354 at U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio? At the beginning of 2013 — with only a year before soccer's crown jewel event, the World Cup in Brazil — all was not rosy with the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team. There was that 0-0 tie with Canada, and then a 2-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.<p>But now, the cry is, "Break up the Americans!"<p>OK, that's a bit of an overreaction to Sunday's <a href="">CONCACAF Gold Cup victory</a>. Sun, 04 Aug 2013 09:16:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 46858 at U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio? For One Seniors Basketball Team, The Game Never Gets Old As athletes age, participation in team sports seems to fall by the wayside in favor of more low-impact activities like swimming and walking. But that's not for everyone. The National Senior Games finishes a two-week run in Cleveland on Thursday. The players for She-Ca-Go, a women's basketball team in the 75-to-79 age division, are still in it for the camaraderie and competition.<p>On Sunday, She-Ca-Go (guess where they're from?) played the first game of the 3-on-3, half-court tournament. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 46619 at For One Seniors Basketball Team, The Game Never Gets Old Athletic Glory At An Advanced Age Transcript <p>SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST: <p>The Olympic motto - Faster, Higher, Stronger - has always applied to an ideal: a young, supremely fit athlete, performing wondrous tasks. The motto means something different for athletes over 50. Thousands of them are in Cleveland for the National Senior Games. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 46371 at L.A. Embraces Dodger Rookie Yasiel Puig Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>In baseball, the summer of Yasiel Puig goes on. The breakout star for the Los Angeles Dodgers is a mere five weeks into his major league career. And in that short time he is set hitting records and also helping turn around a struggling Dodgers team. Puig is a 22-year-old Cuban defector. His past remains a bit of a mystery, but that doesn't seem to bother the fans caught up in Puig-mania.<p>Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The retractable roof was closed Monday night at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:32:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 45036 at Down To The Putt: Golf Analytics Gain Traction Numbers crunching has become a big deal in sports. Analytics have been slower to take hold in the tradition-bound game of golf, but it is happening. NPR's Tom Goldman reports on the phenomenon from the tournament most steeped in tradition, the Masters. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 39017 at Giant-Killing Louisville Women Look To Keep Charmed Run Alive Tonight, there's a chance for a rare double in NCAA Division I college basketball.<p><a href="">As we reported earlier</a>, if the University of Louisville scores a victory in the women's championship game, it will be only the second school to capture both the men's and women's titles in the same year.<p>Connecticut did it in 2004. Coincidentally, it's the Connecticut women who'll try to deny Louisville's bid for a twofer. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:44:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 38695 at Giant-Killing Louisville Women Look To Keep Charmed Run Alive Old Guard And Fresh Faces Square Off At Women's Final Four A women's Final Four without Baylor, Stanford or Tennessee? That's happened only one other time in the last dozen years. We've become so used to it being a power party, that it's downright disorienting.<p>Or maybe that's just vertigo from trying to track the movements of the Final Four's breakout star, Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 09:16:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 38542 at Old Guard And Fresh Faces Square Off At Women's Final Four Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi: From Iran To NCAA Hoopla San Jose, Calif., is just a piece of a very big March Madness pie. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:13:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 37587 at Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi: From Iran To NCAA Hoopla World Baseball Classic's All-Caribbean Showdown Is A Winner Either Way <em>NPR's <a href="" target="_blank">Tom Goldman</a> is covering the <a href="" target="_blank">World Baseball Classi</a>c tournament and sends along this report:</em><p>Tonight's championship game of the World Baseball Classic is certain to produce a dramatic image after the last out. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:57:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 37265 at World Baseball Classic's All-Caribbean Showdown Is A Winner Either Way Lawsuit, Investigation Loom Over Lance Armstrong There are more troubles for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.<p>A Texas-based promotions company sued the former cycling champion Thursday for more than $12 million, which was paid to Armstrong for several of his record seven Tour de France wins. Armstrong publicly admitted last month that those herculean victories were aided by doping.<p>The lawsuit is part of a flurry of activity: Armstrong still is in talks with the U.S. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 05:04:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 34721 at Lawsuit, Investigation Loom Over Lance Armstrong Dodgers Channel Close To Being A Reality Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In recent years, regional cable TV sports networks have been a financial windfall for pro sports and college teams. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 33864 at Alabama Wins 2nd Consecutive BCS Championship Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. The good news for Notre Dame fans is that they should be well rested this morning. They had no reason to stay up late last night. Alabama took the fight out of the Irish, 42-14, defeating the previously undefeated team and winning the BCS championship. NPR's Tom Goldman was at the game in Miami.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: I know. I know. Rule number one in sports is it ain't over till it's over. Till the gun sounds. Till the fat lady sings. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 32842 at 'Bowie Over Jordan': A New Look At The Pick That Still Haunts Portland NBA Fans In 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers chose Sam Bowie, a 7-foot-1 center from the University of Kentucky, with the second pick in the college draft. The Chicago Bulls then took Michael Jordan.<p>The words "Bowie over Jordan" are part of pro basketball lore, and are still a source of pain for many fans of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Bowie's tenure in Portland was marred by leg injuries; Jordan became a legend. ESPN recounts it all in a documentary about Bowie on Thursday night.<p>Moments after he was drafted on June 19, 1984, Bowie did his first TV interview as a Trail Blazer. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:58:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 31836 at 'Bowie Over Jordan': A New Look At The Pick That Still Haunts Portland NBA Fans Talks Resume In Nation Hockey League Dispute Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Professional hockey is getting close to the moment when it will have to cancel its entire season for the second time in eight years. So far, a lockout that began last September has forced games to be cancelled through the middle of December. The two sides in the National Hockey League labor dispute are expected to meet again today, after nearly 10 hours of talks yesterday.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman has more.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Why is the NHL at risk of scuttling a season again? Wed, 05 Dec 2012 09:48:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 30884 at