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4:04 am
Wed April 1, 2015

College Football Teams Use Girlfriends As Recruiting Tools

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:36 am

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Sweetness And Light
1:56 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Remembering Legendary NBA Announcer 'Hot Rod' Hundley

"Hot Rod" Hundley (right) does postgame commentary with Ron Boone after the Utah Jazz-Seattle SuperSonics game on May 5, 2000, in Salt Lake City.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:36 am

The inimitable "Hot Rod" Hundley died last week at age 80. He will be remembered as a great announcer, even though he was also an All-American basketball player. He messed it up after just six years in the NBA when he forgot about concentrating on the fun and games.

"You gotta love it, baby" was his signature call for the 35 years he broadcast games for the NBA Jazz. Even when he was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, he was already trying out expressions, mimicking announcers and working on punch lines.

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U.S.
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Supporters Work To Reclaim Legacy Of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

Supporters of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno have launched a campaign to reclaim his legacy, including an initiative to have his statute returned to the university grounds.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 12:23 pm

The Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal rocked Penn State University in 2011, and the fallout from the case continues today. A series of lawsuits are ongoing and, now, a campaign is underway to restore the legacy of the university's former head football coach Joe Paterno.

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Sports
1:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

For a more invigorating workout, nonprofit worker Chris Lane uphill skis near Aspen four times a week.
Marci Krivonen Aspen Public Radio

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

It's spring break season and families and college students are heading to Colorado's ski resorts. You've heard of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, but a growing trend in these areas involves people skiing uphill.

It's midday in Aspen, Colo., and uphill skier Chris Lane is on a break from work at a nonprofit. He clicks into his ski bindings and begins his 1,600 vertical foot journey uphill — on skis.

He's going against downhill traffic, so he stays on the side of the ski run.

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The Two-Way
5:48 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men's Final Four

Michigan State is headed back to the Final Four, where they'll meet Duke next Saturday night. Afterward, Wisconsin takes on the still-unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 9:31 am

We've got a Final Four.

Michigan State and Duke will join Kentucky and Wisconsin in Indianapolis next Saturday night.

In Syracuse, N.Y., Michigan State and Louisville traded leads all game. As the clock wound down, the Spartans led by one point, 65-64. But they missed their chance to extend the lead when freshman Marvin Clark Jr. missed two free throws with 22 seconds to go.

But just seconds later, they fouled Louisville forward Mangok Mathiang, who made one free throw to tie the game, but couldn't hit the second.

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The Two-Way
9:26 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Kentucky Is Now Just Two Games Away From Perfect Season

Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The 38-0 Wildcats advanced to the Final Four.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 9:33 am

Half of the men's college basketball Final Four is set. Kentucky, still undefeated, will take on Wisconsin next Saturday night in Indianapolis.

Kentucky tacked on win number 38 in a game against Notre Dame, breaking a tie in the final 6 seconds with a 68-66 victory.

The game was tight through the first half, the teams trading a close lead back and forth. They were tied at the half, 31-31.

Notre Dame held the lead through most of the second, but the Wildcats kept the score close throughout.

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Sports
4:35 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

The Cautionary Tale Of A Big-Time Bracket Bust

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (right) and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State played in Friday's East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA tournament in Syracuse. If you've got money riding on this year's NCAA tournament, you might want to hear about what happened to John Bovary's football pool.
Maddie Meyer Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:22 pm

About 25 years ago, John Bovery started a modest football pool out of his home in New Jersey. It had 57 participants, all friends and co-workers.

But thanks to word of mouth — and the multiplying factor of email — Bovery's pool grew to staggering proportions. At one point, it got too large for Bovery to handle himself, so he contacted a software company to custom-build something suited to his needs.

By 2009, it included more than 8,000 entries from people around the globe, with a total payout of more than $800,000.

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Sports
5:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Oil Can Boyd And Shoeless Joe: Legends Of Baseball

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:56 am

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Squeaky, salty - it's time for sports. (Laughter).

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Asia
3:44 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

In Regulating Outdoor Dancing, China Tells Seniors How To Bust A Move

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:07 pm

China's sports bureaucracy threatened this week to standardize dancing in public squares. Government committees have for decades drafted standardized eye exercises for squinting school children, calisthenics for office workers and Tai Chi routines for retirees.

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Sports
2:54 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:01 pm

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl. NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Jay Rood, vice president of racing and sports books at MGM Resorts, about this busy time of year for betting in Las Vegas.

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Sports
2:40 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Australia Defeats India To Advance To Cricket World Cup Final

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:01 pm

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Hamburglar' Pulls Off Spellbinding NHL Cinderella Story

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 7:17 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Now to David Greene with a Cinderella story that is the talk of the hockey world.

DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: The central character of this story has been busy creating moments like this.

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Sports
5:47 am
Wed March 25, 2015

John Urschel Balances Math Career With Pro Football Risks

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:18 am

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Sweetness And Light
2:23 am
Wed March 25, 2015

'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, center, during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Borland announced that he will retire after just one season to protect himself from brain injuries.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:18 am

Once again, the question of the NFL's pre-eminence — even existence — has been raised with the retirement of Chris Borland, a very good player, who has walked away from the game and millions of dollars at the age of 24 in order to preserve his health, or more specifically, his brain.

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Sports
3:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Bowling's First 900 Score Still Disputed After 30 Years

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:40 am

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jeff Richgels, who writes the blog, "The 11th Frame," about when bowler Glenn Allison rolled 36 strikes in 1982. His score was disallowed because of an alleged performance enhancing lubricant.

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Parallels
1:58 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:57 pm

It has already been a messy game at Havana's Latin American Stadium, the premier baseball stadium in Cuba. The home team, the Industriales, has given up five runs in the first inning; a shortstop fumbled a ball, an outfielder failed to hustle and an easy out became an extra-base hit.

The home crowd isn't deterred. The vuvuzelas, those ear-splitting plastic horns, still swell when an opposing batter reaches two strikes.

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Author Interviews
4:46 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

UNC basketball fans storm the court after a win over Duke in 2014.
Grant Halverson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:47 am

March Madness is college basketball's annual shining moment, and few schools have shone as bright or as long as the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have been in 18 Final Fours and won the national championship five times, most recently in 2009.

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Sports
3:48 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Kentucky Still Favored As March Madness Heads Into Sweet Sixteen

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 4:58 pm

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Wilson Sporting Goods Acquires Louisville Slugger Brand

A 120-foot-tall replica bat fronts the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky. Hillerich & Bradsby on Monday announced a deal to sell its Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:31 am

Update at 7:21 p.m. ET. Jobs to be lost in deal:

Baseball's most iconic bat has a new owner. Monday, Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which owns Louisville Slugger, announced the brand would be acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million in cash. The move means that Wilson, maker of Major League Baseball's official glove, will soon own the maker of MLB's official bat.

Jacob Ryan of NPR member station WFPL reports that some jobs will be lost in the acquisition:

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Sports
6:02 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Actual Dramatic Comebacks Are Rare In NCAA Tournament

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 7:19 am

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Sports
6:02 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Two-Time MVP Steve Nash Retires From NBA

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 7:19 am

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Sports
6:02 am
Sun March 22, 2015

For The Underdogs, Winning The NCAA Was Extra Sweet

The 1988 Kansas Jayhawks hold up their trophy after winning the championship game of the NCAA Final Four Tournament.
Susan Ragan AP

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 1:08 pm

Every March, the madness takes hold.

The NCAA college basketball tournament might be the most emotional event in college sports. Sixty-four teams in a single-elimination tournament. The regular season can be blown away in a single game.

After that one tournament, it's all gone. But we always remember those ultimate underdogs — George Mason, Butler, Richmond. This year, it was Georgia State — until Saturday, when the Panthers fell to the Xavier Musketeers.

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Sports
6:01 am
Sun March 22, 2015

NCAA Tournament: N.C. State Shocks No.1-Seed Villanova

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 7:19 am

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Chuck Bednarik, Philly's 'Concrete' Player, Dies At 89

Philadelphia Eagles Chuck Bednarik (60) is victorious in an iconic 1960 photograph after making a sack vs. New York Giants Frank Gifford (16). Bednarik died on Saturday. He was 89.
John G. Zimmerman Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Chuck Bednarik, a pro football Hall of Famer and one of the sport's last two-way players, has died. He was 89.

Bednarik was a football player of a different era. He was what was known at the time as a "60-minute man": He played linebacker on defense and center on offense, hardly stepping off of the field during his 14-year career for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Sports
5:11 am
Sat March 21, 2015

The Week In Sports: March Basketball, December World Cup

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 8:56 am

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Boy, I look forward all week to saying time for sports.

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Parallels
5:11 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Ex-Boxing Champ Steps Back Into Spotlight As A Face Of Addiction

Julio Cesar Chavez at his home in Tijuana, Mexico.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 8:56 am

In Mexico, the problem of drug trafficking is well publicized, but you can't say the same when it comes to the problem of drug addiction.

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Sports
3:20 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

For Davidson College, Success On The Court Comes In Part From Math, Analytics

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:58 pm

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

John Urschel, Ravens Offensive Lineman, Publishes Math Paper

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel is also a mathematician.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 4:29 pm

John Urschel is an offensive lineman for the NFL Baltimore Ravens whose Twitter handle is @MathMeetsFball. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in math, both with a 4.0 grade-point average. And this week he tweeted:

Now, journalists are notoriously poor at math (or at least this one is), so we'll provide a link to the paper. And for those of you who are mathematically inclined, here's the abstract:

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Sports
2:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

March Madness 2015: Winners And Losers

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:58 pm

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Sports
3:05 am
Fri March 20, 2015

March Madness Kicks Off With High Drama

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 4:55 am

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