Tom Goldman http://wvasfm.org en NBA's Regular Season Ends Wednesday, NHL Playoffs Begin http://wvasfm.org/post/nbas-regular-season-ends-wednesday-nhl-playoffs-begin Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It is time for sports now. March Madness is over. The Masters Golf Tournament is over. But there's absolutely no time at all for sports fans to catch their collective breath, not with the National Hockey League playoffs starting tonight and the NBA playoffs starting this weekend.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman is here to set the proverbial table for us. Tom, good morning.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, David.<p>GREENE: Let's start with hockey. I know you're as excited as I am about the NHL playoffs. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 46431 at http://wvasfm.org Napier's 22 Points Helps UConn Beat Kentucky In Men's Final http://wvasfm.org/post/napiers-22-points-helps-uconn-beat-kentucky-mens-final Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This year's NCAA men's basketball tournament was billed as wide open. Anyone could win - and a seventh seed did. Makes you wonder what those seeds actually mean. The University of Connecticut was banned from the tournament last year. In a dramatic turnaround, the Yukon Huskies are this year's champs after beating Kentucky last night. Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: We'll pick it up at halftime, when the game appeared to be following a familiar script for the favored Kentucky Wildcats. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:39:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 45975 at http://wvasfm.org Kentucky Wildcats To Play UConn Huskies In NCAA Final http://wvasfm.org/post/kentucky-wildcats-play-uconn-huskies-ncaa-final Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, it's championship week in Division 1 college basketball. Kentucky plays Connecticut tonight for the men's title. And tomorrow, two undefeated teams play for the women's championship. They are Connecticut and Notre Dame.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman is in Dallas, he's on the line. Hi, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hiya, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: OK, so Kentucky got to the championship game by winning by a single point over Wisconsin, which is how they've won a lot of games. Can we expect another close one tonight?<p>GOLDMAN: You certainly can. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 45918 at http://wvasfm.org UConn To Face Kentucky In NCAA Final http://wvasfm.org/post/uconn-face-kentucky-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 15:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 45893 at http://wvasfm.org Labor Ruling May Be Tipping Point For College Sports http://wvasfm.org/post/labor-ruling-may-be-tipping-point-college-sports Last week, a National Labor Relations Board ruling gave football players at Northwestern University the right to unionize. Northwestern is challenging the decision. The NCAA supports the appeal. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 45721 at http://wvasfm.org Freshmen Wildcats Step Easily Into Storied Tradition http://wvasfm.org/post/freshmen-wildcats-step-easily-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 45557 at http://wvasfm.org Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season http://wvasfm.org/post/kentucky-ends-wichita-states-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 45145 at http://wvasfm.org A Day Of Upsets In College Basketball http://wvasfm.org/post/day-upsets-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 09:43:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 45029 at http://wvasfm.org Watch To Watch For As March Madness Begins http://wvasfm.org/post/watch-watch-march-madness-begins Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now on to college basketball. Today is the first full day of play in the NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament. There are 16 games on the schedule coast to coast, from sites in Orlando to Spokane, Washington, where NPR's Tom Goldman has set up camp.<p>Hey there, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hey, Audie. How are you doing?<p>CORNISH: So let's talk about upsets. Over the years, lots of upsets between number five and number 12 seeds. And today was no different. Talk about this Harvard- Cincinnati game.<p>GOLDMAN: Yeah, it happened again. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44992 at http://wvasfm.org Major League Baseball Seeks To Score International Fans http://wvasfm.org/post/major-league-baseball-seeks-score-international-fans Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Major League Baseball season begins Saturday, but it maybe just diehards watching the opening game live from Sydney, Australia. It starts at 1 AM Pacific Time. The L.A. Dodgers play the and Arizona Diamondbacks. And then our, beer and peanuts may be for some - I don't know, caffeine might be better for others. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44889 at http://wvasfm.org