Wed July 1, 2015

A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 2:03 pm

Mindy Przeor founded an after-school and summer running club in Mesa, Ariz.
Jason Millstein for NPR

First rule of Brinton Elementary School run club: Keep those legs moving. Second rule of run club: Have fun.

For 13-year-old Kaprice Faraci and her sister, Kassidy, inspiration to keep moving struck one after school afternoon in the third grade. Video games and TV bored the twins. They were outside when they spotted a small pack of children chugging down their street.

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Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Transgender Swimmer Given Choice Of Harvard's Men's, Women's Teams

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:55 am

Schuyler Bailar will swim on the men's team at Harvard this fall.
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The Harvard men's swim team will have a new swimmer on their team this fall: Schuyler Bailar of McLean, Va. He will be the first openly transgender swimmer in NCAA Division I history, according to The Harvard Crimson.

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Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:30 pm

Gunhild Swanson, 70, clocked 29:59:54 in the Western States Endurance Run on Sunday.
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The Western States Endurance Run is the world's oldest 100-mile race — and among its toughest. Runners begin the race in Squaw Valley, Calif., climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line in Auburn, Calif.

Here's what that looks like:

This year's male winner was Rob Krar, 38, of Flagstaff, Ariz., who completed the course in 14:48:59. That's an incredible time. But the loudest cheers at the finish line on Sunday were reserved for 70-year-old Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley, Wash.

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Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Topples Top-Ranked Germany 2-0 To Reach World Cup Final

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:20 am

Carli Lloyd of the U.S. (in white) celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick Tuesday night in the Americans' 2-0 World Cup semifinal victory against Germany.
Elsa Getty Images

Updated, 9 p.m. ET:

In a battle between a fantastic attack and a fantastic defense, the latter prevailed, as two penalty kicks — one made, one whiffed — and a late insurance goal gave the U.S. a 2-0 win over Germany and a berth in the Women's World Cup soccer final.

After American forward Alex Morgan tumbled over a German defender — a foul that appeared to occur outside of the box — forward Carli Lloyd got a penalty shot past Germany's Nadine Angerer, whom the U.S. had kept busy all night.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Author Interviews

How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 7:38 pm

Adonal Foyle (center) plays for the Orlando Magic against the Milwaukee Bucks in 2007.
Doug Benc Getty Images

According to Sports Illustrated, more than half of all NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. Most of the players come into professional sports totally unequipped to handle their own windfalls like cars, houses and fancy clothes.

Former NBA star Adonal Foyle is trying to help.

He offers financial advice for current and future professional athletes in his book Winning the Money Game: Lessons Learned from the Financial Fouls of Pro Athletes.

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Fri June 26, 2015

ESPN Brings Betting Talk To The Mainstream

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:20 pm

This year's ESPN NCAA basketball coverage did not shy away from talking about the ordinarily sensitive topic of betting as much as it has in the past.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Walk into a bar or spend some time in an airport and there's a good chance ESPN is on TV. What happens on its ever-present SportsCenter, airing live 18 times daily, resonates with sports fans around the country. So it matters that over the past couple of years, ESPN has increased coverage of what's always been an extremely sensitive topic for leagues and TV networks — sports betting.

ESPN says it wants to be more direct about a topic broadcasters have dealt with circuitously, often with a wink and nod, rather than in the direct language of gambling.

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Fri June 26, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Women Take Out China, Advance To World Cup Semifinals

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:26 pm

Goalie Hope Solo of the United States celebrates with midfielder Carli Lloyd on Friday after defeating China 1-0 in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals in Ottawa, Canada.
Jana Chytilova Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Update, 9:30 p.m. ET:

The United States pulled out a victory against China on Friday night in the Women's World Cup, winning only 1-0 despite dominating the match.

Midfielder Carli Lloyd's header in the 51st minute made the difference, but the U.S. kept pressure on China all night long and had 17 shots to China's 7.

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Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns Is No. 1 NBA Draft Pick

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 3:26 am

Power forward Karl-Anthony Towns shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shortly after being taken first in the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kathy Willens AP

The 2015 NBA Draft took place Thursday night in Brooklyn's Barclay Center. Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky was the first pick, drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that ended last season with a 16-66 record. Nineteen-year-old, 6-foot-11 Towns only played one year at Kentucky, but during that season was named a 2015 Second-Team All-American. He also helped lead Kentucky to the Final Four.

In an interview shortly after his pick, Towns told ESPN, "This is what you live for." He continued, "I'm coming with a winning attitude. I just want to win."

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Thu June 25, 2015
Goats and Soda

The Cycling World May Soon Bow Down Before Nairo Quintana

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 7:17 pm

Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana poses for a snapshot during a training session this month in Colombia.

He began biking to get to high school. The return trip was a 10-mile uphill slog. That didn't deter Nairo Quintana. Sometimes he'd even attach a cable to his sister's bike and haul her up the mountain with him.

And now some pundits think that the 25-year-old Colombian athlete could win the grueling, three-week Tour de France, which kicks off on July 4.

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Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Amy Poehler Asks A Critic Of Women's Sports, 'Really!?!'

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 3:15 pm

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers took turns responding to a tweet that dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching."

Many people took notice when a Sports Illustrated analyst dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching" earlier this week. Unfortunately for SI's Andy Benoit, two of those who noticed were Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.

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