Sports

7:49am

Sun October 13, 2013
Sports

Worst NFL Team Takes On The Best

Originally published on Sun October 13, 2013 8:47 am

The dismal Jacksonville Jaguars play the formidable Denver Broncos today, a match-up that makes for the biggest point spread ever and possibly the worst regular season NFL game in a long time. NPR's Mike Pesca joins host Rachel Martin and can talk of nothing else.

7:36am

Sat October 12, 2013
Sports

'Fun' Teams Out Of Baseball Playoffs

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 8:05 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

It's time now for sports and we have to begin with the sad and tragic story. The two-year-old son of Adrian Peterson, the great running back of the Minnesota Vikings died this week apparently of abuse and allegedly by a boyfriend of the little boy's mother. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us. Good morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi Scott.

SIMON: Hard to know what to say.

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7:36am

Sat October 12, 2013
Asia

'This Chap Has Been A Colossus': Indian Cricket Star To Retire

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 3:31 pm

Students hold a poster of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in March at school in Chennai, southern India.
AP

Sachin Tendulkar is not only perhaps the best batsman to ever play cricket, he is considered an icon. Thursday, he announced his plan to retire.

It's almost impossible to find an American sports analogy for how huge Tendulkar is in India, where interest in cricket tends toward obsessive, says Indian Parliament member Shashi Tharoor.

"He is certainly the greatest Indian to ever wield a cricket bat, and possibly one of the greatest in the history of the entire sport worldwide," Tharoor explains to Weekend Edition host Scott Simon.

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4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Sports

Remembering One Of Boxing's Storied Bouts

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

One final note on that famous title fight between Liston and Ali. The legendary anchor punch that Mike mentioned is also known as the phantom punch. That's because many in the crowd didn't see it land and certainly didn't think that one quick punch could have dropped a man Liston's size. Even Ali seemed surprised. To this day, many wonder if the fight was fixed. After the fight, Ali headed over to broadcaster Steve Ellis and asked to see a replay.

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4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Sports

MLB Postseason Contenders All Have Storied Histories

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

If you like your postseason baseball full of plucky, low budget upstarts...sorry. Both the American and National league championship series have a distinctly old school feel to them. The Dodgers, Cardinals, Red Sox and Tigers all have long, storied histories — and big payrolls to match. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks to Robert Siegel about baseball's final four teams.

4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Sports

Electric Football, Invented In 1948, Still Alive And Buzzing

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 10:52 pm

Electric football survived the advent of Madden video games and today has a cult following.
Chris Benderev NPR

Professional football is America's real pastime.

The 2013 Super Bowl was the third-most-watched piece of television in recorded history. The first- and second-most-watched? The previous two Super Bowls.

And buried deep down inside that avalanche of fandom are the people who still play a board game invented in 1948 called electric football.

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4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Code Switch

'Fetch Clay, Make Man': Ali, Fetchit And The 'Anchor Punch'

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

In 1965, Muhammad Ali and Lincoln Perry (Stepin Fetchit) teamed up in pursuit of a legendary boxing technique: the anchor punch.
Courtesy of New York Theatre Workshop

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Muhammad Ali's first title defense, a first-round TKO of Sonny Liston in 1965, propelled Ali to the status of icon. In Ali's training camp before the fight was an icon from an earlier era: Lincoln Perry. He was the first African-American movie star, who went by the stage name Stepin Fetchi. The relationship between the two men is the subject of an off-Broadway play called Fetch Clay, Make Man.

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2:35pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Sports

Baseball Postseason Predictions

Many baseball fans have a love affair with two things: their favorite team and statistics. Bruce Bukiet, an associate professor of mathematical sciences, shares his predictions and mathematical models for this year's Major League Baseball playoff standings.

8:44am

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Cricket's Sachin Tendulkar Announces Retirement

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates scoring his 100th century during the Asia Cup cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka on March 16, 2012. He said Thursday that he will retire from test cricket after his 200th test in November.
Aijaz Rahi AP

5:37pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Youth Radio

High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:41 pm

Football practice at Castro Valley High School in California. Proper hitting technique requires players to keep their heads up to prevent neck injuries and concussions.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

The NFL adopted a new rule this season that makes it illegal for players to hit with the crown of their helmet. In other words, ramming your head into someone.

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