Sports

4:02pm

Mon July 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Ultramarathoner Finishes The Appalachian Trail In Record Time

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 10:53 am

Maine's Mount Katahdin is the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.
Beth J. Harpaz AP

2,189 miles in 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes.

That's how long it took for Scott Jurek to complete the Appalachian Trail, setting a new record for the fastest known finish. He left Springer Mountain, Ga., at 5:56 a.m. ET on May 27 and ended at the top of Maine's Mount Katahdin at 2:03 p.m. on Sunday, according to Runner's World.

The 41-year-old ultramarathoner averaged almost 50 miles a day.

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12:47pm

Sun July 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Djokovic Beats Federer To Hold On To Wimbledon Title

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 6:51 pm

Novak Djokovic celebrates his win over Roger Federer in the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Dominic Lipinski PA Photos/Landov

Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Wimbledon singles title against a concerted effort by Roger Federer, who was hoping for a record eighth Wimbledon title.

It is Djokovic's ninth Grand Slam title and third Wimbledon singles championship. He becomes only the eighth man to successfully defend that title.

Djokovic won the first set 7-6, and Federer leveled it in the second, 7-6. The third set was suspended for rain with a score of 3-2 for Djokovic. When play resumed, Djokovic closed out the set by winning it 6-4; he won the last set 6-3.

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10:48am

Sun July 12, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Baseball In Skirts, 19th-Century Style

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:46 am

Chloe Judnic of the River Belles.
Courtesy of Carol "Miss Jewel" Sheldon

As our nation prepares for the annual MLB All-Star Game on July 14, let us pause and refresh our memories of women's baseball in 19th-century America — and what it represented.

From the very early days of baseball in America, women were involved. First, as spectators, as reported in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Aug. 4, 1859, when a game between two local teams "was witnessed by a large number of people, the greater part of whom were ladies."

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6:31pm

Sat July 11, 2015
Sports

Wimbledon 1980: Wooden Racquets, Short Shorts And The Ultimate Showdown

Photographer Walter Iooss captured Björn Borg's celebration after winning the match at Wimbledon in 1980. "You see a match like that maybe once in your life," Iooss says. "I was lucky to be there."
Walter Iooss Jr. Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Serena Williams won her 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon on Saturday, defeating Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Sunday promises the long-awaited rematch between defending champ Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who's won the tournament seven times already himself.

The rivalry between Djokovic and Federer is one of the greatest in modern tennis, but arguably, it's not the greatest all-time. Many would say that honor actually goes to a matchup 35 years ago — back in the era of wooden racquets, headbands, long socks and short shorts.

Wimbledon 1980 was the ultimate showdown.

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10:46am

Sat July 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Serena Williams Wins 21st Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 2:12 pm

Serena Williams wins the singles match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain after the women's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, on Saturday. Williams won 6-4, 6-4.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

Serena Williams won her 21st Grand Slam title in a Wimbledon final against a much younger opponent, 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

For Williams, 33, it was her fourth Grand Slam championship in a row and her 25th career Grand Slam title match. It was Muguruza's first. Williams beat Muguruza 6-4, 6-4.

"Yeah, I'm having so much fun out here, you know, I just never dreamt I would be out here still and let alone winning," Williams told the crowd at Wimbledon after accepting her trophy.

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Sports

Winning Is For Losers: The Great Stories Of The Guys Who Finish Last

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

Cyclists competing in the Tour de France entered the 8th Stage on Saturday, where they'll face some short but steep climbs as they ride west through Brittany. At the end of the day, cheering crowds will gather around the finish line, the stage winners feted.

What about the guy at the end of the pack? That's the question Max Leonard answers in his new book, Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France. Leonard tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that the riders in the back often have far more interesting stories than the riders in the front.

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Sports

Wimbledon, Golf And The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

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4:47pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Sports

Fans Gather In New York City To Honor U.S. Women's Soccer Team

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:22 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

The rock-star week for the U.S. women's soccer team involved some confetti today. The team's World Cup win was celebrated in New York City with a history-making tickertape parade. Bridget Bergen reports from member station WNYC.

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10:49am

Fri July 10, 2015
The Two-Way

Women's Soccer Team Earns Ticker-Tape Parade In NYC — And A Return To No. 1

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 12:10 pm

Well ahead of the ticker-tape parade's 11 a.m. start time, young fans were already in place along the route to celebrate the U.S. women's World Cup victory.
Adam Hunger AP

Marking the first time any women's team has been celebrated in New York's famed Canyon of Heroes, thousands of fans turned out Friday for a parade honoring the U.S. women's soccer team's record third World Cup title.

The ticker-tape parade comes on the heels of another U.S. achievement: a return to the No. 1 spot in FIFA's rankings that were released this morning.

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6:21am

Fri July 10, 2015
Sports

A Pittsburgh Pirate Does His 'Gangnam Style' Dance

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:10 am

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Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with a little dancing in the dugout. That infectious beat is, of course, "Gangnam Style."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GANGNAM STYLE")

PSY: (Singing) Oppa Gangnam style.

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