Sports

6:41am

Sun August 18, 2013
Sports

Bucking Conventional Sports Wisdom

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:07 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SPORTS THEME MUSIC)

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Sports, like anything, really, has its conventional wisdom. If you spend more on your team, they'll win more games. If you had a dismal season last year, this year you're probably not going to the playoffs. So on and so forth.

NPR's Mike Pesca says not so. He joins us now to explain what on Earth he means. Hey, Mike.

(LAUGHTER)

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Wait a minute. You set up a scenario whereby you question what on Earth I mean. But you're the one asking that, so yeah.

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4:58pm

Sat August 17, 2013
The Two-Way

K.C. Royals' Miguel Tejada Suspended 105 Games For Drug Use

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 8:47 pm

Royals infielder Miguel Tejada celebrates an RBI single against the Boston Red Sox last week at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Ed Zurga Getty Images

Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada has been suspended by order of the commissioner of baseball after he was found to be in violation of Major League Baseball's drug program.

Marc Garber of member station WNYC says Tejada, 39, will get a 105-game suspension — one of the longest in major league history — after he reportedly tested positive on multiple occasions for Adderall, an amphetamine used to treat attention-deficit disorder.

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12:49pm

Sat August 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Alabama Tops Associated Press' Preseason Football Poll

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 8:31 pm

Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after defeating LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans.
Gerald Herbert Associated Press

Alabama has snagged the top spot in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as the team sets its sights on a third-straight national title.

The AP writes:

"The [Crimson] Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.

The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.

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7:55am

Sat August 17, 2013
NPR Story

The Dodgers' Unexpected Rise

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 7:35 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. Good to be here to be able to say: Time for sports.

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7:55am

Sat August 17, 2013
Author Interviews

'18 In America': Coast To Coast With Golf Clubs In Hand

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 7:35 am

When Dylan Dethier graduated from high school a few years ago, he didn't go on to the local college, join the Army or hitchhike cross-country. He hit golf courses, on a trip across America to play a round of golf in each of the Lower 48 states.

He played the posh course at Pebble Beach, yes; but mostly public courses across the country, including one in hard-hit Flint, Mich., another in North Dakota and one in a corner of Alabama. Over the course of a year he slept with an ax under his car seat, lost his virtue, and looked at America from green to shining green.

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5:03pm

Fri August 16, 2013
Sports

Marion Bartoli Retires From Tennis At The Top Of Her Game

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:22 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And Audie Cornish. Just 40 days after winning the women's singles title at Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli of France announced on Wednesday that she's retiring from tennis at age 28. Bartoli now joins a relatively short list of top athletes who decided to call it quits in their prime. Sports writer Stefan Fatsis joins us now, as he does most Fridays. Hey there, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

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5:45am

Fri August 16, 2013
Sports

Athletes Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:33 am

Controversy over Russia's new anti-gay law is affecting this year's World Athletic Championships. Athletes who are in Moscow for the games are speaking out about the law. How athletes are reacting could be a test for what's to come at the Sochi Olympics.

5:45am

Fri August 16, 2013
Sports

Fox Launches 24-Hour Sports Network On Saturday

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:39 am

For years, ESPN has been the dominant name in sports broadcasting, not to mention the most profitable bundle of channels on cable television. But it will face its first serious challenge when Fox launches its 24-hour national sports network.

5:43pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Sports

The Dodgers' 'Magical' Rise From The Cellar

Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (center left, holding helmet) is congratulated by teammates along with Yasiel Puig (No. 66) after Gonzalez hit a game-winning RBI double and Puig scored during the 12th inning of their game against the New York Mets on Wednesday.
Mark J. Terrill AP

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball. They've won 40 of their last 48 games, and Wednesday night, they came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat the New York Mets in 12 innings.

It's a remarkable turnaround for a team that was near the cellar before the All-Star break. Now, they're calling Dodgers Stadium the Magic Castle. Attendance is up, TV ratings are up, star power is up. And the on-field play is "magical," according to legendary announcer Vin Scully.

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9:57am

Thu August 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Safety Checklist To Save Teen Athletes' Lives

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:03 am

Ray Copeland, a football coach at Bishop McGuinness High School, puts his players through a workout in Oklahoma City in 2007. As is often the case in much of the U.S., the first day of high school football practice that year began in a heat wave.
AP

For all the benefits of exercise and teamwork to the heart and head, high school athletes still lead the nation in athletics-related deaths. And it doesn't have to be that way, sports medicine specialists say.

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