Sports

5:16am

Sun August 4, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio?

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 2:55 pm

Members of the U.S. men's soccer team take a lap around the field after beating Panama 1-0 to capture the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday in Chicago.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

At the beginning of 2013 — with only a year before soccer's crown jewel event, the World Cup in Brazil — all was not rosy with the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team. There was that 0-0 tie with Canada, and then a 2-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.

But now, the cry is, "Break up the Americans!"

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5:06pm

Sat August 3, 2013
Sports

How Major League Baseball Alleviated Its Broken Bat Problem

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 6:29 pm

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks his bat on a single to right field during a game in June. The rate of such breaks has been cut in half since 2008.
Victor Decolongon Getty Images

Back in 2008, Major League Baseball had a problem with broken bats. That season, bats were breaking into multiple pieces at a higher rate than ever before: around once per game.

The problem coincided with a surge in the popularity of maple bats over the traditional ash.

A bat that simply cracks isn't too big a deal. But in 2008, maple bats kept breaking apart. Often, they'd break along the handle, sending the heavier upper barrel of the bat flying.

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7:27am

Sat August 3, 2013
Sports

Drugs And The Future Of Baseball

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 1:46 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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5:19pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Sports

Female Golfer Seeks To Roundup Titles

At this week's Women's British open, Inbee Park is trying to be the first golfer, man or woman, to win all four Grand Slam titles in one year. So far, she's had a rough time. She's fallen to the middle of the pack on the leaderboard through two rounds. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis for an update.

5:19pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Sports

Suspensions Probable For MLB Players In Latest Drug Scandal

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 5:34 pm

Any time now, the other shoe — or shoes — are expected to drop in Major League Baseball's performance enhancing drug investigation. A handful of players will likely be suspended for their involvement with the Miami-area clinic Biogenesis. Melissa Block speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the situation, and the uncertain terms of Alex Rodriguez's suspension.

11:28am

Fri August 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Giant Lion May Be King Of All Football Field Logos

At 50 yards wide, a new lion dominates the new field at Texas A&M University-Commerce's Memorial Stadium.
Lion Athletics

"That's a big ol' lion." How else to describe the new golden cat on the field at Texas A&M University-Commerce's Memorial Stadium that stretches from sideline to sideline, dominating the area between the 25-yard lines?

That description of the giant cat, which may be the largest on-field logo in America, comes from Mark Haslett of NPR member station KETR, which is based at the school in eastern Texas.

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11:24am

Fri August 2, 2013
Barbershop

Barbershop Guys Take A Swing At Sports Controversies

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11:19am

Fri August 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Nepal To Clamp Down On Everest Expeditions

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 12:54 pm

Mountaineers on the summit of Mount Everest in May.
AFP/Getty Images

The Nepalese government says it will tightly monitor next year's ascents of Mount Everest after an embarrassing high-altitude brawl in April between a European climbing team and their Sherpa guides.

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5:38pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Sports

Glacier Helps U.S. Ski Team Drift Ahead Of Competition

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 6:09 pm

Skiers Jessie Diggins (from left), Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen finish practice. During the summer, they ski on Eagle Glacier to prepare for competition. It's one of the few places where skiers can train on snow during the summer.
Annie Feidt Alaska Public Radio Network

The U.S. women's cross-country ski team has never won an Olympic medal. But that could change in Sochi, Russia, in February. The team has a secret weapon: a pristine glacier high above the mountains of Anchorage.

On the ground, it's summer. But as soon as the helicopter crests the mountain: winter. The snowy white Eagle Glacier stretches out for miles, rimmed by rocky peaks.

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4:54pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Sports

Quarterback Controveries Plague Numerous NFL Teams

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 5:48 pm

The New York Jets are one of many teams with a quarterback controversy headed into the new season. But in New York, it seems that controversy attaches itself to everything the Jets do. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath reflects on the difficulties of leading the Jets.

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