Sports

4:59pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Remembrances

Opponent Who Died After Fight Weighed Heavily On Boxer Emile Griffith

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Emile Griffith died this week at age 75. He was a world champion boxer, but he's best known for one of the sport's lowest moments. In 1962, at Madison Square Garden, Griffith was fighting Benny "The Kid" Paret and in the 12th round, Griffith pummeled Paret until he crumbled.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Paret goes down from pure exhaustion. Look at him there. Dr. Smith is coming over to look at him. Paret has collapsed from exhaustion from that beating on the ropes.

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3:16pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Sports

Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:01 pm

Graham Johnston, 82, poses for a portrait through an underwater window at the pool on Wednesday. Graham competed at the Senior Games in Cleveland, where more than 10,000 athletes older than 55 are competing in various sports.
Benjamin Morris for NPR

More than 10,000 athletes are meeting in Cleveland for The National Senior Games. Adults older than 55 — and some older than 90 — are running track, riding bikes, playing basketball and competing in many of the sports you might see at the Summer Olympics. In fact there are a few who were Olympians themselves back in the day who say they find that competition is just as satisfying in their later years.

One of those is 82-year-old swimmer Graham Johnston. When he's not racing or getting ready to race, he's in the stands, checking out the other swimmers with an expert eye.

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12:08pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Sports

Phil Mickelson Takes a Swing at Science

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Flora Lichtman. This next segment is specially dedicated to people for whom midsummer means lush greens, maybe a little sand and hopefully a lot of birdies. We're in the thick of golf season. The U.S. Open wrapped up last month, the British Open last weekend. And in just a few weeks, the PGA Championship begins. Up next, a look at the science of this sport. What sets the pros apart? Stroke mechanics, swing thoughts, physics, psychology?

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12:08pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Barbershop

Have New Yorkers Seen Too Much Of Anthony Weiner?

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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11:53am

Fri July 26, 2013
Monkey See

Mike Tyson And The Questions Not Asked

Director Spike Lee and Mike Tyson speak onstage at a panel in Beverly Hills on Thursday.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

HBO's press tour presentations this year were quieter than they've sometimes been. They don't have a big, splashy new drama series to talk about — in part because they still make a limited amount of original programming and don't have a lot of room when they're happy with how things are going. They have a comedy series with Stephen Merchant, but since we haven't seen it, most of the questions touched in one way or another on how tall he is.

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11:17am

Fri July 26, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is It Fair For Baseball To Reject Drugs But Embrace Surgery?

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:05 pm

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 season after violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Mike McGinnis Getty Images

Doping in sports is back in the news and you don't need to be a sports fan to have heard about it. The PBS Newshour devoted a segment to the recent disclosure that Tyson Gay, America's top sprinter and self-declared Mr. Clean, had failed a drug test.

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1:56pm

Thu July 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Cowboys Stadium No More: With Deal, It Is Now AT&T Stadium

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:30 pm

The sun sets behind Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

After what is rumored to be a multimillion-dollar naming deal, the iconic Cowboys Stadium will be called AT&T Stadium from now on.

In a press release, AT&T said part of its attraction to the deal was that Dallas is the company's home. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement that the naming deal ties the team with "one of the world's strongest and most innovative companies."

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3:06am

Wed July 24, 2013
Sports

'Beep Baseball' A Homerun With Blind Players

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

Ryan Strickland takes a practice swing. Even though most players are legally blind, batters, basemen and outfielders all wear blindfolds in Beep Baseball so that people who can see shadows, for example, don't have an advantage.
Jessica Robinson for NPR

The air smells like cut grass and barbecue at Friendship Park in north Spokane, Wash. And Bee Yang is up to bat. The outfielders get ready. Yang is known as a power hitter.

But this is not your usual baseball game. There's a twist: most of the athletes on the field are visually impaired. Players know where the ball is by listening for it. It's called Beep Baseball, named for the beeping sound the balls make.

Yang listens for the pitch.

He swings.

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10:03pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Sweetness And Light

NCAA Should 'Bolster And Reinforce' African-American Players

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

Jaimie D. Travis iStockphoto.com

"And this is a long-term project: We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement." President Obama

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5:28pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Parallels

With An Assist From Smugglers, Cuban Players Make It To U.S.

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 8:55 pm

Cuban baseball players have been defecting to the U.S. in growing numbers over the past two decades. Increasingly, smugglers play a role in getting the players off the island, U.S. baseball agents say.
Gerry Broome AP

Cigars aren't the only thing smuggled out of Cuba these days.

Cuban baseball players are also a hot commodity, and sports agents in the U.S. say the process is increasingly dominated by smugglers who track down players willing to defect and find surreptitious ways to deliver them to the United States.

"The whole business got pretty much taken over by smugglers," says former baseball agent Joe Kehoskie.

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