Sports

10:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Clap If You Believe In Roger Maris

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 5:08 am

Davis says that in his opinion, Roger Maris (above) is the all-time home run record holder. Maris hit 61 homers in 1961.
AP

In 1961 the American League schedule was lengthened by eight games to 162, and it was about this time that summer that the commissioner –– of whom it was once written, "An empty cab drove up to the curb and Ford Frick got out" –– declared that even if some player broke Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs, it would not count if he needed more games than Ruth had had.

So, when Roger Maris hit his 61st in the last game of the longer season, the distinction did not displace Ruth in the record books but was merely listed along with The Babe's lesser number.

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6:33pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

WWE Can Now Tag-Team With NSA Versus Leakers

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 7:46 pm

Match outcomes at WWE's Wrestlemania 29 event are just a few of the ones a Reddit user predicted with 100 percent accuracy.
Mel Evans AP

While perhaps not on par with Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning, Reddit user Dolphins1925's leaks could shake up the world of professional wrestling.

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5:06am

Tue July 16, 2013
Sports

New York Hosts Major League All-Star Game

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:55 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The best players in major league baseball take the field tonight in New York. Fans voted for their favorites in the American and National Leagues. The All-Star game is an exhibition - or mostly an exhibition - and there is a real prize. The winner gets home-field advantage during the World Series. The game also offers a chance to check on how teams are doing midway through the season.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Here to talk all things baseball is NPR's Mike Pesca. Good morning.

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3:13am

Tue July 16, 2013
Sports

An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:21 am

Matthew Berry's new book, "The Fantasy Life," talks about how a made-up game has affected millions of lives, including his own.

It's the fourth most popular sport in the United States and more than 30 million people play it in the United States and Canada. Around 13 percent of Americans played it in 2012. There are hundreds of variations across multiple sports, but football is by far the most popular.

And it's pure fantasy.

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11:52am

Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Is This The Worst Ceremonial First Pitch In History?

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen smiles with pitcher Matt Moore just before the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros on Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
J. Meric Getty Images

5:10am

Mon July 15, 2013
Sports

3 Sprinters Test Positive for Banned Substances

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 5:50 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Track and field is a sport of power and speed, and also one with a checkered history when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs. In the past, it has seen Olympians like Ben Johnson and Marion Jones stripped of medals in doping scandals. Now yesterday, the sport hit a new low. Three well-known athletes from sprinting powers Jamaica and the United States announced that they had tested positive for banned drugs.

Joining me to talk about this is NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Hey, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi, David.

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3:50am

Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Cleveland Fan Grabs 4 Foul Balls At Indians Game

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 1:36 pm

Greg Van Niel, a season-ticket holder who wasn't sitting in his usual seat, grabbed four foul balls Sunday during the Indians' 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. He reportedly kept the first three balls and flipped the fourth to nearby fans.
WKYC.com

Greg Van Niel is a Cleveland Indians season-ticket holder. But curiously, he wasn't sitting in his usual seat when he grabbed four foul balls at Sunday's game at Progressive Field against the Kansas City Royals.

He accomplished his feat by the fifth inning while sitting in Row FF, Section 160, Seat 3.

"Three of them were catches, and one was a ball I picked up off the ground," Van Niel told the team, according to tribevibe on mlblogs.com.

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8:34am

Sun July 14, 2013
Sports

Jeter's Back ... Then Injured Again

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 12:12 pm

Derek Jeter was back in the Yankees lineup last week after breaking his ankle in the 2012 playoffs. A few at-bats later, he was out with a strained quadricep. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about how much difference this one player can make on the baseball diamond.

7:16am

Sat July 13, 2013
Sports

Cabrera's Stunning Summer

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 1:22 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. I'm going to be on vacation for a couple of weeks and after today's show. You know what I'm going to miss? Our crew here and the chance to say: Time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

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12:28pm

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Let Women Ride In The Tour De France, Cyclists Say In Petition

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:13 pm

A woman takes a picture of a little girl posing in a cyclist cutout at the 2013 Tour de France. A new petition calls for including women in the epic race.
Jeff Pachoud AFP/Getty Images

Calling road cycling "one of the worst offenders" in gender inequity, four elite female athletes have created a petition to ask the sport's hallmark event, the Tour de France, to include women next year. Citing the inclusion of women at the world's top marathons, the petition's authors say, "After a century, it is about time women are allowed to race the Tour de France, too."

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