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3:27am

Wed June 12, 2013
Sports

Minor Leaguer Takes Mature Strides To Become Better

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 5:53 am

Tyler Saladino plays for the Birmingham Barons, the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Russell Lewis NPR

Tyler Saladino is one of thousands of minor league baseball players hoping to make it to the major leagues. He plays in Alabama for the Birmingham Barons, the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Last year, NPR profiled Saladino. But since then, maybe things have changed for the 23-year-old infielder.

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10:03pm

Tue June 11, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Basketball: The 'Ultimate Contradiction'

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 5:53 am

In basketball, as in life, we may dutifully celebrate the aggregate, but we'™re always spellbound by the exceptional.
iStockphoto.com

Basketball offers its fans the ultimate contradiction. On the one hand, it's the sport that most depends on its stars. On the other, it's the most intimate — even organic — of all the team games, with its players more fundamentally involved with one another. Both of these opposing realities are rooted in the same base.

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4:52pm

Tue June 11, 2013
Parallels

Despite Critics, Russia Promises A Grand Olympic Spectacle

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 10:04 am

As Sochi, Russia, prepares to host the 2014 Olympic Games, workers walk past piles of dirt at the construction site of Fisht Stadium and Olympic Park on May 20.
Artur Lebedev ITAR-TASS/Landov

As Russia prepares to host the world for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, it faces a number of challenges: The weather is mild for winter sports; residents are complaining about being displaced; and the project is costing a huge amount of money.

Yet the Black Sea resort town, a favorite of President Vladimir Putin, is bustling with construction cranes. Workers are racing to complete high-rise hotels and state-of-the-art venues for figure skating, speedskating and hockey.

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9:40am

Tue June 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Is New England The Right Fit For Tim Tebow?

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:45 am

Tim Tebow (right) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after the Patriots defeated the Broncos on Dec. 18, 2011. Now, they're due to be teammates.
Mark Leffingwell Reuters /Landov

The New England Patriots' website just confirmed the news that quarterback Tim Tebow is joining the team.

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7:50am

Mon June 10, 2013
The Two-Way

After Igniting In 2nd Half, Heat Easily Beat Spurs In Game 2

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 8:56 am

Oh no you don't: The Miami Heat's LeBron James (right) rejects a slam dunk attempt by the San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter during Sunday night's game in Miami.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman reports on Game 2 of the NBA finals

With three minutes left in the third quarter Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs were ahead of the Miami Heat by a point.

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4:30am

Mon June 10, 2013
Sports

Heat Breaks Away From Spurs To Win Game 2

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:08 am

The series is tied at one game a piece. The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night 103-84. Last week, the Spurs beat the Heat in the opener.

5:02pm

Sun June 9, 2013
Interviews

Baseball Prepares For Suspensions

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 6:36 pm

Transcript

TESS VIGELAND, HOST:

Major League Baseball is preparing to hand down suspensions to some of its marquee players according to a recent ESPN report. It's the result of information the league obtained through a man named Tony Bosch, who reportedly supplied banned substances to athletes through his company Biogenesis of America.

Dave Zirin is sports editor for The Nation, and he joins us. Hello.

DAVE ZIRIN: Hey. Great to be here. Thanks for having me.

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1:24pm

Sun June 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Rafael Nadal Wins Record Eighth French Open

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 1:58 pm

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand during the Men's Singles final match against David Ferrer at the French Open on Sunday.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win a record eighth French Open title on Sunday.

Nadal is now the first man to win eight singles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament. He's also won more matches than any other player at the French Open, with 59 wins.

"I never even dreamed about this kind of thing happening," Nadal said in his on-court interview. "But here we are."

The Associated Press writes:

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6:50am

Sun June 9, 2013
Sports

In First Game Of NBA Finals, The Heat Goes Cold

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 12:58 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Time now for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

MARTIN: Every once in a while, the intrepid Mike Pesca has to take one for the team, go out in the field for a tough assignment. You know, watch some basketball, work on his tan. He is in Miami covering the NBA finals.

Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: I don't work on the tan. It just comes to me.

(LAUGHTER)

MARTIN: You know, it's no work. It's just easy.

PESCA: It's just the sun remembers my Mediterranean the roots and, bam, I'm dark.

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2:41pm

Sat June 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Serena Williams Wins French Open, Clenches 16th Grand Slam

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 3:18 pm

Serena Williams celebrates match point Saturday against Russian Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in Paris.
Julian Finney Getty Images

Serena Williams has won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship in more than a decade.

Williams beat Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros on Saturday, 6-4, 6-4.

The Daily Mail writes:

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