Sports

10:03pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Take Golf Out Of The Rough, Into The 21st Century

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 9:20 am

Write This Down: Keeping your own score does not make you more noble, says Frank Deford.
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When my old pal the Sports Curmudgeon had some mildly churlish things to say about golf a few weeks ago, both he and I were upbraided by loyal linksters. As one snapped at me, "You don't know anything about golf."

Perhaps.

But I know all about golf propaganda.

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7:12pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Skater Will Boycott Disciplinary Hearing On Tampering

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 11:38 am

U.S. speedskater Simon Cho, seen here in 2012, will boycott a hearing in Germany over an incident in which he tampered with a Canadian athlete's skate. Cho says his coach ordered him to tamper with the equipment.
Rick Bowmer AP

U.S. Olympic speedskater Simon Cho will boycott a hearing next week that could result in his receiving a lifetime ban from the sport, NPR has learned.

Cho is the short-track bronze medalist (Vancouver, 2010) who in October confessed to sabotaging the skate of a Canadian athlete during an international meet in Poland in 2011.

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5:23pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Sports

Heat, Spurs Prepare For NBA Finals Showdown

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:25 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. The NBA Finals are set. For a third straight year, the Miami Heat will be playing for the championship. The Heat won last year and they'll defend their title against the San Antonio Spurs. Tip-off for the championship series is Thursday, and now here to talk about the Heat, Spurs and about grace under pressure is NPR's Mike Pesca. Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

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4:44pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Ohio State President Will Retire In Wake Of Latest Gaffes

Ohio State president Gordon Gee, seen here at last month's spring commencement, has announced his retirement. Gee came under fire for his remarks on Catholics, other schools, rival athletic conferences, and coaches.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Ohio State University president Gordon Gee will retire on July 1, ending his leadership of the school that was recently embarrassed by his verbal miscues. Gee, 69, recently sparked anger with comments he made about Catholics and rival universities.

Gee made those comments, reportedly intended as jokes, at a session of Ohio State's Athletic Council.

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6:45am

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

'Deacon' Jones, The NFL's Original Sackmaster, Dies

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 10:05 am

Football great David "Deacon" Jones in 2010.
David Livingston Getty Images

David "Deacon" Jones, a hall of fame defensive lineman credited with coining the term "sack" for how he would tackle opposing teams' quarterbacks, has died.

He was 74.

According to the NFL's Washington Redskins, the last team Jones played for, he "passed away [Monday] from natural causes at his home in Southern California."

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5:41am

Tue June 4, 2013
Sports

After Game 7: Pacers Go Home, Heat Face Spurs

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:10 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Miami Heat were dominant last night as they beat the Indiana Pacers to win Game 7 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals. NPR's Mike Pesca reports that Miami's LeBron James led all scorers with 32 points and his team to another berth in the Finals.

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12:17pm

Mon June 3, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Yankees And Red Sox Flinch As Lightning Strikes

As the sky darkened and the storm moved in Sunday at Yankee Stadium, this police officer was among many warily looking up.
Mike Stobe Getty Images

Cameras were rolling Sunday during a rain delay at Yankee Stadium when an especially loud clap of thunder scared players in both dugouts. The Associated Press has the video.

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5:54am

Mon June 3, 2013
Sports

3 Fresh Faces Usher In New WNBA Season

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:23 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The women's pro basketball season is underway, and this year the WBNA features three former college stars. These standout players are being marketed as the Three To See. They are Elena Della Donne, Brittney Griner, and Skylar Diggins. NPR's Mike Pesca saw two of the three to see play each other last night. He has this report.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Skylar Diggins can still get the crowd to go wild.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERS)

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3:36am

Mon June 3, 2013
Code Switch

Barrier-Breaking Surfer's Legacy A Reminder Of Work To Do

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 3:31 pm

Surfers surround a celebrant who pours libations and says prayers to honor the spirit of surfers past and present and to give thanks to the sea for providing sustenance and recreation.
Karen Grigsby Bates NPR

The Saturday morning fog was burning off above the part of Santa Monica's beach known as the Inkwell. It's the stretch of sand to which black Southern Californians were relegated by de facto segregation until the 1960s.

Men, women and children walked across the sand in wet suits, carrying surfboards. They're part of the Black Surfers Collective, which aims to get more people of color involved in surfing.

They had gathered to honor pioneer Nick Gabaldon, a legendary surfer who is remembered as the area's first documented board man of African-American and Mexican heritage.

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6:52am

Sun June 2, 2013
Sports

Sports Chat: NBA, NHL Zero In On Finals Matches

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mike Pesca about the week in sports.

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