Sports

3:08am

Tue May 21, 2013
Author Interviews

Courtside Chemistry: How NBA's Phil Jackson Won 'Eleven Rings'

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 11:13 am

Phil Jackson is famous not only for coaching stars — Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen with the Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal with the L.A. Lakers — but also for his distinctive "zen" approach to basketball. He introduced his teams to yoga and meditation, and regularly assigned his players books to read.

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5:41am

Sun May 19, 2013
Sports

Sports: Rallying For Wrestling

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 2:11 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. And it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

MARTIN: NPR's Mike Pesca is on the line from New York. Good morning, Mike.

MIKE PESCA: Hey.

MARTIN: There's a little wrestling news to talk about this morning. There was this big landmark wrestling match last week between Iran and the U.S. that took place in Grand Central Station, right?

PESCA: Grand Central, yeah. I was there. The Russians were involved, too, quite exciting.

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5:13am

Sat May 18, 2013
Sports

Sports: Playoffs, Hard Hits, Soccer Kicks

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 7:23 am

Host Scott Simon talks to ESPN's Howard Bryant about the NBA playoffs, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper's collision with a wall, and David Beckham's retirement from soccer.

5:50pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Code Switch

'Venus And Serena': An Extraordinary Story, Told On Film

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 6:52 pm

Serena (right) and Venus Williams pose with their gold medals during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Stefan Wermuth Reuters/Landov

It's Cinderella plus Jackie Robinson times two. When Venus and Serena Williams burst onto the lily-white world of tennis, they changed the game and made history: They were sisters. From a poor neighborhood. Who brought unprecedented power to the game. And both reached No. 1.

Their journey is the subject of a new documentary called Venus and Serena, showing in select theaters around the country.

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5:35pm

Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

America's Cup Death Raises Concerns Over High-Tech Race Boats

The Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran lies capsized after a training sail in San Francisco Bay on May 9.
Noah Berger AP

America's Cup, the oldest and most prestigious sailing competition, has hit some choppy water.

The death last week of British sailor and gold medal Olympian Andrew "Bart" Simpson when the boat he was crewing capsized and broke up during a practice run off San Francisco, has prompted tough questions about safety.

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4:20pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Sports

Hi-Tech Catamarans Criticized After Sailor Dies

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 6:52 pm

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In San Francisco, organizers of the America's Cup race say the event will go on as scheduled in July. That's despite the death of a British sailor during a practice session last week. Olympian Andrew Simpson drowned after his high-tech catamaran capsized. He was pinned underwater for about 10 minutes. America's Cup officials say they will investigate the incident, but they believe the sailboats are safe. As NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, not everyone agrees.

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4:20pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Sports

New Pro Women's Soccer League Learns From Past Mistakes

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 6:52 pm

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

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10:49am

Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Famed Race Driver Dick Trickle Dies, Suicide Suspected

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 12:36 pm

Dick Trickle at the start of a NASCAR race in 1993.
Bill Hall Getty Images

Dick Trickle, a "short-track hero" in the '70s and '80s who moved to the NASCAR circuit later in his career, died Thursday.

According to The Charlotte Observer, the 71-year-old was killed by "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Lincoln County [N.C.] deputies said."

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10:25am

Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

For Trainer Of Derby Champion, 'My Dream Came True'

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 1:26 pm

Kentucky Derby winner Orb gets a blanket put on him by exercise rider Jennifer Patterson and trainer Shug McGaughey after a workout earlier this week at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Orb contends Saturday for the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.
Rob Carr Getty Images

All eyes may be on Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the favorite to win Saturday's Preakness Stakes, but behind this feisty bay colt is a quiet, humble man named Shug McGaughey who has one thing on his mind: his job.

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4:46pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Sports

David Beckham Retires As One Of Soccer's Most Famous Players

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 7:24 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Say goodbye to David Beckham. Today, the 38-year-old soccer icon announced he will retire at the end of the month. In 1992, Beckham began playing for the powerhouse English team, Manchester United, the club he followed as a boy. After winning championships with ManU, Beckham won championships for teams in three other countries, including the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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