Sports

10:59am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

David Beckham Retires From Soccer, Ending Storied Career

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 1:37 pm

David Beckham, seen here on the sidelines of a 2010 World Cup match, has announced that he is retiring. The 38-year-old midfielder appeared in 115 matches for England's team and won titles in four different national leagues.
Michael Regan Getty Images

David Beckham, who starred for Manchester United, Real Madrid and England's national team before heading to the United States and Paris, is retiring. The news was confirmed Thursday by England's Football Association.

The midfielder played his first game for Manchester United in 1992 and eventually rose to become captain of England's international team for more than 50 games, including several World Cup tournaments. He appeared in 115 matches for the squad.

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9:49am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Hiring Julie Hermann, Rutgers Seeks A New Era In Athletics

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 10:18 am

Rutgers athletics director Julie Hermann takes a question as university President Robert Barchi looks on Wednesday. Hermann' hire comes a month after the school fired its basketball coach over a video of abusive practices.
Mel Evans AP

Rutgers University officials are welcoming the arrival of new athletic director Julie Hermann as the beginning of a new era, as the school seeks to rebound from the turmoil that recently engulfed its athletics department.

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5:05am

Thu May 16, 2013
Sports

Wrestlers Grapple To Save Sport From Olympic Chopping Block

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:11 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

How often do you find Iran, Russia and the United States united behind a single message? Well, representatives from all three countries were in New York City yesterday rallying support for the sport of wrestling, which could be excluded from the upcoming Olympic Games. It was quite a show of sportsmanship and diplomacy. Of course, there was time for some conflict among the wrestlers. It took place at New York's Grand Central Terminal, that's why they called it the Rumble on the Rails.

Here's NPR's Mike Pesca.

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12:20pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Play Ball: Little Leaguers Get Assist From 'Pitch In' Charity

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 12:26 pm

Little League baseball players in New York, where donations have helped teams and leagues get the 2013 season started.
Pitch In For Baseball

This year's Little League baseball and softball season is under way — and in the Northeast, some teams and players have taken the field again, despite losing vital equipment to Hurricane Sandy. Many donations were handled by Pitch In For Baseball, which gathered used and new gloves and helmets for the players.

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3:32am

Wed May 15, 2013
Sweetness And Light

No. 1s: The Latest Greatest Of All Time

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:19 am

Watch The Throne: Not so long ago Michael Jordan was the GOAT. Now, there's a groundswell to ordain LeBron James as the greatest-of-all-time basketball player.
Fred Jewell/Alan Diaz AP

The Great Gatsby is on the screen again, re-opening the perennial debate about whether or not it is the great American novel. Or was that Huckleberry Finn? Or are we still waiting for the great American novel? Is the title vacant, like most recent Tour de France championships? In the arts, the argument over the great American novel is a rather unusual great fuss about the greatest. In most disciplines there simply doesn't seem to be a passion to constantly assess who's No. 1. Except, except ...

Except in sport.

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4:56pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Baseball's 'Most Durable Batboy' Marks 55 Years On The Field

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

Stan Bronson, 84, has been an honorary batboy for the University of Memphis Tigers since 1958. The university provides his food and medical care.
Mike Brown The Commercial Appeal/Landov

The University of Memphis baseball team plays its final home game of the season Tuesday. In addition to rooting for the players, Memphis fans will cheer for someone else: batboy Stan Bronson Jr.

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7:40pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

O.J. Simpson Seeks Retrial On Robbery-Kidnapping Conviction

O.J. Simpson appears at Monday's hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.
Getty Images

O.J. Simpson, shackled and wearing a blue prison uniform, was back in court on Monday asking for a new trial in the 2008 robbery-kidnapping case that landed him in prison.

The Associated Press described 65-year-old football star and TV pitchman as "Looking grayer and heavier ... flanked by guards as he nodded and raised his eyebrows to acknowledge people he recognized in the audience."

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3:51pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Derek Boogaard's Family Sues NHL Over Player's Death In 2011

The family of Derek Boogaard, who died in 2011, has sued the NHL, accusing the league of negligently causing his death.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the NHL by the family of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, who was 28 when he died from an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone in May of 2011. The suit accuses the NHL of being negligent and with supplying the painkiller to Boogaard.

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5:34am

Sun May 12, 2013
Sports

Even In Basketball, Short Players Can Have Advantage

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:55 am

Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the role of height in the NBA.

5:30am

Sat May 11, 2013
Sports

Sports: Playoff Picks, Tragedy In Sailing

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 10:11 am

Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the week's sports news, including the NBA basketball playoffs and the death this week of Olympic gold medal sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson while training for the America's Cup.

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