Sports

5:51am

Sat May 4, 2013
Sports

Confessions Of A Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 1:21 pm

Stephen Johnstone and his niece, Sarah, crashed the Kentucky Derby celebration together in 2008.
Courtesy of Stephen Johnstone

On Saturday night, 150,000 people will pack Louisville's Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. But only a few will celebrate the victory from the winner's circle.

Stephen Johnstone has experienced that celebration many times. He's been in the winner's circle with the winning families, jockeys and governors — but not once was he invited.

Johnstone is a retired gate-crasher. The first time he crashed the Kentucky Derby was in 1963. Johnstone and several college friends slipped underneath a fence at Churchill Downs.

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12:44pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Barbershop

By Coming Out, Has Jason Collins Changed The Game?

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:49 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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11:26am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Two-Way

3 Horses To Know In The Kentucky Derby

Originally published on Sun May 5, 2013 9:27 am

Goldencents training at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2013. Note: Due to an error in information provided by Getty Images, the original image with this post was of Golden Soul during one of its training sessions. We removed that image at 9:25 a.m. ET on May 5 and replaced it with this photo.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

This is a post for everyone (like us) who tunes into horse racing just once a year, on the first Saturday in May when the Kentucky Derby is run. Here are three horses that those who pay much closer attention say you should know about:

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2:26pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Code Switch

Crunching The Numbers On Blacks' Views On Gays

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 7:06 pm

Jason Collins, a journeyman NBA center, came out as gay this week in the pages of Sports Illustrated.
Michael Dwyer AP

A relatively high-profile black man came out this week. And with it, a hardy old narrative got another moment in the sun.

When Jason Collins, a journeyman NBA center, announced that he was gay, many commentators who applauded his disclosure still nodded to the idea of heightened opposition to gay rights among black people.

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12:42pm

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Could Tommy Lasorda Be Any Less Impressed By PSY?

As PSY danced, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda (sitting, in the blue shirt) looked on with a quizzical expression.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Our guess is that legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda isn't into that whole "Gangnam Style" thing.

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4:41am

Thu May 2, 2013
Sports

Drifting Attracts Next Generation Of Racing Fans

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 10:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

After years of surging popularity, NASCAR has hit a speed bump. Same with IndyCar. Meanwhile, Formula 1, the premier motor sport in the world, has never really gained traction here in the United States. But as NPR's Nina Gregory reports, there is a new entry in the racing world. It's called drifting.

NINA GREGORY, BYLINE: You may not know it but you've seen drifting.

(SOUNDBITE OF CAR)

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5:54am

Wed May 1, 2013
Sports

NBA Playoffs Limp On, Another Star Player Is Injured

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 10:51 am

Tuesday night, forward Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers became the latest star to go down with an injury. The Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Griffin's absence and beat the Clippers 103-93 to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

3:14am

Wed May 1, 2013
The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

For A Black Doctor, Building Trust By Slowing Down

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 9:58 pm

Dr. Gregory McGriff, who serves a predominantly white community, says he finds he has to communicate a bit more than his white colleagues to earn his patients' trust.
Courtesy of Gregory McGriff

It may be hard to imagine that people can distill their thoughts on a topic as complicated as race into just six words. But thousands of people have done just that for The Race Card Project, in which NPR host/special correspondent Michele Norris invites people to send in their microstories about race and cultural identity.

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10:03pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Get Off My Lawn! And Other Grumblings About Sports Today

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 10:51 am

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My friend the Sports Curmudgeon called me the other day: "Hey, Frank, I got a few things to get off my chest." He was about to take off on a Fantasy Fan cruise, where devoted sports buffs are drafted as fans for desperate losing teams, but he promised to text me his complaints once the ship got out to sea.

Sure enough, here came the Sports Curmudgeon's latest rants.

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4:43pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Sports

Spanish Doctor Convicted For Role In Sports Doping Ring

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 8:01 pm

A Spanish doctor accused of masterminding one of the world's largest doping rings has been convicted of endangering public health. Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes gave blood transfusions to Lance Armstrong's teammates and competitors. And he says he treated soccer and tennis players too — though he won't name names. Fuentes got a one year suspended prison sentence on Tuesday. A former cycling coach was sentenced to four months, and three other co-defendants were acquitted.

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