Sports

4:43pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Sports

Gay Athlete Says Jason Collins' Coming Out Will Save Lives

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

NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay in Sports Illustrated this week. Reaction to his announcement has been largely positive. Melissa Block speaks with former tennis great Martina Navratilova about Collin's decision to come out, and Navratilova's own experience after she came out over 30 years ago.

3:16pm

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

NBA Player Jason Collins Could Snag Endorsements, Speaking Gigs

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 4:04 pm

Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards rebounds against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center earlier this month in Chicago.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

For Jason Collins, coming out just might prove a winning career strategy.

Before this week, the NBA center seemed like just another second-tier professional athlete, slouching toward retirement while still in his 30s. But all that changed overnight when Collins acknowledged he was gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine published Monday.

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1:22pm

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Teen's Punch Reportedly Lands Soccer Referee In Critical Condition

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 2:11 pm

A soccer referee who was reportedly punched in the face by a teenager during a game is in critical condition in a Utah hospital, four days after the incident.

After sustaining what seemed to be minor injuries, the 46-year-old official later lost consciousness — leading doctors to find "far more serious head injuries than thought," The Salt Lake City Tribune reports.

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3:17am

Tue April 30, 2013
Latin America

Brazil Seeks To Avoid Own Goal Ahead Of World Cup

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:19 am

The renovated Maracana stadium hosts a game by the teams "Friends of Bebeto" and "Friends of Ronaldo" during the stadium's inauguration in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Silvia Izquierdo AP

Soccer isn't just a sport in Brazil, it's a religion, and the main temple is the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The venue is not only the biggest stadium in Brazil but the biggest in South America. Over the weekend, the newly renovated complex reopened to great fanfare, with stirring musical numbers, a light show and dignitaries including Brazil's president.

The headlines in the local media, however, focused not on the fanfare but on the many problems, from flooding in the VIP area to malfunctioning seats and turnstiles. The stadium was also four months late reopening.

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4:27pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Sports

Openly Gay NBA Center 'Happy To Start The Conversation'

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:48 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. So begins an essay in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, written by 34-year-old NBA center Jason Collins. And it's a big moment, not just for pro basketball but for all pro sports.

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12:50pm

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

NBA's Jason Collins Is First Active Player To Come Out As Gay

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 10:39 pm

Jason Collins (left), then of the Washington Wizards, during a game this month against the Chicago Bulls.
Jim Young Reuters /Landov

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," National Basketball Association center Jason Collins writes in a Sports Illustrated essay posted Monday, "but since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."

With that, the 34-year-old veteran of 12 NBA seasons and six pro teams becomes the first active player in the four major American team sports to come out.

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11:47am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Crazy Photo: Reporter Snaps Pic As Baseball Nearly Beans Her

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 12:40 pm

That's a baseball zooming in behind Kelly Nash's head. The image is from Nash's Instagram account, with her permission.
@KNashSports

When Fox Sun Sports reporter Kelly Nash was at Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday to cover the Houston Astros' game with the Red Sox, she decided to take a few "selfie" photos while atop the famous Green Monster in left field.

Below, batting practice was underway. So some balls were flying in her direction. Nash turned her back to the field, held her smartphone up and started snapping.

And when she looked at one of the photos she'd just taken, Nash says, she discovered she'd come much closer to being beaned than she'd realized.

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8:50am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Tim Tebow Cut By NFL's Jets

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 9:54 am

He'll have to find a new team now: Then-New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow on the sidelines during a game last December. The team cut him from its roster on Monday.
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

In 2011, he was the hottest name in football, for his "Tebowing" and for leading the Denver Broncos into the playoffs.

Before the 2012 season, he was traded to the New York Jets — putting him smack dab in the center of the brightest of the media's spotlights.

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6:41am

Sun April 28, 2013
Sports

The NFL Draft: Football's Dog And Pony Show

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 6:40 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SPORTS THEM MUSIC)

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The 78th Annual National Football League players' selection meeting, what you probably think of as the NFL draft, well, it wrapped up yesterday. And NPR's Mike Pesca, who is our top pick, was monitoring as it played out over the last three days.

Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Ah, thank you.

MARTIN: You're welcome.

PESCA: Its swell to be a top pick

MARTIN: It was close.

PESCA: I'm putting on the WESUN hat right now.

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5:39pm

Sat April 27, 2013
Author Interviews

Hard Hits, Hard Liquor In 'The Summer of Beer and Whiskey'

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 6:13 pm

PublicAffairs

The summer of 1883 proved to be a pivotal time for American baseball.

A brash German immigrant and beer garden owner, Chris Von der Ahe strode onto the scene to found a new franchise, the St. Louis Browns — a team that would later become the St. Louis Cardinals.

His motivation? To sell more beer. And while he made a fortune, he also changed the sport forever.

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