Sports

1:40pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Can I Just Tell You?

When Players Step Off The Court, Should Colleges Step Up?

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:01 am

Trainers check on Louisville guard Kevin Ware after he injured his lower right leg during the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament.
Michael Conroy AP

Finally today, I have to say something about Kevin Ware — the Louisville basketball player who suffered a gruesome injury during an NCAA tournament win against Duke last Sunday.

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7:54am

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

'Fired' Could Be Next F-Word For Rutgers Coach Seen Berating Players

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 12:38 pm

Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice during a game in March.
Chris Szagola CSM/Landov

(We most recently updated the top of this post at 11:10 a.m. ET.)

Responding to outrage from around the nation after videotape of men's basketball coach Mike Rice assaulting his players and spewing homophobic slurs at them was aired on ESPN, New Jersey's Rutgers University fired Rice at mid-morning Wednesday.

The 44-year-old "visibly distraught" Rice, WABC in New York reports, told reporters earlier in the day that:

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6:26am

Wed April 3, 2013
Business

Jay-Z Delves Into Sports Management

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:33 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Some other news - Jay-Z is expanding his business empire. Music is not enough; his newest venture is sports management services. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DIAMONDS FROM SIERRA LEONE")

JAY-Z: (Rapping) I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man.

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10:03pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

Baseball Isn't Dead; It Just Takes More Work To Appreciate

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 8:19 am

Some say baseball is too slow and doesn't appeal to young people. Not Frank Deford.
Rodolfo Arguedas iStockphoto.com

It being the start of baseball season, that means we've been inundated by predictions — who'll win the divisions and the pennants and the World Series? We know two things on this subject. In every sport, at the start of the season, the experts are bound and determined to make these long-range predictions. And second, they are invariably wrong.

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4:30pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

Soccer Coach And Self-Proclaimed Fascist Runs Into Trouble Again In U.K.

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:56 pm

Italian Paolo di Canio's appointment as coach of the struggling Sunderland Football Club has reignited an old controversy over his comment in 2005 that "I am a fascist, not a racist" in describing his political beliefs at the time. After his appointment as Sunderland coach was announced Tuesday, he said it was "stupid and ridiculous" for that statement to be raised again after his many attempts to clarify it. DiCanio had an excellent record as a player. Though he had a fiery temperament, he was also honored for sportsmanship.

7:40am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

UConn And Cal Punch First Two Tickets To Women's Final Four

Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson hugs teammate Caroline Doty (No. 5) after the Huskies' win Monday night over Kentucky at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.
Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant MCT /Landov

The Connecticut women cruised into the Division I basketball championship's Final Four Monday night with an 83-53 win over Kentucky. In the evening's other matchup, California squeaked by Georgia, 65-62.

The Final Four's other two slots will be filled Tuesday night. Notre Dame faces Duke, while Tennessee takes on Louisville. (Check the brackets here. The games are being broadcast by ESPN.)

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5:18am

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

Baseball Begins In The Shadow Of March Madness

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:28 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Well, let's take a break from all the March Madness in college basketball for a few minutes and talk about the beginning of the long and winding Major League Baseball season. Yesterday was opening day for several teams. We thought we'd tick off a couple of notable games and see if the very early results match up to preseason predictions. Or maybe they won't. Here to give us some guidance NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Morning, Tom.

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5:17pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Sports

Baylor's Departure From Women's Basketball Tournament Leaves Huge Hole

The Elite 8 in the women's college basketball tournament will have a different look than expected. Top-seed Baylor was knocked out by Louisville on Sunday.

2:00pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Sports

How Coaches Get Teams Through Rough Spots

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 3:02 pm

In Sunday night's NCAA men's basketball tournament, Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome injury. Coach Rick Pitino rallied the team and led them to a victory over Duke. When accidents like this happen, coaches are tasked with rallying team members and keeping them focused.

1:02pm

Mon April 1, 2013
The Picture Show

Finding Beauty In A Baseball, After The Last Pitch

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 10:17 am

From Don Hamerman's series Baseballs.
Courtesy of Don Hamerman

As a new season of Major League Baseball begins, one photographer focuses on baseballs past — that is, baseballs that have lain dormant well after their last pitch.

For years, photographer Don Hamerman walked his dog near an old baseball diamond in Stamford, Conn. And in all different seasons, in all kinds of weather, Hamerman picked up old baseballs.

He brought them back to his studio, where they sat around for years until he finally decided to start photographing them in 2005.

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