Sports

10:42am

Mon April 1, 2013
Monkey See

Viewer Discretion: Deciding When To Look Away

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 12:17 pm

The Louisville Cardinals huddle up on the court after teammate Kevin Ware injured his leg in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

I was out of the house, as it happens, for most of the first half of yesterday's Louisville-Duke game, and when I got home and looked at Twitter, before I turned on the TV, there was a huge stack of stuff to read, and the first thing that caught my attention about the game was this.

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8:40am

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Louisville Player's Surgery A Success; Leg Break Shouldn't End His Career

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 11:55 am

Louisville Cardinals forward Chane Behanan holds up the jersey of injured teammate Kevin Ware after the team's win Sunday over the Duke Blue Devils. Ware broke his leg during the game.
John Sommers II Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': Mike Pesca on the weekend's action

"University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware underwent successful surgery Sunday night to repair the gruesome open fracture of his right tibia he suffered during the Cardinals' 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional final," the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Monday morning.

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4:42am

Mon April 1, 2013
Sports

NCAA Men's Men's Basketball Tourney Down To 4

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 6:27 am

Top overall seed Louisville will face Wichita State at the Georgia Dome next Saturday, while Michigan takes on Syracuse in the other national semifinal. The winners advance to the April 8 championship.

4:42am

Mon April 1, 2013
Sports

MLB Pitchers Are Clocking 90 MPH On Radar Guns

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 7:32 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Matthew Futterman of The Wall Street Journal about his story on high octane pitchers, and how more Major League Baseball pitchers are throwing at faster speeds than ever before.

6:35am

Sun March 31, 2013
Sports

Charging Toward Men's Final Four

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

Half of the Final Four in the men's NCAA tournament is set, and four other teams play Sunday. Host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mike Pesca about what it took a couple of these teams to get here.

5:39am

Sun March 31, 2013
Sports

Defending Women's Champs Baylor To Battle Cardinals' Tough Defense

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 2:52 pm

Baylor's Brittney Griner goes up to dunk in a second-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament against Florida State on Tuesday in Waco, Texas. On Sunday, Baylor faces Louisville.
Tony Gutierrez AP

The NCAA women's basketball tournament's Sweet 16 round continues Sunday, with No. 1 overall seed Baylor taking on No. 5 University of Louisville. Baylor is the defending national champion, and is widely considered the team to beat in this tournament.

Baylor has been one of the most successful women's programs in the nation since head coach Kim Mulkey's first national championship in 2005. The Lady Bears have lost only one game in the past two seasons, and Brooklyn Pope, the lone graduate student on the roster, says they're mentally tougher in 2013.

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4:58pm

Sat March 30, 2013
Author Interviews

'Game Over': Mixing Sports and Politics

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:27 pm

The New Press

The uneasy confluence of sports and politics is featured in a new book by The Nation's Dave Zirin, called Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

During the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, athletes routinely made their political views known. In some cases, that isolated them from sports fans. In other cases, their influence led to real change. But in recent decades, those voices fell silent. Some say the siren's call of endorsement deals made them gun-shy about speaking their minds.

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8:16am

Sat March 30, 2013
Sports

Elite 8 Take To The NCAA Courts

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 10:34 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Know why I am hoarse? Because it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

SIMON: All that cheering. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles got eaten by the Gators yesterday, but the Cardinals are still flying high. Louisville, Florida, Michigan and Duke move on to men's college basketball Elite 8; and baseball season opens tomorrow when the Texas Rangers face the Houston Astros.

We're now joined by Howard Bryant, of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine. Good morning, Howard.

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6:11am

Sat March 30, 2013
Sports

No Longer In Disguise, Female Pakistani Keeps Up Squash

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 1:26 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Pakistan's top female squash player used to have to pretend that she was as boy. Maria Toorpakai is now 22 years old. She was born in Waziristan, that region of the country that's been called one of the most dangerous places on Earth, and home of the Pakistani Taliban. They did not like a girl running around in shorts, playing squash.

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2:25am

Sat March 30, 2013
The Two-Way

The Slipper Didn't Fit: Elite 8 March On Without Cinderella

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 7:32 am

Scottie Wilbekin, No. 5 of the Florida Gators, passes the ball out between Sherwood Brown (No. 25) and Chase Fieler (No. 20) of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Friday in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

The "darlings" of the NCAA men's basketball tournament are "now no more," as CBS Sports reports. Florida Gulf Coast lost to University of Florida, 50-62.

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