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5:33pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Sports

Tiger Woods Back On Top Of The Golfing World

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:38 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We are just two weeks away from the Masters tournament and here's the good news for golf fans, better news than azaleas even. Tiger Woods is back. He is the number one ranked golfer in the world again. He has won two tournaments this month. And before his marital infidelities and his streak of lackluster play, it used to be as Tiger went, so went professional golf. Is that still the case?

Well, joining us now is Ron Sirak, senior writer for Golf Digest. Welcome to the program.

RON SIRAK: Thanks for having me, my pleasure.

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5:12pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Around the Nation

In Phoenix, A New Quest For Diverse Public Pool Lifeguards

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:57 pm

After noticing that most of the lifeguards at the public pools used by Latino and African-American kids were white, the Phoenix aquatics department decided to try to recruit minorities.

More than 90 percent of the students at Alhambra High are black, Latino or Asian. On a recruiting effort there over the winter, the city's Melissa Boyle tells students she's not looking for strong swimmers. Like many under-resourced schools, Alhambra doesn't have a swim team.

"We will work with you in your swimming abilities," Boyle says.

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11:31am

Thu March 28, 2013
Sports

Busted Brackets: Therapy For Sports Fanatics

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 1:52 pm

Die-hard fans of Georgetown, Gonzaga and other colleges are feeling down in the dumps after their favored teams lost early in the NCAA basketball tournament. But when do the March Madness blues go too far? Host Michel Martin discusses the psychology of sports fanaticism with professor Don Forsyth of the University of Richmond.

8:23am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Snap! Miami Heat's Streak Ends At 27

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:40 am

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James during Wednesday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls, which snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak.
Brian Kersey UPI /Landov

In the end, the Heat couldn't take it.

LeBron James and his Miami teammates saw their win streak end at 27 games when they got gored in Chicago on Wednesday night — losing to the Bulls by a score of 101-97.

So the Los Angeles Lakers' 33-game run, set during the 1971-72 season, still stands as the NBA record.

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7:29am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Rules Pistorius Can Leave South Africa

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:36 am

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competing during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty Images

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius can travel outside his native South Africa while he awaits trial for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, a judge in Pretoria ruled Thursday.

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3:44am

Thu March 28, 2013
Sports

Deflections: The Unofficial Stat That Measures Success

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 12:08 pm

Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals is adamant about recording his team's deflections. It seems to be paying off: The Cardinals have been doing well during the NCAA tournament.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

The Louisville Cardinals are among the teams dominating at this year's men's Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, which resumes Thursday night. The team credits harassing, active defense for its wins.

But there's something else at work, too: deflections. The team puts a lot of stock in them, though deflections aren't an officially tracked statistic.

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11:53am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

How To Hit A Big Dunk: Griner Tweets A Prediction As Women's Sweet 16 Is Set

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:50 pm

Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) dunks as Florida State's Leonore Rodriguez (10) and Alexa Deluzio (3) look on; Baylor defeated Florida State 85-47 on Tuesday in Waco, Texas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

There's nothing like encouragement to help you succeed. Or maybe you can just create it for yourself. Baylor's Brittney Griner had both Tuesday night as her top-seeded team blew past Florida State 85-47. She had a double double: 33 points and 22 rebounds, as Encourager-In-Chief and former President George W. Bush looked on with former first lady Laura Bush in Waco, Texas. But that wasn't all.

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9:07am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Did Team USA 'Win' Its 0-0 Match With Mexico?

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 12:16 pm

Javier Aquino (No. 11) of Mexico fights for the ball with DaMarcus Beasley of the U.S. during their team's match Tuesday in Mexico City. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Miguel Tovar Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on the U.S.-Mexico match

Soccer fans, lend us your expertise.

The 0-0 tie Tuesday night at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City is being hailed this morning as basically a victory for Team USA over its archrival, Mexico's national team.

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5:31am

Wed March 27, 2013
Sports

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Ties With Mexico

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:56 am

Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot and the U.S. team hung on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico Tuesday night. The U.S. earned only its second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

10:03pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Sports

It's Been An Ugly Year For College Basketball

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:40 am

This photo illustration released by Adidas shows the uniforms for NCAA basketball teams (from left) University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, UCLA and the University of Louisville.
Aaron Hewitt AP

There once was a wise old basketball coach named Arad McCutchan who led the Evansville Purple Aces to five national championships in the small-college division, dressing his Purple Aces in bright orange T-shirts. I've been reminded of this recently as a number of grubby athletic directors have sold out to the sporting goods companies, allowing their teams to be costumed in the most hideous outfits.

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