Sports

10:17am

Mon December 3, 2012
The Two-Way

LeBron James Is 'Sportsman Of The Year,' Says 'Sports Illustrated'

LeBron James, during last summer's Olympics in a game against Spain.
Christian Petersen AFP/Getty Images

This news may not go over so well in Cleveland:

LeBron James, who led the Miami Heat to the NBA championship and Team USA to a gold medal in the London Olympics, is Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year."

According to SI, James "has morphed from the most imposing small forward in the league to the most dynamic all-around threat in the history of the league."

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4:57am

Mon December 3, 2012
Sports

College Football Update

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 6:30 am

College football's title game is set. All football fans have to do now is endure the interminable wait until Jan. 7 when No. 1 ranked Notre Dame plays No. 2 Alabama for the BCS Championship. The final BCS rankings were released Sunday night.

5:59am

Sun December 2, 2012
Sports

Shooting Mars Game Day In Kansas City

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 8:58 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we turn to sports. This past week, there was a controversial fine levied in the NBA, that has a lot of people talking. But first, to that tragedy in Kansas City, Missouri. According to police, yesterday, a player on that city's NFL team shot and killed his girlfriend. Shortly after that, he drove to the Chiefs' practice facility, where he took his own life. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us now. Mike, those are just the basics, a sketch of what happened. But what else do we know about this?

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11:52am

Sat December 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Kansas City Chiefs Player Shoots, Kills Self

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 6:45 am

Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

A Kansas City Chiefs player shot and killed himself at Arrowhead Stadium early Saturday morning after fatally shooting his girlfriend.

Police say linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot the woman at her home, then drove to a training facility at the stadium just east of Kansas City, Mo. When police arrived at the scene, according to reporter Laura Ziegler of member station KCUR, they found Belcher with a pistol to his head, thanking team coaches for everything they had done for him.

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6:28am

Sat December 1, 2012
Sports

The Galaxy Waves Bye Bye To Beckham

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 10:41 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Tonight marks the end of the on-field career of a man who's been arguably the most famous athlete in the world. David Beckham will play his last competitive game for the L.A. Galaxy. He signed with the team in 2007 and earned himself something close to a 4250 million over the last five years in salary, and his own line of underwear, sportswear and cologne. Roger Bennett joins us now, he's the voice of Premier League soccer on ESPN, an ESPN columnist and co-host of Grantland's "Men In Blazers" show. Roger, thanks for being with us.

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6:28am

Sat December 1, 2012
Sports

Week In Sports: College Championship Week

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 10:41 am

Weekend Edition host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the week in sports, from college football to marijuana and the NFL.

4:43pm

Fri November 30, 2012
Sports

Spurs Coach Under Fire For Sending Players Home

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 6:44 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Rosenberg about a controversial decision by the basketball coach of the San Antonio Spurs. The team's coach, Greg Popovich, sent four of his top players home before the team played the Miami Heat in Florida. The Spurs were concluding a difficult road trip and Popovich wanted to rest his best players. National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern said this decision was unacceptable and has fined the team $250,000.

1:12pm

Fri November 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Badminton Takes Swing At Avoiding Repeat Of London Scandal

Referee Torsten Berg tried to get players from Indonesia (near court) and South Korea to try their hardest during this match at the London Olympics. The format gave some teams an incentive to lose — in order to get easier opponents in upcoming matches. That format's being changed.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

The biggest scandal at the summer Olympics in London didn't involve doping, or boorish behavior by athletes or judges tipping the results.

No, the biggest scandal came out of the badminton competition, shocking the sport's fanatic followers in Asia and leaving the rest of the world snickering at cheating in badminton, of all things.

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5:04am

Fri November 30, 2012
Sports

Golf's Storied St. Andrews Old Course Gets Facelift

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:05 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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5:04am

Fri November 30, 2012
Sports

How David Beckham Changed U.S. Soccer

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:05 am

Five years after his much-hyped arrival in the United States, David Beckham is playing his last game for the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday. David Greene speaks with Los Angeles Times sportswriter Kevin Baxter about whether Beckham lived up to America's expectations.

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