Sports

7:48am

Sat November 17, 2012
Sports

Online Courses Keep Grades Up, Athletes In Play

Host Scott Simon speaks to Brad Wolverton from the The Chronicle of Higher Education about his recent profile of Western Oklahoma State College. The school's online courses are popular with NCAA student athletes at risk of losing their eligibility to participate in sports.

4:07pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Sports

Anxiety Disorder Complicates NBA Player's Career

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Now, to an unusual drama playing out in the NBA. It involves the Houston Rockets and their first-round draft choice, the 6-foot-8-inch-tall forward named Royce White. White suffers from general anxiety disorder, and the illness is complicating his transition to life in the NBA. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now as he does most Fridays. Hi there, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

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4:52pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Sports

Mets 'Knuckleballer' Wins Cy Young Award

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 11:55 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I will never be a Hall of Famer and will never lead the league in strikeouts. So begins the memoir published earlier this year by R.A. Dickey, starting pitcher for the New York Mets. How wrong he was. Dickey had a remarkable season this year. Not only did he lead the National League in strikeouts, he also led in innings pitched, complete games and shutouts. And yesterday, the perfect ending to a season not even Dickey could have imagined. He received the highest honor for a pitcher: the Cy Young Award.

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11:27am

Thu November 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Best Goal Ever? Soccer's Zlatan Ibrahimovic May Have Scored It

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 12:22 pm

Sweden's striker and team captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Wednesday's "friendly" against England in Stockholm.
Jonathan Nackstrand AFP/Getty Images

CNN soccer nut Piers Morgan quickly declared it the greatest goal in football (meaning soccer) history.

And the name "Ibrahimovic" has been trending on Twitter.

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2:26pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Sports

Out Of Bounds: High Schools Should Ban Football

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 2:39 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

There's been plenty of discussion about head injuries in professional football, new equipment, new lawsuits and new rules as well. Inevitably, the conversation came to include high schools, most prominently when a school board member in - near Philadelphia proposed to end the football program. There's also been, sometimes, angry pushback. Last month, the discussion opened again in Dover, New Hampshire.

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5:37am

Wed November 14, 2012
Sports

Florida Marlins Trade Starters To Toronto Blue Jays

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:06 am

The Florida Marlins have dumped much of their starting line-up, engineering a huge trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. The players include high-priced free agents the team pursued for its inaugural season in its new stadium.

10:03pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Dear Sports Czars: Take Your Ball And Go Home

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:06 am

Czars.

It was fun to call American sports commissioners czars, but once players started to have unions, a commissioner really became more like a majority leader in a legislature, trying to keep his party — the owners — together in their financial battles against the minority opposition, the athletes.

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2:10pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Sports

Who's Hunting Now And Why?

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 3:44 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jacki Lyden in Washington, sitting in for Neal Conan. Stalking and killing one's prey is one of the world's oldest acts. In modern culture, hunting has been dominated by a stereotype of burly men in camouflage who view the pastime mostly as a sport. But a new, younger generation of hunters has started shooting not as a recreational activity but more as an ethical method of connecting with the source of their sustenance. And more women are entering the sport, changing the shape of the industry, literally.

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5:02am

Tue November 13, 2012
Sports

Mike D'Antoni Is Laker's New Head Coach

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 12:39 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. The NBA season is only two weeks old, but already there's controversy. The Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to introduce their new head coach in the next day or so. He's Mike D'Antoni, who resigned last season after a largely unsuccessful four years at the New York Knicks. Many Lakers fans are livid the team did not rehire Phil Jackson, who won 11 NBA titles as a head coach, five of them with L.A., and who was ready to come out of retirement to coach again. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman is with us.

Tom, good morning.

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6:39am

Sun November 11, 2012
Sports

The Moneyball Of Basketball

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 12:36 pm

With baseball playoffs becoming a distant memory, NPR's Mike Pesca talks to host Rachel Martin about basketball becoming more like baseball. People are increasingly trying to identify more valuable statistics for individual basketball players.

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