Sports

7:21am

Sat September 22, 2012
Sports

Baseball Breakdown: What's Left In MLB

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 10:35 am

Only 12 days left of Major League Baseball. Host Scott Simon looks at the numbers with baseball historian Bill James.

4:56pm

Fri September 21, 2012
Sports

NHL The Latest Sports League To Face A Lockout

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 6:53 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. The National Hockey League has rejoined the ranks of pro sports with labor problems. The league this week locked out its players and canceled all preseason games this month. If you feel like you've heard this story before, that's probably because the NHL lost an entire season to a lockout eight years ago. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now as he does most Fridays. Hi, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Robert.

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4:17pm

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Wide Gap Remains Between NFL And Refs; League Insists On Respect For Subs

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 6:44 am

Denver Broncos Coach John Fox yells at field judge Jimmy Buchanan during the Broncos' game against Atlanta Monday. Referring to the game, the NFL insisted that players and coaches give replacement referees, and the game, more respect.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Despite complaints from NFL coaches and players, the league and its locked-out officials are no closer to reaching a deal than they were last week, according to reports. The two sides are separated by "significant and serious economic gaps," an anonymous source tells the AP.

A representative of the NFL Referees Association confirmed that talks had taken place, but he would not go into detail, the AP reports.

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2:34pm

Fri September 21, 2012
The Salt

Juice Maker Helps Tight End Block Thieving Teammates

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 4:58 pm

Niles Paul (right) at a Redskins practice with then-teammate Tim Hightower, before the juice-stealing incidents came to light.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Niles Paul had a problem. The second-year tight end for the Washington Redskins couldn't stop his teammates from stealing his Capri Sun. You know, Capri Sun — those sugary-sweet packets of juice that come in triangular foil containers with their own straws attached.

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8:47am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Change Comes To Washington (For Baseball Fans, At Least)

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:53 am

Hoping for the most: A Washington Nationals fan at Thursday night's game in D.C., when the team clinched a playoff spot.
Rob Carr Getty Images

There are 46 days to go before the presidential election, but change has already come to the nation's capital.

For the first time since 1933, there will be major league playoff baseball in Washington.

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4:43pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Sports

France Makes First Showing At World Baseball Classic

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:05 pm

When you think about France, baseball doesn't leap to mind, but the sport has a long history there, dating back to 1889. During World War I, French soldiers played baseball with American doughboys. And now there is a French baseball league. But the games are never televised and the fans are mostly friends and family. But this week, for the first time, France sent its top team to the qualifying matches for the World Baseball Classic, a tournament that was created when baseball ceased to be an Olympics sport.

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4:43pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Sports

Replacement NFL Refs Throw Off Big-Time Gambling

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:05 pm

Robert Siegel talks to ESPN the Magazine editor Chad Millman about the effects of NFL replacement referees on gambling.

4:08pm

Thu September 20, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Speedskater Accused Of Sabotaging Rival

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 6:53 pm

Simon Cho of the U.S. celebrates during the 500 meter men's final race at the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Dresden in 2011.
Jens Meyer AP

The allegations of physical and verbal abuse at U.S. Speedskating have a new twist: A coach allegedly directed a skater to tamper with the skates of a Canadian competitor at an international competition last year — and the skater complied.

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3:30am

Thu September 20, 2012
Sports

'Itch' For Baseball Returns After Year In The Minors

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 5:14 am

Baseball player Reid Gorecki, seen here at a former teammate's home in Glassboro, N.J., says that despite being traded, "I thought the season was pretty awesome."
Kevin Leahy NPR

When Reid Gorecki began his quest to make it to baseball's major leagues this year, he probably didn't expect things to end up in Camden, N.J. The city is the home of Campbell's Soup — and Campbell 's Field, where the Camden Riversharks play their games.

And that's where Gorecki now plays, after being traded by the Long Island Ducks. Tuesday night's game was supposed to be one of the last of his season. But the game was canceled owing to rain, and the stadium was quiet.

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5:48pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Opinion

Bama Fan By Marriage

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 8:09 pm

Alabama Coach Nick Saban is not alone on game day. Die-hard fans, and their families, are willing the team to victory.
Dave Martin AP

Let me tell you about the day my husband bolted into the room and asked, "Are you free for lunch on Sept. 21?"

It was the middle of July, and I'm not Oprah. Usually, I can be booked for lunch at a moment's notice. But I played along. I flipped through my virtual calendar, scrolled down to the very date in question, and gave it a good stare.

'Yup, I'm open!' I told him.

"Good," Ken said, 'because I got us tickets to see Coach Saban."

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