Sports

5:12pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Sports

MLB's Drug Program Catches More Players Doping

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Doping controversies are taking over the sports news pages once again. There's the news of Lance Armstrong, but Major League Baseball is also facing new questions about drug use by its players. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us as he does most Fridays. Welcome, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

CORNISH: So two positive drug tests in the past two weeks for big league baseball players. Bring us up to date on what's happening.

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5:10pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Sports

Lance Armstrong Banned For Life, Stripped Of Medals

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

To athletes young and old, Lance Armstrong has been an icon and an inspiration, even more so to cancer survivors, their families and anyone who wore a yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet. So what becomes of Armstrong's legacy now that his titles are gone and he's been labeled a doper?

Here's NPR's Mike Pesca with some reaction.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: The year is 2000, and the Tour de France has just reached a critical stage in Provence. Breaking away from the pack, in effect breaking the pack, is Lance Armstrong.

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5:08pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Sports

Ugandan Team Is Africa's First In Little League Series

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

A historic milestone this week at the Little League World Series.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Uganda in Africa wins the Little League World Series.

BLOCK: Now to clarify, Uganda didn't win the series, the country is out of contention. This was a victory in a consolation game against Oregon. But it's a huge deal nonetheless. Uganda became the first African nation to win a game at the Little League World Series. In fact, it's the first African team ever to play in the series.

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5:05pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Sports

Lance Armstrong: When A Hero Lets Us Down

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:54 pm

Lance Armstrong. He has a superhero's name, right out of the comic books. He moved from conquering stages of one kind — bike racing — to stages of another kind — cancer. He's chiseled and driven and known all over the world.

But now we learn that the superhero has given up in one of his biggest battles. He says he will no longer continue to fight charges by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance enhancing drugs to win bicycle races.

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3:33pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Participation Nation

Barrio Basketball In El Paso, Texas

A rainbow of teams at basketball camp.
Mike James Courtesy of AUFP

A summertime basketball camp can cost a kid several hundred dollars. But the Basketball in the Barrio camp — held just two blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso — costs just one buck.

Actually, only a portion of the camp is about basketball, says co-founder Rus Bradburd. The experience is sponsored by Athletes United for Peace, a group that tries to promote peace and harmony through sports.

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8:29am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong's Seven Tour De France Titles Are Effectively Gone

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 12:14 pm

Lance Armstrong, wearing the yellow jersey that identifies the leader in the Tour de France, during the race in 2003. He won that year and six other times.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images
  • Mike Pesca, reporting for the NPR Newcast

Cycling superstar and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles are about to be wiped from the record books.

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6:01am

Fri August 24, 2012
Sports

Comeback Kid: Brian Baker Rocks Tennis World

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 11:56 am

Brian Baker, 27, is a tennis player from Nashville, Tenn., who's had a Disney-like comeback season after being out of the sport for seven years with injuries. Baker started the season as 458th in the world. He's now 79th after making it to Wimbledon's fourth round. Now, Baker will be playing in his first U.S. Open since 2005.

6:01am

Fri August 24, 2012
Sports

Armstrong To Be Stripped Of Cycling Records

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 11:56 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And some other news on this eventful morning. Lance Armstrong says he is no longer fighting the doping case against him. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says as a result the cyclist will be stripped of his seven titles on the Tour de France. NPR's Mike Pesca joined us to talk about it. Good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

INSKEEP: How did this happen? Did Armstrong effectively admit guilt here by saying he's not fighting the charges?

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1:41pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Sports

A Sneak Preview Of The 2012 Paralympics

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 2:17 pm

The Paralympic Games are the second largest sporting event in the world, after the Olympics, and begin August 29th. 4,000 elite disabled athletes will compete in 20 sports. Many of the sports are familiar, but others — like boccia and goalball — are unique to the Paralympics.

11:04am

Thu August 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Penn State President Launches 'Full-Throttle Defense'

Then-Penn State President Graham Spanier and then-head football coach Joe Paterno last fall, before the Jerry Sandusky scandal cost them both their jobs.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Graham Spanier, who lost his job as president of Penn State University for allegedly not doing enough to investigate whether former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys, has "launched a full-throttle defense" against charges that he cared more about the university's reputation than Sandusky's victims, Harrisburg's

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