Sports

4:12pm

Sun August 26, 2012
Race

Advantage Tennis: Improving Game's Racial Disparity

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 5:04 pm

Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams compete in Wimbledon at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Elise Amendola AP

Venus and Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens and Donald Young will be among those vying for Grand Slam Glory at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, which start Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Those four are the only African-Americans who rank among the top 100 men's and women's players in the country at this stage. Some tennis enthusiasts say the game has got to do better than that – and they are working at the grassroots to level the playing ground.

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6:24am

Sun August 26, 2012
Sports

Baseball Has Week In Doping Spotlight Too

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:32 pm

NPR's Mike Pesca joins Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer to talk about two high-profile steroid suspensions in baseball.

6:24am

Sun August 26, 2012
Africa

Ugandan Gold Medalist Returns To Fame And Fortune

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 6:02 pm

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich wins the gold medal in the men's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics. As the impoverished country's second gold medalist in 40 years, Kiprotich became an instant national hero.
Kyodo/Landov

On the last day of the London Olympics, a Ugandan runner seemingly came from nowhere during the marathon to pass the favored Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes and win gold.

Stephen Kiprotich is the first gold medalist from Uganda since John Akii-Bua won the 400-meter hurdles at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In the last two weeks, Kiprotich has become an unlikely national hero in a struggling country that rarely has much to cheer about.

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1:20am

Sun August 26, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Making Peace With Our Cyborg Nature

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 8:51 am

Lance Armstrong competes in the Ironman Panama 70.3. triathlon in Panama City, Panama.
Arnulfo Franco AP

I loved the TV show The Six-Million Dollar man growing up. For me, Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors) wasn't less cool because he had bionic implants that enabled him to perform superhuman feats. He was more cool.

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6:28am

Sat August 25, 2012
Sports

Armstrong's Decision Ripples Outside Of Sporting World

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 10:16 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon and it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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5:44pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Sports

Can Livestrong Survive Armstrong's Fall?

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 5:55 pm

The ubiquitous Livestrong wristband was introduced in 2004 and quickly became a cultural icon.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Lance Armstrong may soon be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, but many supporters are sticking by him — if not as the celebrity cyclist, then as the relentless advocate for cancer survivors.

That's encouraging news for his Livestrong foundation, which must deal with the delicate matter of a scandal-tainted figurehead.

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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

Transcript

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

Transcript

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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