Sports

4:43am

Mon July 20, 2015
Major League Dreams

A Diamond Dream Realized: Minor Leaguer Makes It To The Majors

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 2:55 pm

Tyler Saladino throws out Chicago Cubs catcher Taylor Teagarden during a game between the crosstown rivals at Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 10.
Tannen Maury EPA/Landov

There's something special about going to a major league ballpark. Seeing smiling kids with their parents, the sizzle of bratwursts, the smell of fresh popcorn and the taste of overpriced beer — and yelling at the umpires, of course. It's what America's pastime is all about.

Nearly half a million people play baseball in high school every year. Just a small fraction, about 7 percent, play in college. Of those, an even tinier number get to the minor leagues. And making it to the majors — that's really rare.

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4:29am

Mon July 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Women Want To Stay In The Game, But Life Intervenes

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:52 pm

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

The United States is basketball crazy.

For boys and girls who play sports, basketball is the most popular choice.

But as Americans age, a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals, there's a widening gender gap when it comes to hoops. Why are adult female basketball players giving up the game they once loved?

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5:36pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Sports

Once Immune To Cord-Cutting, 'King Of Live Sports' Finds Throne Shaken

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:18 pm

Ryan Phelan rehearses on the set of SportsCenter at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., in 2007. Years ago, the network had been thought impervious to the seismic shifts shaking the cable landscape. Now, that appears to be changing.
Bob Child AP

It's no secret that cable television is in trouble. With Hulu, Netflix and many networks streaming their shows online, viewers don't have to watch shows like Scandal or American Horror Story live. They can stream it the next day — or the next year.

Nevertheless, one channel had long looked impervious to the trouble: ESPN. Even as other channels suffered losses in subscriptions, the sports network was sitting pretty for one simple reason: People want to watch sports live.

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11:34am

Sun July 19, 2015
The Two-Way

WATCH: Surfer In South Africa Narrowly Escapes Shark

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 3:47 pm

Australian surfer Mick Fanning narrowly escapes a shark attack.
World Surfing League

South Africa's coast is well known as the haunt of sharks, particularly the fearsome great white.

Even so, an encounter today between a large shark and Australian surfer Mick Fanning, who was competing in the Jeffreys Bay World Surf League competition (the J-Bay Open), broadcast live on television, has caused a few hearts to skip a beat.

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7:44am

Sun July 19, 2015
Sports

MLB Season Turns Predictions Upside Down

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:35 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
Sports

Where There's A Wheel, There's A Way. Where There Are 2, Things Can Get Weird

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 7:40 am

A rider nurses his elbow, and his pride, after a fall. Bicycle riding was rough in the early days — but this gentleman was lucky. He could have been on the Tour de France, where competitors busted their wheels on broken glass thrown by rowdy fans.
Library of Congress

This week, Tour de France riders cranked through three grueling days in the Pyrenees mountains. Once more, they've all made the curious decision not to just get off their bikes and take a bus like sensible people.

Be that as it may, the Alps are still to come, and there's plenty of pedaling to go before they sprint into Paris on July 26.

So, while fans await that triumphant homecoming, there's no better time to turn to know-it-all journalist A.J. Jacobs. He takes NPR's Scott Simon on a tour of their own, talking trivia with a bit of bicycling lore.

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
Sports

Baseball's Second Half; A Power Winner At Wimbledon: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Change of mood now. Time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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11:23am

Fri July 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Mocked And Maligned, Japan Spikes Plan For $2 Billion Olympic Stadium

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:24 pm

Tokyo's proposed National Stadium, a key part of its 2020 Olympics plan, is being reopened to design proposals after Japanese officials said new cost estimates had risen sharply.
Japan Sports Council

Its cost had swollen to more than $2 billion; its design sparked an unflattering meme. And now Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to start over with their plan to build a centerpiece stadium.

"I have decided to bring the current (building) plan for the new National Stadium back to the drawing board and review the plan from scratch," Abe said, according to Kyodo News.

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5:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
Sports

2-4-6-8, A 401(k) Would Be Great: Calif. Law Makes Cheerleaders Employees

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:55 am

Copyright 2015 Capital Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.capradio.org.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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12:27pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Shots - Health News

Webcast: Sports And Health In America

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 3:05 pm

Pamela Moore/iStockphoto/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The vast majority of kids in America play sports.

But while about three-quarters of adults played sports when they were younger, only 1 in 4 still plays sports today. Among them, men are more than twice as likely as women to play.

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