Sports

6:35pm

Sat May 16, 2015
The Two-Way

American Pharoah Wins Preakness Stakes, Has Shot At Triple Crown

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:27 pm

American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the soggy finish line to win the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
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American Pharoah is the king of the nation's horse races this month: in a driving rain, the Kentucky Derby winner took home top prize at the Preakness Stakes Saturday.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, he left the other horses at Pimlico Race Course eating his mud; with an unofficial time of 1:58.46, he led by an impressive seven lengths.

If he can win the Belmont Stakes on June 6, he'll be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

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7:59am

Sat May 16, 2015
Sports

Preakness Stakes Run In The Wake Of Baltimore Riots

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The recent unrest in Baltimore put the city's grimaced profile on display. Today's running of the famed Preakness Stakes is a welcome diversion. Donna Marie Owens reports.

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Sports

Basketball Playoffs And Preakness: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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11:08am

Fri May 15, 2015
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney To Fight Evander Holyfield. You Read That Right

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:34 am

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield face each other during an official weigh-in Thursday, ahead of their charity fight Friday.
Rick Bowmer AP

Mitt Romney is a glutton for punishment.

After losing the 2012 presidential election as the Republican presidential nominee, Romney may be gearing up for a beating of another kind.

The 68-year-old former Massachusetts governor will step into the boxing ring on Friday to fight former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

Yes, you read that right.

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6:32pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Sports

ESPN Documentary Explores Allegations Of Corruption Within FIFA

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 9:35 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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4:58pm

Thu May 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Tom Brady Appeals 'Deflategate' Suspension

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is appealing his four-game suspension in connection with the "deflategate" scandal.

The NFL Players Association filed the appeal today on Brady's saying:

"Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal.

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3:59pm

Thu May 14, 2015
The Two-Way

New England Patriots Clarify: 'Deflator' Refers To Weight Loss

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 7:22 am

Days after a stinging report and punishment was announced by the NFL over "deflategate," the New England Patriots have elaborated on their response, publishing its own scientific findings and version of events online.

On Monday, the NFL suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games, fined the Patriots $1 million and stripped the team of a first-round draft pick over the findings in the report by attorney Ted Wells' investigative team.

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1:03pm

Thu May 14, 2015
NPR History Dept.

The Curious World Of Baseball Re-Enactors

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 1:38 pm

The Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club in Maine.
Courtesy of Matt Muise

Vintage base ball players — sort of like Civil War re-enactors who wield wooden bats instead of muskets — move among us. They glory in the past times of America's pastime.

Think: When Johnny comes sliding home.

Dressed in old uniforms, teams play each other using 19th century rules. Sometimes they don't wear gloves. Sometimes they pitch underhand. They spell "base ball" as two words. They call each other "ballists."

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3:23am

Wed May 13, 2015
Sweetness And Light

Was 'Deflategate' About Tom Brady's Legacy Or His Ego?

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 10:11 am

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. on May 7, 2015. An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations. Now, he faces a four-game suspension and the Patriots a $1 million fine.
Charles Krupa AP

Here's a question to ponder over your morning coffee: Why?

Why would the New England Patriots' Tom Brady get involved in a scandal? This week, Brady, who has denied any wrongdoing, was suspended four games for his alleged involvement in lowering the pressure in the footballs he threw in a playoff game.

Yet he did not seem to need to cheat to win.

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6:09am

Tue May 12, 2015
Sports

NFL QB Tom Brady Will Sit Out 4 Games For Deflated Balls Scandal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 12:54 pm

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