Sports

7:49pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: We Ask Football And Old Spice Star Terry Crews About Cruises

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 12:03 pm

Anderson Group

Before he was the star of a hilarious series of Old Spice commercials, Terry Crews played for the championship Western Michigan University Broncos in Kalamazoo, where we are taping the show this week. He went on to play in the NFL and have a successful acting career, including roles in Everybody Hates Chris, Idiocracy, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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4:24pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Sports

Tragedy, Thy Name Is A Busted Bracket

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:22 pm

Each year, countless brackets are upended by upsets in the men's NCAA basketball tournament. We hear laments from those whose brackets were busted within hours of the first full day of play.

4:24pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Sports

The Zen Master Takes New York City

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:22 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Basketball's Zen master, Phil Jackson, is back. He returned this week to the building where, as a player, he helped the New York Knicks win two NBA championships in the 1970s. Of course, he went on to coach championship teams in Chicago and L.A. Now, he's back as the Knicks' president and the team he's now running is one of the most dysfunctional messes in the league.

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1:21pm

Fri March 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Down Goes Duke In Biggest Upset So Far

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:53 pm

Duke forward Amile Jefferson, in white, and Mercer guard Langston Hall battle for the ball during Friday's game.
Gerry Broome AP
We updated this post with the first shock of the day at 2:35 p.m. ET:

It's one-and-done for the Duke Blue Devils as their men's basketball team was beaten Friday by the Mercer Bears, 78-71, in the Division I men's basketball championship.

Mercer, a No. 14 seed in the Midwest region, was a huge underdog to the No. 3 seed Duke.

The win for Mercer, which has its main campus in Macon, Ga., is by far the biggest upset of the tournament so far. Heading into play, Duke was No. 8 in The Associated Press rankings. Mercer wasn't even among the nation's top 75 teams.

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11:58am

Fri March 21, 2014
Barbershop

Can Phil Jackson Turn NY Knicks Into Winners?

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:34 pm

The Barbershop guys weigh in on their billion dollar bracket picks, Phil Jackson's return to the New York Knicks, and whether singer M.I.A. should pay a hefty NFL fine.

5:43am

Fri March 21, 2014
Sports

A Day Of Upsets In College Basketball

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:45 am

Thursday was a day of buzzer-beating shots and nail-biting overtime wins. Much of it happened at the NCAA tournament site in Spokane, Wash.

4:47pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Sports

Watch To Watch For As March Madness Begins

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now on to college basketball. Today is the first full day of play in the NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament. There are 16 games on the schedule coast to coast, from sites in Orlando to Spokane, Washington, where NPR's Tom Goldman has set up camp.

Hey there, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hey, Audie. How are you doing?

CORNISH: So let's talk about upsets. Over the years, lots of upsets between number five and number 12 seeds. And today was no different. Talk about this Harvard- Cincinnati game.

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2:23pm

Thu March 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Reds Pitcher Expected To Recover After Line Drive To Face

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:28 pm

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman last month. Now, he's recovering from being hit in the face by a batted ball last night.
Gregory Bull AP

All-Star relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is expected to make a full recovery and pitch again despite the injuries he suffered Wednesday night when he was hit square in the face by batted ball.

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10:08pm

Wed March 19, 2014
NPR Ombudsman

Ethics, Morality And A Ticking Clock For How To Report On The R**skins

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:41 pm

The logo of the Change the Mascot campaign.
ChangeTheMascot.org

When Scott Simon, the host of Weekend Edition, referred to the Washington Redskins as "the Washington football club whose team name I refuse to utter," the divided reaction by listeners crystallized a creeping ethical and moral dilemma for NPR and all the mainstream media.

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4:31pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Health Care

In ACA March Madness, Obama's Bracket Is Just A Role Player

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 7:59 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

In what's become an annual ritual, President Obama turned sports analyst today. He filled out his bracket for March Madness, the NCAA's college basketball tournament. Obama told ESPN he's picking Florida, Arizona, and Louisville to make the final four and Michigan State to win the national championship.

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