Sports

9:58am

Sat February 22, 2014
Simon Says

Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 1:06 pm

Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska decided not to compete in Friday's slalom race, in a show of solidarity with protesters in Kiev.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Sports are supposed to be separate from politics, but athletes and games can't always be kept separate from life and death.

Scores of people were killed in Ukraine this week, as the security forces of President Viktor Yanukovich opened fire on anti-government protesters in Kiev's Maidan, now called Independence Square.

While some 800 miles away, more than 40 Ukrainian athletes have been skiing, skating, working hard to win medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

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8:03am

Sat February 22, 2014
Sports

Olympics Serve Up A Surfeit Of Strife On Ice

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 1:06 pm

While the 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to an end, there are still opportunities to take home the gold. Reporter Tom Goldman joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about ice hockey and the speed skating.

8:03am

Sat February 22, 2014
Summer Reading: Kids

The Last Undefeated College Basketball Team Plays For Title

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 1:06 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Wichita State's basketball team is the last undefeated men's team in America - 28 wins. That got them on one of the regional covers of Sports Illustrated, and that adds a little pressure. If the Shockers win tonight, they'll clinch the Missouri Valley Conference title. From member station KMUW in Wichita, Carla Eckels reports on the team's winning season.

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8:03am

Sat February 22, 2014
Sports

Ukrainian Olympic Skiier Goes Home In Defense Of Freedom

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 1:06 pm

Olympic skier Bogdana Matsotskas was scheduled to compete on Friday, but she withdrew after unrest in Ukraine took a violent turn. She hopes her absence from the slopes will draw attention home.

5:06pm

Fri February 21, 2014
The Edge

Same Banned Substance Fells German Biathlete, Italian Bobsledder

Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has left her country's Olympic contingent — and Sochi — after testing positive for a banned stimulant. She's seen here in the biathlon earlier this week; Sachenbacher-Stehle finished fourth.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Germany's Sochi 2014 contingent is reeling from the news that Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, a former Olympic medalist in cross-country skiing who took fourth place in the biathlon Monday, has tested positive for banned substances at the Sochi Winter Olympics. An Italian athlete also tested positive, officials said Friday.

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4:21pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Sports

Four Years Later And One Round Earlier, The Game Ends The Same

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:53 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

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4:21pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Sports

Add A Judge And Things Get Tricky: The Quandary Of Subjective Sports

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:53 pm

In Olympic events like ice hockey, the winner is clear — but for a growing list of sports, results can be much murkier. Jim Pagels explains the subjective sports that need more than just a stopwatch.

4:21pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Sports

It's Winner-Take-All In NASCAR's New Chase

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:53 pm

Jimmie Johnson, celebrating a win in July, is a six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ. He says the playoff changes should still result in a top driver taking the title.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

NASCAR's old point system was a mathematical labyrinth concerned with consistency: Drivers didn't have to actually win a race to make the playoffs, as long as they were in the top 10 often enough.

Even NASCAR CEO Brian France has joked that fans needed a computer next to them to figure it out. Take this announcement at a race in Richmond, Va., last year:

"Joey Logano is still barely clinging to that 10th spot in points, but he's 25th two laps down. Jeff Gordon only 2 points behind him."

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3:35pm

Fri February 21, 2014
The Edge

Finally: U.S. Speedskaters Break Drought, Win Silver In New Race Suits

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:27 pm

From left to right, America's J.R. Celski, Jordan Malone, Christopher Creveling and Eduardo Alvarez celebrate taking silver in the men's short track 5,000-meter relay at the Iceberg Skating Palace in the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

It took far longer than many people expected. But the American Speedskating team that came to Sochi with high expectations has finally won an Olympic medal. The men's short track relay team finished second to Russia Friday, two days before the Winter Games come to an end.

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2:12pm

Fri February 21, 2014
The Edge

U.S. Loses To Canada 1-0; Will Play in Bronze Hockey Match

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 3:50 pm

Canada's Jamie Benn (right) and Corey Perry celebrate a goal against America and goalie Jonathan Quick during the men's hockey semifinals in Sochi Friday.
Alexander Nemenov AFP/Getty Images

Canada beat the U.S. men 1-0 in Olympic hockey Friday, winning a tense game that saw strong goalie play and stout defensive work. Despite numerous chances, the Americans weren't able to challenge Canadian goalie Carey Price.

The game was a rematch between two teams that played for gold at the Vancouver 2010 Games. That contest went to overtime before Canada's Sidney Crosby scored an artful golden goal that dashed the Americans' dreams of repeating as gold medalists — something they haven't done since the famed 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympics.

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