Sports

10:03am

Sat February 28, 2015
Code Switch

A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 1:45 pm

A heads-up to our readers: This post quotes a racial slur.

When actress Erin Quill saw a casting notice earlier this month for a Show Boat musical revival with a completely Asian-American cast, she raised an eyebrow.

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8:04am

Sat February 28, 2015
Sports

The Week In Sports: Spring Training, Cleveland Cavaliers

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:40 am

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8:04am

Sat February 28, 2015
Code Switch

'The Black Summit' Draws African-American Skiers And Boarders To Aspen

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 3:28 pm

Art Clay, 78, of Chicago takes a run in a light snowfall on Wednesday. Clay is a co-founder of the National Brotherhood of Skiers.
Sonya Doctorian for NPR

We've all heard the old adage that every snowflake is different, but they do have one thing in common: They're all white. That's also the image that many have of the people taking part in winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, here in the U.S.

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4:50pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Remembrances

NBA's First Black Player Paved Way For Others In League

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 10:42 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Three-and-a-half years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, there was Earl Lloyd. Lloyd was the first African-American to play in the NBA. He died yesterday at 86. NPR's Nathan Rott has this remembrance.

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2:00pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:31 pm

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to play in the NBA in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He's seen here (center) being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame's Honors Ring in 2003.
Jim Bourg Reuters /Landov

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in the NBA nearly 65 years ago, died Thursday at age 86.

Lloyd had a long career that stretched from West Virginia State to basketball's Hall of Fame. He once told a young man who thanked him for being a pioneer, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing."

As a player, the 6-foot-5-inch Lloyd was nicknamed The Big Cat. He was drafted in the same year as other black players, but he was the first to play in the regular season, for the then-Washington Capitols.

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9:41pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Code Switch

As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:03 am

Val James of the Toronto Maple Leafs takes warmup prior to a preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1986.
Graig Abel Collection Getty Images

The first black American hockey player in NHL history is telling his story almost 30 years after he retired.

Val James was a revered and feared fighter — known in hockey as an enforcer — during short stints for the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980s. But he was defenseless to the racist taunts and slurs that showered down on him from opposing teams' fans.

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9:46am

Thu February 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Afghans Make History, Winning Thriller Against Scotland In Cricket's World Cup

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 2:04 pm

Afghanistan's Shapoor Zadran celebrates as he leaves the field after guiding his team to victory against Scotland in the Pool A game of the Cricket World Cup in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Thursday.
Dianne Manson AP

Afghans celebrated on the streets of Kabul as their national cricket team, playing half a world away, won its first World Cup game.

Scotland, in its allotted 50 overs, scored 210 runs. In a nail-biting finish, the Afghans scraped past Scotland in Dunedin, New Zealand, by one wicket with three balls to spare.

No. 4 Samiullah Shenwari top scored with 96 and opener Javed Ahmadi scored 51, but it was an unbeaten last-wicket stand between Hamid Hassan, not out on 15, and Shapoor Zadran, batting on 12, that took the Afghans past their more fancied opponents.

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10:00am

Wed February 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Inglewood Approves Plan For NFL Stadium, In Deal Involving Rams Owner

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 1:04 pm

Fans hold a "Los Angeles Rams" sign during a San Diego Chargers game against the St. Louis Rams last year. Both teams are part of proposals to build new NFL stadiums in the LA area.
Donald Miralle Getty Images

The Los Angeles area is another step closer to hosting an NFL team, after the Inglewood, Calif., City Council approved a proposal for an 80,000-seat NFL stadium. The development plan includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

The unanimous vote Tuesday night came after "a consultant compared stadium noise in surrounding neighborhoods to that of bird calls," member station KPCC's Ben Bergman reports.

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5:10am

Wed February 25, 2015
Sports

FIFA Panel Recommends 2022 World Cup Be Played In Winter

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 8:05 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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3:59am

Wed February 25, 2015
Sweetness And Light

An Uneventful Week In Sports Could Still Go Down In History

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:42 pm

Kurt Busch drives during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Fort Worth, Texas, on Nov. 2, 2014. Busch was recently suspended indefinitely amid domestic violence accusations.
Larry Papke AP

Sometime in the future, when the Winter Olympics are being held in the tropics, in Zimbabwe, because there are no other dictators that want them and Robert Mugabe promised the International Olympic Committee he'd build an artificial ski mountain, historians will study what happened in sports during these last few days in February of 2015.

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