Sports

4:09pm

Wed January 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Wrestling Fans Mourn Mae Young, 90 — A Pioneer Of The Ring

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:57 pm

A still image from a WWE video tribute to Mae Young shows the famed wrestler during the early years of her career. Young died last week in South Carolina.
WWE

2:37pm

Wed January 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Warren Buffett's $1 Billion Basketball Bet Is A Very Long Shot

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 4:13 pm

Warren Buffett with Harlem Globetrotter Chris "Handles" Franklin at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting in May 2013.
Nati Harnik AP

Talk about March Madness:

Billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans have teamed up on a "Billion $ Bracket Challenge."

Basically, Quicken is offering a $1 billion grand prize — yes, that's billion, with a B — if someone correctly picks the outcome of all 63 games in the men's Division I college basketball tournament this spring.

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1:57pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Beauty Shop

Was Wendy Davis Misleading In Her Political Bio?

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 2:41 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll hear how one southern town took a new approach to violent crime and is now seeing dramatic results. That's in a few moments. But first, it's time to visit the Beauty Shop. That's where our panel of women commentators and journalists get a fresh cut on the week's hot topics. Sitting in the chairs for the new 'do this week are Connie Schultz.

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1:11pm

Wed January 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Think You Know Richard Sherman After His 'Rant'? Maybe Not

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 1:37 pm

Richard Sherman off the football field.
Elaine Thompson AP

Post-game interviews of NFL players are almost always predictable and boring. They go something like this:

Reporter: "Congratulations. How did you guys turn the game around?"

Player: "One play at a time. The team stuck together. We worked hard. The good Lord was with us. The fans were great. Hi, Mom!"

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3:44am

Wed January 22, 2014
Sweetness And Light

In Ice Skating's Biggest Story, The Media Were Poor Sports

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:51 am

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla.
Phil Sandlin AP

It's difficult to understand why certain athletes are harshly singled out by the media, but one of the most baffling examples has to be the criticism displayed toward figure skater Nancy Kerrigan after she was clubbed in the leg at a practice session just weeks before the 1994 Olympics.

The ex-husband of another member of the U.S. women's team, Tonya Harding, was convicted of arranging the attack. Harding herself was fined and banned from the sport.

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3:41am

Wed January 22, 2014
Sports

Zen And The Art Of Snowboarding: Jamie Anderson Goes To Sochi

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:30 am

Jamie Anderson competes in the FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup at the U.S. Grand Prix in January 2013, Copper Mountain, Colo.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

The first time Jamie Anderson performed a "cab 7," it was not in the script. The trick involves a snowboarder launching off a jump and spinning two full rotations. Anderson had tried it in practice but had never fully executed it.

"I didn't have to do that trick, but I really wanted to and knew I could do it," Anderson says. "For me it was more about the principle of knowing that I can do something even that was really challenging and difficult."

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6:26pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Sports

Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 8:08 pm

Emily Cook trains in aerials for the Visa Freestyle International in Park City, Utah, last February.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

During the Winter Olympics, seeing an aerial skier perform is unforgettable.

It's like gymnastics in the air. And, like gymnasts, aerial skiers get points for doing a harder routine and for sticking the landing. But there's a crucial difference between the two sports.

In the final few rounds of aerials, you can't use the same trick twice. Sometimes, after seeing what the athletes before you have done, you have to change which moves you'll use in the very last seconds.

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10:00am

Tue January 21, 2014
The Two-Way

In 'Epic' Rematch, Djokovic Is Bounced Out In Australia

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 1:01 pm

Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes the sweat from his face during his quarterfinal loss to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne.
Aaron Favila AP

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia is out Down Under after losing in five sets at the Australian Open to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.

Tuesday night's set-by-set score in Melbourne: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.

"Epic" seems to be the word headline writers have settled on to describe the match. Or rematch, if you prefer.

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7:49am

Tue January 21, 2014
Sports

Fans Of Jamaican Bobsled Team Raise Funds

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 8:07 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business this morning: Cool Runnings.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "COOL RUNNINGS")

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as character) I'm here to offer you an opportunity of a lifetime. We're looking for a sponsor for the first Jamaican bobsled team.

(LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: That's a line from the movie about the Jamaican bobsled team that went to the Olympics in 1988

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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3:19am

Tue January 21, 2014
Sports

After Tragedy At 2010 Games, Sochi Slows Down The Sled Track

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 11:49 am

A Latvian four-man bobsled team competes in the World Cup on Feb. 17, 2013, at the Sanki Sliding Center near Sochi, Russia. The track, which actually ascends in three places to slow the speed of the athletes, is being used for Olympic bobsled, skeleton and luge next month.
Richard Heathcote Getty Images

With bobsled, luge and skeleton racers rocketing down a winding, ice-covered track, sled racing will be one of the most exciting events at the Winter Olympics next month in Sochi, Russia.

The first thing you have to know about sled racing is that it's a little like NASCAR: It's all about speed. And the tracks, built all over the world — including the new one in Sochi — are really different, according to Steve Holcomb, who won a gold medal in four-man bobsled four years ago.

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