Sports

6:35pm

Sat March 28, 2015
Sports

The Cautionary Tale Of A Big-Time Bracket Bust

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 8:22 pm

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (right) and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State played in Friday's East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA tournament in Syracuse. If you've got money riding on this year's NCAA tournament, you might want to hear about what happened to John Bovary's football pool.
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About 25 years ago, John Bovery started a modest football pool out of his home in New Jersey. It had 57 participants, all friends and co-workers.

But thanks to word of mouth — and the multiplying factor of email — Bovery's pool grew to staggering proportions. At one point, it got too large for Bovery to handle himself, so he contacted a software company to custom-build something suited to his needs.

By 2009, it included more than 8,000 entries from people around the globe, with a total payout of more than $800,000.

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7:39am

Sat March 28, 2015
Sports

Oil Can Boyd And Shoeless Joe: Legends Of Baseball

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Squeaky, salty - it's time for sports. (Laughter).

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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5:08pm

Fri March 27, 2015
Asia

In Regulating Outdoor Dancing, China Tells Seniors How To Bust A Move

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:07 pm

China's sports bureaucracy threatened this week to standardize dancing in public squares. Government committees have for decades drafted standardized eye exercises for squinting school children, calisthenics for office workers and Tai Chi routines for retirees.

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5:44pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Sports

Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl. NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Jay Rood, vice president of racing and sports books at MGM Resorts, about this busy time of year for betting in Las Vegas.

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4:40pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Sports

Australia Defeats India To Advance To Cricket World Cup Final

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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6:55am

Thu March 26, 2015
Sports

'Hamburglar' Pulls Off Spellbinding NHL Cinderella Story

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 9:17 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Now to David Greene with a Cinderella story that is the talk of the hockey world.

DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: The central character of this story has been busy creating moments like this.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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7:10am

Wed March 25, 2015
Sports

John Urschel Balances Math Career With Pro Football Risks

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:18 am

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4:23am

Wed March 25, 2015
Sweetness And Light

'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:18 am

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, center, during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Borland announced that he will retire after just one season to protect himself from brain injuries.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Once again, the question of the NFL's pre-eminence — even existence — has been raised with the retirement of Chris Borland, a very good player, who has walked away from the game and millions of dollars at the age of 24 in order to preserve his health, or more specifically, his brain.

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6:13pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Sports

Bowling's First 900 Score Still Disputed After 30 Years

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:40 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jeff Richgels, who writes the blog, "The 11th Frame," about when bowler Glenn Allison rolled 36 strikes in 1982. His score was disallowed because of an alleged performance enhancing lubricant.

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2:50pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Parallels

With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 5:57 pm

Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities.
Eyder Peralta NPR

It has already been a messy game at Havana's Latin American Stadium, the premier baseball stadium in Cuba. The home team, the Industriales, has given up five runs in the first inning; a shortstop fumbled a ball, an outfielder failed to hustle and an easy out became an extra-base hit.

The home crowd isn't deterred. The vuvuzelas, those ear-splitting plastic horns, still swell when an opposing batter reaches two strikes.

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