Sports

9:57am

Mon December 30, 2013
The Two-Way

NFL Firings Begin: Browns, Redskins, Others Ax Coaches

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:20 pm

He's out: Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on Sunday during the team's loss to the New York Giants. He was fired on Monday.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

Coaches' heads are beginning to roll in the National Football League, now that the 2013 regular season is over.

NFL.com reports that:

-- Cleveland Browns coach Rod Chudzinski has lost his job after just one season with the club. The Browns finished with a 4-12 record.

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7:56am

Mon December 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Doctors Unsure Whether Michael Schumacher Will Survive

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 8:42 am

Race car driver Michael Schumacher in November 2012.
Mark Thompson Getty Images

One of the world's most famous and highest-paid athletes, Formula One racer Michael Schumacher, is in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble, France. Doctors there are treating him for a critical head injury suffered over the weekend when the German driver fell and hit his head while skiing.

His prognosis?

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5:00pm

Sun December 29, 2013
Remembrances

Bum Phillips: Famous Football Name, Underappreciated Figure

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 5:42 pm

Former NFL coach Bum Phillips died in October. With his unmistakable cowboy hat and colorful wit, he led the Houston Oilers to two conference championship games, missing the Super Bowl only due to the dominance of the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time. We here from longtime Houston sports writer John McClain.

5:00pm

Sun December 29, 2013
Remembrances

'League Of Their Own' Inspiration Didn't Mind A Dirty Skirt

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 7:50 am

Lavonne "Pepper" Paire Davis (front row, second from the right) played for the Fort Wayne Daisies in 1945.
Courtesy of Kelly Candaele

Before turning the page on 2013, All Things Considered wanted to tell you stories you haven't heard — unknown stories about people you've heard of, and unknown people who have affected your lives in ways you can't imagine.

The passing of one sports legend went largely unnoticed this year. She's a figure you might know from the movie A League of Their Own, starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks.

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8:28am

Sun December 29, 2013
Sports

A Year Of Surprises In Pro Sports

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 11:12 am

Transcript

JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jennifer Ludden. It's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

LUDDEN: Since this is the time for year-end wrap-ups and review, we thought we'd survey the wide world of sports in 2013. NPR's Mike Pesca is with us. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

LUDDEN: So many sports in not quite so much time. Mike, where to start?

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5:08am

Sun December 29, 2013
Arts & Life

Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:53 am

NPR's Petra Mayer has finally learned how to ride a bike.
Izolda Trakhtenberg

I love Key West, and I go there as often as possible: pina coladas, drag queens, shady hammocks, feral chickens — it's the best. There's just one problem: everyone gets around the island by bike, and I've never learned to ride one. Obviously that had to change.

Why didn't I learn? I really don't remember, and neither did my mom, when I asked her about the one time my parents tried to teach me. "You got on a big bicycle that was so big you couldn't really turn the wheels and got discouraged."

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9:00am

Sat December 28, 2013
Sports

Injuries Tilt The Balance In NBA, NFL

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 11:35 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

WERTHEIMER: The NBA hoped to bring out its brightest stars on Christmas Day, but another injury to Kobe Bryant cancelled his duel with LeBron James. And in the NFL, division titles and playoff spots are up for grabs, but there too injuries might make the difference. Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine joins us now from the studios of New England Public Radio. Welcome, Howard.

HOWARD BRYANT: And good morning, Linda. How are you?

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4:21pm

Fri December 27, 2013
Sports

For NFL Teams, Postseason Offers Little Chance For Relaxation

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 7:15 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In the National Football League, it is the final week of the regular season and that's usually a time for teams to lick their wounds, rest their starters or just contemplate next year, but not this season. The playoff picture is in such upheaval that many teams are fighting for their postseason lives. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us to talk about what's at stake this week. And hiya, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

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4:21pm

Fri December 27, 2013
Movie Interviews

'42' Gets The Story Of Jackie Robinson Right

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 7:15 pm

Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) acknowledges the crowd in 42.
Warner Bros

As we close out 2013, we're returning to some of the year's films that were "inspired by a true story" and taking a look at the true-to-inspired ratio. Turns out, 42 — a biopic that portrays Jackie Robinson's 1947 integration of Major League Baseball — gets a lot of things right.

Arnold Rampersad, a professor of English at Stanford University who wrote a biography of Robinson, says the film really rings true.

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5:29am

Fri December 27, 2013
Sports

NBA Trailblazers Continue Their Surprising Season

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 8:06 am

Transcript

DON GONYEA, HOST:

A third of the NBA season is complete and the Portland Trailblazers are on a surprising run. Last night they beat the L. A. Clippers 116 - 112 in overtime. Portland has the league's best record - 24 wins, five losses. Now the tepid pre-season forecasts are turning into talk of how far the Blazers can go in the post-season. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

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