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10:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Baseball's Demographic Shifts Bring Cultural Complexities

Cuban player Yasiel Puig has often been criticized for lacking discipline and for his "energetic" approach to the game. His fascinating journey to the U.S. was recently chronicled by LA Magazine and ESPN.
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Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 1:32 pm

This week, baseball fans celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, 67 years after Robinson became the first black player to participate in a Major League Baseball game. Coincidentally (or not), the racial, ethnic and cultural dynamics of the sport today are the topics of much discussion in this week's news.

Decline In Percentage Of Black Players

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Sports
5:14 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Brazil Has A Lot Riding On Its World Cup Team's Outcome

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:41 am

Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.

Sports
4:08 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Gymnast Racks Up Tens On The Floor — And Thousands On YouTube

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:48 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

When gymnast Lloimincia Hall takes to the mat for Louisiana State University, the audience knows they're in for a show.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Wed April 9, 2014

UConn Women Win, Making School Center Of College Hoops World

They're No. 1: Breanna Stewart of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a score during Tuesday night's game against Notre Dame. Her team won its ninth national championship.
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 9:58 am

By routing Notre Dame 79-58 Tuesday night in Nashville, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team won its ninth NCAA championship — which means that coach Geno Auriemma is no longer tied with legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most titles among women's coaches.

But that's not the only milestone that highlights UConn's place in the upper echelon of college basketball programs. Check this out:

Before Tuesday, only one school had won both the men's and women's Division I basketball titles in the same year.

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Sports
5:21 am
Wed April 9, 2014

UConn Crushes Notre Dame In NCAA Women's Championship

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Ah, all the signs that baseball season is here . For me it means being tired, watching a game obsessively on my iPhone in bed instead of sleeping. Baseball fans, you know what I'm talking about here. But as the Major League Baseball season begins, it is bittersweet for some.

Commentator Frank Deford is thinking about endings because it is the beginning of the end for two baseball giants.

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Sweetness And Light
3:35 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Time To Root, Root, Root For Final Innings

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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

Sometimes the most disparate of people end up as pairs. As baseball begins, here's your 2014 All-Star Odd Couple: Bud Selig and Derek Jeter. But different as these personalities are, different as their positions, they've survived for so long together, and now both have announced that this season is their swan song.

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Sports
4:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Worst Nightmare Comes True For One Of America's Best Brackets

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Last night, the UConn Huskies won the NCAA's men's championship over Kentucky. But for one Connecticut fan and resident, the victory is bittersweet. Before the start of the tournament, Corey Johnson, like many others, filled out a bracket. And he did his online hoping to win some money in the Yahoo! Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. Those with the top 20 brackets would win $100,000 each.

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Sports
4:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

History And Hatred In A Battle Of Basketball Unbeatens

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

Two undefeated teams go head-to-head tonight in the women's NCAA championship game. The University of Connecticut has 39 wins, no losses. Notre Dame is 37 and 0. It's the first time two unbeaten college basketball teams will meet in the title game, men's or women's. And it promises to be an epic matchup between old rivals - with a hefty dose of smack talk leading up to it.

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News
4:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Pistorius Trial Adjourns Early For Day Amid Runner's Sobs

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 10:14 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

In South Africa today, the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was adjourned early for the day after the Paralympic athlete broke down weeping on the witness stand. It was his second day of testimony and the first time he had publically recounted details of the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He claims he thought she was an intruder.

Led by his lawyer, Pistorius described the moment he realized he had shot Steenkamp and found her body behind the door of his toilet cubicle.

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Code Switch
2:45 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

Brittney Griner puts up a shot against Japan during a 2013 preseason WNBA game in Phoenix.
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male and female players. She's so good that the owner of a men's team — the Dallas Mavericks — has said he'd recruit her.

Now, Griner is also an author. She's co-written a new memoir, In My Skin, in which she describes being bullied and taunted as a kid for her height and athleticism.

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