Sports http://wnpr.org en One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing, a Connecticut Resident Remembers http://wnpr.org/post/one-year-after-boston-marathon-bombing-connecticut-resident-remembers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Connecticut residents who were there are looking back and remembering.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harold Kramer, Chief Operating Officer of the American Radio Relay League, talked about his experience on </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WNPR’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <em>Where We Live</em>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:05:37 +0000 Diane Orson 20191 at http://wnpr.org One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing, a Connecticut Resident Remembers Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] http://wnpr.org/post/boston-stronger-city-marks-one-year-marathon-bombings On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred one year ago.<p>In and around Boston, people are also looking back on a year of healing. The day's events culminated in a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion. Vice President Joe Biden joined other officials in a tribute near the race's finish line.<p>A large crowd formed along Boylston Street, the scene of the cruel attack that police say was carried out by two brothers. One was later killed, and the other awaits trial. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 20176 at http://wnpr.org Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] Looking Back At The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later http://wnpr.org/post/looking-back-boston-marathon-bombing-one-year-later <p>It's been one year since the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded hundreds more.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It also changed the city of Boston, which was essentially shut down during the ensuing manhunt for the bombing suspects.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We look back at that long week in April, and how things have changed both in Boston and throughout the country since the bombing. We're joined by people who were at the marathon that day, including a local professor who will once again run in this year's race.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 20128 at http://wnpr.org Looking Back At The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life http://wnpr.org/post/runner-returns-boston-new-outlook-life <em><a href="http://npr8.tumblr.com/runners">Eight runners</a> entered in the 2014 Boston Marathon are <a href="http://npr8.tumblr.com/">documenting their race preparations</a> for NPR in a Tumblr blog. <a href="http://npr8.tumblr.com/tagged/demi-clark">Demi Clark</a> is one of the eight, and this is her story.</em><p><hr /><p>Demi Clark was having a storybook Boston Marathon experience when the first blast sounded out like a cannon behind her. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 20170 at http://wnpr.org Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life Retired MLB Player Racially Profiled in His Hartford Driveway http://wnpr.org/post/retired-mlb-player-racially-profiled-his-hartford-driveway <p>Doug Glanville&nbsp;is a lot more than a former Major League Baseball player. He graduated from an Ivy League school with a degree in engineering. He contributes to&nbsp;the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em> and is a regular ESPN commentator.</p><p><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/i-was-racially-profiled-in-my-own-driveway/360615/">In a recent piece for <em>The Atlantic,&nbsp;</em></a>Glanville&nbsp;wrote about how none of those accomplishments mattered when he was racially profiled by a West Hartford police officer in his own driveway...in Hartford.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:26:28 +0000 Tucker Ives 20131 at http://wnpr.org Retired MLB Player Racially Profiled in His Hartford Driveway The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Road to Resilience http://wnpr.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-and-road-resilience <p> Consider America from 1985 to 2000. You wouldn't say nothing happened in those 15 years but America was a fairly calm place to be most of the time.</p><p>Now consider the period that came next. It began with a <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/future/landmark_bush.html">presidential election s</a>o riddled with such uncertainties that the effort to confirm the result dragged on for days and went to the Supreme Court.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:52:44 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 20127 at http://wnpr.org The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Road to Resilience By Helping Gay Athletes, Group Hopes To Refocus On Talent http://wnpr.org/post/helping-gay-athletes-group-hopes-refocus-talent <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e07GEkJKiMM</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 editor 20062 at http://wnpr.org By Helping Gay Athletes, Group Hopes To Refocus On Talent How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All http://wnpr.org/post/how-stereotypes-explain-everything-and-nothing-all A few days ago,<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/02/297287958/why-arent-asian-americans-getting-their-one-shining-moment"> I wrote a post in which I was mulling just why so few Asian-Americans played</a> Division I basketball in the 2012-2013 season. The numbers were striking. Of the 5,380 men's players in the top tier of college basketball, only 15 were Asian-American. Asian-American ballers weren't just underrepresented. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:25:07 +0000 Gene Demby 20012 at http://wnpr.org How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All Father-Son Team To Run One Last Boston Marathon http://wnpr.org/post/father-son-team-run-one-last-boston-marathon Later this month is the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, and this year&#8217;s race is especially significant because it&#8217;s the first time it&#8217;s being run since last year&#8217;s bombing at the finish line. Because of that attack, two people will be taking part in this year&#8217;s Boston Marathon who hadn&#8217;t intended to be there: Dick and Rick Hoyt.<p>For years, some spectators have come out just to see them &#8212; the compact, muscular man and his quadriplegic son, the father running while pushing a wheelchair all 26.2 miles. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:22 +0000 editor 20004 at http://wnpr.org Father-Son Team To Run One Last Boston Marathon Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal http://wnpr.org/post/poetic-take-black-boxer-lands-punches-broad-appeal <em>April is National Poetry Month, and Code Switch is celebrating by writing about great poets of color and their poems that address issues of race, culture and ethnicity. We began the series with an invitation to our readers to help us build a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/10/301409226/writers-of-color-flock-to-social-media-for-a-new-way-to-use-language">collaborative</a></em> <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/10/301409226/writers-of-color-flock-to-social-media-for-a-new-way-to-use-language">poem</a>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:38 +0000 Camila Domonoske 19996 at http://wnpr.org Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal The Benefits of Children's Yoga Only Beginning to Be Understood http://wnpr.org/post/benefits-childrens-yoga-only-beginning-be-understood <p>There are many studies out there touting the benefits of yoga, from increasing flexibility and strength, to helping with more debilitating conditions like chronic headaches and pain. More and more children are practicing yoga, and researchers are just beginning to understand how kids can benefit from the ancient discipline.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:52:50 +0000 Ray Hardman 19846 at http://wnpr.org The Benefits of Children's Yoga Only Beginning to Be Understood UConn Women Win, Making School Center Of College Hoops World http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-women-win-making-school-center-college-hoops-world 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.<p>But that's not the only milestone that highlights UConn's place in the upper echelon of college basketball programs. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19838 at http://wnpr.org UConn Women Win, Making School Center Of College Hoops World The Wheelhouse Bleeds Blue But Politicians Are Looking for Green http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-bleeds-blue-politicians-are-looking-green <p>It feels a lot like 2004. Both UConn basketball teams are national champions, John Rowland is under investigation, and a Kennedy is in the news! Coming up on our weekly news roundtable&nbsp;The Wheelhouse, our panel of reporters and analysts weighs in on the state's relationship with it's flagship university. Governor Dannel Malloy (<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/please-call-me-danagain" target="_blank">er - Dan Malloy</a>) is trying to cash in on UConn's success as he runs for re-election.</p><p>We also say goodbye to a radio competitor who signed off last week. But we have a feeling that former Governor John Rowland will stay in the news.</p><p>Also, several Connecticut restaurants are in trouble for playing music and not paying royalties.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 19837 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Bleeds Blue But Politicians Are Looking for Green Why Fans in Connecticut and the U.S. Riot When Their Team Wins http://wnpr.org/post/why-fans-connecticut-and-us-riot-when-their-team-wins <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: medium"><font size="2">Fans watching major sports championship games in the U.S. sometimes riot afterwards. But unlike the fist fights that happen between fans of opposing teams in Europe, researchers found that U.S. fans riot if their team wins.</font></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:38:52 +0000 Alan Yu 19783 at http://wnpr.org Why Fans in Connecticut and the U.S. Riot When Their Team Wins In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing http://wnpr.org/post/new-exhibit-running-shoes-are-potent-symbol-boston-bombing In the wake of most tragedies, makeshift memorials fill up with flowers and teddy bears. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:43:00 +0000 editor 19729 at http://wnpr.org In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing The Scramble Peeps Veep With Frank Rich http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-peeps-veep-frank-rich <p></p><p>Today on the Scramble, we get to spend some time with Frank Rich. Frank wears a lot of hats these days as both editor-at-large at <a href="http://nymag.com/"><em>New York Magazine</em></a> and Executive Producer of <a href="http://www.hbo.com/veep#/">VEEP </a>on HBO. We're going to chat with him in both capacities and there is an interesting bridge between the two realms.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19606 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble Peeps Veep With Frank Rich Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://wnpr.org/post/chicago-celebrates-century-baseball-wrigley-field When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.<p>The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.<p>The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:36:00 +0000 David Schaper 19577 at http://wnpr.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day http://wnpr.org/post/when-politics-really-hardball-baseballs-opening-day Opening day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season started without the world's most famous southpaw, President Obama, throwing out the first pitch at Washington Nationals Park.<p>The Nationals were in New York City, where they began their season against the New York Mets with a 9-7 win.<p>But political, if not pitching, firepower was still represented on the mound. The 6-foot 5-inch Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York threw out the first pitch. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Frank James 19359 at http://wnpr.org When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day UConn Men Headed Back to Final Four http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-men-headed-back-final-four <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a game with huge momentum swings, the </span>UConn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> men came roaring back to beat No. 4 seed Michigan State 60-54 to advance to their fifth Final Four of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, and first under Coach Kevin Ollie (</span><a href="http://courantblogs.com/colin-mcenroe/kevin-ollie-you-got-me-bleeding-husky-blue-again/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Colin McEnroe called it "incredible vindication" </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for the former </span>UConn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> player, who's trying to fill the shoes of legendary coach Jim Calhoun).</span></p><p>Star guard Shabazz&nbsp;Napier scored 25 points while taking physical abuse all game, and the Huskies continued their hot streak at the foul line, converting 18 straight free throws in the second half.</p><p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:15:27 +0000 John Dankosky 19303 at http://wnpr.org UConn Men Headed Back to Final Four The Ides Of March Madness: 'Who's Gonna Stop Prospero?' http://wnpr.org/post/ides-march-madness-whos-gonna-stop-prospero What if William Shakespeare's plays faced off in a tournament, like basketball squads spewing Elizabethan verse? That's the idea behind a bracket that pits 32 of the bard's plays against each another, in a contest arranged by New York's New Victory Theater.<p>Much like the NCAA basketball tournament that inspired it, the theater has been tallying votes and <a href="http://newvictorytheater.blogspot.com/">updating its bracket</a> on its road to Stratford-upon-Avon.<p>But for some Shakespearean scholars, merely emulating the college tourney's machinery is not enough. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 19295 at http://wnpr.org The Ides Of March Madness: 'Who's Gonna Stop Prospero?' Arizona Fans Riot After Close March Madness Loss http://wnpr.org/post/arizona-fans-riot-after-close-march-madness-loss <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDeA_p6xxLM</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 19293 at http://wnpr.org Arizona Fans Riot After Close March Madness Loss NCAA's Elite 8 Is Set; A Listing Of Weekend Games http://wnpr.org/post/ncaas-elite-8-set-listing-weekend-games Kentucky came back to beat defending champ Louisville, and Michigan State upset Virginia Friday night, as the NCAA men's basketball championship finalized its Elite Eight lineup.<p>Those teams were joined by Michigan, which held off a second-half comeback by Tennessee, and Connecticut, which took out Iowa State. Four other schools had already advanced after Thursday's games.<p>This weekend's winners will have several days' rest before playing in the Final Four, which begins next Saturday. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 19259 at http://wnpr.org NCAA's Elite 8 Is Set; A Listing Of Weekend Games Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid? http://wnpr.org/post/would-march-be-less-mad-if-players-were-paid Would March Madness be terribly different if the players were paid?<p>Probably not. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:37:00 +0000 editor 19244 at http://wnpr.org Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid? $292M For Baseball's Miguel Cabrera? Let's Dig Into That Number http://wnpr.org/post/292m-baseballs-miguel-cabrera-lets-dig-number The numbers are eye-popping:<p><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/source-miguel-cabrera-detroit-tigers-agree-on-extension?ymd=20140327&content_id=70257040&vkey=news_mlb" target="_blank">MLB.com</a> and other news sites are reporting that Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is getting an eight-year contract extension from the team that means he's guaranteed to earn $292 million over the next 10 years if he keeps playing.<p>He'll have the new record — "surpassing the 10-year, $275 million deal signed by Alex Rodriguez after the 2007 season," as MLB says.<p>We had some questions Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19214 at http://wnpr.org $292M For Baseball's Miguel Cabrera? Let's Dig Into That Number What a Ruling on Football Players Means for College Athletes http://wnpr.org/post/what-ruling-football-players-means-college-athletes <p></p><div><p>Earlier this week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university. That could have implications for other student athletes in private universities nationwide, including local schools like the University of Hartford.</p></div><div><p>This all started because the football players at Northwestern wanted to form a union so they could have collective bargaining rights and better health coverage.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:03:25 +0000 Alan Yu 19207 at http://wnpr.org What a Ruling on Football Players Means for College Athletes UConn Men Are Headed to Sweet 16 http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-men-are-headed-sweet-16 <p>The UConn&nbsp;men's basketball team is headed to the sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The seventh-ranked Huskies had their hands full in the first two games of the tournament.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:18:28 +0000 Ray Hardman 18962 at http://wnpr.org UConn Men Are Headed to Sweet 16 March Madness: After The Upsets, Which Team Do You Like Now? http://wnpr.org/post/march-madness-after-upsets-which-team-do-you-now Duke <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/21/292406314/march-madness-its-only-the-start-of-the-upsets" target="_blank">went down the first day</a>, losing to nearly unknown Mercer.<p>Syracuse was <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=400548467" target="_blank">bounced out on Saturday by Dayton</a> — a team that hadn't gone very far in 30 years.<p>Kansas — the school where the <a href="http://www.kshs.org/p/james-naismith/16395" target="_blank">first basketball coach was the game's inventor</a>, James Naismith — <a href="http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/bask Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18931 at http://wnpr.org March Madness: After The Upsets, Which Team Do You Like Now? Down Goes Duke In Biggest Upset So Far http://wnpr.org/post/march-madness-its-only-start-upsets <h6>We updated this post with the first shock of the day at 2:35 p.m. ET:</h6><p>It's one-and-done for the Duke Blue Devils as their men's basketball team was beaten Friday by the Mercer Bears, 78-71, in the Division I men's basketball championship.<p>Mercer, a No. 14 seed in the Midwest region, was a huge underdog to the No. 3 seed Duke.<p>The win for Mercer, which has its main campus in Macon, Ga., is by far the biggest upset of the tournament so far. Heading into play, Duke was No. 8 in The Associated Press rankings. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18816 at http://wnpr.org Down Goes Duke In Biggest Upset So Far Obama Picks Michigan State To Win Men's Basketball Title http://wnpr.org/post/obama-picks-michigan-state-win-mens-basketball-title The nation's "first basketball fan" has Michigan State winning it all in this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball championship.<p>President Obama <a href="http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/2014/story/_/id/10630406/louisville-michigan-st-arizona-florida-president-barack-obama-final-four" target="_blank">filled out his brackets for ESPN again this year</a>. The sports network aired the president's pre-recorded appearance earlier today.<p>Why Michigan State?<p>"Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach," Obama said. "I've got Michigan State going all the way. ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:07:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18686 at http://wnpr.org Obama Picks Michigan State To Win Men's Basketball Title There's A Reason They Call It Madness http://wnpr.org/post/theres-reason-they-call-it-madness More than any other nation, America is awash in teams. There are the pro teams, the college team, the high school team, the fantasy teams.<p>Well, at a certain point, something has to give — and apparently, the team sport that's given way the most is men's college basketball.<p>Yes, college hoops has its fleeting moment in the vernal equinox. It's fun. You make out brackets — but it's not like other sports where you're familiar with the principals.<p>Take fantasy football. Fans make up their own teams, yes, but they know who the players are. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:08:00 +0000 Frank Deford 18666 at http://wnpr.org There's A Reason They Call It Madness