Sports http://wnpr.org en Judge Rules Against Sterling, Allows LA Clippers Sale To Proceed http://wnpr.org/post/judge-rules-against-sterling-allows-la-clippers-sale-proceed A probate judge has ruled that Donald Sterling cannot block the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.<p>Shelly Sterling, his estranged wife, had <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/30/317328419/shelly-sterling-l-a-clippers-will-be-sold-to-steve-ballmer-for-2-billion" target="_blank">arranged</a> in May to sell the NBA franchise to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.<p>Donald Sterling sued to block the deal. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:11:00 +0000 editor 26047 at http://wnpr.org Judge Rules Against Sterling, Allows LA Clippers Sale To Proceed Has Derek Jeter's Celebration Turned Into Deification? http://wnpr.org/post/has-derek-jeters-celebration-turned-deification When an athlete announces his retirement before actually retiring, it signals the start of a farewell tour. <a href="http://onlyagame.wbur.org/tag/new-york-yankees">New York Yankees</a> shortstop Derek Jeter is in the midst of his right now. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:35:27 +0000 editor 25625 at http://wnpr.org Has Derek Jeter's Celebration Turned Into Deification? UConn's Athletic Director Sees Need for Student-Athlete Stipends http://wnpr.org/post/uconns-athletic-director-sees-need-student-athlete-stipends <p>UConn's athletic director said he opposes the idea of unions for college athletes, but sees the need to provide students on athletic scholarships with additional money.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:09:42 +0000 Associated Press 25411 at http://wnpr.org UConn's Athletic Director Sees Need for Student-Athlete Stipends Another Former Champion Abandons Tour De France After Crash http://wnpr.org/post/contador-abandons-tour-de-france-after-mountain-crash These are not good days to be a former Tour de France champion on the roads of France. Spain's Alberto Contador left the race after suffering a heavy crash in a wet and foggy portion of Monday's mountain stage, five days after defending champion Chris Froome <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/09/330106196/defending-tour-de-france-champ-froome-quits-race">abandoned the race</a>.<p>Contador's crash was apparently caused when he hit something in the road; it was so violent that it tore his shoe apart. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25255 at http://wnpr.org Another Former Champion Abandons Tour De France After Crash Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal http://wnpr.org/post/germany-wins-world-cup-over-argentina-late-game-goal In a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play, Germany was finally victorious over Argentina to take home the 2014 World Cup title on Sunday with a 1-0 win.<p>In a game that at times seemed more like a rugby match or WWE bout — with head injuries, flying knees and even an eye rake — both teams displayed hardy defenses and a hungry offense.<p>Two early opportunities from Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain failed to put them on scoreboard. One sailed wide, but the other found the back of the net only for Higuain to be called offsides. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Steve Mullis 25217 at http://wnpr.org Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers http://wnpr.org/post/lebron-james-will-return-cleveland-cavaliers The Miami experiment is over: LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won two championships.<p>James, 29, played for Cleveland for seven seasons before leaving the town, and his home state of Ohio, for Miami. Speculation about his next move heated up after James and the Heat were trounced in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.<p><strong>Update at 12:45 p.m. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25133 at http://wnpr.org LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million http://wnpr.org/post/liverpool-unloads-biter-sending-suarez-barca-128-million Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker who became headline news in the U.S. after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/24/325226445/living-up-to-his-past-suarez-apparently-bites-italian-opponent">biting an Italian player</a> during the World Cup, is moving to a new club. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25124 at http://wnpr.org Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million Argentina Ditches Dutch On The Way To World Cup Final http://wnpr.org/post/argentina-ditch-dutch-way-world-cup-final <em><strong>Updated at 6:56 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in penalty kicks to reach the final of the World Cup, where they will play Germany on Sunday.<p>The two teams were tied 0-0 at the end of extra time.<p>Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder. Maxi Rodriguez put away the winning kick.<p>The last time a World Cup semifinal was decided by penalty kicks was 1998 when Netherlands played Brazil. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 editor 25020 at http://wnpr.org Argentina Ditches Dutch On The Way To World Cup Final Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup? http://wnpr.org/post/flop-life-what-if-we-all-acted-we-were-world-cup <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsuYssoTw0</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24995 at http://wnpr.org Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup? Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup http://wnpr.org/post/brazil-reels-thrashing-bounced-it-world-cup "The worst game I saw in my life" is how one Brazilian fan describes it. Another says it's simply a tragedy. Some angry fans burned Brazil's flag in the street.<p>To say Brazil's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/08/329898310/not-a-misprint-germany-leads-brazil-5-0-at-halftime">7-1 loss to Germany</a> stunned the host country would risk giving the impression that its fans aren't feeling intense pain after this loss. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24979 at http://wnpr.org Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup Defending Tour De France Champ Froome Quits Race http://wnpr.org/post/defending-tour-de-france-champ-froome-quits-race Chris Froome, who raced to the top of the podium in Paris last July, is out of this year's Tour de France after falling in treacherous conditions on today's stage of the bicycle race.<p>Today's stage had been predicted to be harrowing, owing to the course's inclusion of cobblestones. But Froome went down twice before the race even reached that point, leaving his riding kit torn on both thighs and one shoulder, where a bloody wound could be seen.<p>It was the second bad day for Froome, who also fell Tuesday. That crash left him with an injured wrist. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24981 at http://wnpr.org Defending Tour De France Champ Froome Quits Race World Cup Fever Grips Brazilians Living in Danbury http://wnpr.org/post/world-cup-fever-grips-brazilians-living-danbury <p>On Tuesday, Brazil faces Germany in a World Cup semifinal match. For thousands of Brazilians living in Danbury, the game is a chance to gather, eat barbeque, and cheer on their native team.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:47 +0000 Ray Hardman 24915 at http://wnpr.org World Cup Fever Grips Brazilians Living in Danbury The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal http://wnpr.org/post/one-american-field-todays-world-cup-semifinal The United States will have a presence at today's semifinal World Cup match between Brazil and Germany. It won't be the U.S. National Team on the field, but American referee Mark Geiger. FIFA selected Geiger to be on the officiating crew of the high-stakes match. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.<p>Earlier, Geiger made history when he officiated the knockout game between France and Nigeria on June 30. Before that, American referees had never been used beyond group play of the World Cup. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 24901 at http://wnpr.org The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal UConn's Shabazz Napier Joins the Miami Heat http://wnpr.org/post/uconns-shabazz-napier-joins-miami-heat <p>The Miami Heat hope that UConn's King can keep The King in South Beach. Shabazz Napier was drafted in the first round of the NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who subsequently traded him to Miami.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:01:01 +0000 Tucker Ives 24388 at http://wnpr.org UConn's Shabazz Napier Joins the Miami Heat Latinos Pledge Allegiance To More Than One Soccer Team http://wnpr.org/post/latinos-pledge-allegiance-more-one-soccer-team I would never have imagined that my immigrant mom, a Spanish teacher, a proud <em>mexicana,</em> would be cheering for Team USA in the World Cup. A few days ago I overheard her talking to my <em>tía</em> on the phone. She told her sister, "Isn't it great that the American team is playing so well? Now we have two teams to root for!"<p>Until then, I didn't realize cheering for two teams was an option. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:16:10 +0000 editor 24329 at http://wnpr.org Latinos Pledge Allegiance To More Than One Soccer Team Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up http://wnpr.org/post/deford-ncaa-says-amateurism-alive-and-well-jig Amateurism is dead, revealed so in the trial against the NCAA now in progress in Oakland, Calif., U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken presiding. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:21:00 +0000 Frank Deford 24226 at http://wnpr.org Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up Practicing Tai Chi at WNPR http://wnpr.org/post/practicing-tai-chi-wnpr <p>You'd think Tai Chi would be a required part of any public radio employee's day, but only on Tuesday did it happen.</p><p>Colin McEnroe was hosting a show about sports that are on the rise, like pickleball, roller derby, and even&nbsp;World Extreme Pencil Fighting. When it came time for Tai Chi, he thought it would be cool if we could find a guest who could show us the ropes live.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:59:19 +0000 Chion Wolf 24209 at http://wnpr.org Practicing Tai Chi at WNPR World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? http://wnpr.org/post/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-soccer-us Sunday's thrilling and frustrating World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings company, a result that puts the game above the recent NBA finals.<p>The game's total U.S. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24179 at http://wnpr.org World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? LeBron James Will Reportedly Become Free Agent, Ending Miami Contract http://wnpr.org/post/lebron-james-will-reportedly-become-free-agent-ending-miami-contract NBA star LeBron James is shaking things up at the Miami Heat, reportedly opting to end his contract early to become a free agent. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24175 at http://wnpr.org LeBron James Will Reportedly Become Free Agent, Ending Miami Contract Pickleball, Tai Chi, and World Extreme Pencil Fighting? Exploring Sports on the Rise http://wnpr.org/post/pickleball-tai-chi-and-world-extreme-pencil-fighting-exploring-sports-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America</span>, and for one good reason: that 77-million-person wave of boomers headed into their 60s and beyond. Pickleball is what you play when your knees and shoulders start saying "no" to tennis. We talk about the game and its sudden surge. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:00:22 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 24171 at http://wnpr.org Pickleball, Tai Chi, and World Extreme Pencil Fighting? Exploring Sports on the Rise Doing The Math: How The U.S. Can Advance In The World Cup http://wnpr.org/post/doing-math-how-us-can-advance-world-cup The "Group of Death" is living up to its name.<p>Going into the third and final match of group stage, all four teams — the U.S., Germany, Ghana and Portugal — still have a mathematical chance of moving on to the round of 16.<p>Of course, the U.S. had a prime chance at sealing the deal last night against Portugal. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 24146 at http://wnpr.org Doing The Math: How The U.S. Can Advance In The World Cup Win, Lose or Draw, U.S. Can Still Advance In World Cup http://wnpr.org/post/win-lose-or-draw-us-can-still-advance-world-cup There were 30 seconds left to play and the United States team was beating Portugal 2 to 1. The majority pro-American crowd of more than 40,000 at last night&#8217;s World Cup game in Brazil were ready to party, but it wasn&#8217;t to be.<p>Portugal scored with less than half a minute to go, and now the U.S. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:59:00 +0000 editor 24120 at http://wnpr.org Win, Lose or Draw, U.S. Can Still Advance In World Cup In A Stunning Finish, Portugal Ties U.S. http://wnpr.org/post/stunning-finish-portugal-ties-us It was heartbreaking. It was stunning. It was the reason they call Group G the "Group of Death."<p>With 30 seconds left and despite astronomical odds, the United States men's national soccer team was about to qualify for the second round of the World Cup.<p>But just like that, Portugal's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo crossed to Silvestre Varela, who headed it into the net, tying it, 2-2, marking the final play of the game.<p>This means everyone in the group of death has a mathematical chance at advancing.<p>This means the U.S. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:53:00 +0000 editor 24072 at http://wnpr.org In A Stunning Finish, Portugal Ties U.S. Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball http://wnpr.org/post/scientists-keep-careful-eye-world-cup-ball <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH7cbLfxmbM</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 23964 at http://wnpr.org Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter http://wnpr.org/post/dodgers-ace-kershaw-notches-his-first-no-hitter The no-hitters just keep coming. That's the case for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the team's pitchers have thrown two games without giving up a hit in less than a month. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:47:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23907 at http://wnpr.org Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations Cancelled http://wnpr.org/post/us-patent-office-cancels-washington-redskins-trademark The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revoked the trademark of the NFL's Washington Redskins, after ruling in a case brought by five Native Americans who say the name disparages them. While the decision could have wide repercussions, it does not require the team to change its name. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:52:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23843 at http://wnpr.org Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations Cancelled Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank http://wnpr.org/post/deford-how-host-sports-extravaganza-wont-break-bank You know, it is the 21st century, and it is possible to acknowledge that <em>and</em> make both the World Cup and the Olympics more affordable. The current waste and opulence simply aren't defensible anymore.<p>For the soccer pooh-bahs to demand that Brazil build new stadiums, costing billions of dollars, is unconscionable. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Frank Deford 23822 at http://wnpr.org Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank After His Game-Winning Goal, We Ask, Who Is John Brooks? http://wnpr.org/post/after-his-game-winning-goal-we-ask-who-john-brooks <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOL02wRL1Sg</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:56:00 +0000 editor 23775 at http://wnpr.org After His Game-Winning Goal, We Ask, Who Is John Brooks? Sweet Revenge: U.S. Bests Ghana, 2-1, In Its World Cup Opener http://wnpr.org/post/sweet-revenge-us-bests-ghana-2-1-its-world-cup-opener The U.S. Men's National Team beat Ghana in the group stage of the World Cup, payback for losing to the Black Stars in the previous two World Cups.<p>Team USA captain Clint Dempsey surged past Ghana's John Boye to score 29 seconds after the start of the game, marking one of the fastest goals in World Cup history.<p>But about 20 minutes into the game, star center forward Jozy Altidore was taken off the field with a strained left hamstring, leaving the Americans short a top scorer. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:45:39 +0000 Scott Neuman 23760 at http://wnpr.org Sweet Revenge: U.S. Bests Ghana, 2-1, In Its World Cup Opener Spurs Beat The Heat To Take Home NBA Title http://wnpr.org/post/spurs-beat-heat-take-home-nba-title In a dramatic Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs triumphed over the Miami Heat to win the NBA title Sunday night, closing out the series with a 104-87 victory.<p>After a dismal start, the Spurs rallied and turned things around, entering halftime with a 47-40 lead. When the game resumed, they never looked back and were up by more than 20 points multiple times in the second half.<p>Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday's game, earned the title of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 06:10:36 +0000 Steve Mullis 23690 at http://wnpr.org Spurs Beat The Heat To Take Home NBA Title