Mike Pesca

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Miami Heat Force Game 7 In NBA Finals

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Miami Heat avoided elimination Tuesday night by beating the San Antonio Spurs in overtime, 103 to 100. LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime.


San Antonio Spurs One Game From Winning Fifth NBA Title

Monday, June 17, 2013

Every time you think you got a handle on this year's NBA Finals, you realize, you have no idea what's going to happen next. Case in point: Before last night's game five against the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was slumping and supposedly washed up. Instead he put on a vintage performance and led the Spurs to a ten-point victory over the defending champs.


Heat Break Away From Spurs To Win Game 2 Of NBA Finals

Monday, June 10, 2013

The series is tied at one game a piece. The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night 103-84. Last week, the Spurs beat the Heat in the opener.


Some Stats Give More Bounce Than Others, NBA Game Shows

Friday, June 07, 2013

Thursday night, the Miami Heat out-rebounded the San Antonio Spurs. But they lost. In fact, both teams in the finals are horrible rebounding teams. So how did they get this far? By doing other things very well. In the NBA, some statistics are more important than others.


Heat, Spurs Prepare For NBA Finals Showdown

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

NPR's Mike Pesca talks to All Things Considered host Robert Siegel about the Miami Heat, who will defend its NBA title against the San Antonio Spurs. It is the third consecutive trip to the finals for the Heat and though they had a tough series with Indiana, many still consider them the favorite. The best of seven championship series starts Thursday.


After Game 7: Pacers Go Home, Heat Face Spurs

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Miami Heat have reached the NBA Finals. They beat the Indiana Pacers Monday night 99-76 in Miami. The Heat will play the San Antonio Spurs beginning Thursday.


3 Fresh Faces Usher In New WNBA Season

Monday, June 03, 2013

This year's Women's National Basketball Association season has the top three players making their league debuts. The talented class includes Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins and Brittney Griner.


Blackhawks Beat Wings, Will Meet Kings In NHL Conference Final

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Chicago Blackhawks were on the verge of elimination from the National Hockey League playoffs. But in overtime Wednesday night, they came back to beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.


Sports: Rallying For Wrestling

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about wrestling. The Iran and U.S. teams were supposed to face off in Los Angeles, and the sport is battling to stay in the Olympics.


Wrestlers Grapple To Save Sport From Olympic Chopping Block

Thursday, May 16, 2013

In New York's Grand Central Terminal Wednesday, wrestlers from Iran, Russia and the United States faced off in what was dubbed "Rumble on the Rails." This meet was more than just a show of diplomacy and sportsmanship. The athletes want to rally support for their sport which could be excluded from upcoming Olympic games.


Not Even Instant Replay Could Prevent These Bad Calls

Friday, May 10, 2013

There have been a slew of bad calls in Major League Baseball recently, including one that was made despite the advantage of instant replay.


Broadcast Sports Pioneer Bob Wolff Shares His Archive

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Broadcaster Bob Wolff, 92, witnessed many historic moments in sports during his 74-year career. He has donated more than 1,000 hours of his broadcasts to the Library of Congress.


Adding Security Along Marathons Would Be Herculean Task

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Marathons are among the most open sporting events. Crowds can press right up against the route as runners wind there way through city streets. But two explosions at the Boston Marathon have raised questions about whether that openness can last.


Louisville Triumphs Over Michigan 82-76

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Louisville hasn't won the NCAA men's college basketball championship since 1986. They beat Michigan 82-76. Coach Rick Pitino added this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996. He's the first coach to win a championship at two schools.


Leading Through Tragedy, Louisville's Hancock Kept Team Together

Monday, April 08, 2013

Louisville player Luke Hancock isn't the most talented on the team, but his leadership played a key role keeping everyone focused after a devastating injury to teammate Kevin Ware. The Louisville Cardinals play the Michigan Wolverines in Monday night's NCAA men's college basketball finals.


Students Turn To Jumbotron To Watch Tourney In Georgia Dome

Monday, April 08, 2013

Louisville and Michigan will face off Monday night for the men's NCAA basketball championship. The game will be played in Atlanta, where some of the best seats don't always have the best view.


Always In The Zone, Syracuse Is Hard To Beat

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Syracuse is the only college team that relies exclusively on a 2-3 zone defense. They've been unstoppable so far in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, but on Saturday night, Michigan will try to break through Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's winning strategy.


Why College Basketball So Celebrates The Semifinalists

Friday, April 05, 2013

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is down to the Final Four. Louisville will play Wichita State and Syracuse faces Michigan. Why does college basketball celebrate the semifinalist teams almost as much as the finalists?


NCAA Men's Men's Basketball Tourney Down To 4

Monday, April 01, 2013

Top overall seed Louisville will face Wichita State at the Georgia Dome next Saturday, while Michigan takes on Syracuse in the other national semifinal. The winners advance to the April 8 championship.


Personality Of Each Coach Reflected In NCAA Men's Basketball Teams

Friday, March 29, 2013

To achieve a deep run in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, players have to be skilled and well-trained but also well-motivated.