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Legendary Basketball Pat Summitt Coach Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pat Summitt has had a successful career, leading the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols to eight NCAA championships. Yesterday, the 59-year-old legendary coach announced that she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. WNBA player Tamika Catchings played for Coach Summitt at the University of Tennessee for four years. She said she was shocked by the news, but, she explained, "When you think about all of the things Pat’s been able to accomplish, a lot of it has come from her determination and she’s had so many trials and tribulations throughout her life, but look at her. You know, she’s still standing strong." Despite her fighting spirit, Summitt's diagnosis raises questions about Alzheimer's disease, particularly because Summitt is younger than most who suffer from Alzheimer's.

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WNYC News

WNBA Team Attendance Drops 30 Percent After Move From MSG to Newark

Friday, July 29, 2011

Since the New York Liberty started playing at Newark’s Prudential Center this spring, attendance the at the games has dropped 30 percent, according to WNBA figures.

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The Takeaway

NBA Players on Lockout After Failed Negotiations

Friday, July 01, 2011

After hours of negotiating, NBA players and owners failed to come to an agreement over salary caps and team revenue. Those involved said the meetings were friendly, but players will remain on lockout until a settlement can be reached. While players have proposed a string of pay cuts to be enacted over the next few years, team owners say it is not enough to make the teams profitable. The Players Association and team owners will meet in two to three weeks to discuss this issue again.

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The Takeaway

Shaquille O'Neal Tells Twitter He's Retiring

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Shaq told his fans first in a video posted to Twitter, "I'm about to retire... love you!"  He and his size 23 basketball shoes are done with the game. "He could dance, he could move, he could pass," says Takeaway Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. He explains why Shaq was such a dominant force and what he might do next.

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The Takeaway

Miami Heat v. Dallas Mavericks: 2011 NBA Finals Fan Smackdown

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The NBA Finals will kick off tonight with Game 1 between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. As fans get ready for the first game, we hear from them about why their team has what it takes to win it all. Representing the Miami Heat is Michael Garrett, who started following his team when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined. T.C. Fleming, on the other hand has been a fan for a long time. He moved to Dallas when he was two years old and has been a Mavs fan ever since.

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The Takeaway

Sports: Mavs-Heats Preview, NHL Game 7, French Open

Friday, May 27, 2011

Last night the Miami Heat beat the Bulls and will go on to face the Dallas Mavericks. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says it's going to be a tough series. "I'm rooting for Dallas, but I think the Heat is going to win it." But that's not all that's happening in sports — ice hockey is heating up as well, tonight's hockey game between Tampa Bay and the Boston Bruins is one to watch. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says the French Open is also worth turning on your television for.

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Sports: NBA Playoffs Heat Up, Golf Update

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Chicago Bulls will face the Miami Heat in the eastern conference finals and both teams have something to prove, says Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. Tiger Woods withdrew from the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida tournament after suffering a knee injury. It's becoming apparent that Woods is getting older.

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The Takeaway

'One Shining Moment': When Bad Music Happens to Good Sports

Monday, April 04, 2011

One shining moment, you reached for the sky.... When you hear the song "One Shining Moment," how do you feel?  Loved by some and hated by others, the emotional anthem has wrapped up the NCAA basketball championship for 25 years. Where do you stand on “One Shining Moment”? And what is it about sports that so often inspire divisive songs? Jon Solomon has his opinions on the matter. A college basketball journalist for Princetonbaskeball.com, he’s also a DJ at WPRB – Princeton.

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Should College Basketball Stars Be Paid?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More than 140 million people have been watching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this year. And nearly everyone involved with March Madness is profiting handsomely from the games. That is, everyone but the players. "Frontline" correspondent Lowell Bergman investigates NCAA labor issues in his new documentary, “Money and March Madness,” which airs on PBS tonight. Sonny Vaccaro believes that student athletes should benefit; he signed Michael Jordan to his first shoe contract.

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The Takeaway

Final Four: Virginia Commonwealth University?!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Virginia Commonwealth University, ranked number 11, turned the college basketball world upside down yesterday, with an upset win over the number one Kansas Jayhawks, earning a trip to the Final Four of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. VCU now faces Butler, while Kentucky goes against Connecticut. Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, believes VCU's huge upset and deep journey into the tournament will give the team a huge boost, with top prospects actually considering going to the school.

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Duke Loses as March Madness Enters Sweet 16

Friday, March 25, 2011

The sweet sixteen round of the NCAA tournament got underway last night, and we’re down to two games in each region of the tournament bracket. Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Adbul-Matin was in Badger territory. Butler beat Wisconsin and the Arizona Wildcats blew Duke out of the water. "Now we know there will be a new champion this year and that's really exciting," says Ibrahim Abudl-Matin as he looks ahead to the Elite 8.

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The Takeaway

NCAA Championship: First Week

Friday, March 18, 2011

The first week of college basketball's biggest tournament is drawing to a close. Who has fallen, and who has lived to battle another day? We check in with Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, to get a recap as well as a look at what's happening next week. Also, don't forget we're still accepting your March Madness brackets

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Sports Heat Up in February

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's true that February is generally considered the Dark Ages of the sports year, but there's actually a lot of activity going on this week. First up, news yesterday that St. Louis Cardinals slugger, and resident king of baseball, Albert Pujols arrived in camp without a contract extension, and thus, will not negotiate again until after the season. 

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UConn Huskies Going for 89 Consecutive Wins

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Huskies, the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team, tied UCLA's men's basketball record of 88 consecutive wins on Sunday when they defeated Ohio State at Madison Square Garden. Helen Wheelock is a huge Huskies fan; she was at Sunday's game and can't wait for them to go for number 89, and sole possession of the record, tonight against Florida State.

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The Takeaway

Bob Feller, Baseball Hall of Famer, Dies at 92

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bob Feller was pitching at 102 miles per hour in the 1930s. But the baseball player was also known to fans for stopping mid-career and joining to fight and serve his country in World War II. Feller died last night at the age of 92, and for thoughts on him and the other sports stories of the day is Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.  

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Biggest Stories of This Basketball Season

Friday, December 10, 2010

There's a lot of story lines happening in basketball this season. Which should we be paying attention to? The Miami Heat finally getting into its stride this season? A leader for The New York Knicks? Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about the biggest stories so far in the NBA.

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Meadowlark Lemon on Basketball, Charity, and the Globetrotters

Friday, December 10, 2010

Even if you’re not a sports fan, chances are you know the name Meadowlark Lemon. For 24 years, he played with the Harlem Globetrotters. Over the past five decades, his audiences have included popes, kings, and every U.S. president since Eisenhower. In total, he’s played over 16,000 career games — more than any other player in basketball history.

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The Takeaway

Lebron James Plays in Cleveland ... But Not as a Cavalier

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Tonight, Cleveland's prodigal son Lebron James returns to play in his former home town...but he'll be playing as a member of the Miami Heat against former team mates on the Cavaliers. We talk with Takeaway contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin about how fans react when former heroes return in another team's colors.

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Studio 360

The Knicks as Comic Book Heroes

Monday, November 08, 2010

Artist Joe Petruccio has given sports fans and comic book nerds something to talk about.

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The Takeaway

LeBron Fails to Bring the Heat

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One of the most hyped basketball teams of the new NBA season delivered an underwhelming debut last night. The 2010 Miami Heat, fronted by the all-star trifecta of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, were trounced by the Boston Celtics, 88-80. Phil Latzman, host of WLRN's The Florida Roundup, says Miami fans have great expectations of the Heat's new lineup.

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