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NFL Makes It Official: Sarah Thomas Is First Woman To Be A Full-Time Ref

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Confirming a long-anticipated move, the NFL has hired its first female official on a full-time basis. She has spent nearly a decade working her way through the ranks in the NCAA.

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Morning Edition

Connecticut Wins 3rd Straight Women's Basketball Title

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The University of Connecticut beat Notre Dame, 63-53, Tuesday night in a rematch of the 2014 title game, which UConn also won. Renee Montagne talks to Michelle Smith, a contributing writer to espnW.

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Morning Edition

Deford: Americans Don't Care About Major League Soccer

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The curmudgeonly sports commentator is pessimistic about the sport's prospects in the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: The Spanish-Language Voice of the Dodgers

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Next up in Ballpark Figures: Jaime Jarrín, the Spanish-language voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, takes us from a fence factory in East L.A. to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Connecticut Wins 3rd Straight Women's Basketball Title, 5th In 7 Years

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

With the 63-53 victory over Notre Dame, coach Geno Auriemma collects his tenth championship ring since 1995 — a streak of dominance few teams or coaches in any sport can compete with.

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All Things Considered

NFL Holds First-Ever Scouting Combine For Veteran Players

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The NFL recently hosted its first-ever scouting combine for players with NFL experience. Just 107 players made the cut out of 2,000 applicants.

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All Things Considered

ESPN Bracket Challenge Winner Is Too Young To Collect Grand Prize

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Twelve-year-old Sam Holtz beat out 11.57 million other brackets to win the ESPN Tournament Challenge, which means he now enters a random raffle to win the grand prize.

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Three-Peat Or Upset? UConn And Notre Dame Play For Women's NCAA Title

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

For Notre Dame, tonight brings a chance to overcome years of frustration. In three of the past four years, the team has lost in the championship game.

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The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: Milwaukee's Sausage Racers

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

All week we're celebrating baseball's unsung heroes. Here, Michael Dillon tells us why he decided to stage a giant costumed sausage race at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Morning Edition

Rain Dampens Marlins' Opening Day

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

When it started to rain, the retractable roof was open at Marlins Park. It didn't close right away. The baseball team did not have a tarp to cover the field because they rely on the roof closing.

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Morning Edition

Mitt Romney Does Well In ESPN's Bracket Challenge

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Romney landed near the top of 11.5 million entries in ESPN's Tournament Challenge. He had a perfect Final Four — finally beating President Obama, who, by the way, had Kentucky winning it all.

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Morning Edition

Duke Comes From Behind To Defeat Wisconsin In Men's NCAA Championship

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Duke won another men's college basketball championship Monday night in Indianapolis. The Blue Devils beat the Wisconsin Badgers 68-63. It was the school's 5th men's title under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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Duke Beats Wisconsin, 68-63, To Win NCAA Men's Basketball Title

Monday, April 06, 2015

In a back-and-forth game, the Blue Devils eked out a 68-63 win, and an NCAA men's basketball championship, against the Badgers on Monday night in Indianapolis.

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All Things Considered

Dodgers Eye World Series, Cubs Optimistic On Baseball's Opening Day

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Major League Baseball season begins in earnest Monday with a full slate of games. NPR's Melissa Block talks to ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez for a preview.

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All Things Considered

Duke Faces Wisconsin (Not Kentucky) In NCAA Championship

Monday, April 06, 2015

Wisconsin will take on Duke in the NCAA men's college basketball championship Monday night in Indianapolis.

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A Lesser-Known Human Trafficking Problem: Teenage Basketball Players

Monday, April 06, 2015

There is a lot of money to be made in bringing underage kids to the U.S. and trying to make them the next Kobe. But what happens to the rest of them?

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Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides

Monday, April 06, 2015

Two of our Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final. Things could get tense.

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PRI's The World

Iran's female sports fans may finally get bleacher seats instead of jail time

Monday, April 06, 2015

For years, Iranian women have been barred from attending sports stadiums — and sometimes given jail sentences when they try to get into games. But now it looks like they might finally get the chance to watch some sports in the flesh.

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Opening Day: Baseball Season Starts In Earnest

Monday, April 06, 2015

In 204 days, two teams will face off in the World Series. Until then, fans can dream about their team winning it all, as Major League Baseball's season gets going.

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The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: The Hazards of Playing Mr. Met

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Mets kick off their regular season this afternoon in Washington, D.C. AJ Mass once donned the Mr. Met costume. Here, he reflects on the weird, woolly world of sports mascots.

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