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NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

Friday, June 06, 2014

A faulty air conditioning system spiked temperatures during the first game of the NBA finals, and the San Antonio Spurs took the win. The Barbershop guys talk sports, politics and pop culture.

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World Cup Makes Brazilians Crazy, But Soccer's Not To Blame

Friday, June 06, 2014

While workers scramble to prepare stadiums and airports for visiting fans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says many Brazilians are angry and frustrated.

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In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game

Friday, June 06, 2014

The air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures as the NBA Finals began.

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Morning Edition

OTB Parlors Criticize Hike In Horse Racing Simulcast Rates

Friday, June 06, 2014

Saturday is the Belmont Stakes, the last race in the vaunted Triple Crown series of horse races. But as excitement builds, so does a bitter feud in the business of horse racing.

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PRI's The World

Ever heard of Crokinole? The 'sport' has a small but passionate following

Friday, June 06, 2014

Crokinole is a Canadian table sport — never call it a board game. While its fans may be dying out, those who still play are passionate.

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All Things Considered

Don Zimmer, Baseball's Own 'Popeye,' Passes At The Age Of 83

Thursday, June 05, 2014

As first a player and then a coach, Don Zimmer spent more than six decades in baseball. The legendary manager, nicknamed "Popeye," has died at the age of 83. Richard Justice of MLB.com discusses the man's legacy.

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Fresh Air

For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family

Thursday, June 05, 2014

At the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, former jockey Donna Barton Brothers will interview the winner on horseback. Now an analyst for NBC, Brothers won more than 1,100 races before retiring in 1998.

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When LeBron James Speaks, Do People Stop And Listen?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

NBA star player LeBron James and his Miami Heat take on the San Antonio Spurs in the finals today. But The New York Times columnist William Rhoden says James is also gaining influence off the court.

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Baseball Man Don Zimmer Dies, Ending An Epic Sports Career

Thursday, June 05, 2014

His big-league career began in the 1950s and included the most recent Yankees dynasty. Baseball is mourning Don Zimmer today, remembering a man who loved the game that loved him back.

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Morning Edition

Miami Heat Aims To Win Legacy-Defining 3rd Straight NBA Title

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The NBA finals begin Thursday night between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. It's a repeat of last year's series. And in hockey, the LA Kings won Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in overtime.

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Morning Edition

As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The games are just a week away, and enthusiasm is low. Stadiums aren't finished, infrastructure is incomplete, and there have been protests. According to one Brazilian soccer fan, "We didn't deliver."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Rangers Rise to the Stanley Cup Finals

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The New York Rangers are competing for hockey's Stanley Cup for the first time since 1994! Budd Mishkin, correspondent for "One on 1 with Budd Mishkin" at NY1 News, discusses the team's unlikely journey to the playoffs and the series against the Los Angeles Kings and its fanbase, which remains devoted despite mismanagement.

 

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Attorney Says Sterling Will Sell Clippers, Drop NBA Suit

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The lawyer says Donald Sterling will honor last week's deal by his estranged wife to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

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NFL Says When It Comes To Super Bowl 50, 'L' Is For Losers

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The football league says the 2016 championship will depart from tradition by not using the Roman numeral L (50) because it doesn't work well on the logo.

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WNYC News

Your New York Rangers Stanley Cup Primer

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Everything you need to know about the "Broadway Blueshirts."

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An Inability To Connect With Horses Isn't Why Racing Is Failing

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

There is a perception that Americans would rather play slot machines and watch car racing because those things are more relatable than horses. NPR's Laurel Dalrymple doesn't think that is true.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Shot at the Triple Crown

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Brad Telias, racing reporter and analyst at CBS Radio, previews this weekend's Belmont Stakes, where California Chrome tries to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. Telias also talks about the notoriously difficult track and the history of the Belmont racetrack.

 

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Morning Edition

No Americans Are Left In French Open

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

For the latest on the French tennis tournament, David Greene talks to Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated about some lesser known players on both the men and women's side, who have had some big wins.

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Morning Edition

Will A Triple Crown Win Save Horse Racing? Don't Bet On It

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Many in the horse racing industry are looking to Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome to revive interest in the sport. He wants to believe it, but commentator Frank Deford says that's a fantasy.

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All Things Considered

Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

It's been 36 years since a horse won racing's ultimate trifecta. For California Chrome to break the drought Saturday, the colt must contend with challenges that have stymied a dozen horses before him.

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