Sports http://wcbe.org en The Washington Football Team That Must Not Be Named http://wcbe.org/post/washington-football-team-must-not-be-named Anybody who possesses a scintilla of good taste (and/or decency) is against the Washington football team using its longtime nickname. I don't have to scrounge for Brownie points by getting all indignant about it.<p>The one person who is most adamant about keeping the name is Daniel Snyder, who owns the Washington football franchise, and who appears to be either especially stubborn, or insensitive or both.<p>The obscene nickname is, of course, Redskins, and increasingly it's been suggested that we in the media should stop saying or writing it.<p>It's certainly an original proposition. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:15 +0000 Frank Deford 59994 at http://wcbe.org The Washington Football Team That Must Not Be Named Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' http://wcbe.org/post/fitness-trainer-shaun-t-i-understand-why-you-feel-weak <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4vnicyr94o</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:02:48 +0000 NPR Staff 59914 at http://wcbe.org Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' What It Takes To Be A Champion http://wcbe.org/post/what-it-takes-be-champion Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Olympic motto is faster, higher, stronger. And year after year, athletes seem to live up to those words, but how?<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>DAVID EPSTEIN: We definitely are better. Although, it sort of depends how you look at the question because in some ways, we might not be as much better as we like to believe.<p>SIMON: David Epstein writes about sports science. He spoke to Guy Raz at the Ted Radio Hour.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>GUY RAZ, BYLINE: So consider the 100-meter dash. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:15:44 +0000 editor 59857 at http://wcbe.org Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports http://wcbe.org/post/remembering-how-great-war-changed-us-sports When America entered the Great War in 1917 — a war that began 100 years ago this summer — Major League Baseball faced a special problem: It had a hefty German heritage. Its best-known team, the New York Giants under John McGraw, was even sometimes called "McGraw's Prussians" for its tough, fighting spirit. Obviously, just as sauerkraut became "liberty cabbage," that had to go, too.<p>Among the many German-American ballplayers, the most prominent was Honus Wagner, known as The Flying Dutchman. "Dutch" didn't refer to the Netherlands, but was derived from <em>Deutsch</em>. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:44:40 +0000 Frank Deford 59577 at http://wcbe.org Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports The Time Of Our Sports Lives: How Europe's Games Neglect The Clock http://wcbe.org/post/time-our-sports-lives-how-europes-games-neglect-clock Why is it that Europeans don't pay as much attention to time in sports as we do?<p>You American novices to soccer, who climbed on the World Cup bandwagon this summer –– you must have been completely baffled by how soccer has a thing called "stoppage time." That means that the game goes on after regulation time is up for an undisclosed period that only the referee knows. <br /> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Frank Deford 58766 at http://wcbe.org The Time Of Our Sports Lives: How Europe's Games Neglect The Clock U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany http://wcbe.org/post/us-advances-world-cup-despite-1-0-loss-germany The U.S. men's soccer team has finished second in its World Cup group, after a 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday. The Americans will advance after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1.<p>"This is a huge, huge step, and now we can't wait until round of 16," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said afterward, according to ESPN. "Everyone said we had no chance. We took the chance and move on. And now we really want to prove a point."<p>Today's two games in Group G — dubbed by many as this tournament's "Group of Death" — were played concurrently. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 58464 at http://wcbe.org U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany 'Shop' Guys On The World Cup: Can The U.S. Come Out On Top? http://wcbe.org/post/shop-guys-world-cup-can-us-come-out-top Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>I'm Audie Cornish, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Now it's time for the weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are writer Jimi Izrael, with us from Cleveland. Hey there, Jimi.<p>JIMI IZRAEL: Hey A.C.. What took you so long, sister?<p>(LAUGHTER)<p>IZRAEL: I'm sorry, go ahead with your intro. Go with your intro, my bad. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 editor 58193 at http://wcbe.org Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter http://wcbe.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 58031 at http://wcbe.org Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter Ruling On Redskins' Trademarks Carries Symbolic Weight http://wcbe.org/post/ruling-redskins-trademarks-carries-symbolic-weight Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six trademark registrations held by the Washington Redskins. Today's ruling determined the football teams trademark name is disparaging to Native Americans and unfit for federal registration. But as Hansi Lo Wang of NPR's Code Switch team reports, the team still owns the Redskins name and can continue to use it.<p>HANSI LO WANG, BYLINE: Let's be clear. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 57987 at http://wcbe.org What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities? http://wcbe.org/post/what-does-body-ink-say-about-nba-players-pain-and-personalities Ethan Swan, who runs an art gallery in downtown Los Angeles, believes that "so much of art is about the creation of meaning through image." He also believes that "tattoos are a great way to mark pain."<p>So Swan is naturally interested in how body ink plays out for others. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:55:00 +0000 editor 57977 at http://wcbe.org What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities? Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank http://wcbe.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 57946 at http://wcbe.org Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank Do Soaring World Cup Ratings Mark A Foothold For Soccer In U.S.? http://wcbe.org/post/do-soaring-world-cup-ratings-mark-foothold-soccer-us Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Every World Cup, we ask the same question in our editorial meeting - has soccer finally turned the corner and become mainstream here in the U.S.? Well, if you go by the television ratings, the answer this year is a definite maybe. And for more on this, we turn to Brian Steinberg. He's the senior TV editor at Variety and he's been tracking the ratings. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:33:00 +0000 editor 57965 at http://wcbe.org Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres Hall Of Famer, Dies http://wcbe.org/post/tony-gwynn-san-diego-padres-hall-famer-dies Hall of famer Tony Gwynn, who spent 20 years playing for the San Diego Padres, has died.<p>The team <a href="https://twitter.com/Padres/status/478557072187875328">announced his death on Twitter</a>, saying it was "terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend."<p>Gwynn, known as "Mr. Padre," flirted with a .400 batting average in 1994. By the end of the season, his batting average was .394. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 57819 at http://wcbe.org Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres Hall Of Famer, Dies Chuck Noll, Who Led Steelers To 4 Super Bowl Titles, Dies http://wcbe.org/post/chuck-noll-who-led-steelers-4-super-bowl-titles-dies Chuck Noll, the only NFL coach to lead a team to four Super Bowl titles, died on Friday at age 82.<p>Liz Reid, from NPR member station WESA in Pittsburgh, reports the Steelers coach was considered one of the greatest. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 editor 57768 at http://wcbe.org Chuck Noll, Who Led Steelers To 4 Super Bowl Titles, Dies Remembering Payne Stewart http://wcbe.org/post/remembering-payne-stewart <p>It's hard for golf fans, even casual ones, to not think about Payne Stewart as the US Open returns to Pinehurst this week.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:37:11 +0000 Mike Foley 57418 at http://wcbe.org Remembering Payne Stewart Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery http://wcbe.org/post/baseball-has-elbow-problem-more-pros-getting-ligament-surgery On Friday, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Sean Burnett became the latest player this season to undergo "Tommy John" surgery. In this weekend's MLB draft, at least four players selected had already had the infamous elbow surgery as amateurs.<p>The operation is named after the first player to undergo the procedure to fix an injured elbow ligament, in 1974. Pitchers are particularly vulnerable to this injury.<p>The procedure involves taking a tendon from somewhere else in the body — or from a cadaver — and grafting it into place. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:06:17 +0000 NPR Staff 57412 at http://wcbe.org Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family http://wcbe.org/post/jockey-donna-barton-brothers-horse-racing-runs-family When the thoroughbreds burst out of the starting gate at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, fans will have their eyes on California Chrome as a potential Triple Crown winner. And there to interview the winner on horseback will be Donna Barton Brothers, an analyst for NBC Sports.<p>Before she was an analyst, Brothers had a distinguished career as a jockey, winning more than 1,100 races before retiring in 1998. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:35:00 +0000 editor 57283 at http://wcbe.org For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family LeBron James And Lance Stephenson Share Odd And Quiet Moment In NBA Game http://wcbe.org/post/lebron-james-and-lance-stephenson-share-odd-and-quiet-moment-nba-game <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPzQx0jP8Yg</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 56899 at http://wcbe.org LeBron James And Lance Stephenson Share Odd And Quiet Moment In NBA Game Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too http://wcbe.org/post/dont-overlook-unsung-umpire-referees-can-be-pretty-too Not so long ago, while enjoying a libation in a decorous saloon, the proprietor — who happened to hail from the fabled Windy City — suddenly jarred the genteel assembled by turning on the Cubs game. Just at that moment, a Cubby was heading toward the plate when the throw came in, and the runner (spoiler alert!), being a Cub, was tagged out.<p>Visualize the tableau: The runner. The catcher. But also a third figure: the umpire. And see him now: feet spread well apart, solidly grounded, mask off in his left hand, and his right arm flies up, thumb to the heavens. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Frank Deford 56769 at http://wcbe.org Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too Javon Francis, Jamaica's Next Big Running Star http://wcbe.org/post/javon-francis-jamaicas-next-big-running-star <br />The stadium was quiet as eight schoolboys settled into the blocks for the start of the 400-meter finals at Jamaica's annual Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys and Girls Athletic Championships earlier this year — "Champs for short. The favorite? Nineteen-year-old Javon Francis. Case closed. Spectators sat in their seats munching on food and chatting with friends when the starter gun went off.<p>But something unexpected was taking place. Francis, who was scheduled to run the 200 meters later that evening, attacked the race like a demon. Tue, 13 May 2014 16:15:20 +0000 Constance C.R. White 55923 at http://wcbe.org Javon Francis, Jamaica's Next Big Running Star