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Though they were not victorious in Sunday's Little League World Series title game, the Red Land Little League Team received a hero's welcome from fans in Lewisberry, Pa., Sunday night. They lined the streets, cheered and waved signs for a team that still owns the bragging rights to the title "United States champions," which they won on Saturday. But the next day, Red Land came up short in a tension-filled Little League World Series title game — jumping out to an eight-run lead but ultimately...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: It is time now for sports. And while college football players are focusing on the upcoming season, there is a cloud over some college football programs. A player at Baylor University, who was convicted of sexual assault, had apparently been allowed to transfer from Boise State despite a history of violent behavior. And the athletic department at Auburn University and coaches at Virginia Tech are in hot...

Always, the ever-tantalizing, ever-impossible discussion in every sport revolves around who's the greatest player ever. It's so difficult trying to compare champions from different eras, but it's a constant party game and especially in vogue now, as Serena Williams prepares to try to win the U.S. Open. Doing so would not only give her the first tennis Grand Slam since Steffi Graf won in 1988 but would give Williams her 22 major titles, tying Graf at the top of the tree. Now, there are a lot...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript SCOTT SIMON, HOST: And it's now time for sports. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) SIMON: Well, that was a good trade. Just three weeks after he was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Houston Astros, Mike Fiers threw a no-hitter for his new team last night. He blanked the LA Dodgers. But the story in college football is grim. A Baylor defensive end was sentenced to six months in prison yesterday for sexual assault. What did...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Time now for sports. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) SIMON: Nine, 10, 11 - the Yankees win last night, stopped the Toronto Blue Jays winning streak at 11. But this summer's dog days have seen baseball's underdogs rise up. Howard Bryant of espn.com and ESPN The Magazine joins us from the studios of New England Public Radio. Morning, Howard. HOWARD BRYANT, BYLINE: Morning, Scott. How are you? SIMON: I'm fine because...

The clubs, balls, vast verdant courses, garish outfits: Golf in America has arguably become rather ho-hum and predictable as the 2015 PGA Championship tournament tees off this week at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis. But over the years, various people — in attempts to expand the American golfing experience — have fiddled and tinkered with the game as we know it. Disc golf , foot golf and other innovations have received a lot of attention in recent years. Here are few more variations from...

MLB Home Teams Make History By Going 15-0

Aug 12, 2015

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Finally this hour, a little bit of baseball history. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: McFarland deals down the line. UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Fair ball. UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Oh, it's fair ball. UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Game over. Mariners win it 6 to 5. Austin Jackson with a game-winner. SIEGEL: Late last night, the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles at home in the final at-bat....

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: In Greece, extra police have been called in to cope with a surge of migrants who've landed on the island of Kos just a few miles from Turkey. It's a chaotic scene. Many of the migrants are being held at a sports stadium where they've been locked inside with little food or water. Julia Kourafa is in Kos with the group Doctors Without Borders. JULIA KOURAFA: The thing is that no food has been provided to...

Updated at 2:46 p.m. ET New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL appeared in a Manhattan court today to update a federal judge on whether both sides are any closer to resolving a dispute over the quarterback's pending four-game " deflategate " suspension. The public portion of the hearing lasted approximately 80 minutes before U.S. Judge Richard Berman met separately with Brady and league officials in private. Neither Brady nor NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke during the...

It's been less than a year since a domestic violence scandal erupted in the National Football League. The infamous Ray Rice video from last September and the league's mishandling of the case plunged the NFL into an unprecedented crisis. It also spurred the league into action after years of doing little or nothing about the problem of domestic violence. The problem continues, and so do the efforts to fight it. Rewind to last September when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell publicly repented. "I...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: NFL Hall of Famer and sports announcer Frank Gifford died yesterday in Connecticut at the age of 84. NPR's Sam Sanders has this remembrance. SAM SANDERS, BYLINE: A lot of you listening may know of Frank Gifford for things like this. (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "LIVE WITH REGIS AND KATHIE LEE") KATHIE LEE GIFFORD: Frank has the funniest message. REGIS PHILBIN: Frank scares you. You call up their house and...

NFL Football Hall of Famer and longtime sports broadcaster Frank Gifford died Sunday at his Connecticut home at age 84. He "died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes," the family confirmed in a brief statement. Receiver and running back Gifford attended the University of Southern California on a football scholarship before going pro. He played for the New York Giants in a career on the field that spanned 1952 to 1964. He made the Pro Bowl in seven of his 12 NFL seasons....

Americans love competitors — in business, in politics, and in sports. And for some of us from the bad old days when only the guys got to play team sports, it's a very special thing to see women blowing through doors that not so long ago were closed to them. Consider Katie Ledecky. The American swimmer has been the gracious, warm-hearted, smiley, cutthroat competitor in the World Swimming Championships in Russia, mopping up the pool (if such a thing could be done) with everyone else, winning...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: And it's time for sports. (SOUNDBITE OF HORN MUSIC) WERTHEIMER: The track and field world has been rocked by doping allegations, just in time for the World Championships. Basketball season is over for the men, at least. Football has yet to start, although camp is going on. Athletes seem to get a bit of a break in August, but NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman doesn't. We make him work. Good...

Because college football and basketball are so prominent, when the best players move up to the pros they're already well-known. However, baseball's different. How many of you pretty good sports fans can tell me who won the baseball College World Series just a few weeks ago? Same with the players. Even the stars drafted highest are anonymous except to the real cognoscenti. And even then, whereas invariably the can't-miss prospects in other sports don't miss, hardly ever miss, in baseball...

Greg Louganis is the best diver of his generation — perhaps the best the world has ever seen. The four-time gold medalist is the only man to ever sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympics. The new documentary Back on Board , by director Cheryl Furjanic and producer Will Sweeney, contrasts that success with the inner turmoil Louganis experienced rising to stardom at such a young age. Much of the film, which premieres Tuesday on HBO, focuses on one of the most pivotal moments of Greg...

According to a review of the results of 12,000 blood tests, the world of track and field has a doping problem that is as big as the one cycling had at the height of Lance Armstrong's popularity. That's according to the Sunday Times and Germany's public broadcaster ARD/WDR , which obtained a leak of documents with the bloodwork of 5,000 athletes. The International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field's world governing body, said in a statement that, indeed, the analysis from...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Time now for sports. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) MARTIN: There was big news in the NFL this past week. The Arizona Cardinals hired a new coach. Doesn't sound like a big deal, you say, except this coach is a woman. Her name is Jen Welter, and this is a first for the entire league. But anytime any kind of sporting team hires someone out of the ordinary, there is talk about whether or not said person will be a,...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp_K8prLfso "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a premier wrestler in the now-WWE during the 1980s and 1990s who fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event at the first WrestleMania in 1985, has died, the company reports. He was 61. "Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world," said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. "I extend my deepest condolences to his family." Born...

No need to be a baseball fan to get caught up in the drama that unfolded before our eyes during the television broadcast of the Mets-Padres game at Citi Field in New York on Wednesday evening. It wasn't a baseball drama, but a life drama that puts all of us — and our reliance on, and misplaced confidence in, Twitter (and other new technologies of would-be connectedness) as a source of information — on the spot. What happened was that rumors swirled on Twitter and in the blogosphere that the...

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