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NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 Showdowns Set To Begin

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The men and women's NCAA College Basketball tournaments are down to the Sweet 16. The men take the court Thursday night, and the women play on Friday.



Team USA Finally Proves World's Best, Crushing Puerto Rico 8-0 In Classic Final

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:50:00 -0400

It may be considered the national pastime, but in the first three World Baseball Classics the United States was far from dominant. That changed Wednesday night in a lopsided title win.



U.S. Faces Undefeated Puerto Rico In World Baseball Classic Final

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:05 -0400

It may be the American pastime, but this is the first time a U.S. team has reached the finals of the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. faces undefeated Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Jon Morosi, a reporter for MLB.com, for a preview.



Commentary: U.S. Women's National Hockey Team Doesn't Get Enough Respect

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:09:14 -0400

The U.S. is hosting this year's Women's World Hockey Championships. So why is the U.S. women's team threatening to boycott? Commentator Sarah Spain of ESPN says it's about fairness and respect.



Tom Brady's Missing Super Bowl Jersey Found In Mexico

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The long national nightmare of Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey is now over. It has been found in Mexico.



Tom Brady's Stolen Jersey Found With 'Member Of The International Media'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:56:00 -0400

With the same person in Mexico, authorities also recovered another of the New England Patriots quarterback's Super Bowl jerseys, from his team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.



NCAA Stunner: South Carolina Boots Duke From Tournament

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Second-seed Duke was knocked out of the men's NCAA basketball tournament on Sunday by No. 7 seed South Carolina, 88-81.



Wisconsin Upsets NCAA Defending Champions Villanova

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:33:00 -0400

The Badgers surely derailed a lot of brackets in the second round of the men's tournament on Saturday, after defeating the top-seeded Wildcats, 65-62.



Saturday Sports: March Madness Continues

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:12:26 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's Tom Goldman talk about the big event in sports this week: March Madness!



First Openly Transgender Professional Team Athlete Retires

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:49:00 -0400

Harrison Browne announced his retirement from the National Women's Hockey League. He says the support since coming out last October, has been overwhelming.



Head Of USA Gymnastics Resigns Over Group's Sex Abuse Scandal

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:36:00 -0400

Steve Penny, president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, was reportedly pressured to resign. An Indianapolis Star report months ago alleged the organization ignored complaints about sexual abuse by coaches.



In March Mammal Madness, Our Money's On The Giant Pouched Rat

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Because what mammal can take down a rodent that sniffs out land mines as well as TB — and jumps 5 feet in the air? Surely not tonight's competitor, the maned wolf.



Russell Westbrook Looks To Break NBA Triple-Double Record

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

NBA star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is on pace to average a triple-double this season, a feat that no NBA player has achieved since Oscar Robertson in 1962. Westbrook also may break Robertson's single season triple-double record of 41. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz about Westbrook's heroic effort this season.



U.S. Women's Hockey Team Boycotting World Championships To Protest Low Pay

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:13:00 -0400

The reigning world champions say they won't defend their title. Along with higher pay, they want more marketing and training support from USA Hockey. USA Hockey said it was "disappointed" by the move.



NPR's Facebook Audience Picks Villanova As NCAA Men's Basketball Champions

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:00:16 -0400

If NPR's Facebook audience has its way, the Villanova Wildcats will repeat as NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions.