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Saturday Sports: Boston Celtics

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

Howard Bryant of ESPN The Magazine talks with Scott Simon about the Boston Celtics' winning streak and how this Thanksgiving, a certain NFL team's controversial name might draw some extra attention.

Ferdie Pacheco, Muhammad Ali's Ringside 'Fight Doctor,' Dies At 89

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:06:00 -0500

Pacheco worked as Ali's ringside doctor from 1962 to 1977, and later went on to serve as a boxing commentator for network TV fights in the 1980s.

Russia Still Not Compliant With Sports Doping Regulations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

Russia is reacting angrily after the World Anti-Doping Agency said the country is still not in compliance with its regulations. The announcement could affect Russia's participation in the Winter Olympics next February.

Japan Has Half Of Asia's Golf Courses, But The Game's Popularity There Is Flagging

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:10:00 -0500

In the 1980s, Japan built thousands of golf courses and the game became baked into its business culture. Those days are over. Golf participation in Japan has dropped by 40 percent since 1996.

Sports Doping Watchdog Says Russia 'Non-Compliant'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:05:00 -0500

The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia's official sports drug-testing lab doesn't meet guidelines, placing in doubt the country's participation in the Winter Olympics.

UCLA Basketball Players Admit To Shoplifting In China, Are Suspended From Team

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:49:34 -0500

The players each thanked President Trump one day after returning home from Asia. As for playing again, "they will have to earn their way back," said head coach Steve Alford.

How To Stop Hazing

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:06:30 -0500

Are charges and suspensions of fraternities enough to stop destructive behaviors that have become routine, and sometimes deadly?

Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Pete Van Vleet is a devoted Houston Astros fan. His daughter loves the Detroit Tigers. To help his infant son pick a team, he asked all 30 of them, "Why should my son choose you to be a fan?"

Italy Misses World Cup Qualifier For First Time Since 1958

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:35:54 -0500

After a loss to Sweden Monday night, Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who played in his last international game, was in tears and La Gazzetta Dello Sport said for "Italy, this is the Apocalypse."

He Wrote The Book(s) On Scrabble. But Has He Been Playing By The Letter Of The Law?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:25:00 -0500

The Association of British Scrabble Players doesn't think so. Suspecting cheating, the group temporarily banned Allan Simmons, who has written advice books and ranks highly worldwide.

Former Captains Of U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Teams Celebrate Their Baby

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:51:00 -0500

"I feel truly blessed to experience this incredible adventure with my love and best friend Julie," Canada's Caroline Ouellette wrote of Julie Chu, in announcing their daughter's birth.

Powerhouse Italy Copes With The 'Indelible Stain' Of Missing The World Cup

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:51:00 -0500

Slide over, Americans: You've got company on the sidelines of the 2018 World Cup. A draw with Sweden denied the four-time world champs a bid, leaving Italians to grapple with "the apocalypse."

3 UCLA Basketball Players Headed Home After Brief Detainment In China

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:17:00 -0500

President Trump said he spoke with China's president about the players, who were detained on suspicion of shoplifting. "The matter has been resolved," according to Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

LeBron James Films New York City Subway Ride

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:17:00 -0500

Not all Monday morning riders shared in James enthusiasm. His next-seat neighbor pushed the phone away and said, "Can you not?" James Michael Angelo says it he didn't know it was the NBA star.

Italy Stuns Soccer Fans, Fails To Qualify For World Cup

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

For the first time in 60 years, Italy won't advance to the World Cup. It lost a qualifying match to Sweden Monday night. David Greene talks to journalist Christopher Livesay, who's in Rome.