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4:13 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

For Italy's Balotelli, Racism On And Off The Field

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 4:56 pm

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LAURA SULLIVAN, HOST:

This past week, a star was born.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Oh, Balotelli. Mario's moment to shine.

SULLIVAN: That was the call on ESPN of the heroics of 21-year-old Mario Balotelli. He scored both of Italy's goals in their win over Germany in the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. The Italians now advance to the final tomorrow.

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Sports
6:29 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Sports: Talking Wimbledon Match-Ups

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:32 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: And Wimbledon is underway, the world's oldest, most esteemed, greenest and strawberries and creamiest tennis tournament. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic seem set on the collision course for a semifinal. Maria Sharapova on course for a potential showdown with Kim Clijsters. Howard Bryant of ESPN.com, ESPN the magazine, and ESPN the full grain, fibrous and nutritious snack cracker on the line from the All England Club.

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Sports
4:52 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Silent And Unsung, Ball Boys Keep Wimbledon Rolling

Wimbledon's ball boys and girls must remain completely still and silent during game play.
Jon Super AP

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:32 am

If you watch the action at Wimbledon this weekend, you'll see the camera closely tracking Serena Williams and David Ferrer.

But you'll also notice smaller, less celebrated figures darting on and off the court. Their training may not be as rigorous as the tennis pros', but it's plenty demanding.

Fair and accurate calls from the chair umpire are critical to the smooth running of Wimbledon. So, too, are the six young girls and boys flying around each court.

'A Sport In Itself'

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The Two-Way
5:07 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Formally Charges Armstrong With Doping

Lance Armstrong.
Thao Nguyen AP

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 5:29 pm

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said that one of its panels reviewed the evidence against Lance Armstrong and decided to formally charge the seven-time Tour de France winner with doping.

The AP reports if Armstrong fights the charges, the case goes to an arbitration panel, which will decide the merits.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Sports
3:44 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

The Latest On Soccer's Euro Cup, Wimbledon

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 9:26 pm

Audie Cornish talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the latest from Wimbledon and soccer's Euro Cup tournament.

Barbershop
11:42 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Should NBA Teams Accommodate Players With Anxiety?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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Sports
10:56 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Foul Play At Euro 2012 From Racist Fans

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now to a subject that also inspires passion around the world, the finals are set at Euro 2012. That's Europe's big national team soccer tournament. It's being held in Ukraine and Poland this year. Italy got into the final, thanks to two goals from the striker, Mario Balotelli.

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Sports
9:53 am
Fri June 29, 2012

R.A. Dickey On 'Winding Up' As A Knuckleballer

R.A. Dickey currently plays for the New York Mets. He was previously with the Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers.
courtesy of the author

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 10:53 am

This interview was originally broadcast on April 10, 2012. Since it aired, R.A. Dickey has pitched two consecutive one-hitters.

Most pitchers in the majors stick to fastballs, curveballs, sliders and change-ups when facing batters at the plate.

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NBA Draft
9:52 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Davis Taken No. 1, Celebration on for Hornets

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Orleans Hornets have selected Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Davis will begin his pro career in the same city where he ended it with a national title. The 6-foot-10 Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks. 

NBA Draft
9:49 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Hornets Select UK's Miller with 46th Overall Pick

The New Orleans Hornets have selected Kentucky's Darius Miller with the 46th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft. Miller, a 6-foot-8 forward who played four seasons at Kentucky, will join college teammate Anthony Davis, whom New Orleans selected first overall. 

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