6:28 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Relishing The Heat, Never Cowering From Thunder

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 12:23 pm



SISTER WINONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game, being played each day...


If life is a ball game, then NPR's Mike Pesca is our man in Miami, relishing the heat, never cowering from the thunder. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Possibly setting fire to the rain, very good.


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4:44 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Racism Fears Hinder Soccer Tourney's Unity Message

Racist graffiti on a wall in the Ukrainian city of Lviv earlier this month. A recent BBC report warned of widespread racism in Ukraine and Poland, the hosts of the European soccer championship.
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Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 6:56 pm

The European soccer championship is taking place for the first time in former East Bloc countries Ukraine and Poland. The tournament is supposed to highlight Europe's post-Cold War unity, but the age-old plagues of racism and nationalism persist.

Ukraine is home to a small number of Africans and Asians, many of whom came during the Soviet period. One prominent expatriate in Kiev is Charles Assante-Yeboa, president of the local Africa center.

Assante-Yeboa says four years ago, a group of Ukrainians wielding knives and clubs attacked him.

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NPR Story
6:34 am
Sat June 16, 2012

NBA Finals Are On And No-Hitters Are Hot

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 1:22 pm



This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.


SIMON: The NBA finals are on. Maybe it's just the weather forecast: Thunder, Heat, Heat, Thunder. Also, no-hitters busting out all over. And Bryce Harper scorches the major league circuit. Howard Bryant is back with us, senior writer at and ESPN The Magazine.

Howard, morning.

HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning, Scott. How are you?

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3:40 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Why Are Baseball's No-Hitters No Longer Rare?

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:25 pm

And the no-hitters keep on coming. Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night. It was the fifth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season and it's only June. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about where Cain's performance ranks in the record books and why no-hitters, which used to be rare, are now seemingly routine.

5:51 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Thunder's Rally Falls Short As Miami Takes Game 2

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 9:56 am



The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't pull off another comeback against the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. They fell just short in game two last night. Despite a furious fourth quarter rally, the Heat won 100-96. Miami led from the beginning and held on to tie the series at one win apiece. From Oklahoma City, NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

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The Two-Way
5:18 am
Fri June 15, 2012

In Sports: Tiger Tied For Second, Miami Ties Up NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Thunder during Thursday's game in Oklahoma City.
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The two sports headlines that matter the most this morning.:

-- Tiger Woods Tied For Second At U.S. Open; Michael Thompson Leads By Three Strokes.

Golf's Open is being played at San Francisco's Olympic Club. ESPN's broadcast resumes at 9 a.m. ET.

-- Miami Wins Game Two Of The NBA Finals By Score Of 100-96; Series With Thunder Tied At 1-1.

The Heat and Thunder play next on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. ABC-TV is the broadcaster.

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3:57 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder Has Youth On Its Side

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 4:39 pm

Oklahoma City is on top in the NBA Finals. The Thunder is playing great team basketball, despite their youth and relative inexperience.

Shots - Health Blog
11:14 am
Thu June 14, 2012

U.S. Olympic Team Sprints Ahead With Electronic Health Records

Transporting reams of athletes' medical information has become a major burden for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and is one reason it's switching to electronic medical records.
Andrew Villegas KHN/

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 1:13 am

Team USA is used to racing with digital clocks. Now, it's time for digital health records.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Time To Tee Off: Who Do You Want To Win Golf's U.S. Open?

Tiger Woods during a practice round Wednesday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
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  • David Greene talks with Christine Brennan

Play begins this morning at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, where the best golfers from around the world have gathered for the U.S. Open.

ESPN and NBC are sharing the broadcasting duties (click here for a schedule). There's also going to be some live video streamed here.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Fandemonium! Pitcher Cain Tosses Perfect Game And Giants Fans Go Nuts

Matt Cain: His no-no (a perfect game) is in the record books.
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Let's put the serious stuff aside for a moment to celebrate something fun.

San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain Wednesday night pitched the first perfect game in his team's 130-year history as the Giants beat the Houston Astros 10-0 in San Francisco.

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