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6:07 am
Thu June 14, 2012

U.S. Open Tees Off In San Francisco

David Greene talks with Christine Brennan of USA Today for a preview of the tournament. Brennan weighs in on the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson rivalry, Masters champ Bubba Watson and a 14-year-old qualifier.

Sports
6:07 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Pitcher Cain Gives Giants Their 1st Perfect Game

Renee Montagne reports on a first for the San Francisco Giants: a perfect game, pitched Wednesday night by 27-year-old Matt Cain.

Sports
4:05 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A Minor Leaguer's Life: Bats, Games And A Nickname

Tyler Saladino, 22, makes a throw from second base during warm-ups with the AA Birmingham Barons.
Russell Lewis NPR

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:51 am

Tyler Saladino plays baseball in the minor leagues in Birmingham, Ala. A prospect in the Chicago White Sox system, he was sent to the AA Birmingham Barons after spending part of spring training with the major league club.

And when he arrived in Alabama, Saladino's first task was to find a place to live, as he tells Morning Edition's David Greene. He settled on sharing an apartment.

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Sports
4:32 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

New Doping Charges Filed Against Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 6:32 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. There's news today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, or USADA, has brought formal doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. USADA is the body that fights performance-enhancing drug use in Olympic sports.

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Sports
1:04 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Pacquiao Fight Raises Questions About Sports Calls

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 1:53 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

Last Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao moved quicker across the ring in Las Vegas, landed more punches than Timothy Bradley and many more heavy blows. Fans, experts, the TV commentators all agreed the man widely considered the best boxer in the world dominated the fight. And then the judges shocked everyone, and Pacquiao's amazing seven-year win streak was over. Controversial decisions are hardly new to boxing or to sports in general.

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NPR Story
5:03 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Oklahoma City Rolls Past Miami In Game 1

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 6:00 am

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

London 2012: The Summer Olympics
4:21 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Fencing's Father-Son Duo Hones An Olympic Dream

Alexander Massialas (left) lands a touch on Britain's Keith Cook during last year's Fencing International Invitation in London.
Sang Tan AP

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 7:17 pm

When they travel to London to compete in this summer's Olympics, many elite athletes will be joined by family members. But for Alexander Massialas and his father, Greg, it's different. Both of them will represent the United States — one as a coach, and the other as an athlete.

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Sweetness And Light
9:03 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

The Language of Baseball: In Is Out And Foul Is Fair

Pittsburgh Pirates fans reach for a foul ball hit into the stands by Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning of a game in Pittsburgh.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 7:14 am

Baseball historians continue to poke around in the 19th century to better explain how the game was originated and developed, but I've always wondered if one of the prime movers wasn't a student of Shakespeare.

While I certainly don't know the terminology of all ball games, the popular ones I'm aware of — everything from basketball and football to golf and tennis — all use some variations of the words in and out when determining whether the ball is playable.

Only baseball is different.

"Fair is foul and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air."

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Law
4:12 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Clemens' Jury Deliberates After Weeks Of Testimony

Former pitcher Roger Clemens leaves a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. His fate is in the hands of a jury that will decide whether the former pitcher lied about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:02 pm

The Roger Clemens perjury case is in the hands of the jury now. The panel of eight women and four men began deliberations late Tuesday, after prosecution and defense lawyers made their final arguments.

While the star pitcher's defense called the case "outrageous," prosecutors charged that Clemens chose to lie, mislead and impede a congressional investigation when he testified about performance-enhancing drugs.

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Sports
4:03 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

L.A. Kings' First Stanley Cup Win 'Unbelievable'

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The screams have died down and the playoff beards are coming off, but hockey fans in Southern California are still celebrating. The L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup last night, the first championship in the team's 45-year history.

As NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, many fans say the long wait just makes the victory sweeter.

(APPLAUSE)

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: The screaming and cheering was part relief, part joy for fans last night spilling out of the North End Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach, southwest of downtown L.A.

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