Today had the promise of history — that is, until the horse I'll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont Stakes. Also scratched: hopes for a long-awaited Triple Crown winner. It was yet another piece of bad news for the horse racing industry, which is under new scrutiny over the safety and treatment of the horses.
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SIMON: And there won't be a Triple Crown winner this year. But it's still a weekend for major matchups of all kinds, with Nadal and Djokovic, LeBron James and the Boston Celtics, and the peerless Manny Pacquiao in action. NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman joins us.
The road to any big event, be it a family reunion, a graduation, or the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, is often pockmarked with screw-ups, flubs, and insensitive oversights. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish catalog a few of the gaffes leading up to the London games, including torch flame-outs, missing hurdles, and the resurrection of the apartheid-era South African anthem.
I'll Have Another will not have a shot at the Triple Crown. His trainer noticed inflammation in the horse's leg, so the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness will not race in tomorrow's Belmont Stakes. In fact, he's being retired from racing altogether.
NPR's Mike Pesca joins us now. And, Mike, what more have you learned about this injury?
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And I'm Audie Cornish. LeBron James staged a primetime basketball clinic last night. He scored 45 points to help his Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics and avoid elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now, as he does most Fridays. Hi there, Stefan.
STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.
CORNISH: So to start, how good was LeBron's performance last night?