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6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

As California Chrome Tackles Belmont, 'Strategy Is Everything"

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

California Chrome will compete for the prestigious Triple Crown at Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Equestrian journalist and Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand previews the race for NPR's Scott Simon.

Sports
4:47 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race

Jim Ryun becomes the first high-schooler to break the four-minute-mile record, with a run of 3:59 in 1964. He went on to break the record three more times while in high school.
Gary Estes MCT/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:45 pm

Fifty years ago this week, teenager Jim Ryun of Wichita, Kan., ran a mile in under four minutes, the first high school boy to break the mythical barrier. But in the past few decades, the mile as a racing distance has fallen out of favor.

Ryan Lamppa is trying to bring it back.

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Sports
3:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Hopes Ride On California Chrome, As Colt Bears Down On Triple Crown

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:29 pm

The third jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown will be run Saturday at the Belmont Stakes. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Audie Cornish to talk about California Chrome's chance to become the first horse to win all three races since 1978.

Barbershop
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Latin America
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

World Cup Makes Brazilians Crazy, But Soccer's Not To Blame

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now - let's talk World Cup. Every four years, people around the world tune into the same thing at the same time over the same four weeks. They're watching the World Cup. This year's tournament will be held in Brazil, and the first match between Brazil and Croatia is just six days away.

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The Two-Way
6:02 am
Fri June 6, 2014

In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game

LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn't handle the heat in San Antonio, as Tim Duncan and the Spurs took the first game of the 2014 NBA Finals. The air conditioning in the Spurs arena didn't work during the game.
Chris Covatta Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 9:58 am

The first game of the NBA finals was a scorcher. Yes, it was played indoors – but the air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures. The Spurs overcame the heat, and the Heat, 110-95.

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Business
4:08 am
Fri June 6, 2014

OTB Parlors Criticize Hike In Horse Racing Simulcast Rates

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 10:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Tomorrow is a big day in horse racing - the Belmont Stakes, the last race in the Triple Crown. California Chrome has a chance to complete the Triple Crown for the first time in 36 years, having already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, of course. That's the excitement in the foreground. In the background, a quiet war is raging. Charles Lane, of member station WSHU, reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF KENTUCKY DERBY)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: (Yelling) But California Chrome shines bright in the Kentucky Derby.

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Remembrances
3:16 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Don Zimmer, Baseball's Own 'Popeye,' Passes At The Age Of 83

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 6:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Don Zimmer loved baseball, 66 years worth of love. Back in the 1950s, he was a promising player for the Brooklyn Dodgers and later for the original New York Mets. Injury diminished that promise. He took a number of pitches to the head. But what was lost when Don Zimmer became a coach instead of a player was a gain for other players for decades. Don Zimmer, who went by the nickname Popeye, has died at the age of 83. Richard Justice writes for mlb.com and joins us now to talk about Don Zimmer's legacy. Welcome to the program.

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Sports
2:35 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family

Brothers rides down the front stretch before the 88th Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2012, in Baltimore.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

When the thoroughbreds burst out of the starting gate at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, fans will have their eyes on California Chrome as a potential Triple Crown winner. And there to interview the winner on horseback will be Donna Barton Brothers, an analyst for NBC Sports.

Before she was an analyst, Brothers had a distinguished career as a jockey, winning more than 1,100 races before retiring in 1998. When she retired, Brothers tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, she knew it was time to get out in part because it started to feel dangerous.

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Sports
11:50 am
Thu June 5, 2014

When LeBron James Speaks, Do People Stop And Listen?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The NBA finals begin today with the Miami Heat facing off against the San Antonio Spurs, and of course, attention is focused on Miami's star player, LeBron James, as he fights for his team to collect their third NBA title. But our next guest say there's something else to watch - his growing influence off the court. He was one of the first voices to call for the ouster of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling after Sterling's racist comments were made public. Here's LeBron James.

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