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3:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

German-Born U.S. Soccer Coach Flusters Fans With Charm And Menace

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:31 pm

German-born coach Jurgen Klinsmann is leading the U.S. soccer team into the World Cup this week. Sam Borden recently profiled Klinsmann for The New York Times, and Borden explains how the European-American hybrid may help the team advance.

Sports
3:36 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Name(s) Of The Game: The Trials Of The World Cup Announcer

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:42 pm

The World Cup kicks off Thursday in Brazil, and ESPN viewers can expect to hear the familiar voice of lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke. This will be his sixth World Cup, and he tells Melissa Block how he keeps track of the more than 700 players participating at this year's tournament. He even shares a reoccurring nightmare he has about calling games.

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Sports
7:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Braces For World Cup Challenges

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 12:07 pm

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil. The U.S. team has its first match against Ghana the following week, the start of the so called "group of death."

The Two-Way
9:11 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Horse — And A Horse Story — For The Ages

Groom Raul Rodriguez rubs Belmont Stakes hopeful California Chrome at Belmont Park on Thursday.
Garry Jones AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:36 am

It's hard not to fall for a horse like California Chrome, a foal bred of ordinary parents who beats all odds and wins at the sport of kings. With Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes, he has a shot at the Triple Crown and a fairytale ending to his Cinderella story.

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Sports
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes

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

We remember Lewis Katz, who once said, "Life is meant to have as much fun as you can conjure up." Katz made a fortune as a sports team owner and gave millions of it away.

Sports
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Belmont Announcer To Retire After 43 Years Of Passionate Calls

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

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

So when Laura Hillenbrand sent a copy of "Seabiscuit" to Tom Durkin, she inscribed it, to Tom, the soundtrack to some of the most exciting moments of my life.

For decades, Tom Durkin has been calling horse races at Belmont Park and other tracks. He retired from his television work with NBC a few years ago. This year, he'll step down as track announcer too at the end of August. So today is his last chance to call a Triple Crown winner. Tom Durkin joins us now from his home. Thanks so much for being with us.

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Sports
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Two- And Four-Legged Athletes In The Sports Spotlight

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

NPR's Scott Simon and sports correspondent Tom Goldman discuss the prospects for a Triple Crown win at the Belmont Stake and look back at an NBA game played with no air conditioning.

Sports
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.

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