1:54 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer'

Mariano Rivera says handling the pressure of being a closer wasn't easy. "You have to know who you are and your abilities and how to block all these things that are thrown at you," he says.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:04 pm

Mariano Rivera has been called baseball's greatest closer. He was the relief pitcher the New York Yankees called in from the bullpen to get the final outs, typically when they held the lead. If the lead was small — and the Yankees won — Rivera was credited a save. In fact, he retired after last season with more career saves than any pitcher in Major League Baseball: 652.

He is revered for what he did and didn't do. He didn't behave scandalously, pick fights, take drugs, throw at batters' heads or chase big contract offers to other cities.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

A Faster Human: Are We Unique In Our Ability To Get Better?

English athlete Roger Bannister among a crowd at Oxford after becoming the first person in the world to run a mile in under 4 minutes (3:59.4).
Norman Potter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 7:13 pm

Sixty years ago today, Roger Bannister accomplished something humans had only dreamed of decades earlier.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
12:16 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Oklahoma City Star Kevin Durant Named NBA's Most Valuable Player

Kevin Durant beat out the Miami Heat's LeBron James, and Oklahoma City native Blake Griffin for his first league MVP award.
Keith Allison Flickr Creative Commons

Despite a 122-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals, Oklahoma City Thunder fans have reason to celebrate. Kevin Durant has been named the league's Most Valuable Player.

The 6-foot-9 forward won his fourth scoring title in five years by averaging 32 points per game. His run of 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points was the third-longest streak in NBA history. Durant finished second to Miami's LeBron James the previous two years.

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11:15 am
Tue May 6, 2014

On Your Mark, Get Set, No! A List Of Inadvisable Ways To Run A Mile


Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 4:31 pm

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10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:38 pm



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Code Switch
7:40 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Can Student Journalists Ban 'Redskins' From Their School Paper?

This mural by the football field features Neshaminy's mascot.
Aaron Moselle NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am


That word sits at the center of a controversy in suburban Philadelphia. It's pitted student journalists against school board members, but has left the school community largely shrugging its shoulders.

Student editors at Neshaminy High School in Bucks County have vowed not to print the word, which is the school's Native American mascot.

The Neshaminy School Board, however, is expected to vote later this month on a policy that would reverse the ban.

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Around the Nation
2:37 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Blessed Be Thy Bicycle: New York Riders Roll Into Church

The Rev. Canon Julia Whitworth leads the 16th Annual Blessing of the Bikes at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Saturday in New York City.
Eric Thayer Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:18 am

It looked like some kind of bizarre wedding procession: Instead of flowers, participants held bicycles. Music played as they walked solemnly down the aisle toward the altar in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City on Saturday.

There were fancy bikes tricked out with neon-colored tires, folding bikes, bikes laden with saddle bags. One woman brought a bike-share bicycle.

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3:53 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Why Michael Sam Might Not Be Drafted

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 5:19 pm



This week, the NFL will hold its annual draft of college players. And if one name has risen beyond the sports pages, it's Michael Sam who will become the first openly gay player in an NFL locker room. Last season at the University of Missouri, Sam was an All-American and a co-defensive MVP of the toughest conference in college football. But some draft watchers say there's a chance Michael Sam won't be drafted at all. Here's NPR producer Phil Harrell.

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Thunder Up
7:36 am
Sun May 4, 2014

OKC Thunder Win First Round Playoff

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Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. His assist total tied the franchise record for a playoff game set in 1987 by Nate McMillan when the team was still in Seattle.

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The Two-Way
7:11 am
Sun May 4, 2014

For The Clippers, Something To Cheer: A Win In Game 7

L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoots in the lane during his team's win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 Saturday night. The Clippers won 126-121.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:21 pm

The postseason continues for the Los Angeles Clippers, who won a pivotal Game 7 Saturday night, days after the team's owner was banned for life by the NBA. The Clippers ended the Golden State Warriors' season in a back-and-forth game that came down to the final minute.

In a high-octane game that was marked by the Warriors' 3-point shooting and the Clippers' late dunks, Los Angeles held on to win, 126-121.

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