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4:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

After Week Of Tumult, Clippers' Focus Must Turn Back To Basketball

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 5:27 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

The Los Angeles Clippers are back to the business of basketball. They'll play the Golden State Warriors tonight in a deciding game 7 playoff game. It will cap a jaw-dropping week for the franchise, bound together by race, the Internet and the economics of sports. Here's NPR's Uri Berliner.

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

What You Need To Know About the 2014 Kentucky Derby

Post time for Saturday's Kentucky Derby is 6:24 p.m. ET. As they await the big event, spectators spend part of their day at Churchill Downs watching a video screen.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 3:34 pm

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Saturday evening will bring a new chance at a Triple Crown winner. Here are some crucial things to know about the race.

  • Post time is 6:24 p.m. ET; the race airs on NBC.
  • The favorite is California Chrome at 2-1 odds.
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Race
9:33 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar On Sterling: 'There's Light Now'

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar embraces Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson during a news conference on Tuesday after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling from basketball for life.
AP

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:46 pm

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he believes the entire LA Clippers corporate organization is better off now that owner Donald Sterling has lost his standing with the NBA.

Sterling was banned for life from the NBA last week for racist remarks made on a recording released by TMZ Sports. Abdul-Jabbar says the punishment announced by NBA commissioner Adam Silver is wise and just, and has given the team confidence.

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Sports
9:14 am
Sat May 3, 2014

A Black Sheep Crashes The Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby contender California Chrome exercises at Churchill Downs on Thursday in Louisville, Ky.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:33 am

The favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby is a flashy red horse with a big white blaze down his face. California Chrome is of humble origin, and he'll be taking on expensive horses with Kentucky bluegrass connections, but he also comes with a lot of quirks that have folks rooting for him.

At age 77, trainer Art Sherman has finally hit the jackpot.

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Sports
8:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

NBA's Ban On Sterling: Moral Justice Or Smart Business Move?

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:33 am

The NBA's ban on Clippers owner Donald Sterling has drawn approval all around. ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon that with such heinous remarks, the league may not have had much choice.

Sports
3:08 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Don't Let NBA Playoffs Get Lost In Sterling's Shadow

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 10:17 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Donald Sterling saga continues. By now, you probably know that the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was caught making racist comments on a tape and then fined two-and-half million dollars by the NBA, and banned from the game for life. Well, yesterday the league took the first steps to strip Sterling of his ownership of the Clippers.

Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now as he does most Fridays. Hi, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Robert.

SIEGEL: And bring us up to date on the sterling story.

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Barbershop
11:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Does 'Rich Bigot' Sterling Deserve A Break?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Race
4:37 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Columnist: Plantation Mentality Still Exists In Pro Sports

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to New York Times sports columnist William c. Rhoden about the Donald Sterling controversy, and the relationship between professional sports and race.

Code Switch
9:18 am
Thu May 1, 2014

European Soccer Tackles Racism But Slips On A Banana Peel

A banana thrown earlier this season by supporters of RCD Espanyol during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at Cornella-El Prat Stadium.
Alex Caparros Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 10:49 am

While sports fan in the U.S. have been focused this week on the Donald Sterling scandal, European soccer fans have been talking about another racial incident. At a match between FC Barcelona (popularly known as Barça) and Villareal CF in Spain this past weekend, Brazilian player Dani Alves was setting up to take a corner kick when a banana, thrown by a fan, landed in front of him on the pitch. (You know, because racist taunts are never subtle.)

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NPR Story
5:09 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Doge At 'Dega: Dogecoin Sponsors Race Car

Phil Parsons Racing

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 10:54 am

Dogecoin users, it turns out, are passionate about underdogs. At Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday, one of the cars running will stand out from the rest.

Dogecoin is the digital currency that's similar to Bitcoin. (Doge is a slang term for "dog" used in Internet memes. There's a famous image of a puzzled-looking dog that's been a viral hit and it's also the currency's mascot.)

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