Sports en Top Teams Sitting Out Of NBA Playoffs Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>And it's time for sports. Today, the NBA playoffs begin, and several teams that normally steal the spotlight are nowhere in sight. Meanwhile, some old guys from San Antonio are again looking like contenders. We're joined by Howard Bryant of and ESPN The Magazine. He's at the studios of New England Public Radio. Good morning.<p>HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning, Wade. How are you?<p>GOODWYN: I'm fine, thanks. This year, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks are all sitting out of the NBA playoffs. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 27576 at NCAA Beats 'Strategic Retreat' On Food Rules For Student Athletes Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Wade Goodwyn. This week, the NCAA voted to allow colleges to provide their student athletes with as much food as they like. It may sound like a bizarre move, but what the NCAA allows athletes to eat on the college's dime is subject to its own set of rules. And they can sometimes border on the absurd. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 27575 at Welcome, Spring — And More Importantly, Playoff Hockey Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>After the marathon, Boston sports fans will still have playoff hockey. If you pay attention to the National Hockey League, then you probably heard or maybe even said that there's nothing like the playoffs. And judging from the start of this year's playoffs, it's not an exaggeration. Here to talk more about it is sportswriter Stefan Fatsis. And, Stefan, the NHL playoffs began on Wednesday, but just how exciting have these first games been?<p>STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: They've been great. Seven games, so far, five decided by one goal. Two went into overtime. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 NPR Staff 27546 at Baseball's Demographic Shifts Bring Cultural Complexities This week, baseball fans celebrated <a href="">Jackie Robinson Day</a>, 67 years after Robinson became the first black player to participate in a Major League Baseball game. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Jairo Ramos 27507 at Baseball's Demographic Shifts Bring Cultural Complexities Brazil Has A Lot Riding On Its World Cup Team's Outcome Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 27410 at Gymnast Racks Up Tens On The Floor — And Thousands On YouTube Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>When gymnast Lloimincia Hall takes to the mat for Louisiana State University, the audience knows they're in for a show.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>CORNISH: Hall is dynamic and confident and going into the NCAA gymnastic championships later this month. She's got three 10.0s for her floor routine and a big online following. Joining us now to talk about Lloimincia Hall, her 10s and the wider world of college gymnastics is Dvora Meyers, freelance writer who writes about women in sports for Deadspin, Slate and other publications. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 26936 at UConn Women Win, Making School Center Of College Hoops World By routing Notre Dame 79-58 Tuesday night in Nashville, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team won its ninth NCAA championship — which means that coach Geno Auriemma is no longer tied with legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most titles among women's coaches.<p>But that's not the only milestone that highlights UConn's place in the upper echelon of college basketball programs. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 26890 at UConn Women Win, Making School Center Of College Hoops World UConn Crushes Notre Dame In NCAA Women's Championship Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ah, all the signs that baseball season is here . For me it means being tired, watching a game obsessively on my iPhone in bed instead of sleeping. Baseball fans, you know what I'm talking about here. But as the Major League Baseball season begins, it is bittersweet for some.<p>Commentator Frank Deford is thinking about endings because it is the beginning of the end for two baseball giants.<p>FRANK DEFORD: Sometimes the most disparate of people end up as pairs. As baseball begins, here's your 2014 All-Star Odd Couple: Bud Selig and Derek Jeter. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:55:00 +0000 editor 26877 at Time To Root, Root, Root For Final Innings Sometimes the most disparate of people end up as pairs. As baseball begins, here's your 2014 All-Star Odd Couple: Bud Selig and Derek Jeter. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:35:00 +0000 Frank Deford 26872 at Time To Root, Root, Root For Final Innings Worst Nightmare Comes True For One Of America's Best Brackets Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Last night, the UConn Huskies won the NCAA's men's championship over Kentucky. But for one Connecticut fan and resident, the victory is bittersweet. Before the start of the tournament, Corey Johnson, like many others, filled out a bracket. And he did his online hoping to win some money in the Yahoo! Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. Those with the top 20 brackets would win $100,000 each.<p>Corey Johnson's picks were impressive. He correctly chose 11 of the Sweet 16, seven of the Elite Eight. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 26845 at