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Today โ€” March 23rd 2019NPR Sports

Opinion: How America's Pastime Became So Slow

By Scott Simon
Chicago Cubs

In his essay this week, NPR's Scott Simon writes about how an increased focus on analytics has slowed down the pace of baseball.

(Image credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)

  • March 23rd 2019 at 13:37

Saturday Sports: March Madness, Ichiro Suzuki

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with ESPN's Howard Bryant about the week in sports.

  • March 23rd 2019 at 13:15
Yesterday โ€” March 22nd 2019NPR Sports

Headless Goat Polo Is A Top Sport At World Nomad Games

By Joel Goldberg
The Russian and Uzbek Kok-boru teams clash in a playoff match in the main event arena and stadium in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.

The event is touted as a way to connect to past traditions in Kyrgyzstan — and perhaps boost the tourism industry.

(Image credit: Nicolas Tanner/for NPR)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 19:51

NCAA Upset: Murray State Knocks Off Marquette In First Round

Murray State beat Marquette 83-64 Thursday in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Ja Morant's triple-double is the talk of the tournament. He had 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 10:05
Before yesterdayNPR Sports

Blair Braverman And Her Dogs Finish First Attempt At Iditarod

Blair Braverman just finished her rookie attempt at the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod race in Alaska. She sent a radio diary of the most-notable moments from her first go at the race.

  • March 21st 2019 at 22:24

Maroon 5's Halftime Show Was Forgettable, Excluding All The FCC Complaints Filed

The past Super Bowl was largely forgettable, as was the halftime show starring Maroon 5. But, that didn't stop viewers from complaining to the FCC about Adam Levine taking off his shirt.

  • March 21st 2019 at 21:31

Deadline Draws Near To Complete NCAA Basketball Brackets

By Tom Goldman

The top men's college basketball teams on Thursday start their journey to the annual championship. The women begin Friday. Get ready for exciting stories to play out over the next few weeks.

  • March 21st 2019 at 10:16

There's Word Of Another Record-Shattering Baseball Deal In The Works

The Los Angeles Angels reportedly are very close to signing Mike Trout to a record breaking 12-year, $430 million deal.

  • March 20th 2019 at 10:03

Surrounded By Military Barracks, Skiers Shred The Himalayan Slopes Of Indian Kashmir

By Lauren Frayer
Skiers line up at the only chairlift in Gulmarg, a resort in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Kashmir, disputed between India and Pakistan, is the site of a decades-long insurgency. It is also a winter sports haven. During recent airstrikes and shelling, a ski station remained open.

(Image credit: Lauren Frayer/NPR)

  • March 20th 2019 at 10:03

Mike Trout To Finalize $430 Million Contract With Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a $430 million contract, the largest in professional sports history. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Jonah Keri of The Athletic.

  • March 19th 2019 at 23:12

Head Of Japan's Olympic Committee Steps Down Amid Tokyo 2020 Corruption Probe

By Laurel Wamsley
Japan

French prosecutors suspect the Tokyo bid committee of paying bribes to host the 2020 Games. Tsunekazu Takeda, who also chairs the IOC's Marketing Commission, maintains his innocence.

(Image credit: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images)

  • March 19th 2019 at 17:08

A Small Town In Texas Is Home To One Of The Last Baseball Glove Factories In The U.S.

By Bill Zeeble
The Nokona baseball glove factory in the small town of Nocona, Texas, is one of the last remaining baseball glove factories in the U.S.

Texas-based Nokona has been making baseball gloves since 1934. Most of their domestic competition has moved operations overseas, where America's oldest professional sport is little-known.

(Image credit: Bill Zeeble/KERA)

  • March 18th 2019 at 21:19

Researchers Examine Who's Better At College Basketball's Free-Throw Line

By Shankar Vedantam

March Madness is here, and college basketball is in the spotlight. When it comes to making free throws, who is better: College players who would eventually go pro, or players who would never go pro?

  • March 19th 2019 at 10:03

Minnesota High School Basketball Game Has A Fantastic Finish

After a last-second basket, Albany fans stormed the court. The referees conferred and it was determined the basket didn't count, and Albany had lost. That's when Melrose fans stormed the court.

  • March 18th 2019 at 11:45

Peter Kaiser Takes First In Iditarod โ€” Marking A Win For Alaskan Natives

By Amanda Morris
Peter Kaiser and his team of dogs take off at the start of the Iditarod race.

Kaiser is the first musher of Yup'ik descent to win the Iditarod sled dog race. His win is a significant point of pride for Alaska's indigenous people.

(Image credit: John Wallace)

  • March 16th 2019 at 21:49

Pete Kaiser On His First Iditarod Win

NPR's Melissa Block gets the reaction of this year's Iditarod winner, Pete Kaiser. Kaiser is the first musher of Yup'ik descent to win.

  • March 16th 2019 at 13:38

Saturday Sports: Horse Racing Deaths, March Madness

By Tom Goldman

We have a recap of the week in sports.

  • March 16th 2019 at 13:38

Brown's Trade For Odell Beckham Jr. Excites Cleveland Fan

After the Browns signed receiver Odell Beckham Jr., one fan ran around his neighborhood screaming "We got Odell" so loudly and uncontrollably, a neighbor called 911 and kept her kids in the car.

  • March 15th 2019 at 12:04

A Marriage Proposal For Memphis Fans

At an NBA game, a woman was delighted when her boyfriend asked into a microphone, "Will you Grit N Grind with me forever and ever babe?" It's the slogan for the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • March 14th 2019 at 10:06

Westbrook-Fan Incident May Spur NBA To Do More To Shield Players

David Greene talks to William C. Rhoden, who writes for ESPN's website The Undefeated, about how some basketball fans abuse players, and whether greater protections need to be put in place.

  • March 13th 2019 at 10:01
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