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Yesterday โ€” April 6th 2020NPR Sports

Golf Reshuffles Its Schedule: All 4 Majors Canceled Or Postponed

By Brakkton Booker
The British Open, which is golf

Citing coronavirus, men's professional golf organizers have made sweeping changes to the schedule, including canceling the 2020 British Open. The three other golf majors have been postponed.

(Image credit: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

  • April 6th 2020 at 19:27

In A Pandemic, The Paupers Of Professional Baseball Are Getting Help

By Tom Goldman
Simon Rosenblum-Larson of the Salt River Rafters pitches against the Peoria Javelinas on Oct. 16, 2019 in Peoria, Ariz.

With sports leagues on hiatus due to the coronavirus, most athletes are still getting paid. But not all. Minor League Baseball players have no guaranteed pay when they're not playing regular season.

(Image credit: Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

  • April 6th 2020 at 16:11

Virtuality Reality Races: Expect The Unexpected

Mirinda Carfrae was participating in a VR triathlon when her husband tripped over a power cord and yanked her out of second place. She promises not to get revenge during his VR race next week.

  • April 6th 2020 at 11:55
Before yesterdayNPR Sports

Kobe Bryant Elected To Hall Of Fame In Posthumous 'Peak Of His Career'

By Colin Dwyer
Kobe Bryant, seen during a game in 2015, was selected for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, after he died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna earlier this year.

The Los Angeles Laker legend, who died shockingly more than two months ago, headlined a star-studded 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class on Saturday that also includes Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

(Image credit: Matt Slocum/AP)

  • April 4th 2020 at 23:30

Week In Sports: Rerouting Resources, And Planning For Fall Football

By Scott Simon

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about the NFL's plans to start its season in September and Wimbledon being canceled for the first time since World War II.

  • April 4th 2020 at 14:00

How To Play Sports Safely During The Coronavirus Outbreak

By Tom Goldman

NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman and sports medicine expert Dr. Benjamin Levine answer listener questions about the safety of exercise and playing sports during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 3rd 2020 at 02:35

Fans Turn To Marble Racing For A Spectator Sports Fix

With nearly all professional sports on hold, some spectators have turned to marble racing videos to fulfill the need for competition.

  • April 2nd 2020 at 22:12

Wimbledon Canceled Because Of Coronavirus

By Brakkton Booker
Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, will not be played this summer because of the coronavirus.

It's yet another major sports cancellation or postponement because of the pandemic. The NBA, MLB and the Summer Olympics have also called off games.

(Image credit: Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

  • April 1st 2020 at 18:52

Just Keep Moving. And Sometimes, Double Your Distance

By Tom Goldman
A woman jogs along a mostly empty National Mall on March 31, 2020 in Washington, D.C. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia all announced stay-at-home orders this week, which strongly discourage residents from leaving home unless absolutely necessary or essential.

People sheltering-in-place because of the coronavirus are looking for ways to stay fit. Solitary ideas like pushups and treadmills are good ideas. But if you need to get outside, here are some tips.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • April 1st 2020 at 18:00

Central Park And Home Of Tennis' U.S. Open To House Hospital Beds For New York

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Volunteers from the relief organization Samaritan

The East Meadow in Central Park and a training facility at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens are scheduled to become makeshift hospitals while regular facilities are strained by COVID-19.

(Image credit: Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images)

  • March 31st 2020 at 04:29

NCAA Division 1 Athletes Get Another Shot At Spring Sports

By Tom Goldman
Athletes who play NCAA spring sports whose seasons were truncated by the coronavirus outbreak will be eligible for another season. This photo shows Purdue Fort Wayne

Schools have been authorized to offer spring sport athletes whose schedule was shut down by the coronavirus an extra year of eligibility so they can play an extra season.

(Image credit: Wade Payne/AP)

  • March 31st 2020 at 04:09

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Have A New Start Date: July Of 2021

By Bill Chappell
The International Olympic Committee has set firm dates for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which are now set to start in July 2021. Here, a man walks past a banner promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Sunday, after a late-season snow in Tokyo.

Despite the rescheduling, the next Olympics will still be known as the Tokyo 2020 games, the International Olympic Committee says.

(Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP)

  • March 30th 2020 at 14:18

Week In Sports: Leagues Toe The Line Between Health And Sports

By Tom Goldman

We take a look at how different sports are responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and remember Curly Neal, the Harlem Globetrotters legend who died at 77 on Thursday.

  • March 28th 2020 at 12:59

Sports Are At A Standstill. Here's How To Sportscast Your Life

By Scott Simon

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to actor Hank Azaria who plays TV's over-the-top sports announcer Jim Brockmire about sportscasting your life now that there are no sports.

  • March 28th 2020 at 12:59

Players And MLB Agree To Terms In Case Coronavirus Cancels Entire Baseball Season

By Bobby Allyn
The closest fans can get to Major League Baseball during the coronavirus hiatus — a statue outside Great American Ball Park yesterday in Cincinnati.

On Friday, players and the Major League Baseball owners ratified a deal fairly quickly and with both sides taking concessions on economic issues in the face of the pandemic complicating the season.

(Image credit: USA Today Sports via Reuters)

  • March 28th 2020 at 02:33

What To Make Of The Lack Of Professional Sports Due To The Coronavirus

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with ESPN journalist Howard Bryant about the the hole left in American lives with the pause in professional sports because of the coronavirus.

  • March 27th 2020 at 01:39

Harlem Globetrotters Great Fred 'Curly' Neal Has Died At 77

By Merrit Kennedy
Harlem Globetrotters

The team remembers him as "one of the truly magical dribblers and shooters in basketball history." Neal played 22 seasons for the Globetrotters.

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  • March 26th 2020 at 23:37

Fauci Interviewed By NBA Star Stephen Curry On Instagram

By Barbara Sprunt
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry interviewed infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci about the coronavirus and the government

Over 50,000 Instagram viewers watched as the Golden State Warriors point guard probed one of the country's top infectious disease experts about the coronavirus.

(Image credit: Instagram)

  • March 26th 2020 at 20:38

Now Postponed, The Olympic Torch Relay Was To Bring Hope To Ravaged Fukushima

By Kat Lonsdorf
Takayuki Ueno was set to be a runner in the now postponed Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, Japan. Here he stands in the field where he is growing a flower maze for children to play in Minamisoma, Japan. The field was flooded by the 2011 tsunami and killed Ueno

The torch relay was supposed to start on Thursday in the Japanese prefecture hit hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. A torch runner recalls the disaster that took his family.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

  • March 26th 2020 at 17:12

Historic Games, Documentaries And ... Marble Races: ESPN Without Live Sports

By David Folkenflik
ESPN

ESPN calls itself the "worldwide leader in sports," but there are few live sports to show. So it's scrambling to fill the time, offering diversions like cherry pit spitting and marble racing.

(Image credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • March 25th 2020 at 19:12
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