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  • April 18th 2018 at 16:06

'GQ' Says James Harden Is The NBA's Most Exciting Player

It's NBA playoff season. David Greene talks to Devin Gordon, who profiled Houston Rockets point guard James Harden for GQ magazine.

  • April 18th 2018 at 10:57

Shark Attacks Force Cancellation Of Australian Surfing Competition

By Scott Neuman
Australia

The World Surf League announced it was shutting down the Margaret River Pro in West Australia after two recreational surfers were attacked. The event was to have run through this weekend.

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  • April 18th 2018 at 08:54

Runner Tells Herself 'Just Show Up For One More Mile' โ€” And Wins The Boston Marathon

By Ailsa Chang
Boston Marathon women

Desiree Linden fought through wind and rain on Monday to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Her victory came after she nearly bailed out during the race.

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  • April 17th 2018 at 23:37

WATCH: How To Give A Tiny Superfan A Souvenir โ€” A Drama In 3 Acts

By Colin Dwyer
This is, what, attempt No. 5? Brett Connolly did get the puck to her — eventually, at least.

Brett Connolly just wanted to give a little girl a puck for a souvenir. The Capitals winger didn't know he was signing himself up for a roller coaster of emotions — which, happily, had a sweet ending.

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  • April 17th 2018 at 00:49

Boston Marathon Runners Faced Brutal Weather Conditions

By Shannon Dooling

Runners, fans, and volunteers in Boston braved 35 mph winds, pouring rain, and a below-freezing wind chill during Monday morning's marathon.

  • April 16th 2018 at 22:19

Desiree Linden Wins Boston Marathon โ€” The First U.S. Woman To Win Since 1985

By Laurel Wamsley
Desiree Linden wins the women

"It's supposed to be hard," Linden told reporters after the race, slowed down by rain and near-gale headwinds. U.S. women claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race.

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  • April 16th 2018 at 21:08

2 Chicago Cubs Fans Cut School To Go To Home Opener

Tempting fate, the two boys brought along a sign that read: Don't Tell Principal Versluis." Turned out, their principal was also ditching school to attend the game.

  • April 16th 2018 at 13:08

2 Young Fans Catch Home Run Balls At Rockies-Nationals Game

One boy was a Nats fan and he caught a ball hit by one of the Rockies and the other boy was a Rockies fan who caught a homer from the Nats. They found each other after the game and switched balls.

  • April 16th 2018 at 11:50

An NFL Cheerleader Brings Her Firing Over An Instagram Photo To The EEOC

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Bailey Davis, a former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, appears on Megyn Kelly TODAY on March 28. Davis was fired from the Saintsations after posting a photo of herself wearing a one-piece bodysuit on her private Instagram account.

Bailey Davis was a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, until she she was fired over a picture of herself wearing a body suit on her private Instagram account. Now, she's filing an EEOC complaint.

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  • April 15th 2018 at 14:20

How The NBA's Communication Problem Could Affect Playoffs

The NBA playoffs are upon us — and this year tensions are running high between the players and referees.

  • April 13th 2018 at 22:23

Baseball Player Shohei Ohtani Is The Talk Of Fans As MLB Season Gets Started

By Tom Goldman

The most talked about baseball player so far this season is Los Angeles Angel Shohei Ohtani. He's electrified people with his pitching and hitting. It's an unusual talent to be good at both. But how rare is it?

  • April 12th 2018 at 22:44

How Shohei Ohtani Is Changing Baseball

Steve Inskeep talks to ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza about the Los Angeles Angels' pitching-slugging phenom Shohei Ohtani.

  • April 12th 2018 at 11:19

32-Year-Old NBA Rookie Steps Off Bench And Floors Crowd In 'Helluva Opening Night'

By Colin Dwyer
Andre Ingram celebrates after draining a 3-pointer during the second half Tuesday night.

After a decade in the NBA's minor league, Andre Ingram finally got his shot — and he made it count. By the game's end, the rookie with the gray-speckled hair had earned a chorus of "MVP" chants.

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  • April 11th 2018 at 20:17

Canadian Community Mourns Loss Of 15 Members Of Youth Hockey Team

Over the weekend 15 members of a Canadian youth hockey team were killed in a bus collision in rural Saskatchewan. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Globe and Mail reporter Carrie Tait about how the community is coping.

  • April 9th 2018 at 22:34

Pitcher Shohei Ohtani's Amazing Week: 3 Homers, And A Near-Perfect Game

By Bill Chappell
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani has become the first major leaguer with two wins and three home runs in his team

It's still early, but the Japanese star is generating the kind of stats that people in America's big leagues last saw around 100 years ago.

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  • April 9th 2018 at 20:59

Cyclist Dies After Crash, Cardiac Arrest In Grueling Paris-Roubaix Race

By Bill Chappell

In a notoriously difficult race that's nicknamed "The Hell of the North," Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts, 23, died of cardiac arrest, his team said.

  • April 9th 2018 at 15:00

Non-Crowd Favorite Patrick Reed Holds Off Rickie Fowler To Win The Masters

By Doreen McCallister
Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia, of Spain, helps Patrick Reed with his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday in Augusta, Ga.

Reed finished with a 1-under 71 to withstand a late challenge from Rickie Fowler. Reed is the fourth consecutive golfer to win his first major tournament at the Masters.

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  • April 9th 2018 at 09:49

5 Thoughts On 'Moving Day' At The Masters

By Tom Goldman
Tiger Woods hits on the fourth hole during the second round at the Masters golf tournament Friday.

American Patrick Reed holds a two-shot lead over Australia's Marc Leishman going into the Masters golf tournament Saturday. The field has been whittled from 87 to 53 as the third round begins.

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  • April 7th 2018 at 15:31

Saturday Sports: Tiger Woods And The Masters

By Tom Goldman

We get some of the week's sports highlights, including the much-anticipated return of Tiger Woods to the Masters.

  • April 7th 2018 at 14:11
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