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Sat April 27, 2013

Week In Sports: NBA's Oklahoma Loses Star Player To Injury

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 1:57 pm



This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.


SIMON: And in the NBA playoffs last night, the Knicks went to Boston; boy did they have a tea party. The Spurs put the metal to L.A. and the Nuggets dug up Golden State. No, got dug up by Golden State. It was close, though. Just a couple of points. How many more metaphors can I twist in this intro? Plus one of the most important meniscuses, or is that menisci, in the Western Conference has been torn.

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Fri April 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Fan Refuses To Shave Until A D.C. Team Wins A Championship



Good morning. I'm David Greene, with a story of a harried sports fan - or, rather, a hairy sports fan. Thomas McAllister believes in his Washington, D.C. team so much that he's vowing not to shave until one of them - the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals or Nationals - wins a championship. The Washington Post says he hasn't shaved since last June, a day before he got married. Facebook followers have given his red fan beard a name: Lombeardi.

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Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Snap! Miami Heat's Streak Ends At 27

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:40 am

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James during Wednesday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls, which snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak.
Brian Kersey UPI /Landov

In the end, the Heat couldn't take it.

LeBron James and his Miami teammates saw their win streak end at 27 games when they got gored in Chicago on Wednesday night — losing to the Bulls by a score of 101-97.

So the Los Angeles Lakers' 33-game run, set during the 1971-72 season, still stands as the NBA record.

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Sat March 16, 2013
NPR Story

Bright Beginnings, Sad Endings In Sports News

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 5:46 am



Time now for sports.


SIMON: Spring has sprung with a doubleheader of baseball - spring training and the World Baseball Classic. Nothing classic, though, about the defeat of the U.S. team last night by Puerto Rico. They were eliminated but doesn't really matter. The Miami Heat continue the streak while a college team does too, just in the opposite direction. We're joined now from Sedona, Arizona by Howard Bryant of and ESPN the Magazine. Good morning, Howard.

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Tue February 19, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Reminders Flood In: Athletes Are People, Not Heroes

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 2:08 pm

Oscar Pistorius, seen here winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, faces charges that he murdered his girlfriend. Pistorius also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

These have certainly been dispiriting times for those who admire athletes, who proclaim that sports build character. The horrendous shooting by Oscar Pistorius is of course, in a category mercifully unapproached since the O.J. Simpson case, but the Whole Earth Catalog of recent examples of athletic character-building is certainly noteworthy.

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