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Sat May 26, 2012

Sports: Ice, Hoops And Rackets

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 8:52 am



This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. And I wait all week to say: time for sports.


SIMON: The Stanley Cup finals are set - left versus right, a frequent flier bonanza. The NBA playoffs feature a thrilling matchup between Texas and Oklahoma, the Old Hands versus the Young Guns. And tennis, red, dusty and with a side of frites - the French Open opens. Here to talk about all of it, NPR Tom Goldman,

Morning, Tom.

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Wed May 23, 2012
Sweetness And Light

NBA And NHL Playoffs: Does Anyone Really Care?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 6:23 am

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs have won 18 games in a row as they head into the NBA's Western Conference Finals. But Frank Deford wants to know: Has anyone noticed?
Harry How Getty Images

It's the climax of the hockey and basketball seasons, but both have potential playoff visibility problems. Let me explain.

OK, the NBA first. As you know, basketball is the most individualized, celebrity-ized team game. Like movie stars, the best players are known by their first names: LeBron, Kobe, Dirk. Every basketball superstar wants to take his talents to a hot-dog, big-time market. Or at least marry a Kardashian.

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Sat May 19, 2012

Sports: Proving Your Worth

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 9:19 am



You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.


SIMON: In the NBA, the Miami Heat have a lot to prove against the Indiana Pacers. In the NHL, the L.A. Kings are proving it. And a farewell to Kerry Wood. Howard Bryant of ESPN and joins us.

Morning, Howard.

HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning, Scott. How are you?

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Fri May 18, 2012

The Last Word In Business: Delta Promotion Offers NHL Fans Free Trip

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:49 pm



And today's last word in business is: free flight - to somewhere less exotic than Nepal.

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Tue May 15, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The American Way: Winners And Losers, And No Ties

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 6:13 am

Real Salt Lake's Jonny Steele (right) trips Chicago Fire's Sebastian Grazzini during a Major League Soccer matchup. The game ended without a score — one of 11 ties each MLS team is likely to record this season.
John Smierciak AP

Politicians love to boast about American exceptionalism: how special we are from all the merely ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill countries around the globe. I would say that what sets us apart, more all the time, is that we Americans don't like ties.

I don't mean four-in-hands or bow ties, but the ties in games, the ones that somebody once said are "like kissing your sister." Boy, do I agree — and I never even had a sister. Nothing about me is more American than that I don't like ties.

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