NPR: Tom Goldman en UConn To Face Kentucky In NCAA Final The matchup is set for Monday's men's NCAA basketball championship. The Connecticut Huskies will take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 57837 at Freshmen Wildcats Step Easily Into Storied Tradition Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It is the last day of March, but there's still another weekend of March Madness to come. Four teams gather in Dallas this weekend for the Final Four. If you go strictly by seeding, the University of Kentucky is the longest shot to win the men's college basketball title. In fact, though, the eighth-seeded Wildcats suddenly are a very hot favorite after yesterday's thrilling win over Michigan in the Elite Eight.<p>Once again, head coach John Calipari has brought a freshman-heavy team to the brink of a championship. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:37:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 57576 at Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. Time for an update on March Madness and first condolences are in order for the state of Kansas. Two of its highly regarded men's college basketball teams are out of the tournament. And in addition to condolences to Kansas, I can hear a lot of brackets shredding all over the country. The University of Kansas, a number two seed, lost yesterday to Stanford 70-to-67.<p>And also the undefeated Wichita State Shockers are undefeated no more. They lost to Kentucky in a thriller yesterday, 78-to76. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:59:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 57224 at Drought Closes Oregon Resort Before The Season Even Opens Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. This was supposed to be a special year for the Mount Ashland ski area in Southern Oregon as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. But after a long drought this summer, Mount Ashland had to call it a season early. Yesterday, it declared slope season was over due to a lack of snow. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:45:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 56835 at Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much Jack Everett sat on his living room couch wearing a back brace, eyes glued to a massive TV set playing his favorite video game, NHL 2013.<p>"I'm the Boston Bruins," the 10-year-old said as he deftly worked the video controls. "The guy that just shot was Milan Lucic. He's a really good guy on our team."<p>Whether at home or during recess at his elementary school in suburban Los Angeles, Jack's young life now is about sitting still.<p>"Well, I can eat lunch with friends, and I play cards," Jack says. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:26:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 55106 at Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team The U.S. Olympic team is taking shape in the run-up to next month's Winter Games in Russia. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:32:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 54535 at U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team NBA Trailblazers Continue Their Surprising Season Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>A third of the NBA season is complete and the Portland Trailblazers are on a surprising run. Last night they beat the L. A. Clippers 116 - 112 in overtime. Portland has the league's best record - 24 wins, five losses. Now the tepid pre-season forecasts are turning into talk of how far the Blazers can go in the post-season. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The Trailblazers already have beaten title contenders Indiana, Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 53667 at Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist On Saturday night, there's a very good chance Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy, awarded each year to the best college football player in the country.<p>For Winston, family, friends, teammates and Seminole fans, undoubtedly it'll be a shining moment, but a discordant note continues to run through this tale of football glory.<p>On Friday, a lawyer representing a young woman who accused Winston of rape said the investigation that essentially cleared Winston of wrongdoing is anything but clear. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:55:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 53172 at Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston Won't Be Charged With Rape Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Tomorrow night, star quarterback Jameis Winston will lead the Florida State Seminoles against Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. It's a big deal, mainly because Winston's participation was in doubt. Until yesterday. That's when a Florida prosecutor announced he would not charge Jameis Winston with a felony. A young woman had accused the player of rape after a sexual encounter a year ago. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:31:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 52800 at Concussion Suits: NFL, Retirees Reach $765 Million Deal Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>A dark cloud hanging over the National Football League is a bit lighter today. There is a proposed settlement in a huge concussion lawsuit, brought by over 4,000 former players. The agreement was reached and announced yesterday, a week before the start of the new NFL season. If approved, the league will pay out $765 million to as many as 18,000 former players. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: It was a volatile and contentious case. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:46:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 49360 at USA Swimming Faces Lingering Doubts Over Sexual Abuse There's concern the sport of swimming still may be dealing with a sexual abuse problem in the United States.<p>It's been three years since revelations emerged in the media. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:38:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 49224 at USA Swimming Faces Lingering Doubts Over Sexual Abuse USA Swimming To Review Sexual Misconduct Prevention Program Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The sport of swimming is back in the news, with new questions being raised about whether swimming has effectively confronted a sexual abuse problem, a problem that's been revealed in recent years. USA Swimming - the sport's governing body in this country - announced an independent review of Safe Sport, their organization's program to protect athletes from sexual abuse. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:02:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 49182 at U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio? At the beginning of 2013 — with only a year before soccer's crown jewel event, the World Cup in Brazil — all was not rosy with the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team. There was that 0-0 tie with Canada, and then a 2-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.<p>But now, the cry is, "Break up the Americans!"<p>OK, that's a bit of an overreaction to Sunday's <a href="">CONCACAF Gold Cup victory</a>. Sun, 04 Aug 2013 09:16:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 48113 at U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio? For One Seniors Basketball Team, The Game Never Gets Old As athletes age, participation in team sports seems to fall by the wayside in favor of more low-impact activities like swimming and walking. But that's not for everyone. The National Senior Games finishes a two-week run in Cleveland on Thursday. The players for She-Ca-Go, a women's basketball team in the 75-to-79 age division, are still in it for the camaraderie and competition.<p>On Sunday, She-Ca-Go (guess where they're from?) played the first game of the 3-on-3, half-court tournament. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:05:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 47966 at For One Seniors Basketball Team, The Game Never Gets Old L.A. Embraces Dodger Rookie Yasiel Puig Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>In baseball, the summer of Yasiel Puig goes on. The breakout star for the Los Angeles Dodgers is a mere five weeks into his major league career. And in that short time he is set hitting records and also helping turn around a struggling Dodgers team. Puig is a 22-year-old Cuban defector. His past remains a bit of a mystery, but that doesn't seem to bother the fans caught up in Puig-mania.<p>Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The retractable roof was closed Monday night at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:32:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 46888 at Down To The Putt: Golf Analytics Gain Traction Numbers crunching has become a big deal in sports. Analytics have been slower to take hold in the tradition-bound game of golf, but it is happening. NPR's Tom Goldman reports on the phenomenon from the tournament most steeped in tradition, the Masters. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:02:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 42678 at Giant-Killing Louisville Women Look To Keep Charmed Run Alive Tonight, there's a chance for a rare double in NCAA Division I college basketball.<p><a href="">As we reported earlier</a>, if the University of Louisville scores a victory in the women's championship game, it will be only the second school to capture both the men's and women's titles in the same year.<p>Connecticut did it in 2004. Coincidentally, it's the Connecticut women who'll try to deny Louisville's bid for a twofer. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:44:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 42468 at Giant-Killing Louisville Women Look To Keep Charmed Run Alive Old Guard And Fresh Faces Square Off At Women's Final Four A women's Final Four without Baylor, Stanford or Tennessee? That's happened only one other time in the last dozen years. We've become so used to it being a power party, that it's downright disorienting.<p>Or maybe that's just vertigo from trying to track the movements of the Final Four's breakout star, Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 09:16:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 42362 at Old Guard And Fresh Faces Square Off At Women's Final Four Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi: From Iran To NCAA Hoopla San Jose, Calif., is just a piece of a very big March Madness pie. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:13:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 41703 at Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi: From Iran To NCAA Hoopla World Baseball Classic's All-Caribbean Showdown Is A Winner Either Way <em>NPR's <a href="" target="_blank">Tom Goldman</a> is covering the <a href="" target="_blank">World Baseball Classi</a>c tournament and sends along this report:</em><p>Tonight's championship game of the World Baseball Classic is certain to produce a dramatic image after the last out. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:57:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 41450 at World Baseball Classic's All-Caribbean Showdown Is A Winner Either Way Lawsuit, Investigation Loom Over Lance Armstrong There are more troubles for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.<p>A Texas-based promotions company sued the former cycling champion Thursday for more than $12 million, which was paid to Armstrong for several of his record seven Tour de France wins. Armstrong publicly admitted last month that those herculean victories were aided by doping.<p>The lawsuit is part of a flurry of activity: Armstrong still is in talks with the U.S. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 05:04:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 39547 at Lawsuit, Investigation Loom Over Lance Armstrong Alabama Wins 2nd Consecutive BCS Championship Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. The good news for Notre Dame fans is that they should be well rested this morning. They had no reason to stay up late last night. Alabama took the fight out of the Irish, 42-14, defeating the previously undefeated team and winning the BCS championship. NPR's Tom Goldman was at the game in Miami.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: I know. I know. Rule number one in sports is it ain't over till it's over. Till the gun sounds. Till the fat lady sings. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:06:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 38077 at 'Bowie Over Jordan': A New Look At The Pick That Still Haunts Portland NBA Fans In 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers chose Sam Bowie, a 7-foot-1 center from the University of Kentucky, with the second pick in the college draft. The Chicago Bulls then took Michael Jordan.<p>The words "Bowie over Jordan" are part of pro basketball lore, and are still a source of pain for many fans of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Bowie's tenure in Portland was marred by leg injuries; Jordan became a legend. ESPN recounts it all in a documentary about Bowie on Thursday night.<p>Moments after he was drafted on June 19, 1984, Bowie did his first TV interview as a Trail Blazer. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:58:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 37370 at 'Bowie Over Jordan': A New Look At The Pick That Still Haunts Portland NBA Fans Lance Armstrong And The Business Of Doping The story of Lance Armstrong's alleged doping is, in part, the story of an astonishing business enterprise — an enterprise that drove what the U.S. anti-doping agency <a href="" target="_blank">called</a> "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program" cycling has ever seen.<p>The story of that enterprise starts in 1998, when the Festina cycling team was caught at the Tour de France with a car full of banned drugs. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:05:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 36156 at Lance Armstrong And The Business Of Doping World Cycling Body Upholds U.S. Ruling On Armstrong Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Lance Armstrong became a bicycle racing legend when he won every Tour de France from 1999 to 2005. But after what happened today, there will be no official record of all those victories. Cycling's international governing body announced it will not appeal sanctions by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.<p>The effect of all this, Armstrong is banned from cycling and stripped of his titles. All this comes after a scathing report from the Anti-Doping Agency 12 days ago that linked Armstrong and others on his cycling teams to a massive doping program. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:11:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 34666 at Head Injuries Rattle Even Devout Football Parents It's Monday after another football weekend in America. From the Friday night drama on high school fields to the multibillion-dollar juggernaut NFL, the game seems as popular as ever.<p>But in fact, amid the cheering, there's concern — a growing anxiety about head injuries in the sport, from the NFL all the way down to the pee-wee leagues. Some say kids shouldn't be playing until their teenage years. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:26:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 34328 at Head Injuries Rattle Even Devout Football Parents Doping Agency Outlines Evidence Against Armstrong Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong conquered mountains to win the Tour de France seven times. Now, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has revealed a mountain of evidence against him. The agency known as USADA documents a sophisticated doping scheme and puts Armstrong and his U.S. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:47:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 34171 at Gaming The Games: The Rules That Got Bent In London The London Summer Olympics are winding down, and by most accounts, the games have been a success. There were plenty of "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" moments; big, enthusiastic crowds — although there were too many <a href="">blocks of empty seats</a>; and for those who like a helping of scandal served up at their Olympics, there was that, too.<p>It wasn't the usual scourge of doping. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:47:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 31074 at Gaming The Games: The Rules That Got Bent In London Allyson Felix Wins Gold In Women's 200 Meters Allyson Felix has won the women's 200 meter race in London's Olympic Stadium, running a time of 21.88. Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the silver medal at 22.09, as she wasn't able to track Felix down in the closing stretch.<p>The four center lanes were stacked with speed, with Jamaica's Fraser-Pryce and defending gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown in lanes 4 and 5, respectively. Just outside of them were Americans Sanya Richards-Ross and Felix, in lanes 6 and 7. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:49:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 30907 at Allyson Felix Wins Gold In Women's 200 Meters U.S. Gymnast Raisman Wins Gold, Bronze Medals Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>The Fierce Five have finished their run at the London Summer Olympics. Fierce Five is the nickname given to America's whiz-kid female gymnasts - average age just a bit over 16. They started the Games by winning the most important gold medal, in the team event. They finished yesterday with their team captain finally getting a break that seemed elusive. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 08:50:00 +0000 NPR: Tom Goldman 30874 at