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Leicester City's Underdog Story Nears Finish

UK's minor soccer club has captured world attention by soaring to the top of the Premier Division in one season. If the club can beat soccer giants Manchester United on Sunday, they'll take the title.

#NPRreads: Take Your Pick Of Space, Race Or Celebrity

In this weekly story roundup, NPR reporters, editors and producers share what they have been reading. Today's mix explores life away from Earth, forgotten photos and fallen stars.

Weekend Edition Saturday

The Week In Sports

A Tweet might have cost an early favorite in the NFL draft millions of dollars in lost income, while an Instagram post could provoke an investigation of his school.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Former Indiana Basketball Coach Bobby Knight On Trump: 'Best Person For The Job'

Bobby Knight is not one known to make political endorsements. NPR's Scott Simon asks the legendary basketball coach about his endorsement of Donald Trump in Tuesday's Indiana primary.

Weekend Edition Sunday

4 Ways Donald Trump's Pro Wrestling Experience Is Like His Campaign Today

At least none of Trump's political opponents have been strapped down and had their heads shaved by him.

All Things Considered

NFL Player Laremy Tunsil Loses Millions In Draft After Twitter Hack

Last night before and during the NFL Draft, the Twitter and Instagram accounts of Laremy Tunsil, one of the draft's top prospects, were hacked and used to tweet a damaging video and screenshots.

All Things Considered

Commentary: The Sad Tale Of NFL Player Johnny Manziel

The downfall of NFL player Johnny Manziel, who was indicted on domestic violence charges this week, has brought a range of reactions.

Dee Gordon, National League's Reigning Batting Champion, Gets 80-Game Penalty

Just three months ago, Gordon signed a contract extension with the Miami Marlins that's worth $50 million over the next five years.

Morning Edition

Leicester City On The Verge Of An Improbable, Historic Title

Long a minor player in England's Premier League, Leicester City is now poised to win the title, beating out some of the most talented clubs. Steve Inskeep talks to BBC sports announcer Jason Bourne.

3 Things To Know About The NFL Draft That Don't Have Much To Do With Football

Most notably, a 22-year-old German wide receiver could be the first player drafted straight from Europe to the NFL.

Plans Scrapped For IndyCar Race On Streets Of Boston

April 30, 2016
City of Boston Chief of Economic Development John Barros (right) and Tourism, Sports and Entertainment director Ken Brissette (left) examine an IndyCar mock-up in May 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

John Casey, president of the Grand Prix of Boston, told The Boston Globe Friday that the relationship between promoters and the city isn’t working.

Onaje Woodbine’s Spiritual Journey Leads Back To The Court — And Stage

April 30, 2016

Former Yale star Onaje X.O. Woodbine quit basketball at the top of his game to pursue “the higher aims of divine purpose and truth.” As it turns out, that journey took him back to basketball. He tells Bill Littlefield his story.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

April 30, 2016
Team USA's Olympic uniforms were unveiled this week. Charlie thinks they should probably lose the striped belt. (Bryan Bedder/NBC)

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce weigh in on the Raiders’ Vegas dreams, Ted Cruz’s latest gaffe and Andrew Luck’s book club. Plus, what’s to make of Team USA’s newly unveiled Olympic uniforms?

Ballparks And Organ Music — A Match Made In Chicago

April 30, 2016
Organists, like the Chicago White Sox's Nancy Faust have entertained Major League Baseball fans for 75 years. (Joshua Lott/AP)

The first time an organ was played at a baseball game wasn’t as long ago as you might think. Ballpark organists Josh Kantor, who plays for the Red Sox, and Bobby Cressey, organist for the Padres, share the unexpected history of music at the ballpark.

Tennis In Bullrings And On Ice: Rod Laver On The Pro Circuit’s Early Days

April 30, 2016
Laver won the Wimbledon men's single's event four times between 1961-1969. (Allsport UK /Allsport

Until the advent of the Open Era in 1968, professional tennis players were excluded from the sport’s top tournaments. So instead of competing at Wimbledon or the US Open, tennis pros toured the world, often playing in unusual — and unfavorable — conditions. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his experiences.

The Takeaway From Laremy Tunsil’s NFL Draft Night

April 30, 2016
Some scouts pegged former Ole Miss linebacker as the No. 1 prospect in this year's NFL Draft. But, thanks to a social media hacker, Tunsil fell to No. 13 (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Laremy Tunsil’s is a story to which all sorts of different morals might be attached. One of them is that it’s good to be the quarterback.

Olympic Shooter Kim Rhode Takes On The Critics

April 30, 2016
The WSJ's Kevin Hellicker says shooting is the third largest contributor to the United States' Olympic gold medal count. Did you know that? (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

If U.S. Olympian Kimberly Rhode qualifies for the Summer Games in Rio, she could become the first American to win a medal at six different Olympic games. So why haven’t many people heard of her? Because her sport involves firearms.

Deflategate To The Supreme Court? Nina Totenberg Weighs In

April 30, 2016
<> at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

A federal appeals court upheld Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady, but there’s still a chance that the case could be brought before the Supreme Court. And if it did, how would the nation’s highest court rule on the most over-inflated saga in NFL history? Bill Littlefield talks Deflategate with NPR’s Nina Totenberg.

3 Stories You Should Know: NFL Draft Silliness, Painkillers, #MoreThanMean

April 30, 2016
Do former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple's (allegedly) questionable skills in the kitchen impact his ability to cook wide receivers on the field? The Giants didn't seem to think so. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Why is an NFL scout commenting on a prospect’s cooking skills? Is Prince’s death a cautionary tale for NFL players? And, what can be done to change the vitriol received by women in sports? Shira Springer and David Steele join Bill Littlefield.

Week In Review: Mayor Walsh’s Woes, Deflategate, Proposed Tobacco Ban

April 29, 2016
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

There was news this week that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has been drawn into the federal investigation of allegations of strong-arm tactics used by union leaders against developers and other businesses in the region.

#MoreThanMean: Bringing Online Harassment To Life

April 29, 2016
Screengrab from the #MorethanMean video produced by Sarah Spain and Julie Dicaro. Scroll down to view the video.

Women pushing back. A video by two female sports reporters about online harassment goes viral.

Men Read Mean Tweets At Women And The Video Goes Viral

April 28, 2016
Screen grab from mean tweets viral video

Two Chicago-area sports journalists gathered the tweets directed at them and asked men to read them to their faces. The result went viral.

For NFL Draft Fans, Quarterbacks Take Center Stage

April 28, 2016
Jared Goff #16 of the California Golden Bears, is the likely number one pick in the draft. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Today is NFL draft day, the day when top college players get picked to play professional football. It’s become a major television event.

Littlefield: Derby Day’s Coming

April 27, 2016
Bill Littlefield is ready for the Kentucky Derby and all of the pomp and circumstance that comes with it. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Is it too early to begin thinking about the first Saturday in May and the horse race traditionally run on that day? Bill Littlefield doesn’t think so.

Brady Unlikely To Reverse U.S. Appeals Court’s ‘Deflategate’ Decision, Legal Experts Say

April 26, 2016

WBUR’s David Boeri speaks with legal experts who suggest Tom Brady will likely have to serve his four-game suspension due to the latest court’s “Deflategate” decision.

What Does Tom Brady’s Suspension Mean For The Patriots?

April 25, 2016
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady #12 before a game against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. (Gregory Payan/AP)

We discuss the federal ruling that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game “deflategate” suspension imposed by the NFL. What does this decision mean for the Patriots? Is this the end of the “deflategate” scandal?

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