Weekend Edition Saturday

The Week In Sports: The Cubs Next Big Thing

NPR's Tom Goldman joins host Linda Wertheimer to talk about the NBA playoffs — is a Cleveland championship in the offing? — and Kris Bryant's debut on the diamond with the Chicago Cubs.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Islander Fans Already Miss Their 'Wonderful Dump' Of A Stadium

The N.Y. Islanders are playing their last games on New York's Long Island. They leave the aging Nassau Coliseum for new digs in Brooklyn after the Stanley Cup, and some fans are already in mourning.

All Things Considered

On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

Golf is a sport that's been enjoyed by both Democrats and Republicans through the decades, but bipartisan golf outings may be disappearing like a shanked tee shot into a water hazard.

First-Place Fake-Out: Woman Who Didn't Run Marathon Stripped Of Title

Race officials say Kendall Schler faked her win at last Sunday's GO! St. Louis race. They say she also cheated in last year's race where she finished third.

Running A Marathon? How To Eat and Drink So You Don't Hit The Wall

There's only so much fuel you can store before a big race. A performance nutrition expert gives us the rub on how to optimize carb-loading to avoid the miserable experience of running out of fuel.

#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

Can Top Slugger Joining Cubs End 106 Years Of Sadness?

Top prospect Kris Bryant is set to bat fourth against the Padres Friday in his major league debut, bringing with him hope Chicago may someday soon win another championship.

ESPN Suspends Reporter Over Rant Recorded By Towing Company

A string of insults aimed at a woman who works at a towing company were recorded by a surveillance camera. Now they've come back to sting sports reporter Britt McHenry.

Morning Edition

Golden State's Stephen Curry Perfects 3-Pointers

With the NBA playoffs about to begin, the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the league and the most exciting playing style — highlighted by Stephen Curry's long-range shooting.

Adrian Peterson To Be Reinstated By NFL

The Minnesota Vikings running back was suspended by the league last fall amid allegations of child abuse involving his 4-year-old son.

Marathon Director: Despite Rough Winter, We’re Race-Ready

April 18, 2015

It is marathon weekend in Boston. A field of 30,000 runners will participate in Monday’s 119th running of the race. WBUR’s Alex Ashlock spoke with longtime race director Dave McGillivray.

A Spectator’s Guide To The 2015 Boston Marathon

April 18, 2015
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Boston Marathon, from street and MBTA station closures to items prohibited for spectators.

‘Course Correction’ Details A Title IX Fight, A Naked Protest And An Olympian’s Story

April 18, 2015

Ginny Gilder fell into rowing at an important moment. The sport gave her an escape from family turmoil, but also thrust her into the fight for female athletes’ rights. Gilder, who won an Olympic medal in 1984, tells her story in “Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX.”

Hecklers Welcome At Big 12 Tennis Matches

April 18, 2015
Crowds at tennis matches are typically quiet. The Big 12 is trying to change that. (Mal Fairclough/Getty Images)

With the number of college tennis programs and scholarships dropping, the Big 12 Conference is trying to drum up interest in the sport by allowing fans to yell and cheer during play. The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Perrotta witnessed a noisy match between Baylor and Oklahoma and joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned — and heard.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

April 18, 2015
According to Las Vegas, LeBron James and the second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to win the NBA Championship. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce makes his NBA Playoff picks, weighs in on Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction and explains why Boston should not host the Olympics.

Running To Remember: The Story Of Cancer Survivor Matt Tullis

April 18, 2015
For childhood cancer survivor Matt Tullis, running brings back memories of , (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Matt Tullis was the type of person who made fun of runners. But when he decided to hit the pavement to get in shape as an adult, memories of his time in a children’s cancer ward started to flood back. Tullis joins Bill Littlefield to share his story.

Commentary: Tsarnaev Sentencing Looms Over 2015 Boston Marathon

April 18, 2015
Runners coming over the Mass Pike at the 2014 Boston Marathon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Bill Littlefield: “The Boston Marathon has been a celebration of effort, determination, camaraderie, community, and charity. That’s what it will be again on Monday. But what hangs over this race is the fate of the man … convicted of 30 criminal counts connected to the bombing two years ago.”

MLB’s DH Debate: Ortiz, Molitor, Davis Weigh In

April 18, 2015
Former pitcher Mike Hampton boasted a career batting average of .246, making him the top-hitting pitcher with at least 500 at bats since the 1960s. (Brian Bahr /Allsport)

MLB’s designated hitter debate got new life this spring when a players association official confirmed that owners have discussed adding the position to the NL. For more on the on the pros and cons, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou speaks to a lineup of some of the best DHs in history.

N.Y. To Scranton Vs. K.C. To Hawaii: Triple-A Downgrades … And Upgrades

April 18, 2015
Don't hang your head -- there are far worse downgrades than getting sent from Detroit to Toledo, at least according to Craig Calcaterra's "study." (Rick Osentoski/AP)

Not all demotions to Triple-A baseball are created equal. In fact, sometimes getting sent “down” to the minors can mean an upgrade in lifestyle, according to Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s HardballTalk. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the best and worst moves for players.

Islanders Fans Say Goodbye To Their ‘Wonderful Dump,’ Nassau Coliseum

April 18, 2015
Nassau Coliseum has been the home of the New York Islanders since 1972. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

After more than four decades playing in Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, the New York Islanders will move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next season. WNYC’s Jim O’Grady went to the Nassau Coliseum to find out what will be lost.

NBA’s Serge Ibaka Returns Home In ‘Son Of The Congo’

April 18, 2015
Serge Ibaka. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Growing up, the NBA’s Serge Ibaka didn’t always have shoes to wear on the court, food to eat after practice or even a bed to sleep in. In a new Grantland documentary, Ibaka returns home to the Congo and shares his story. Bill Littlefield talks with Ibaka and filmmaker Adam Hootnick.

Bogaerts’ Single In 9th Lifts Red Sox Over Orioles 3-2

April 18, 2015

The Red Sox managed just four hits and still won. They might have had even fewer if Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez hadn’t been ejected.

Fierce Compeition In The 119th Boston Marathon

April 17, 2015
Meb Keflezighi turns onto the last stretch before winning the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A look at the fierce competition among elite runners of this year’s Boston Marathon.

2015 Boston Marathon Preview

April 17, 2015
A worker adjusts lights on the photo bridge near the Boston Marathon finish line Thursday, April 16, 2015, on Boylston Street in Boston. The 119th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday. (Steven Senne/AP)

The 119th Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest, will be run on Monday. Alex Ashlock previews the race.

Walsh Creates Office Of Olympic Planning To Examine Boston 2024 Bid

April 17, 2015
The Boston 2024 logo is displayed on a screen before a January news conference about the bid. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The city has hired a former Goldman Sachs analyst and associate to examine Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, the mayor’s office announced Friday.

22,000 Miles Later, Adventurer Prepares For 3,000-Mile Solo Row Across Atlantic

April 17, 2015
Sarah Outen kayaks off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, June 2014 (Courtesy of Sarah Outen)

Sarah Outen, 29, began her self-propelled round-the-world voyage in 2011 in London. The final leg would make history.

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