Morning Edition

College Football Teams Use Girlfriends As Recruiting Tools

David Greene talks to Bloomberg View sports writer Kavitha Davidson, who recently wrote about the problems she sees in colleges: using women to recruit male athletes.

Morning Edition

Remembering Legendary NBA Announcer 'Hot Rod' Hundley

Hundley, who died last week at age 80, was one of the first former NBA players whom the Basketball Hall of Fame honored for calling games.

All Things Considered

Supporters Work To Reclaim Legacy Of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

A campaign is underway to repair former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's legacy after a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky tarnished his image.

Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men's Final Four

A missed free throw sent Michigan State-Louisville to overtime, where the Cardinals couldn't hang on. Gonzaga hung with Duke but couldn't quite keep up.

Kentucky Is Now Just Two Games Away From Perfect Season

It was down to two final free throws, but the Wildcats finally overcame Notre Dame's upset bid in a 68-66 win. They'll go on to face the Wisconsin Badgers in a rematch from last year's Final Four.

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The Cautionary Tale Of A Big-Time Bracket Bust

In 2010, police arrested a New Jersey man running a football pool — with a payout totaling nearly $900,000. If you're the one holding money in your office's college basketball pool, take heed.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Oil Can Boyd And Shoeless Joe: Legends Of Baseball

Baseball season begins next weekend, and to mark the occasion NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about his new book, Legends: the Best Players, Games and Teams in Baseball.

All Things Considered

In Regulating Outdoor Dancing, China Tells Seniors How To Bust A Move

China's sports bureaucracy threatened this week to standardize dancing in public squares.

All Things Considered

Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl.

All Things Considered

Australia Defeats India To Advance To Cricket World Cup Final

Australia advanced to the Cricket World Cup final Thursday after defeating defending champions India. A look at the disappointed, cricket-obsessed nation.

Looking To The Red Sox Season Ahead

April 1, 2015

With the Red Sox’ first game next Monday, a look ahead to the team’s prospects this season and a look back at an essay written by the Sox’ designated hitter, David Ortiz.

Bruins Beat Panthers 3-2 In Final Minutes

April 1, 2015

The Bruins’ Milan Lucic scored the tie-breaking goal with a minute left in the game.

Boston Runners Endure ‘Worst Winter’ For Marathon Training

March 31, 2015
Runner Becca Pizzi, 34, trains along Heartbreak Hill in Newton, Mass., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Running 26.2 miles requires endurance, but 8 feet of snow and lots of treacherous black ice are testing this year's participants in frustrating new ways. Though the worst of the winter now seems past, there are only 50 days left until April 20, the 119th running of the venerable race. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The runners have had to be creative with their training, often relying on treadmills when it was too dangerous to run outside.

U.S. Tennis Association CEO Hopes To Spread Love Of Game

March 31, 2015
Tennis champions Venus Williams, left, and Serena Williams, right, pose for photographers with Katrina Adams, incoming chairman of the USTA, during a renovation gala at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Katrina Adams, the association’s youngest and first black CEO, talks about her goals to draw people – old and young – into the game.

Four No. 1 Seeds In The Women’s Final Four

March 31, 2015
Maryland players celebrate after their win over Tennessee. (Young Kwak/AP)

UConn, Notre Dame and Maryland all return to the Final Four while South Carolina is making its first appearance.

Celtics Top Hornets 116-104

March 31, 2015

Avery Bradley led the Celts with 30 points and eight rebounds as they chase the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Celtics Lose To Clippers 106-119

March 30, 2015

Boston made a late charge in the last four minutes of play, but the Clippers responded with five straight points.

Bruins Top Hurricanes 2-1 In Overtime

March 30, 2015
Boston's David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal with teammates Torey Krug (47), and Chris Kelly (23). (Karl B DeBlaker/AP)

The win puts the Bruins further ahead of Ottawa and Florida in the competition for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

John Lucas: Former NBA Player, Former Coach And Recovering Addict

March 28, 2015
John Lucas has coached the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Philadelphia 76ers. He made it to the Western Conference Finals while with the Spurs.(David Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images)

“Recovery has been the greatest gift I have ever gotten,” says former NBA player and coach John Lucas. “It’s given me life after basketball.”

Florida Panthers Teammates Not Only Work Together, They Live Together

March 28, 2015
Willie Mitchell (center) is a 37-year-old NHL veteran. He invited 19-year-old teammate Aaron Ekblad (right) to live with him and his wife, Megan, after the fellow defenseman made the roster. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Ekblad and 37-year-old Willie Mitchell are more than just NHL teammates. They’re roommates. Grantland’s Katie Baker tells Bill Littlefield how Ekblad came to live with Mitchell and his wife.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

March 28, 2015
Wisconsin's senior center Frank Kaminsky had a lot to celebrate after his team defeated UNC to advance to the Elite Eight. But more fans watched the badger's football team in the Outback Bowl. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss why more people tuned in to meaningless college football bowl games than important basketball tournament matches, the Golden State Warriors’ first division title, and the pleasant surprise in legendary coach Dean Smith’s will.

Protecting High School Athletes From Preventable Deaths

March 28, 2015
Former NFL player Korey Stringer died of heat stroke at training camp in 2001. The Korey Stringer Institute advocates for the prevention of sudden death in sport. (Elsa/Allsport)

Between 20 and 30 high school athletes die while playing sports in the U.S each year, estimates researcher Doug Casa. Casa joins Bill Littlefield to explain recommendations made by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to prevent deaths and catastrophic injuries.

After Testing Fails, Expert Says Education ‘Only Weapon’ In Steroid Fight

March 28, 2015
Don Hooton started the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate athletes on the dangers of steroid use. The foundation is named after his son, who's 2003 suicide was linked to steroid use. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

After spending $10 million and catching just a handful of cheaters, Texas might discontinue a program that tests high school athletes for steroids. Don Hooton has lobbied for steroid testing since his son’s death and joins Bill Littlefield.

As Tommy John Surgeries Soar, MLB Focuses On Youth Baseball

March 28, 2015
After his groundbreaking surgery in 1974, Tommy John went on to pitch for another 14 seasons.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

One recent survey found one-in-four MLB pitchers has had Tommy John surgery. What’s behind baseball’s injury epidemic? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou asks experts — and Tommy John himself.

NFL Gives Concussion Spotters More Power With ‘Julian Edelman’ Rule

March 28, 2015
Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht suffered at least five concussions during his NFL career. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht knows all about concussions, suffering at least five of them during his playing days. He joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in on the newest NFL effort to promote player safety.

30-0 = No. 8 Seed? The Plight Of The Mid-Major In Women’s Hoops

March 28, 2015
Courtney Banghart and the Princeton women's basketball team finished 31-1, winning a game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

After a 30-0 regular season, the Princeton women’s basketball team received just a No. 8 seed for the NCAA tournament. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart joins Bill Littlefield to explain the challenges mid-majors face in women’s basketball.

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