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After Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout, Fans Evaluate Boxing

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao aren't the only ones recovering after their big fight Saturday. Sports fans are trying to figure out if their feelings about boxing are good, bad or indifferent.

All Things Considered

For Filipinos, Manny Pacquiao Remains A Symbol Of Hope

Saturday's "Fight of the Century" ended in disappointment for Manny Pacquiao fans. But for Filipino-American families, he remains a hero for the ages.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Mayweather Defeats Pacquaio; Both Earn Millions

Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquaio Saturday in a unanimous decision in what was considered the highest-grossing boxing match in history.

American Pharoah Wins 2015 Kentucky Derby

The Bob Baffert-trained horse, ridden by Victor Espinoza, was the favorite heading into the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

All Things Considered

The Orioles Won 8-2, But No Fans Were There To Watch

NPR's Arun Rath talks with Dave Zirin of The Nation about Wednesday's eerily empty ballgame at Camden Yards and what Zirin calls "sports-driven apartheid."

Mayweather Outboxes Pacquiao In A Unanimous Decision

The two fighters went 12 rounds but Floyd Mayweather won the welterweight title in Las Vegas Saturday. They each stand to earn millions.

Weekend Edition Saturday

A Boxing Match And A Derby: The Week In Sports

NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's Tom Goldman chat about tonight's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao; the Kentucky Derby; and the NBA match-up between the Clippers and Spurs.

Weekend Edition Saturday

'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters

Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball.

All Things Considered

Tampa Bay Vetted Jameis Winston Before Choosing Him As No. 1 Draft Pick

NPR's Melissa Block talks with ESPN's Jane McManus about Winston's off-the-field problems, including being accused of sexual assault during his freshman season at Florida State.

All Things Considered

Mayweather, Pacquiao Finally Go Head-To-Head This Weekend

Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to fight Saturday night in Las Vegas. Celebrities, sports figures and others have all flocked to the city to see two of the greatest fighters of their era finally box.

Red Sox Lose 8-5 To Yankees

May 4, 2015

The Sox fell behind eight to nothing, but managed five runs in the sixth inning.

Revolution Hand Red Bulls First Loss Of Season, 2-1

May 3, 2015

Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury each scored and the New England Revolution then held off the previously unbeaten New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday night.

Yankees Hold Off Red Sox, 4-2

May 2, 2015

Brett Gardner drove in three runs, Nathan Eovaldi pitched well into the seventh inning and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Saturday for their 12th win in 15 games.

Documentary ‘Bounce’ Uncovers Origins Of Our Favorite Sports

May 2, 2015
According to author John Fox, humans "didn't invent play; we just added to it" -- especially with the invention of balls that can bounce. (Courtesy Photo)

‘Bounce: How The Ball Taught The World To Play’ explores the origins of some of our favorite sports. The film’s co-producer, John Fox, and director, Jerome Thelia, speak with Bill Littlefield.

Rocky Balboa, Hall of Famer? Voting Underway For Fictitious Athlete Hall Of Fame

May 2, 2015
Rocky Balboa, the underdog boxer played by Sylvester Stallone, was the first inductee into the inaugural 2013 Fictitious Hall of Fame. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Some of the greatest heroes in the world of sport are figments of a fiction writer’s imagination. That’s the idea behind the Ficticious Athlete Hall of Fame. Kirk Buchner updates Bill Littlefield on the voting for this year’s class.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

May 2, 2015
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Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss the NFL draft, baseball’s pace-of-play rules, and the age-old question of whether bridge is a sport — it does exercise your brain, after all.

Sand Volleyball’s Popularity Spikes Upward

May 2, 2015
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This weekend, eight teams are vying for the collegiate national championship in sand volleyball. The American Volleyball Coaches Association is hosting the tournament, but the NCAA will take over the event next year and further raise the profile of the budding sport. From Boise, Idaho, Scott Graf reports.

Former English Teacher Explores MMA Life “In The Cage”

May 2, 2015
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Author and former English instructor Jonathan Gottschall wrote a book about his experience trying his hand at cage-fighting. He tells Only A Game about his real cage fight, his fight with a fellow faculty member at cocktail party, and what he learned about violence and himself.

Why A $1 Billion Weekend Won’t Save Boxing

May 2, 2015
This weekend's fight between Floyd Mayweather (left) and Manny Pacquiao (right) is expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to Las Vegas casinos, but Joe Drape says it alone won't save boxing.(JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

This weekend’s boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has been one of the most-hyped fights in years. But can one weekend of mainstream interest save the sport? Bill Littlefield speaks with The New York Times’ Joe Drape.

Commentary: Sports By The Numbers

May 2, 2015
Numbers used in the ballpark's manual scoreboard known as the Green Monster to score the game between Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.(Elsa/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield explains why we care about the numbers of runs, innings, points, and goals in sports.

Cavs’ Blatt Took Unusual — And Occasionally Dangerous — Route To NBA

May 2, 2015
To get to his current post as Cavs head coach, David Blatt had to work his way up from a rural part of Northern Israel -- and dodge some hot coins along the way. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Before this season, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt had never played or coached — not even as an assistant — in the NBA. Now he’s guiding the Cavs through the playoffs. Only A Game’s Martin Kessler and Doug Tribou trace Blatt’s journey from Princeton to Israel to the NBA playoffs.

Citing Fan Safety, Baltimore Orioles Close Stadium

May 2, 2015
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Home runs are usually cause for celebration, but ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian called the Baltimore Orioles first home run in their game against the Chicago White Sox game on Wednesday the “eeriest thing I’ve seen in a long time.” He joins Bill Littlefield to describe what it’s like to watch Major League game in an empty ballpark.

Patriots Take Stanford Defensive Back Richards In 2nd Round

May 2, 2015
Former New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law announces that the Patriots selects Stanford Jordan Richards as the 64th pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Football Draft,  Friday, May 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Safety Jordan Richards is hoping to continue his education when he leaves Stanford to play for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

A-Rod Ties Mays For 4th With 660 HRs; Yanks Top Red Sox 3-2

May 2, 2015
Alex Rodriguez runs to first after hitting a solo homer.  Rodriguez has now tied slugger Willie Mays with 660 career home runs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

With one sweet swing, Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place in major league history at 660 home runs. And, by the way, won a game for the New York Yankees.

From Dominance To Obscurity: Black Jockeys At The Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2015
Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome #5 to the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Many people think it’s unlikely that black jockeys will ever return to prominence in the sport they pioneered.

Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: A Fight For The Ages

April 30, 2015
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao pose during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will face each other in a unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (John Gurzinski/AFP/Getty Images)

Boxing fans have been waiting for this for years. On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao finally meet in the ring.

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