A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get on board.

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The Week In Sports: Spring Training, Cleveland Cavaliers

It's still winter, but baseball spring training has already begun. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of from Arizona, where teams are busy practicing before the season kicks off.

Weekend Edition Saturday

'The Black Summit' Draws African-American Skiers And Boarders To Aspen

Participants in winter sports are predominantly white, but the National Brotherhood of Skiers has been trying to change that for 42 years. More than 50 regional clubs came to this year's gathering.

5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA

Earl Lloyd, who died Thursday, once recalled telling a young man who thanked him for blazing a trail, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing."

All Things Considered

As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism

Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.

Afghans Make History, Winning Thriller Against Scotland In Cricket's World Cup

The win in Dunedin, New Zealand, is a first for Afghanistan at the World Cup. The victory spurred Afghans to celebrate on the streets of Kabul.

Inglewood Approves Plan For NFL Stadium, In Deal Involving Rams Owner

The unanimous vote Tuesday night came after "a consultant compared stadium noise in surrounding neighborhoods to that of bird calls," KPCC reports.

Morning Edition

FIFA Panel Recommends 2022 World Cup Be Played In Winter

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played in Qatar. Soccer's championship is typically played over the summer, but temperatures in Qatar during that season can exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

Morning Edition

An Uneventful Week In Sports Could Still Go Down In History

NASCAR is suspending a driver accused of domestic violence, and the NFL is considering allowing two teams to share a stadium? Sports commentator Frank Deford is pleased.

All Things Considered

FIFA Considers Proposal To Move 2022 Qatar World Cup To Winter

FIFA is considering a proposal to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter, but the change would would cause major disruption to the Premiere Leagues schedule.

Bruins Win 4-1, Send Coyotes To 9th Straight Loss

March 1, 2015

Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist, helping the Boston Bruins send the Arizona Coyotes to their ninth straight loss, 4-1 on Saturday night.

Music On Only A Game

February 28, 2015
Only A Game Music

“Call Me Up,” by Rick James, from Street Songs gets the nod this week. Only A Game must have a stiff neck, because that’s all the nodding there is for this week’s show, at least as far as music is concerned.

Remembering ‘Sports Phone,’ The Go-To Service For Sports Fans, Gamblers

February 28, 2015
Former Sports Phone employees (l-r) King Wally, Charlie DeNatale and Cory Eisner at the office. (Courtesy of Charlie DeNatale)

Long before Twitter, sports fans had Sports Phone. The service began in the mid-1970s and gave fans — and gamblers — the latest scores over the phone. Grantland’s Joe DeLessio joined Bill Littlefield for a look back (and you can hear what a Sports Phone update sounded like).

Utah Women’s Gymnastics Team: The Greatest Show On Mats

February 28, 2015
Utah's gymnastics team has qualified for all 39 NCAA tournaments, winning 10 titles and never finishing lower than 10th place. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

The University of Utah’s women’s gymnastics team has won 10 national championships. They also average just under 15,000 fans at home meets. The New York Times’ John Branch joins Bill Littlefield.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

February 28, 2015
It took a court ruling to allow Adrian Peterson to be reinstated to the NFL. (Dilip Vishwana/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses Adrian Peterson’s possible reinstatement to the NFL, the death of basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd, and a particularly impressive college basketball performance.

Former Olympian Edwin Moses: American Sports Don’t Need Saving

February 28, 2015
(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Would the appointment of a sports minister improve the athletic landscape in the United States? Former Olympian Edwin Moses, who is now the chairman for the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, doesn’t think so. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain why he thinks sports should stay in the private sector.

Ralph Nader And A Plan To ‘Save Sports’

February 28, 2015

From the pros down to the pee-wees, author Ken Reed and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader think that U.S. sports need an overhaul. They join us to discuss their proposals and Reed’s new book, “How We Can Save Sports.”

How Young Is Too Young To Start Recruiting Kids?

February 28, 2015
Lebron James says colleges "Shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-old kids," after admitting his son, Lebron Jr., was already receiving offers to play college basketball. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

NBA star LeBron James is asking colleges to stop making offers to his 10-year-old son. Dr. Dan Gould, director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, weighs in on recruiting young kids.

The Dangers Of The ‘Perfect’ Court Storm

February 28, 2015
Kansas State fans rushed the floor after upsetting Kansas 70-63. One of the fans was cited for disorderly conduct after body-checking Kansas' Jamari Traylor. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas State fans stormed the court after their basketball team upset Kansas on Monday. Bill Littlefield spoke with Sports On Earth’s Will Leitch, who says it’s time for that tradition to end.

Stars Drive MLS Popularity, But Is That The Right Strategy?

February 28, 2015
Clint Dempsey, one of MLS's star players, earned close to $7 million in 2014. The league's minimum salary is less than $40,000. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Only a handful of MLS players earn seven-figure salaries, but the league is counting on those stars to increase the game’s popularity in the U.S. Sport management professor Rick Burton joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of that strategy.

Life On Major League Soccer’s Minimum Salary

February 28, 2015
Ross Friedman (left) was a rookie with the Columbus Crew in 2014.

As a rookie with the Columbus Crew in 2014, Ross Friedman was paid less than $40,000. One of his teammates earned more than 15 times that. Friedman joins Bill Littlefield to share what it’s like to experience income inequality in Major League Soccer.

Celtics Rally From Big Deficit To Beat Hornets 106-98

February 28, 2015

Newcomers Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko and relative newcomer Jae Crowder combined for more than half of the Celtics’ points and led a 16-point comeback in Boston’s 106-98 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

Spooner Scores 1st NHL Goal, Bruins Beat Devils In OT

February 28, 2015

Ryan Spooner scored with 2:14 left in overtime and the Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Friday night to win for only the second time in nine games (2-5-2).

Earl Lloyd, NBA’s First Black Player, Dies At Age 86

February 27, 2015
Earl Lloyd makes a block against Neil Johnson (6) on March 28,1956 in first quarter at Syracuse's War Memorial Auditorium. (AP)

He also became the NBA’s first black assistant coach in 1968 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Girls Basketball Teams Suspended For Trying To Lose

February 26, 2015
The Riverdale High School and Smyrna High School girls basketball teams were suspended for both trying to lose the game on Feb. 21. (Screenshot from a video tweeted by Trevor Goodson @CousinTrevvv)

Each team was apparently trying to avoid going on to play a stronger team next. Principals blamed the coaches.

Celtics Rout Knicks 115-94

February 26, 2015
Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner (11) drives against New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) during Wednesday night's game in Boston on Feb. 25, 2015. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Boston pulled away with 20 unanswered points in the second half and extended New York’s losing streak to eight with a 115-94 win on Wednesday night.

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