Show rundown for 7/12/2003

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Tour De France

The Tour De France heads to the mountains this weekend and Lance Armstrong, four-time winner and king of all hills, looks to run away from the rest of the pack again. Ken Schulman will give us an update from Les Alpe D'Huez.

Miguel Batista

A couple of months ago, many had counted the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the 2003 pennant race. Ace pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling and about three-quarters of the team's starting infield had gone down with injuries. But the Diamondbacks have closed to within striking distance of first place in the National League West. They've done it partly with the solid pitching of rookie-of-the-year candidate Brandon Webb and journeyman Miguel Batista, whose use of iambic pantameter is perhaps as noteworthy of his split-finger fastball. Mitch Teich of Arizona Public Radio has the story.

It's in The Hole!

Many people quote the movie Caddyshack. But there's a time and a place for such things, as one reporter found out.

Bat Battle

Major League baseball's newly mandated insurance has priced most of the small time batmakers out of the big league market. As Bill found out, this has both the ballplayers, who no longer have the bats they want, and the companies who no longer can sell those bats, crying foul.

The Unlevel Playing Field

"The Unlevel Playing Field" edited by David Wiggins and Patrick Miller serves as a reminder to readers of the courage and determination of black athletes under shameful and frightening circumstances.


In the 18th Century, Dominoes was the game of choice in taverns and inns across the British Isles. The game's popularity has since faded there, lost in the hustle and bustle of modern Europe. But the ebony and ivory tiles took hold in Britain's former Carribean colonies where the games are still fervently played. Belize is such a place and reporter Kim Green visited a small Belizean village and discovered there's more to Dominoes than just matching up numbers.

This program aired on July 12, 2003.


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