• In basketball, as in life, we may dutifully celebrate the aggregate, but we'™re always spellbound by the exceptional.
    5:53am Jun 13, 2013
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    Basketball: The 'Ultimate Contradiction'

    No matter who is playing, the art of basketball is a paradox for fans. "In basketball, as in life, we may dutifully celebrate the aggregate, but we're always spellbound by the exceptional," says Frank Deford.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins are two of the NHL's oldest teams, but have never before faced off in a championship.
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    7:03pm Jun 12, 2013
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    Hockey's Hottest Teams Hit The Ice In Stanley Cup Final

    After a bitter lockout that shortened the season, the National Hockey League is finally gearing up for the Stanley Cup Final. The series features two of the league's six original franchises, the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, and both teams come into the series on a roll.
  • 11:25am Jun 12, 2013
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    Heat, Spurs Prepare For NBA Finals Showdown

    NPR's Mike Pesca talks to All Things Considered host Robert Siegel about the Miami Heat, who will defend its NBA title against the San Antonio Spurs. It is the third consecutive trip to the finals for the Heat and though they had a tough series with Indiana, many still consider them the favorite. The best of seven championship series starts Thursday.
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    12:52pm Jun 11, 2013
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    The Power Behind The Push

    The strength and weakness of a team often rests on these shoulders.In the sports world, they get a lot of attention.  The praise, the blame and, in many cases, the riches.  They are college head co

  • 5:39am Jun 09, 2013
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    Week In Sports: Spurs Take First Game Of NBA Finals

    Weekend Edition Saturday Scott Simon talks to NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman about NBA star Tony Parker's spectacular performances of late, and the latest on the French Open Tennis championships.
  • 6:02am Jun 06, 2013
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    NBA Purists Swoon Over Spurs' Style Of Play

    The NBA Finals begin Thursday night in Miami. Though they haven't won a championship since 2007, the San Antonio Spurs have remained in the hunt because of their style of team play. The Spurs will face the Miami Heat.
  • 6:39am Jun 01, 2013
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    Week In Sports: Who Will Face The Spurs For The NBA Title?

    ESPN sports commentator Howard Bryant talks to Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon about the week's top sports stories, including the NBA conference finals, the NHL, and Serena Williams' dominance at the French Open tennis championships.
  • 9:23pm May 31, 2013
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    Weekend Hockey Finals To Be A Battle Of Champions

    If you're looking for a feel-good story of an upstart underdog, don't watch the NHL conference finals this weekend. But if you want to see a match up between the past four Stanley Cup champions, you won't want to miss this weekend's dropping of the puck. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel for a preview.
  • 9:23pm May 31, 2013
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    What A Lawsuit Against The Redskins Could Mean For The Brand

    Native American groups are challenging the exclusive trademark protection for the Washington Redskins, saying the NFL team's name is a racial slur. If the judge rules in the groups' favor, the team could lose millions of dollars from the sale of licensed merchandise.