Tom Goldman http://wgcu.org en Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? http://wgcu.org/post/can-brazil-regain-soccer-glory-beauty-over-brawn Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.<p>That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.<p>Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 12314 at http://wgcu.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed? http://wgcu.org/post/world-cup-stadium-amazon-nice-it-needed The U.S. plays Portugal in a key World Cup match on Sunday, and it is in the tournament's most exotic locale: Manaus.<p>Manaus is a teeming city of nearly 2 million in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. But it's not some remote outpost; it's the sixth richest city in Brazil, thanks to its Free Trade Zone designation bringing big business like Nokia, Honda and Harley-Davidson.<p>Sunday's game will be the third of only four scheduled in the city's new $300 million World Cup stadium, the Arena da Amazonia. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:36:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 11601 at http://wgcu.org World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed? Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out http://wgcu.org/post/apology-defense-and-defiance-sterlings-speak-out Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. The LA Clippers pulled off a comeback victory last night to tie up their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but that's not the Clippers conversation of the day. That conversation centers on Donald Sterling, the now-banned Clippers owner. He has broken his silence.<p>In a CNN interview, Sterling apologized for racist remarks that emerged on an audio tape. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 10248 at http://wgcu.org NBA Weighs Penalties After Sterling's Alleged Race Remarks Surface http://wgcu.org/post/nba-weighs-penalties-after-sterlings-alleged-race-remarks-surface Controversy is swirling around racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NBA is exploring its potential responses as it investigates the allegations. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 9793 at http://wgcu.org NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools http://wgcu.org/post/ncaa-directors-decide-allow-more-freedom-wealthier-schools Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Today, the NCAA announced what could be major changes in the way it operates. Among those potential changes, more autonomy for the five wealthiest Division 1 conferences and more benefits for student athletes. The board of directors endorsed the moves today at their headquarters in Indianapolis. Final approval could come in August, when the board meets next.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman has been following developments and he joins us now. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 9660 at http://wgcu.org UConn To Face Kentucky In NCAA Final http://wgcu.org/post/uconn-face-kentucky-ncaa-final The matchup is set for Monday's men's NCAA basketball championship. The Connecticut Huskies will take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 9030 at http://wgcu.org Drought Closes Oregon Resort Before The Season Even Opens http://wgcu.org/post/draught-closes-oregon-resort-season-ever-opened Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. This was supposed to be a special year for the Mount Ashland ski area in Southern Oregon as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. But after a long drought this summer, Mount Ashland had to call it a season early. Yesterday, it declared slope season was over due to a lack of snow. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 8277 at http://wgcu.org Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much http://wgcu.org/post/young-athletes-risk-back-injury-playing-too-much-too-soon Jack Everett sat on his living room couch wearing a back brace, eyes glued to a massive TV set playing his favorite video game, NHL 2013.<p>"I'm the Boston Bruins," the 10-year-old said as he deftly worked the video controls. "The guy that just shot was Milan Lucic. He's a really good guy on our team."<p>Whether at home or during recess at his elementary school in suburban Los Angeles, Jack's young life now is about sitting still.<p>"Well, I can eat lunch with friends, and I play cards," Jack says. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 6970 at http://wgcu.org Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team http://wgcu.org/post/us-olympic-skier-finds-team-spirit-minus-team The U.S. Olympic team is taking shape in the run-up to next month's Winter Games in Russia. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:32:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 6499 at http://wgcu.org U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist http://wgcu.org/post/rape-accusation-still-shadows-heisman-finalist On Saturday night, there's a very good chance Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy, awarded each year to the best college football player in the country.<p>For Winston, family, friends, teammates and Seminole fans, undoubtedly it'll be a shining moment, but a discordant note continues to run through this tale of football glory.<p>On Friday, a lawyer representing a young woman who accused Winston of rape said the investigation that essentially cleared Winston of wrongdoing is anything but clear. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:55:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 5465 at http://wgcu.org Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries http://wgcu.org/post/nfl-fans-weigh-impact-players-head-injuries The NFL season is in high gear — a fact that pleases the roughly 64 percent of Americans who watch football. The season rolls on despite the now constant news about concussions in the sport.<p>The recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/">TV documentary League of Denial</a> and the book by the same name claim that for years the NFL had denied and covered up evidence linking football and brain damage. Is the concussion conversation challenging this country's deep love for the game?<p>Apparently, not very much. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 3592 at http://wgcu.org NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries USA Swimming Faces Lingering Doubts Over Sexual Abuse http://wgcu.org/post/usa-swimming-faces-lingering-doubts-over-sexual-abuse There's concern the sport of swimming still may be dealing with a sexual abuse problem in the United States.<p>It's been three years since revelations emerged in the media. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:38:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 1910 at http://wgcu.org USA Swimming Faces Lingering Doubts Over Sexual Abuse U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio? http://wgcu.org/post/us-mens-soccer-roll-all-way-rio At the beginning of 2013 — with only a year before soccer's crown jewel event, the World Cup in Brazil — all was not rosy with the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team. There was that 0-0 tie with Canada, and then a 2-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.<p>But now, the cry is, "Break up the Americans!"<p>OK, that's a bit of an overreaction to Sunday's <a href="http://www.ussoccer.com/news/mens-national-team/2013/07/130728-mnt-vs-pan-match-report.aspx">CONCACAF Gold Cup victory</a>. Sun, 04 Aug 2013 09:16:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 1107 at http://wgcu.org U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio? For One Seniors Basketball Team, The Game Never Gets Old http://wgcu.org/post/one-seniors-basketball-team-game-never-gets-old As athletes age, participation in team sports seems to fall by the wayside in favor of more low-impact activities like swimming and walking. But that's not for everyone. The National Senior Games finishes a two-week run in Cleveland on Thursday. The players for She-Ca-Go, a women's basketball team in the 75-to-79 age division, are still in it for the camaraderie and competition.<p>On Sunday, She-Ca-Go (guess where they're from?) played the first game of the 3-on-3, half-court tournament. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 999 at http://wgcu.org For One Seniors Basketball Team, The Game Never Gets Old