Tom Goldman http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Freshmen Wildcats Step Easily Into Storied Tradition http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/freshmen-wildcats-step-easily-storied-tradition Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It is the last day of March, but there's still another weekend of March Madness to come. Four teams gather in Dallas this weekend for the Final Four. If you go strictly by seeding, the University of Kentucky is the longest shot to win the men's college basketball title. In fact, though, the eighth-seeded Wildcats suddenly are a very hot favorite after yesterday's thrilling win over Michigan in the Elite Eight.<p>Once again, head coach John Calipari has brought a freshman-heavy team to the brink of a championship. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 34878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kentucky-ends-wichita-states-unbeaten-season Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. Time for an update on March Madness and first condolences are in order for the state of Kansas. Two of its highly regarded men's college basketball teams are out of the tournament. And in addition to condolences to Kansas, I can hear a lot of brackets shredding all over the country. The University of Kansas, a number two seed, lost yesterday to Stanford 70-to-67.<p>And also the undefeated Wichita State Shockers are undefeated no more. They lost to Kentucky in a thriller yesterday, 78-to76. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 34664 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought Closes Oregon Resort Before The Season Even Opens http://news.stlpublicradio.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 11:42:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 34446 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NBA Trailblazers Continue Their Surprising Season http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nba-trailblazers-continue-their-surprising-season Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>A third of the NBA season is complete and the Portland Trailblazers are on a surprising run. Last night they beat the L. A. Clippers 116 - 112 in overtime. Portland has the league's best record - 24 wins, five losses. Now the tepid pre-season forecasts are turning into talk of how far the Blazers can go in the post-season. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The Trailblazers already have beaten title contenders Indiana, Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 32593 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston Won't Be Charged With Rape http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fsu-quarterback-jameis-winston-wont-be-charged-rape Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Tomorrow night, star quarterback Jameis Winston will lead the Florida State Seminoles against Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. It's a big deal, mainly because Winston's participation was in doubt. Until yesterday. That's when a Florida prosecutor announced he would not charge Jameis Winston with a felony. A young woman had accused the player of rape after a sexual encounter a year ago. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 32000 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NBA Preview: On Valuable Knees And Building Legacies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nba-preview-valuable-knees-and-building-legacies Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The NBA begins a new regular season today with three games. Among the match-ups, the two-time defending champion Miami Heat play the Chicago Bulls. That game features the regular season return of Bulls' all-star point guard Derrick Rose. He hurt his knee badly a year and a half ago. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 31018 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Concussion Suits: NFL, Retirees Reach $765 Million Deal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/concussion-suits-nfl-retirees-reach-765-million-deal Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>A dark cloud hanging over the National Football League is a bit lighter today. There is a proposed settlement in a huge concussion lawsuit, brought by over 4,000 former players. The agreement was reached and announced yesterday, a week before the start of the new NFL season. If approved, the league will pay out $765 million to as many as 18,000 former players. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: It was a volatile and contentious case. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:46:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 29518 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org USA Swimming To Review Sexual Misconduct Prevention Program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/usa-swimming-review-sexual-misconduct-prevention-program Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The sport of swimming is back in the news, with new questions being raised about whether swimming has effectively confronted a sexual abuse problem, a problem that's been revealed in recent years. USA Swimming - the sport's governing body in this country - announced an independent review of Safe Sport, their organization's program to protect athletes from sexual abuse. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 29423 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org L.A. Embraces Dodger Rookie Yasiel Puig http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/la-embraces-dodger-rookie-yasiel-puig Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>In baseball, the summer of Yasiel Puig goes on. The breakout star for the Los Angeles Dodgers is a mere five weeks into his major league career. And in that short time he is set hitting records and also helping turn around a struggling Dodgers team. Puig is a 22-year-old Cuban defector. His past remains a bit of a mystery, but that doesn't seem to bother the fans caught up in Puig-mania.<p>Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The retractable roof was closed Monday night at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:32:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 28098 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Down To The Putt: Golf Analytics Gain Traction http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/down-putt-golf-analytics-gain-traction Numbers crunching has become a big deal in sports. Analytics have been slower to take hold in the tradition-bound game of golf, but it is happening. NPR's Tom Goldman reports on the phenomenon from the tournament most steeped in tradition, the Masters. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 25405 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org