Tom Goldman http://ktep.org en Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina http://ktep.org/post/late-game-goal-gives-germany-world-cup-win-over-argentina Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So based on the emptiness of the streets in many cities, a lot of people were watching the game yesterday. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44623 at http://ktep.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? http://ktep.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 44588 at http://ktep.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream http://ktep.org/post/brazil-wakes-find-tuesdays-nightmare-was-not-dream Host country Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in epic fashion: Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 during the semifinal match. Brazilians are wondering how their beloved team could be so pulverized. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44283 at http://ktep.org Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players http://ktep.org/post/brazil-faces-germany-without-2-its-best-players Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany? Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44208 at http://ktep.org Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects http://ktep.org/post/down-two-key-players-brazilians-worry-about-world-cup-prospects Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Hey, thanks for sticking with us on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Brazilians should be celebrating today after beating Colombia 2-1 yesterday in the World Cup quarterfinals. But instead, it is not looking good. Brazil's best player - 22-year-old striker Neymar - was injured during that game - is now out for a month with a broken bone in his back. That leaves Brazilians wondering if the end of Neymar's brilliant run in the tournament also means the end of the host country's World Cup dreams. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44097 at http://ktep.org Continental Rivals Take Spotlight In World Cup Quarters http://ktep.org/post/continental-rivals-take-spotlight-world-cup-quarters Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Brazil, tears of joy and relief as the World Cup home team won its quarterfinal against Colombia.<p>(CHEERING)<p>SIEGEL: Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in a hard-fought game between the two South American neighbors, but as we'll hear, it was a costly victory. An earlier game today - Germany defeated France 1-nothing to move on to the World Cup final four. NPR's Tom Goldman is in Rio de Janeiro, and he joins us now. And, Tom, first of all, Brazil won. But in a way, it also lost. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44056 at http://ktep.org Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes http://ktep.org/post/belgium-ends-us-teams-world-cup-hopes The U.S. men's soccer team is out of the World Cup. For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0, but the team lost in extra time to Belgium on Tuesday, 2-1. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43854 at http://ktep.org U.S. Plays Belgium In World Cup's Knockout Stage http://ktep.org/post/us-plays-belgium-world-cups-knockout-stage Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. It's all on the line today for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team at the World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. plays Belgium in the knockout stage of the tournament. Lose this one and America's World Cup is all over. But yesterday, some good news - a goal-scoring teammate the U.S. team has been missing nearly the entire term, maybe coming back. From Salvador, Brazil, NPR's Tom Goldman has the story.<p>(SHOUTING)<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43783 at http://ktep.org Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup http://ktep.org/post/despite-losing-germany-us-advances-world-cup The U.S. men's soccer team moves on to the World Cup's round of 16. They lost to Germany, but advance because Portugal beat Ghana. The team will get to rest a bit before playing Belgium on Tuesday. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43540 at http://ktep.org U.S. Needs To Win Or Tie Germany To Advance In World Cup Play http://ktep.org/post/us-needs-win-or-tie-germany-advance-world-cup-play Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In case you have not heard, David, it's perfect fine to take this day off work. The coach of the U.S. soccer team has published an excuse note for Americans to send their employers saying they were busy World Cup.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>But Steve, we don't know if employers will accept this. We do know the United States plays Germany. The game in Recife, Brazil helps determine who escapes the so-called Group of Death and moves on to the knockout round.<p>INSKEEP: A second game also makes a difference here. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43448 at http://ktep.org World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed? http://ktep.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 43178 at http://ktep.org World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed? Third Time's A Charm: U.S. Beats Ghana In World Cup Match http://ktep.org/post/third-times-charm-us-beats-ghana-world-cup-match Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Here's something American soccer fans haven't heard much over the years - the U.S. is looking good at the World Cup. Last night in Brazil, the men's national soccer team won its first match of the tournament, a 2 to 1 victory over a fast and physical team from Ghana. It was a bit of revenge for the Americans - Ghana knocked them out of the last two World Cups, but not this time. Thanks to strong defense and two dramatic goals, the U.S. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:32:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42842 at http://ktep.org U.S. World Cup Team To Take The Field Against Ghana http://ktep.org/post/us-world-cup-team-take-field-against-ghana After months of analysis about America's chances in Brazil, it's time for the U.S. men's soccer team to play. Monday's game against Ghana begins a U.S. campaign through the so-called group of death. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42754 at http://ktep.org Brazil Gets World Cup Started With 3-1 Win Over Croatia http://ktep.org/post/brazil-gets-world-cup-started-3-1-win-over-croatia The 2014 World Cup is officially underway. Before the opening game, there were several protests around the country. But the revelry and excitement after the match captured the most attention. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42596 at http://ktep.org Brazil And Croatia Open World Cup Play On The Pitch http://ktep.org/post/brazil-and-croatia-open-world-cup-play-pitch Brazil and Croatia face off in the first game of the 2014 World Cup. Organizers hope the start of the tournament directs attention back on the field and away from the problems in preparation. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42579 at http://ktep.org Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup http://ktep.org/post/brazils-team-favored-win-problem-ridden-world-cup Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING CROWD)<p>UNIDENTIFIED FANS: (Spanish spoken) Mexico. Mexico. Mexico.<p>GREENE: Yes, excited fans of the Mexican national men's soccer team - they're getting an early start to the World Cup festivities. Mexico does not play until tomorrow. Today, it's all about Brazil, the country hosting the tournament. They're kicking things off with a match against Croatia. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42514 at http://ktep.org U.S. Men's Soccer Team Braces For World Cup Challenges http://ktep.org/post/us-mens-soccer-team-braces-world-cup-challenges The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil. The U.S. team has its first match against Ghana the following week, the start of the so called "group of death." Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42295 at http://ktep.org A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race http://ktep.org/post/campaign-bring-back-americas-distance-1-mile-race <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E-R97LShwA</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42229 at http://ktep.org A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race Miami Heat Aims To Win Legacy-Defining 3rd Straight NBA Title http://ktep.org/post/miami-heat-aims-win-legacy-defining-3rd-straight-nba-title Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The NBA finals begin tonight with the numbers, three or five, figuring to play prominent roles. Here's why. Three, as in the Miami Heat are trying to win a legacy defining third straight title. Five as in the San Antonio Spurs are trying to win a fifth championship since 1999. That is dominance. That would solidify their dynasty status. These two best teams in the league are meeting for the second consecutive year in the finals. And NPR's Tom Goldman is here to tell us why Miami is already miffed before game one even starts. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42080 at http://ktep.org Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out http://ktep.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 40491 at http://ktep.org Sterling Expected To Fight Forced Sale Of LA Clippers http://ktep.org/post/sterling-expected-fight-forced-sale-la-clippers Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Donald Sterling case is far from over. Yes, the NBA has banned the L.A. Clippers' owner for life and the pro-basketball playoffs have continued. But Sterling has not revealed what he will do after being banned from the league for making racist remarks. He is expected to fight the forced sale of his team and that could have significant consequences.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman reports.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: At this point, without a Donald Sterling public statement on the way forward, we are forced to turn to those he's met in private, such as L.A. Wed, 07 May 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 40146 at http://ktep.org Donald Sterling Banned For Life From NBA, Fined $2.5 Million http://ktep.org/post/donald-sterling-banned-life-nba-fined-25-million NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league. The decision, coupled with a $2.5 million fine, comes in the wake of Sterling's racist remarks. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 39666 at http://ktep.org NBA Weighs Penalties After Sterling's Alleged Race Remarks Surface http://ktep.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 39602 at http://ktep.org Northwestern Players To Vote On Historic Union Question http://ktep.org/post/northwestern-players-vote-historic-union-question Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It is an historic day at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Seventy-six scholarship football players are eligible to vote on whether or not to form the first labor union for college athletes.<p>Today's vote was set up by a National Labor Relations Board ruling last month that said players qualified as employees of the university, giving them the right to unionize.<p>NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us now to help us sort this out. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 39387 at http://ktep.org NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools http://ktep.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 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 39348 at http://ktep.org UConn To Face Kentucky In NCAA Final http://ktep.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 38136 at http://ktep.org Freshmen Wildcats Step Easily Into Storied Tradition http://ktep.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 37745 at http://ktep.org Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season http://ktep.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 37250 at http://ktep.org Drought Closes Oregon Resort Before The Season Even Opens http://ktep.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 11:40:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 36716 at http://ktep.org Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much http://ktep.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 34021 at http://ktep.org Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much