Sports http://wrkf.org en Why An African-American Sports Pioneer Remains Obscure http://wrkf.org/post/why-african-american-sports-pioneer-remains-obscure Alice Coachman Davis never entered the pantheon of breakthrough African-American sports heroes, like Jesse Owens or Wilma Rudolph. But she was a pioneer nonetheless.<p>In 1948, competing as Alice Coachman, she became the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold, breaking the U.S. and Olympic records in the high jump.<p>Chances are, you've never heard of her. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:48:07 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 29660 at http://wrkf.org Why An African-American Sports Pioneer Remains Obscure The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal http://wrkf.org/post/one-american-field-todays-world-cup-semifinal The United States will have a presence at today's semifinal World Cup match between Brazil and Germany. It won't be the U.S. National Team on the field, but American referee Mark Geiger. FIFA selected Geiger to be on the officiating crew of the high-stakes match. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.<p>Earlier, Geiger made history when he officiated the knockout game between France and Nigeria on June 30. Before that, American referees had never been used beyond group play of the World Cup. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 29067 at http://wrkf.org The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss http://wrkf.org/post/tim-howard-emerges-hero-us-world-cup-loss After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/01/327350320/live-blog-the-u-s-takes-on-belgium-in-knockout-round">wrenching loss to Belgium</a> ended the U.S. team's World Cup run, fans are still touting the play of goalkeeper Tim Howard, Photoshopping his head onto U.S. currency and even (briefly) dubbing him Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia.<p>In Tuesday's game, Howard set a new World Cup record by making 16 saves. The mark dates back to at least 1966, when organizers started keeping records of that statistic. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28819 at http://wrkf.org Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss Removing $765 Million Ceiling, NFL And Players Settle A Second Time http://wrkf.org/post/removing-765-million-ceiling-nfl-and-players-settle-second-time Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It was settled. Then it wasn't. And now it looks like the NFL concussion lawsuit may be settled once again. The league has agreed to remove the $765 million total cap on payouts. That number was originally agreed to as part of a settlement with retired players who suffered from neurocognitive conditions, such as dementia linked to concussions. But in January, the federal judge said she doubted that would be enough to cover the medical expenses of possibly 20,000 players. So now the NFL's monetary commitment will be open-ended. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 28533 at http://wrkf.org Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol http://wrkf.org/post/why-america-may-be-ready-some-futbol Ante-millennium America was <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=348&dat=19940623&id=9GQwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6TIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2609,5798188" target="_blank">ho-hum</a> about soccer as a sport, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, international players, loose rules and corruption, low expectations of scoring and an imprecise ending.<p>Post-millennium America may become <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/24/325093814/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-is-soccer-in-the-u-s" target="_blank">fanatical</a> about futbol, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, internatio Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 28511 at http://wrkf.org Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up http://wrkf.org/post/deford-ncaa-says-amateurism-alive-and-well-jig Amateurism is dead, revealed so in the trial against the NCAA now in progress in Oakland, Calif., U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken presiding. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Frank Deford 28490 at http://wrkf.org Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up After His Game-Winning Goal, We Ask, Who Is John Brooks? http://wrkf.org/post/after-his-game-winning-goal-we-ask-who-john-brooks <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOL02wRL1Sg</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:56:00 +0000 editor 28118 at http://wrkf.org After His Game-Winning Goal, We Ask, Who Is John Brooks? A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race http://wrkf.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 27683 at http://wrkf.org A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race NFL Says When It Comes To Super Bowl 50, 'L' Is For Losers http://wrkf.org/post/nfl-says-when-it-comes-super-bowl-50-l-losers The old saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans."<p>But in the case of the Roman numeral for 50, the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000355943/article/nfl-wont-use-roman-numerals-for-super-bowl-50">National Football League has decided</a>, at least for 2016 (and, admittedly in San Francisco, not Rome), to do as the Arabs.<p>The official explanation is that "Super Bowl L" just isn't as pleasing to the eye as its Arabic numeral equivalent, "Super Bowl 50."<p>"When we developed the Super Bowl XL logo, that was the first time we looked at the letter L," Jaime Weston, the league' Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27568 at http://wrkf.org NFL Says When It Comes To Super Bowl 50, 'L' Is For Losers A Faster Human: Are We Unique In Our Ability To Get Better? http://wrkf.org/post/faster-human-are-we-unique-our-ability-get-better <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTXoTnp_5sI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvCsj7eJKKA</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 17:46:00 +0000 editor 26210 at http://wrkf.org A Faster Human: Are We Unique In Our Ability To Get Better?