• Cavs
    June 20, 2016  

    For the first time since 1964, Cleveland, Ohio, has claimed a major sports title. The Cavaliers defeated the reigning Golden State Warriors Sunday night to cap an unprecedented Finals comeback and secure the first NBA Championship in its franchise history. John Yang talks to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report and Kevin Blackistone of The Washington Post for more on the historic win. Continue reading

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    October 19, 2015  

    To see Caron Butler on the basketball court today, you’d have little sense of how far this NBA player has come. As a young boy, he had the dream and the skills, but nearly threw it away for a life of violence, drug dealing and prison. William Brangham talks with Butler and retired Sgt. Rick Geller — the police officer who helped turn him around — about Caron’s book, “Tuff Juice.” Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2014; Bridgeview, IL, USA; USA player Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates with teammates Tobin Heath (17) , Sydney Leroux (2) and Meghan Klingenberg (16) after scoring a goal against Guatemala during a women's World Cup qualifier soccer match at Toyota Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports - RTR4AMR6
    June 4, 2015  

    The Stanley Cup, the NBA playoffs, the women’s World Cup and the Belmont Stakes: It’s a busy week in the world of sports. William Brangham explores all of the upcoming contests with Kevin Blackistone of ESPN and Mike Pesca of Slate’s “The Gist” podcast. Continue reading

  • michele roberts basketball pbs newshour the atlantic  2
    April 29, 2015  

    Michele Roberts, the first woman ever to run a professional sports union in North America, is on top of what is still very much a man’s world. She’ll face negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with NBA team owners in 2017. As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff interviews Roberts about her journey and the coming challenge. Continue reading

  • Jason Collins
    November 19, 2014   BY and  

    After a 13-year career in the NBA, Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional basketball player, is retiring. Eighteen months ago Collins came out as gay through a first person article published in Sports Illustrated. In the first line he wrote, “I am a 34-year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” He announced his plans to retire today, again through first person, this time on The Players’ Tribune. Continue reading

  • San Francisco 49ers v Baltimore Ravens
    September 8, 2014  

    NFL player Ray Rice was fired by the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced showing him striking his then-fiance in a casino elevator. Meanwhile, NBA team owner Bruce Levenson announced he will sell the Atlanta Hawks because of an email suggesting discomfort with black fans in the stadium. Judy Woodruff gets reaction from Christine Brennan of USA Today and Kevin Blackistone of ESPN. Continue reading

  • Six-time WNBA all-star Becky Hammon will become the first full-time, paid assistant coach in the NBA starting next season. Photo by Becky Hammon
    August 5, 2014   BY  

    Becky Hammon is hanging up her playing shoes and lacing up her coaching ones, all while making history in the process. The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that they have hired Hammon, a 16-season veteran and six-time all-star with the WNBA, as an assistant coach — marking the first time a woman has ever been hired for the position in the NBA.
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  • The GOP might be joining LeBron James in Cleveland in 2016. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images
    July 11, 2014   BY  

    It’s been a pretty good week for Cleveland. Earlier this week the Republican National Committee announced that Cleveland was its pick to hold the party’s national presidential nominating convention in 2016. And then today the biggest news the city could have hoped for — LeBron James, the biggest name in professional basketball, was returning home, leaving South Beach for C-Town. Continue reading

  • clippers
    May 30, 2014  

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to pay a record $2 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers from Shelly Sterling, wife of disgraced owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the league for making racist comments. The deal now awaits approval by the rest of the NBA owners. Hari Sreenivasan takes a closer look at the numbers with Rob Gloster of Bloomberg Businessweek. Continue reading

  • Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game in April. With the NBA forcing Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the disgraced owner hopes his estranged wife can oversee the negotiations. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
    May 23, 2014   BY  

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his estranged wife Shelly Sterling negotiate the team’s sale, ESPN reports. The National Basketball Association banned Donald Sterling from the league for life after an audio recording revealed he made … Continue reading

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