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Althea: Race in the Sport of Tennis

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American Masters
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Althea Gibson was one of the country's best tennis players at a time when, because of her race, she wouldn't be granted membership to most tennis clubs. Though race concerned the tennis world, it didn't concern Gibson as much. According to Arvelia Myers, Althea Gibson’s friend and tennis professional, and tennis champion Billie Jean King, Gibson just wanted to the right to play and compete. Continue


Will Team USA’s win help level the playing field for women?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The U.S. women’s soccer team made a record-breaking victory against reigning champion Japan in the final game of the 2015 World Cup. Judy Woodruff speaks to Deborah Slaner Larkin of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and Cheryl Cooky of Purdue University about the win, and whether it will help to promote equality for women in sports. Continue


What Deflategate means for Tom Brady’s legacy

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


An NFL investigation has concluded that the New England Patriots likely deflated footballs used during playoffs before the Super Bowl, violating league rules. Quarterback Tom Brady, who denied knowing how the balls got deflated, was at least “generally aware,” according to the report. Jeffrey Brown discusses the implications with Mike Pesca of Slate's Continue


Legendary coaches add another NCAA victory to their legacies

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


This year’s March Madness marked the 10th national title for UConn coach Geno Auriemma and the fifth for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Jeffrey Brown talks to Danielle Donehew of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and John Feinstein of The Washington Post about the two coaches’ evolution and legacies. Continue


Poet writes slam-dunking kids' novel

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


How do you get reluctant readers to fall in love with a book? Writer and literacy activist Kwame Alexander says you have to offer them something relatable. In "The Crossover," basketball is the hook to persuade kids to pick up a novel written in poetic verse. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Alexander to discuss his award-winning young adult book. Continue


Can a helmet sensor help prevent brain trauma in athletes?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


As we learn more about the effects of concussions and sports-related head trauma, parents, coaches and medical professionals are debating how to keep players safe. Some are looking to technology, like a device worn under the helmet that shows the force of impact after a fall or collision. Hari Sreenivasan reports as part of our Breakthroughs series. Continue


Roberto or Bobby Clemente?

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American Experience
PBS


Sports journalists often mocked Latino ballplayers' English or, along with Major League Baseball, tried to ignore their "unamerican" heritage. Continue


Comparing Baseball to "El Béisbol"

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American Experience
PBS


In the 1940s, Puerto Rico's winter baseball league was paradise for black and white players, and an inspiration for a young Roberto Clemente Continue


Activist Marian Wright Edelman

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund discusses organization's recently released report, "Ending Child Poverty Now." Continue


Yosemite free climbers complete their gripping feat

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Two climbers successfully scaled the near-vertical slab of El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, using their fingers and feet without additional aids. After 19 days, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first to free climb the entire granite face. Gwen Ifill talks to Chris Weidner of the Boulder Daily Camera about their pinnacle achievement. Continue


Running and leaping through life at full speed

PBS NewsHour
PBS


In this video produced by young journalists in the NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs program, Justin Frevert, a parkour artist, explains how the sport has helped him overcome obstacles and embrace life’s challenges. Continue


Why did it take so long to crack down on corrupt FIFA?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The world's most popular sport is run by FIFA, a powerful group that rakes in billions of dollars. Today, authorities in both the U.S. and Switzerland launched probes into corruption and bribery within soccer's international governing body. Gwen Ifill discusses the dramatic announcement with Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times and ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap. Continue


Is Jordan Spieth’s Masters win the start of a great rivalry?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth made golf history this weekend as the second-youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament -- just a few months older than Tiger Woods was when he won his first green jacket. He also set several records, including one for making the most birdies at a Masters. Jeffrey Brown looks at Spieth’s career and accomplishment with John Feinstein of The Washington Post. Continue


Author/Professor Kenneth L. Shropshire

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania discusses his book, "Sport Matters: Leadership, Power, and the Quest for Respect in Sports." Continue


An avalanche rescue caught on camera

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, earlier this year, an Australian man named James Mort survived being buried in an avalanche while skiing in the Swiss Alps thanks to rescue efforts by his friends, one of whom captured his rescue on a helmet camera. Mort talks to the NewsHour about what he hopes others will learn from his experience. Continue


Will undefeated Kentucky be unseated by an underdog team?

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PBS NewsHour
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The undefeated University of Kentucky men’s basketball team is the favorite going into this year’s March Madness tournament. Judy Woodruff gets a preview of the upcoming matchups from John Feinstein of The Washington Post. Continue


Latino Ballplayers Join the Major Leagues

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American Experience
PBS


Roberto Clemente was more than just a baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates; he was a role model for Latinos in the United States. Continue


Singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The legendary singer-songwriter discusses her highly anticipated new album, "You Gotta Love the Life." Continue


Did the Patriots cheat with underinflated footballs?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The NFL is investigating the New England Patriots for using underinflated footballs during their final blowout victory game against the Indianapolis Colts before the Super Bowl. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe about past cheating allegations against the team’s coach and why referees didn’t catch the violation before the game. Continue


Steve Ballmer, L.A. Clippers owner

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


Ballmer talks about his early experiences as owner of a major sports team. Continue


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