12:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Stars Hope To Even Playoff Series Against Ducks With A Wednesday Win

The home ice screen showed the score against Anaheim Monday as the victorious Stars gathered on the ice to celebrate.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Dallas Stars and goalie Kari Lehtonen shut down the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks 3-0 Monday night in the third game of their best of seven playoff series.

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Code Switch
1:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Baseball's Demographic Shifts Bring Cultural Complexities

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Cuban player Yasiel Puig has often been criticized for lacking discipline and for his "energetic" approach to the game. His fascinating journey to the U.S. was recently chronicled by LA Magazine and ESPN.
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Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:32 pm

This week, baseball fans celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, 67 years after Robinson became the first black player to participate in a Major League Baseball game. Coincidentally (or not), the racial, ethnic and cultural dynamics of the sport today are the topics of much discussion in this week's news.

Decline In Percentage Of Black Players

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12:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dallas Is Both A Basketball And Hockey Playoff Town (For Now)

It's playoff time for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. They face the San Antonio Spurs this weekend. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are also in the playoffs -- against the Anaheim Ducks.

For the first time since 2008, Dallas is a basketball -- and hockey -- playoff town.

The Dallas Stars started their first postseason run in six years Wednesday night against the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in California. (The Ducks defeated the Stars in the first game, 4-3. Game 2 is 9 p.m. Friday in California.)

Their basketball brethren, the Dallas Mavericks, are harboring some long-shot dreams, too: They start the NBA playoffs this weekend, their first postseason appearance since 2012.

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2:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

As NCAA Tournament Arrives In North Texas, Rating The Final Four Teams

This weekend, about 80,000 folks are expected to fill AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the North Texas Final Four.
Gus Contreras KERA News

Fans from Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Kentucky are cashing in frequent flyer miles, nailing down hotels, scrounging for tickets and heading to North Texas for the NCAA men’s Final Four, which starts Saturday. NPR’s sports correspondent, Tom Goldman, is coming, with 80,000 or so of his closest friends. KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, talked with him.

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11:45 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway

Presenting the world's biggest high-definition TV screen.
Texas Motor Speedway

Oh, those boys and their video toys.

Move over, Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth says it has the bigger and better video screen. And it's way bigger than whatever fancy screen you have in your living room.

The speedway on Wednesday night unveiled its giant high-definition video board. TMS says it’s the world’s biggest HD screen at a sporting venue.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

SMU Basketball Coach Larry Brown On The Latest Chapter Of His Storied Career

Larry Brown has coached for 10 NBA teams and three college programs.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Update, Monday, 6:05 p.m.: SMU did not make it into the NCAA tournament despite a top 25 ranking. The Mustangs host an NIT game against California-Irvine Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Our original post: Larry Brown has had a singular career in the basketball world. He’s coached 10 NBA teams and three college squads, and he’s the only coach ever to win both the NCAA and pro titles. And just weeks before the Final Four comes to North Texas, he took his latest reclamation project, SMU, into the top 25 for the first time in nearly three decades.

Brown sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for a Friday Conversation.

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12:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Preliminary Report Highlights Allen Stadium Repair Options

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A preliminary forensics report outlines possible causes and solutions to the cracks in the concrete at the Allen High School football stadium. The most expensive and time consuming option involves the: ".. demolition of major structural and non-structural components, possibly including finished event-level facilities." The report notes that solution - could take the stadium offline for several months.
ALLEN - Last month, safety concerns led Allen school district officials to close the stadium, which opened less than two years ago.The stadium’s architect, PBK, has denied that any problems are from design flaws. Pogue Construction, which built the stadium, has declined to speculate on the problem but says it is working with the district to find solutions.
Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

The Rangers' Eric Nadel On Baseball, The Power of Radio And His Dream Musical Date

Rangers announcer Eric Nadel pals around with a local during a visit to KERA
Rick Holter KERA News

Pitchers and catchers for the Texas Rangers start spring training tomorrow in Surprise, Ariz. The man who's been their radio voice for 35 years, Eric Nadel, will join them soon.

But before he goes, Nadel stopped by KERA to talk about about how he got into the game, his favorite Rangers moment and the Ford Frick Award he'll collect in July for being baseball's best announcer. (And don't miss his dream musical date in this extended version of the radio interview.)

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College Basketball
5:14 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

UPDATE: Star Basketball Player Marcus Smart Suspended 3 Games After Shoving Fan

Oklahoma State basketball player Marcus Smart, who graduated from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, shoves a Texas Tech fan on Saturday night

Update, 5:14 p.m.: Oklahoma State's star basketball player, Marcus Smart, has been suspended for three games after he shoved a fan Saturday night during an altercation at the end of a game against Texas Tech in Lubbock.

The university held a press conference late Sunday afternoon, and Marcus Smart spoke briefly. "I really apologize," Smart said. "This is not me."

Coach Travis Ford would not go into detail about the exchange Smart had with the Texas Tech fan that led to the run-in. "I think Marcus puts a lot of pressure on himself, and it's something we've worked on," Ford said.

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12:43 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Meet Texans Competing In The Winter Olympics

Jordan Malone, a Texas Olympian, posted this picture on his Instagram page of him and Texas' three other Olympians.
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Despite last week's snow and cold, Texas isn't a winter wonderland. We aren't known for snowboarding or skiing or the luge.

But there are Texans – or folks with Texan ties -- competing in Sochi, Russia, in the Winter Olympics, which is underway. Here’s a guide.

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