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Amnesty International Names Kaepernick Its Ambassador Of Conscience

Ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick received Amnesty's top human rights award for his opposition to racial injustice. His "take a knee" campaign during the national anthem likely cost him his job.

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Saturday Sports: NBA Playoffs And Major League Baseball

NPR's Scott Simon talks sports with ESPN's Howard Bryant. They'll cover the surprises of the NBA playoffs so far and the historically hot start by baseball's Boston Red Sox.

Lance Armstrong To Pay U.S. Government $5 Million To Settle Fraud Claims

Authorities said the disgraced cyclist had defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, out of millions. He faced $100 million in possible penalties — but this settlement averts his looming trial.

Morning Edition

'GQ' Says James Harden Is The NBA's Most Exciting Player

It's NBA playoff season. David Greene talks to Devin Gordon, who profiled Houston Rockets point guard James Harden for GQ magazine.

Shark Attacks Force Cancellation Of Australian Surfing Competition

The World Surf League announced it was shutting down the Margaret River Pro in West Australia after two recreational surfers were attacked. The event was to have run through this weekend.

All Things Considered

Runner Tells Herself 'Just Show Up For One More Mile' — And Wins The Boston Marathon

Desiree Linden fought through wind and rain on Monday to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Her victory came after she nearly bailed out during the race.

WATCH: How To Give A Tiny Superfan A Souvenir — A Drama In 3 Acts

Brett Connolly just wanted to give a little girl a puck for a souvenir. The Capitals winger didn't know he was signing himself up for a roller coaster of emotions — which, happily, had a sweet ending.

All Things Considered

Boston Marathon Runners Faced Brutal Weather Conditions

Runners, fans, and volunteers in Boston braved 35 mph winds, pouring rain, and a below-freezing wind chill during Monday morning's marathon.

Desiree Linden Wins Boston Marathon — The First U.S. Woman To Win Since 1985

"It's supposed to be hard," Linden told reporters after the race, slowed down by rain and near-gale headwinds. U.S. women claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race.

Morning Edition

2 Chicago Cubs Fans Cut School To Go To Home Opener

Tempting fate, the two boys brought along a sign that read: Don't Tell Principal Versluis." Turned out, their principal was also ditching school to attend the game.

Week In The News: Hillary Makes History, Modi Meets Congress, Remembering 'The Greatest'

June 10, 2016

Hillary’s milestone. Obama meets Sanders. Mourning Muhammad Ali. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Robert Lipsyte Remembers Muhammad Ali’s ‘Polarizing’ Style Of Boxing

June 9, 2016
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

During the fight that introduced him to the world, Ali flaunted an idiosyncratic style that matched his famously fast wit.

Louisville Boxers Find Inspiration From ‘The Greatest’

June 9, 2016
Braxton Carter, a 30-year-old fighter at TKO Boxing, got this tattoo honoring Muhammad Ali about a year before Ali’s death. (Jacob Ryan/wfpl.org)

Young fighters are feeling the impact of hometown hero Muhammad Ali – inside the ring and out.

Cleveland Cavaliers Strike Back In Game 3 Of NBA Finals

June 9, 2016
A general view after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

LeBron James poured in 32 points while the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the league MVP, had another sub-par game.

Littlefield: If I Had Met Satchel Paige

June 8, 2016

Since his conversation with Charlie Pierce last week, Bill Littlefield has been thinking about which athletes he’d most like to have met.

An Unlikely Friendship Sheds Light On Muhammad Ali’s Life After Boxing

June 8, 2016

One day, author Davis Miller worked up the courage to knock on Muhammad Ali’s door. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

Nike Turns To The Courts To Pursue Endorsement Deals

June 7, 2016
The USA's Boris Berian competes in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Indoor athletic championships in Portland, Oregon on March 19, 2016. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The footwear company has sued Boris Berian, the world indoor 800-meter champion.

How Muhammad Ali Shaped America’s View Of Islam

June 7, 2016
In this Nov. 23, 1988, file photo, former world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali prays with a class of Muslim boys at Dafaalah el Sa'em Mosque in Khartoum, Sudan. (Abder Raouf, File/AP)

Born Cassius Clay, Ali converted to Islam in 1964, and later became a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.

Reporter’s Notebook: Covering Muhammad Ali When He Was King

June 7, 2016

As a young journalist, R. B. Scott spent more than a week with the champ in 1974.

New WBUR.org Launches June 9th!

June 6, 2016
Check out the soon-to-launch new homepage for Only A Game!

OnlyAGame.org is getting a new uniform! Coming June 9, 2016, WBUR — our home station — will release some exciting changes to our website, wbur.org. Here’s what you can expect.

Louisville Mourns Muhammad Ali, Hometown Hero

June 6, 2016
Mourners gather at a memorial following the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali outside the Muhammad Ali Center June 4, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali died at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Thousands have flocked to Ali’s boyhood home, as well as to the city’s Muhammad Ali Center.

Remembering Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest’

June 6, 2016

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74. We look back at the life and career of the whole Muhammad Ali.

Jim Palmer Remembers Staring Down His Childhood Hero

June 4, 2016

When a young Jim Palmer went to his first Yankee game, he had no idea he’d be facing off against that team’s best player just 10 years later.

Sweater Versus Jersey: The Hottest Debate On Ice

June 4, 2016

The garment that a hockey player pulls over his shoulder pads: is it a jersey? Or is it a sweater?

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

June 4, 2016

One game into the 2016 NBA Finals, is it fair to say LeBron and the Cavs are big underdogs? And why does forward Anderson Varejão have better odds than anyone else of getting a championship ring? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill talk NBA playoffs and more.

50+ Years After Undefeated Season, ‘Bestwick Boys’ Rally Around Coach

June 4, 2016

We often hear stories of how much a good coach can change an athlete’s life. Hilary Niles reminds us that, sometimes, athletes leave a mark on their coaches, too.

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