Tom Goldman en NBA's Regular Season Ends Wednesday, NHL Playoffs Begin Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It is time for sports now. March Madness is over. The Masters Golf Tournament is over. But there's absolutely no time at all for sports fans to catch their collective breath, not with the National Hockey League playoffs starting tonight and the NBA playoffs starting this weekend.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman is here to set the proverbial table for us. Tom, good morning.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, David.<p>GREENE: Let's start with hockey. I know you're as excited as I am about the NHL playoffs. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42890 at Kentucky Wildcats To Play UConn Huskies In NCAA Final Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, it's championship week in Division 1 college basketball. Kentucky plays Connecticut tonight for the men's title. And tomorrow, two undefeated teams play for the women's championship. They are Connecticut and Notre Dame.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman is in Dallas, he's on the line. Hi, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hiya, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: OK, so Kentucky got to the championship game by winning by a single point over Wisconsin, which is how they've won a lot of games. Can we expect another close one tonight?<p>GOLDMAN: You certainly can. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42348 at UConn To Face Kentucky In NCAA Final The matchup is set for Monday's men's NCAA basketball championship. The Connecticut Huskies will take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 42310 at Freshmen Wildcats Step Easily Into Storied Tradition Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It is the last day of March, but there's still another weekend of March Madness to come. Four teams gather in Dallas this weekend for the Final Four. If you go strictly by seeding, the University of Kentucky is the longest shot to win the men's college basketball title. In fact, though, the eighth-seeded Wildcats suddenly are a very hot favorite after yesterday's thrilling win over Michigan in the Elite Eight.<p>Once again, head coach John Calipari has brought a freshman-heavy team to the brink of a championship. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 41966 at Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. Time for an update on March Madness and first condolences are in order for the state of Kansas. Two of its highly regarded men's college basketball teams are out of the tournament. And in addition to condolences to Kansas, I can hear a lot of brackets shredding all over the country. The University of Kansas, a number two seed, lost yesterday to Stanford 70-to-67.<p>And also the undefeated Wichita State Shockers are undefeated no more. They lost to Kentucky in a thriller yesterday, 78-to76. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 41505 at A Day Of Upsets In College Basketball Thursday was a day of buzzer-beating shots and nail-biting overtime wins. Much of it happened at the NCAA tournament site in Spokane, Wash. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 41368 at Major League Baseball Seeks To Score International Fans Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Major League Baseball season begins Saturday, but it maybe just diehards watching the opening game live from Sydney, Australia. It starts at 1 AM Pacific Time. The L.A. Dodgers play the and Arizona Diamondbacks. And then our, beer and peanuts may be for some - I don't know, caffeine might be better for others. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 41227 at Drought Closes Oregon Resort Before The Season Even Opens Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. This was supposed to be a special year for the Mount Ashland ski area in Southern Oregon as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. But after a long drought this summer, Mount Ashland had to call it a season early. Yesterday, it declared slope season was over due to a lack of snow. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 41004 at Jason Collins Joins Nets, Is NBA's First Openly Gay Player Jason Collins signed with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. With the deal, he becomes, not only the NBA's first gay player, but the first openly gay athlete active in U.S. major professional sports. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 39841 at NBA Teams Take A Break For The All-Star Game Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>There have actually been some sports going on in the world that don't require a triple axel or a backside air 1080 - although sometimes it seems like Lebron James nails both on the basketball court. James and his NBA brethren have been hard at work during the Winter Olympics, but now they're taking their annual break for the All-Star game.<p>We thought it would be a good time to check in on the league, which has a new commissioner and possibly a new Most Valuable Player. NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us to do just that. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 39271 at