Jesse Owens crosses the finish line in Berlin to win the 100-meter sprint, one of four events in which Owens won gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Keystone/Getty Images

When Owens Beat Hitler, And The Olympics Changed

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/138719485/138735006" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

At last year's HOPE Week, pitcher Mariano Rivera warmed up with Jorge Grajales before the New York Yankees played the Detroit Tigers. Grajales threw out the game's first pitch. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Yankees' HOPE Week: Batting A Thousand

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/138466233/138512584" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Rory McIlroy poses with his prize after winning the 2011 U.S. Open. Now, the pressure is on him to perform well in the British Open. David Cannon/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption David Cannon/Getty Images

New Winners Face Pressure To Be Brilliant. Again.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137788408/137813128" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Retired pitcher Roger Clemens' perjury trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday, on charges related to his denial of using steroids and human growth hormone. Here, the former Yankee arrives for a pretrial hearing in late 2010. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

toggle caption Charles Dharapak/AP

When Athletes Play Dirty, Government's Bats Clean Up

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137606017/137643506" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Competitive eaters down their frankfurters during the 2010 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at the original Nathan's Famous on Coney Island. Michael Nagle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Michael Nagle/Getty Images

Hot Dog! It's Independence Day!

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137446639/137491260" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Spain's Rafael Nadal (right) and Switzerland's Roger Federer pose with their trophies after the men's final match at the 2011 French Open. The two men are currently playing in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. Lionel Cironneau/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

toggle caption Lionel Cironneau/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Who Wants To Be The GOAT?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137319431/137319767" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

FIFA President Joseph S. "Sepp" Blatter talks to media at a press conference after being re-elected during the 61st FIFA Congress on June 1 in Zurich. Julian Finney/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Julian Finney/Getty Images

International Sports: Fair Or Foul Play?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137029569/137053387" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A fan of the Chicago Bulls holds up a sign mocking LeBron James of the Miami Heat. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

If You Can't Stand The Heat ...

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136818977/136845595" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Once an example of smooth speed at the plate and in the field, the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter has faced doubters this year. Chris Trotman/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Even The Best Athletes Can't Outrun Time

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136624376/136636476" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Manny Pacquiao hits Shane Mosley in the seventh round of their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 7. Pacquiao retained his title with a unanimous-decision victory. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Pacman: Last Of The Great Boxers?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136149104/136197976" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

America's Love Of Team Sports Comes At Price

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135952654/135978071" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Game attendance may be down, but TV ratings are higher for almost all professional sports. Sean Locke/iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption Sean Locke/iStockphoto.com

(Don't) Take Me Out To The Ballgame

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135730820/135760870" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

One week after blowing a lead in the Masters, golfer Rory McIlory squandered a chance to win the Maybank Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur. McIlroy finished third after holding the 36-hole lead. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Sorry, Sports Fans: The Losers Don't Learn More

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135547087/135564034" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript