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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, and the NBA playoffs, cyclist Floyd Landis' drug admission (and accusation that Lance Armstrong is a drug cheat), Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's media blitz, and Hanley Ramirez's lack of hustle.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
The Lakers' Andrew Bynum said he's looking forward to playing the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
The Lakers couldn't figure out the Suns' zone defense.
The Washington Post's Michael Wilbon chastises Dwight Howard for his lack of offensive skill.
Floyd Landis admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs and accused Lance Armstrong of doing the same.
Armstrong has denied the charges.
The Wall Street Journal's report on Landis' admission.
Sara Corbett's 2007 profile of Landis in Play.
The Washington Redskins' Santana Moss was allegedly treated by Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, who is under investigation for distributing human growth hormone.
Sally Jenkins' Washington Post column on the ambiguity of what athletes put into their bodies.
Mikhail Prokhorov's introductory video for New Jersey Nets fans.
Prokhorov's interview with WFAN's Mike Francesa.
Prokhorov says he might change the Nets' nickname.
Prokhorov gave an interview to Brooklyn blogger Vinnie Rotondaro.
Video of Hanley Ramirez's failure to hustle after a botched pop fly.
Ramirez got chewed out by some baseball Hall of Famers.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly monkey placentas:
Stefan's monkey placenta: The paradinha—pausing immediately before you take a penalty kick—has been banned by soccer's world governing body FIFA.
Mike's monkey placenta: Former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown's high school nickname.
Josh's monkey placenta: The DraftExpress database of basketball players' wingspans.
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