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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 NBA's summer of streetball, starring Kevin Durant. They also talk about the Yahoo Sports investigation of the University of Miami football program and the basketball brawl between the Georgetown Hoyas and China's army team.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Kevin Durant and D.C.'s Goodman League beat Brandon Jennings and L.A.'s Drew League in a summer pro-am all-star game.
Highlights of the Goodman League vs. Drew League game.
The game had some ticketing problems.
Highlights of Kevin Durant at Rucker Park.
Durant supposedly has a movie deal.
Kobe Bryant scores 43 in the Drew League.
How Kobe orchestrated his Drew League appearance.
In Slam Online, Chris Haynes argues that NBA players shouldn't participate in streetball games.
Charles Robinson's Yahoo Sports investigation of Nevin Shapiro and the Miami football program.
Yahoo's reports on Reggie Bush and Jim Tressel.
Tommy Craggs' Deadspin post on the problems with Yahoo's reporting on college sports scandals.
The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi says the real victims are the people who lost their money in Shapiro's Ponzi scheme.
Gene Wang's Washington Post account of the fight between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets.
The Taiwanese animation of the fight.
The New Yorker's Sporting Scene blog on the history of international basketball brawls.
Sally Jenkins' Washington Post column on Chinese sports and geopolitics.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Escalades:
Mike's Escalade: The New York Knicks' John Starks on his pre-NBA career as a grocery bagger.
Stefan's Escalade: Colts owner Jim Irsay's cryptic tweets about Neil Young … and possibly Brett Favre.
Josh's Escalade: Why has the United States fallen off the map in racewalking? (Here's the Mr. T Snickers ad, and here's Stefan's 2004 Wall Street Journal piece on racewalking.)