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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and guest panelist Mina Kimes of ESPN the Magazine are joined by the New York Times’ Karen Crouse to discuss record-breaking swimmer Katie Ledecky, the 18-year-old American who just won five gold medals at the world championships in Russia. They also talk about Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who’s been accused of racism by a group of disgruntled former players. Finally, they talk to WNBA star Elena Delle Donne about where she learned her shooting touch, how she markets herself, and what she says to people who hate women’s sports.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Read Karen Crouse’s stories on Katie Ledecky from the swimming world championships in Russia.
- Ledecky broke the 1500-meter world record in the prelims without even trying.
- FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris assesses Ledecky’s record-breaking performances.
- Crouse on doping in swimming.
- Back in 2012, June Thomas wrote in Slate that the doping accusations against China’s Ye Shiwen were unfair.
- Michael Phelps, in exile from the world championships due to a 2014 DUI, put up excellent times at the U.S. championships.
- Crouse on swimming’s new mixed-gender relays and the absence of the women’s 1500-meter freestyle from the Olympic program.
- Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin says Chip Kelly is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”
- In a June story for ESPN the Magazine, LeSean McCoy said Kelly “got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players.”
- ESPN’s Jason Whitlock on Kelly.
- The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark on how Kelly brings in college professors to speak to him and his team.
- Kelly is also obsessed with sports science, including testing his players’ urine output.
- ESPN.com’s Ashley Fox assessed Kelly’s offseason wheeling and dealing.
- Among Kelly’s personnel moves: bringing in Tim Tebow.
- The New York Times’ Seth Berkman says that Elena Delle Donne is the “face of the WNBA.”
- Highlights from Delle Donne’s 45-point game against the Atlanta Dream.
- In Vice Sports, Howard Megdal writes about Delle Donne’s amazing season.
- A WNBA video on Delle Donne’s relationship with her sister Lizzie, who is blind and deaf and has cerebral palsy.
- A long ESPN.com profile about Delle Donne’s decision to leave UConn and go back home to Delaware.
- Diana Taurasi decided to sit out the 2015 WNBA season to rest for the more remunerative international season.
- Delle Donne reads mean tweets.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Helen Wainwrights:
Mina’s Helen Wainwright: In praise of backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, the NFL player with the best life and the best Twitter account.
Stefan’s Helen Wainwright: Remembering Frank Gifford, the object of Frederick Exley’s affection in the sports classic A Fan’s Notes.
Josh’s Helen Wainwright: Before the Internet and before the ESPN ticker, there was Sports Phone.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh Levin talks to pro tennis player Irina Falconi about breaking in a new doubles partner, why she had a dip in her results a couple of years ago, and how her mother motivated her to succeed. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.
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