To make the cut, the tournament's ball boys and girls undergo months of rigorous training. They must remain stock-still during play, roll a perfect roll and bounce a perfect bounce. They must also have impeccable manners and complete command of the rules of the game.
Spain and Italy will meet for the 2012 European soccer championship this Sunday. But at times, racial slurs and harassment from fans have overshadowed play on the field. Italy's Mario Balotelli even threatened not to play if he experienced racial abuse. Host Michel Martin speaks with the Associated Press International Sports Editor Simon Haydon.
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is currently the only knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues. His new memoir, Wherever I Wind Up, explains how his life — and career — have mimicked the unpredictable trajectory of the difficult pitch he throws game after game.
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