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Sports Buzz is a lively podcast hosted by VOA’s Mike Richman.  Tune in to learn more about the most captivating developments on the international sports scene, as well as to hear opinions from a broad range of coaches, athletes, journalists and other sports figures.


July 03, 2014

World Cup Quarterfinals Set to Kick Off

Sports Buzz host Mike Richman and VOA’s Carla Babb analyze the World Cup with a focus on the opening round of the knockout stage and the upcoming quarterfinals.  The two VOA sports experts also evaluate the performance of the U.S. team, which was eliminated due to a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the first round of the knockout stage.  Richman and Babb discuss whether the Americans’ run to the knockout round and the tremendous interest it garnered in the United States will elevate the popularity of the sport in the U.S.


June 27, 2014

World Cup Enters Knockout Round

Sports Buzz host Mike Richman and VOA’s Carla Babb analyze the World Cup with a focus on group play and the upcoming knockout round.  The two discuss the surprising and disappointing teams thus far in the world’s marquee sporting event and those that have the potential to reach the title game.  Will host country Brazil win its sixth World Cup championship?  How about the Netherlands, which looked quite impressive in group competition?  And was the punishment handed down on Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez justified?


June 05, 2014

Heat-Spurs Clash for NBA Championship

With the NBA championship series about to tip off, David Steele of The Sporting News shares his insight into the clash between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.  Steele says the series promises to be electric, given that it’s a rematch from 2013, which ended with the Spurs just seconds away from clinching the title before Miami seized it, and because both teams have an abundance of future Hall of Famers.  Find out which teams Steele and SportsBuzz host Mike Richman pick to win it all.


May 23, 2014

US Hopes For World Cup Upset

Washington Post sportswriter Steven Goff says the biggest challenge facing the U.S. World Cup team is getting out of its difficult grouping to reach the Round of 16.  The so-called “group of death” includes European powers Germany and Portugal, plus Ghana, the best team in Africa.  But Goff says one could argue that this is the deepest U.S. team to ever compete in the World Cup.  Goff expects U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann will have the U.S. primed to compete in the world’s marquee sporting event. (The interview was taped just before Klinsmann reduced the roster from 30 to its final 23 spots, so there was no mention of the surprise cut of Landon Donovan, the all-time leading U.S. scorer in World Cup play.)


May 05, 2014

The NBA and LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

Maureen Weston, a law professor at Pepperdine University in California who teaches U.S. and international sports law, offers her fascinating perspective on the NBA’s stiff punishment of Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his racist remarks.  As part of the disciplinary action, league commissioner Adam Silver has promised to urge the 29 other NBA owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.  But Weston says it’s unlikely that Sterling “will go down without a fight,” noting it’s possible that the Clippers’ owner will retaliate by suing the NBA and the other team owners.  Weston also says it is no “slam dunk” that the 29 other owners will all agree that Sterling must sell the Clippers, saying some could be fearful of setting a bad precedent


April 28, 2014

World Cup Preview

Stefano Bernabino of Eurosport International shares his thoughts on whether Brazil, the consensus favorite, will win its sixth World Cup. He says Argentina, with mega-superstar Lionel Messi, is another team to watch.  Will one of the three “European Giants” - Germany, the Netherlands and Spain – face Brazil in the championship?  Plus, Bernabino talks about Brazil’s efforts to complete its stadiums for the tournament, as well as recent comments by Argentine legend Diego Maradona that Brazilian legend Pele’ will “remain second-best” in the annals of the all-time greatest to ever play the game.


April 18, 2014

NBA Playoffs Begin

In this episode of Sports Buzz, Mike Richman interviews veteran NBA reporter David Steele of The Sporting News.  With the NBA playoffs set to tip off, Steele considers whether Miami, led by mega-superstar LeBron James, will win its third straight championship or if San Antonio will capture its fifth title of the Tim Duncan era.  Richman and Steele offer predictions on who will win it all.


April 10, 2014

Masters Tees Off Without Tiger Woods

In this episode of Sports Buzz, VOA’s Mike Richman interviews Mike Kern, a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Daily News.  The interview (recorded on April 9) focuses on this year’s first major golf tournament: the Masters.  Kern talks about superstar Tiger Woods missing the event due to injury and names the golfers, including the defending champion, Australian Adam Scott, who have the best chance of wearing the traditional winner’s green jacket on Sunday.


April 04, 2014

Money in U.S. College Sports

In this episode of Sports Buzz, VOA’s Mike Richman interviews Michael Smith, who covers college basketball for the Sports Business Journal.  With the U.S. college basketball championship (the Final Four) just hours away, the interview (recorded on April 2) focuses on how the U.S. college sports system generates billions of dollars of revenue


March 28, 2014

Sports Buzz: Sekou Smith, senior analyst for NBA.com and NBA.com TV

In this inaugural episode of Sports Buzz, VOA’s Mike Richman interviews Sekou Smith, a senior analyst for NBA.com and NBA.com TV. With the end of the regular season less than a month away, the conversation focuses on the playoff picture in the U.S. National Basketball Association.

Sports Buzz is a lively podcast hosted by VOA’s Mike Richman.  Tune in to learn more about the most captivating developments on the international sports scene, as well as to hear opinions from a broad range of coaches, athletes, journalists and other sports figures.

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