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The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

When they travel to London to compete in this summer's Olympics, many elite athletes will be joined by family members. But for Alexander Massialas and his father, Greg, it's different. Both of them will represent the United States — one as a coach, and the other as an athlete.

Baseball historians continue to poke around in the 19th century to better explain how the game was originated and developed, but I've always wondered if one of the prime movers wasn't a student of Shakespeare.

While I certainly don't know the terminology of all ball games, the popular ones I'm aware of — everything from basketball and football to golf and tennis — all use some variations of the words in and out when determining whether the ball is playable.

Only baseball is different.

"Fair is foul and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air."



More details have emerged about the opening ceremony of the London Summer Olympics, including a lovely model of the Olympic stadium that looks like a really big bowl of grass.


Or a meadow in the middle of a roundabout. There will be cows.

BLOCK: There will be sheep.

CORNISH: There will be sheepdogs to herd the sheep.

BLOCK: There will be hedges and maypoles.



The screams have died down and the playoff beards are coming off, but hockey fans in Southern California are still celebrating. The L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup last night, the first championship in the team's 45-year history.

As NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, many fans say the long wait just makes the victory sweeter.


CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: The screaming and cheering was part relief, part joy for fans last night spilling out of the North End Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach, southwest of downtown L.A.