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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca are joined by the Sam Borden of the New York Times to discuss Lionel Messi’s national team retirement announcement, Euro 2016, and how Brexit weighs on European sport. They also talk to NBA player agent Doug Neustadt about the pros and cons of NBA teams drafting international players. Finally, Josh and Stefan interview defending Olympic gold medal–winning boxer Claressa Shields about her life, career, and the new documentary, T-Rex.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- After Chile beat Argentina in a penalty shootout in the Copa America final for the second year in a row, Lionel Messi said he was done with the national team.
- Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl wrote about the Argentinian team’s “toxic psyche.”
- For ESPN, Tim Vickery wrote about Messi’s frustration with the Argentine Football Association.
- Follow Sam Borden on Twitter and read his work here.
- In the Guardian, Ed Aarons wrote about how Brexit will change professional sports in the U.K.
- You can see NBA player agent Doug Neustadt’s website here.
- A record 15 foreign players were selected in the first round of the NBA draft.
- In 2012, Jordan Ritter Conn wrote in Grantland about a dearth of international players in the NBA draft.
- Of the 49 international NBA draftees from 2012–15, 32 of them were “stashed,” according to Scout.com.
- Claressa Shields won a gold medal in the London Olympics when she was 17 years old. Now she’s looking ahead to Rio.
- A documentary about Shields’ life and career, T-Rex, is showing in Brooklyn, New York, this week.
- Listen to Shields in these 2012 public-radio series, Women Box by WNYC and NPR’s Radio Diaries.
- The New York Times reviewed the documentary this week.
- The boxer is from Flint, Michigan, and between training and competitions, she goes home to see her family.
- You can follow Claressa Shields and T-Rex producer Sue Jaye Johnson on Twitter.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Qamil Teliti:
Mike’s Qamil Teliti: José Reyes, who was arrested on domestic violence charges last year, is coming back to the New York Mets. How should Mike reconcile this with his Mets’ fandom?
Stefan’s Qamil Teliti: You should root for Wales in Euro 2016 because they’re talented, plucky, and midfielder Joe Allen loves chickens.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca discuss the NHL approving a franchise in Las Vegas and the potential for an NFL team in the city as well. Visit Slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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