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R.A. Dickey describes how he throws it, but it takes science to explain why his knuckleballs do what they do. Controversial thoroughbred trainer Doug O’Neill, who prepped last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, is trying to make it two in a row at Churchill Downs. And Darts – yup, darts – gets the biggest TV audiences on U.K. broadcaster Sky Sports, second only to top-tier soccer matches. It’s all on this edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS.
Major League Baseball’s veteran knuckleballer and reigning National League Cy Young award winner tells Lesley Stahl about his relationship to the wily pitch that revived his career. In this story of the pitch and the man, Stahl speaks to one of the knuckle-balling triumvirate who taught and inspired Dickey, Hall of Famer Phil Niekro. Add to the mix a nuclear physicist and rocket scientist who assess the aerodynamics involved in this flitting pitch and you have perhaps the most comprehensive look at the knuckleball in recent memory.
Armen Keteyian profiles the thoroughbred horse trainer who trained I’ll Have Another to come to within one race of winning the sport’s coveted Triple Crown last year. Meet a man whose passion for the ponies began with trips to the track with a father who made betting on horses a lifetime obsession. 60 MINUTES SPORTS explores the man, the sport and the controversy surrounding O’Neill, who some say has cheated – claims he has denied and fought vigorously against.
Darts has become an international big-money sport and Mark Phillips talks to its biggest promoter, Barry Hearn, and Phil “The Power” Taylor, its top player. Taylor’s winnings are in the multi millions of dollars and, at one point, he says, his champion’s arm was insured for $15 million. It’s a big-time sport but it retains an essential ingredient of the amateur game: players may not drink on stage, but they can and most do before they compete. And at the annual World Darts Championship, the audience – some in costumes - down more beer per person during the two week tournament than visitors to Munich’s famed Oktoberfest.
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Sharyn Alfonsi joins 60 MINUTES SPORTS as a lead correspondent. She previously worked at ABC News where she was a New York-based reporter for five years who appeared regularly on all of the division’s platforms. Alfonsi made a name for herself while at ABC for her investigative journalism. For World News Tonight, she revealed that uniforms to be worn by U.S. Olympic athletes last summer were made in China. Reporting for Nightline, she showed the often cruel world of the puppy mill industry, exposing factory-like breeding facilities in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
As a correspondent for the CBS EVENING NEWS, Alfonsi covered wars and was the lead reporter on many domestic and international stories for the Network, including the school shootings at Virginia Tech. In 2006, she reported from the Israel-Lebanon border covering the war with Hezbollah and later, the violence in Gaza. Alfonsi also covered the war in Iraq. She has served as substitute anchor for the CBS EVENING NEWS weekend edition and appeared regularly on CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING.
Before being promoted to correspondent, Alfonsi was a freelance correspondent for the CBS EVENING NEWS weekend edition, UP TO THE MINUTE and CBS NEWSPATH, the Network's 24-hour news service (December 2003-July 2004).
Alfonsi came to CBS News from the CBS-Owned station WBZ-TV in Boston, where she covered the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal, the Michael Skakel trial, the historic Rhode Island nightclub fire and served as substitute anchor. Prior to that, she was a reporter for KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, Wash. (1998-2000), where she covered the World Trade Organization riots. Alfonsi was also a general assignment reporter for WVEC–TV Norfolk, Va. (1995-97), where she traveled extensively with the military. She began her career in broadcast journalism at KHBS-TV Ft. Smith, Ark. (1994-95).
Alfonsi grew up in McLean Va. She graduated from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, where she was a James Love Scholar and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and journalism studies.
Anderson Cooper adds 60 MINUTES SPORTS to his expansive resume, which includes serving as the anchor of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. He has also contributed reports to CBS News' 60 MINUTES through an agreement between CNN and CBS News since the 2006-07 season. The 2012-13 season will be his seventh on 60 MINUTES; he remains a full-time employee of CNN.
His exceptional reporting on big news events has earned Cooper a reputation as one of television's pre-eminent newsmen. CBS News recognized his talent and invited him to contribute stories to 60 MINUTES II. Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN's weekend anchor before moving to prime time in March 2003 following the war in Iraq and then to a two-hour, late evening timeslot in November 2005 following Hurricane Katrina.
Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program, The Mole. Cooper anchored ABC's live, interactive news and interview program, World News Now, as well as providing reports for World News Tonight, 20/20 and 20/20 Downtown. Previously, he was a New York-based correspondent for ABC News, reporting primarily for World News Saturday/Sunday.
Cooper joined ABC from Channel One News, where he served as chief international correspondent. During that time, he reported and produced stories from Bosnia, Iran, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa and Vietnam. He also reported national stories that were broadcast over the Channel One News school television network and seen in more than 12,000 classrooms nationwide.
Cooper and Anderson Cooper 360 have won several major journalism awards, including multiple Emmy awards.
Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper is based in New York City.
Armen Keteyian, an 11-time Emmy award winner, joins 60 MINUTES SPORTS with decades of experience as a sports journalist. Keteyian began in print as an investigative reporter at the most prestigious sports print magazine, Sports Illustrated, and worked his way up through network news and cable television sports assignments at the highest levels, including CBS Sports’ THE NFL TODAY and 60 MINUTES. Expanding beyond sports, Keteyian reached a new level in his career as Chief Investigative Reporter for the CBS EVENING NEWS, where he was nominated five times and won three Emmy awards since joining the broadcast in 2006.
From December 1997 to March 2006, Keteyian was a special features reporter for CBS Sports in New York, where he roamed the sidelines during top NFL games and covered the league forTHE NFL TODAY. He also regularly covered the NCAA Basketball Tournament and anchored the network’s award-winning coverage of the Tour de France. During that period, through a special arrangement with HBO, he was also a featured correspondent for HBO Sports’ magazine show Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Prior to joining CBS and HBO, Keteyian worked as a network correspondent for ABC News in New York for eight years (1989-97). During that time he wrote and reported more than 400 stories on a wide variety of sports-related issues for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, and other ABC News broadcasts. Prior to joining ABC News, Keteyian worked as a writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated in New York for seven years (1982-89) specializing in investigations.
Keteyian has also written or co-written nine books including, Why You Crying, The New York Times bestselling autobiography of actor/comedian George Lopez. Among his previous books are: Money Players: Days and Nights Inside the New NBA, a critically acclaimed account of the rise of the NBA under David Stern; the New York Times bestseller Raw Recruits; and the autobiographies of baseball great Catfish Hunter and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary. Keteyian is currently writing a major book on college football for Doubleday expected to be published next year.
He began his career as a sports and feature writer in San Diego, where he was graduated cum laude from San Diego State University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Keteyian was a starting infielder on the university’s baseball team. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives with his wife Dede in New York City and Fairfield, CT.
Already a full-time 60 MINUTES correspondent, Lara Logan now brings her bold, award- winning reporting to 60 MINUTES SPORTS. Logan had been CBS News chief foreign correspondent since February 2006, while she also contributed to 60 MINUTES.
Much of Logan’s Award-winning reporting has been from the battlefield, where her 60 MINUTES story on a combat unit in Afghanistan won the industry’s highest prize, the DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton. Among the many other awards that Logan has received are an Emmy Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and a Murrow Award for "Ramadi: On the Front Line," a powerful 2006 segment on American troops under fire she reported from Iraq.
In February 2011, Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob in Tahrir Square while reporting a story for 60 MINUTES on the Egyptian Revolution. She broke her silence about the incident on 60 MINUTES to draw attention to the plight of women, particularly female journalists covering war zones.vBefore formally joining CBS News in 2002 as 60 MINUTES II correspondent, Logan already had 14 years of journalism experience, including 10 years in the international broadcast news arena. She served as a correspondent for GMTV, the weekday morning news program of Great Britain's ITV (2000-02), and as a freelance correspondent for CBS News Radio. Previously, she served in a variety of freelance assignments, including as a correspondent for ITN and Fox/SKY, an assignment editor for CBS News and ABC News in London, and an editor/producer for NBC, CBS and the European Broadcast Union (1996-99). Logan also served as a freelance correspondent for CNN (1998-99), covering the U.S. embassy bombings in Nairobi and Tanzania, the conflict in Northern Ireland and the war in Kosovo, among other stories.
She got her start in broadcast journalism in Africa as a senior producer for Reuters Television (1992-96). Logan began her career as a general news reporter for the "Daily News"(1990-92) and the "Sunday Tribune" (1988-89), both located in Durban, South Africa.
Logan was born in Durban and graduated from the city's University of Natal in 1992 with a degree in commerce. She also holds a diploma in French language, culture and history from the Universite de L'Alliance Francaise in Paris. In addition to French, Logan speaks Afrikaans and basic Portuguese.
Scott Pelley joins 60 MINUTES SPORTS as one of the most experienced reporters in broadcast journalism. Pelley was named anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News in May 2011. In its first season, The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley won a Peabody award and in its second season continues to be the fastest growing network evening news broadcast.
His extraordinary list of interview subjects includes: President George Bush; two unprecedented interviews with Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, during the recent economic upheaval known as the Great Recession. It was the first time in decades that a sitting Federal Reserve Chairman allowed an interview. Pelley also has interviewed Justice John Paul Stevens; Afghan President Hamid Karzai; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; and the astonishing story of Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon who survived the explosion that caused the Gulf oil spill - a story that won a DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton and two Emmys.
Before becoming chief White House correspondent, Pelley was assigned to the 1992 presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. Prior to that, he served as a CBS News correspondent based in Dallas, where he covered many of the biggest domestic stories, including the Oklahoma City bombing and the trial of Timothy McVeigh. He also reported on the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the Los Angeles Northridge earthquake, the Branch Davidian raid near Waco, Texas, Hurricanes Andrew and Hugo and NASA's shuttle missions.
Pelley joined CBS News as a reporter based in New York in 1989.
All told, Pelley and his team's distinguished body of work have received a DuPont- Columbia Silver Baton, three George Foster Peabody awards, 20 national Emmy awards, five Edward R. Murrow awards, a George Polk and a Loeb award, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Writers Guild of America. Twenty-one of those awards have been earned for his work over the past five years on 60 MINUTES.
Pelley serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, the refugee relief agency headquartered in New York City. He is co-chair of the IRC's Board of Overseers. He was inducted into the Texas Tech University alumni Hall of Fame and serves on the board of the university's School of Mass Communications.
Prior to his time at CBS News, Pelley was a producer/reporter for WFAA-TV Dallas/ Fort Worth (1982-89), KXAS-TV Dallas/Fort Worth (1978-81) and KSEL-TV Lubbock, Texas (1975-78). He began his journalism career at the age of 15 as a copyboy at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper.
Scott Pelley was born in San Antonio, Texas, and attended journalism school at Texas Tech University. He and his wife, Jane Boone Pelley, have a son and a daughter.