All Things Considered

Tony Stewart Returns To The NASCAR Track

Audie Cornish talks with USA Today reporter Nate Ryan about Tony Stewart's return to NASCAR racing for the first time since fellow driver Kevin Ward was killed.

Morning Edition

Japanese Baseball Games Goes 50 Innings

The game started on Thursday and it ended on Sunday with the final score 3-0. The game was played in the semi-final round of the National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament.

Morning Edition

Another NFL Season, Another Year LA Is Without A Team

For the 19th consecutive season, the country's second-largest sports and media market will be relegated to watching. It's been nearly two decades since LA had an NFL team, but that may be changing.

Michael Sam, First Openly Gay NFL Draft, Is Dropped By Rams

The former Missouri defensive end was edged out in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on St. Louis' roster.

Weekend Edition Saturday

U.S. Open, Football's New Rules: The Week In Sports

Howard Bryant of ESPN joins NPR's Scott Simon from the U.S. Open to talk about tennis and a new amendment to the NFL's personal conduct policy that's meant to curb domestic violence.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Bringing Ice Hockey To A Land With No Ice

Former NHL star Graeme Townshend was the first Jamaican-born player in the professional hockey league. Now he wants to bring hockey to Jamaica. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Townshend about his campaign.

All Things Considered

NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right'

Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL's new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice's alleged domestic abuse.

NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.

Morning Edition

Jamaica Sets Its Sights On Winter Olympic Hockey Team

Payers recently gathered in Toronto for the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation trials. The Toronto Sun is accusing Jamaica of "poaching" Canadians of Jamaican descent.

Morning Edition

There's Something New This College Football Season: Playoffs

College football's top division has a new playoff system this season. We'll talk about how it works, and how the field of potential contenders looks.

John Huth Uses Nature’s Signals To Find His Way

September 1, 2014
John Huth, author of "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way," at Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury. (Meghna Chakrabarti/WBUR)

Imagine a world with no GPS. No Google maps. How would you find your way?

A Fan’s Argument Against Football

September 1, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

Led By Buchholz, Red Sox Shut Out Rays

September 1, 2014

Clay Buchholz gave up only three hits to lead the Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Rays.

Pedroia Injured In Red Sox 7-0 Loss To Rays

August 31, 2014

The Boston Red Sox lost another game and may have lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia for a while.

QB Murphy Carries BC Past UMass, 30-7

August 30, 2014
Massachusetts Blake Frohnapfel and Boston College defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad during the first half of the game. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Tyler Murphy ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, carrying Boston College to a 30-7 victory over in-state rival Massachusetts on Saturday in the season opener for both schools.

Fast Cars And Homework: NASCAR’s 15-Year-Old Rising Star

August 30, 2014

What did you do on your summer vacation? For 15-year-old Kaz Grala, that question takes a while to answer. The honor roll student is the youngest full-time driver on one of NASCAR’s top two developmental leagues. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

Oakland Ends 80-Year Ban On Pinball

August 30, 2014
Now that it's legal again, what's next for pinball in Oakland? (AFP/Getty Images)

After an 80-year ban, pinball is legal again in Oakland. Wired’s Bo Moore joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the game’s strange history and to look ahead to its future.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

August 30, 2014
Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill flashes a thumbs up after breaking Johnny Manziel's single-game passing record. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the NFL’s new domestic violence policy, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s return to the track, and outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s less-than-popular legacy in San Diego.

Football Unites Rival High Schools In ‘We Could Be King’

August 30, 2014
Coach Ed Dunn cheers on the Martin Luther King High football team from the sidelines. The team's first season is the subject of the new documentary, 'We Could Be King' by Judd Ehrlich. (Courtesy Photo)

After reading about Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High School merging with rival Germantown High School last year, documentary filmmaker Judd Ehrlich made ‘We Could Be King’, a film about the school’s resulting football season. Ehrlich and head coach Ed Dunn sat down with Bill Littlefield.

Jermaine Jones And The Bizarre Rules Of MLS

August 30, 2014
US midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up during a training session at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife on June 25, 2014 on the eve of the Group G football match between USA and Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

In a highly-criticized move, a blind draw determined whether the U.S. national team’s Jermaine Jones ended up with the Chicago Fire or the New England Revolution. Bill Littlefield looks at the oddities of the MLS “designated player” rule.

Is It Time For Tennis To Get Loud?

August 30, 2014

Tennis is famous for playing its Grand Slams on different surfaces. But the tournaments are also known for having very different sounds, from the quiet of Wimbledon to the noise of the US Open. Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to make some noise about, well, noise.

For Kansas City Royals’ G.M., Patience Pays Off

August 30, 2014
Dayton Moore took over as Kansas City's general manager in 2006. Last year the Royals finished above .500 for the first time under Moore. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals haven’t been in the playoffs since they won the 1985 World Series. But that may change this year, thanks in large part to the efforts — and patience — of general manager Dayton Moore.

Can Timberwolves Get Better Without Kevin Love?

August 30, 2014
In exchange for Love, the Timberwolves landed Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick at the 2014 NBA draft.( Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves lost another NBA superstar when they traded Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But could the pieces they received in exchange change the franchise’s fortunes?

NFL Season Preview With Gregg Doyel

August 30, 2014
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks open the 2014 NFL season Thursday against the Green Bay Packers. (Elaine Thompson/AP Images)

The NFL season begins Thursday with the Green Bay Packers visiting the Seattle Seahawks. Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports joins us to discuss the league’s new domestic violence policy, Johnny Manziel, and a surprising pick to win Super Bowl XLIX.

Betts Hits Grand Slam, Red Sox Beat Rays 8-4

August 30, 2014

Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night.

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

August 29, 2014
The Irish National team competes in the 1990 World Tug-of-War Championships. (Bob Martin/Allsport/Getty Images)

This weekend’s competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

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