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Giants Fans Rejoice After Third World Series Title In 5 Years

Some violence marred the celebration in San Francisco after the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in this year's World Series, but the city is now gearing up for its victory parade tomorrow.

Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.

Morning Edition

Giants Trump Royals For World Series Win

The San Francisco Giants took the World Series for the third time in five years Wednesday night, defeating the Kansas Royals 3-2 in Missouri.

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Most Cavs Fans Willing To Forgive LeBron On His Return To Cleveland

LeBron James is back and Cleveland is getting psyched. Local basketball fans seem to be willing to forgive James for leaving town in search of NBA glory in Miami. As Thursday's season opener approaches, bar and restaurant owners are anticipating record business, sports talk radio is buzzing with hope, and a massive mural of James in a Cavaliers uniform is going up on the side of a downtown building. This year marks a half century since the Cleveland Browns won the city's last sports championship and Clevelanders are looking to quench the thirst of a long dry spell.

Morning Edition

World Series Moves To Game 7 After Royals Grab 10-0 Win

The Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 10-0 in Game 6 of the World Series, pushing the battle on to Wednesday for the final game. David Greene gets the news from NPR's Tom Goldman.

Morning Edition

Start World Series Games Earlier; Let Us Sleep

Commentator Frank Deford says the Fall Classic could boost its sagging ratings by scheduling games early enough for people in the Eastern and Central Time Zones to see the end.

Royals Force Game 7, Rest Bullpen In Dominant 10-0 Win

Kansas City piled up seven runs in the second inning and forced San Francisco starter Jake Peavy out of the game. The big lead left both teams resting their go-to bullpen arms.

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Giants Are Close To Winning The World Series — But It May Not Be That Easy

The San Francisco Giants need one more win over the Kansas City Royals to clinch their third World Series championship in the past five years. Sounds simple, but history says otherwise.

Morning Edition

Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

New research suggests umpires are hesitant to make calls that change the course of the game, especially in games with high stakes.

Giants Take Down Royals 5-0, Now Lead World Series 3-2

In Game 5 of the World Series Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout, taking San Francisco to an emphatic victory over Kansas City.

Stolen Rings Returned, But Mystery Remains For Siena College Trainer

November 1, 2014
Siena College head athletic trainer Greg Dashnaw received a shock when two of his rings were returned after being stolen 20 years ago. (Siena College)

When Siena College athletic trainer Greg Dashnaw’s NIT and NCAA tournament rings were stolen in 1991, he figured he would never see them again. After 23 years, the first one showed up and the second one followed. Dashnaw joins us to tell the story.

Littlefield’s ‘Take Me Out’ Blends Sports And Poetry

November 1, 2014
'Take Me Out' by Bill Littlefield

Only A Game host Bill Littlefield turns interviewee and speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about his new book of sports-themed poetry for children, “Take Me Out.”

In ‘The Rookie Bookie,’ Math, Sports Betting And Middle School Collide

November 1, 2014

A children’s book about sports gambling? Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated explains to Bill Littlefield how he and co-author Tobias Moskowitz weave math, common sense and morality into their story of a middle-school oddsmaker.

Bill Littlefield On The End Of The Baseball Season 

October 31, 2014
As another season draws to a close, we wake from "the best sort of late autumn dream." Pictured: Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon walks off the field as San Francisco Giants players celebrates after Game 7 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

As another season draws to a close, we wake from “the best sort of late autumn dream.”

Bruins Beat Sabres 3-2 In Overtime

October 31, 2014

Brad Marchand — who’s availability to play was in question due to an injury — scored the deciding goal.

Giants, Baseball Fans Win 2014 World Series

October 30, 2014
Madison Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings in the Giants' Game 7 win. (Elsa/Getty Images)

“The 2014 World Series proved to be a delight,” Bill Littlefield writes.

Remembering Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Sports Legacy

October 30, 2014
Thomas Menino was honored at a ceremony with current Boston mayor Marty Walsh before the Red Sox 2014 season opener. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who died Thursday, oversaw one of the most dominant eras in sports history. But there’s more to Menino’s sports legacy than championships.

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

October 30, 2014
Mark McClusky is author of "Faster, Higher, Stronger." (Mary McHenry Photography)

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about “the aggregation of marginal gains.”

Giants Win World Series, Ending Royals’ Storybook Season

October 30, 2014
Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate as Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals walks off the field after the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 last night in Kansas City.

Rondo Returns And Helps Celtics Beat Nets

October 30, 2014
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo dribbles against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, left, in the first quarter of the season opener in Boston Wednesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Point guard Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 12 assists to lead the Celtics to victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

An MLB General Manager’s Offseason To-Do List

October 29, 2014
A third baseman with nimble feet and quick hands who inspires fans to wear animal heads to the ballpark? Your favorite team's general manager may be placing a call to this fellow's agent over the winter. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

With the baseball season coming to a close, Bill Littlefield offers his suggestions for general managers aiming to have their teams in the World Series next season.

Royals, Giants To Face Off In World Series Game Seven

October 29, 2014
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy pauses on the mound during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe join us to talk about the World Series.

The Celtics Kick Off Their Season Tonight — Does Anyone Give A Hoot?

October 29, 2014
Peter May: "There are Celtics’ fans out there who care about the team. But in the current New England sports solar system, the Celtics are whatever comes after Pluto." Pictured: Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, left, talks with forward Gerald Wallace during a preseason game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

There are Celtics’ fans out there who care about the team. But in the current New England sports solar system, the Celtics are whatever comes after Pluto.

Boston Celtics Hope For More As Season Opens

October 29, 2014
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart dribbles during a preseason game against the New York Knicks Oct. 8 in Hartford. (Jessica Hill/AP)

The Boston Celtics are back at it Wednesday night, hosting the Brooklyn Nets in their season opener at the Garden.

Bruins Fall To Minnesota Wild 4-3

October 29, 2014
Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) and Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser (39) battle for the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

The Minnesota Wild rallied in the third period to beat the Bruins 4-3.

Drama Ahead As NBA Season Gets Underway

October 28, 2014
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after being called for a foul in the second half against the Chicago Bulls at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on October 20, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

As the NBA season tips off, the story lines include LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and the Clippers’ fresh start post-Donald Sterling.

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