Morning Edition

Football, Notre Dame And Winning 'For The Gipper'

Commentator Frank Deford marks the 75th anniversary of the college football movie Knute Rockne, All-American, which included a famous phrase, uttered by the movie's star, Ronald Reagan.

Astros Drop Yankees, Advance In Baseball Playoffs For First Time Since '05

Houston got home runs from Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez and gave up just three hits to New York in the wild card game. They'll take on the Kansas City Royals in the American League Divisional Series.

All Things Considered

Unregulated Fantasy Sports Industry Rocked By Insider Trading Scandal

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with John Ourand of Sports Business Daily about the scandal in the multi-billion dollar industry of fantasy sports after two major companies were accused of insider trading.

All Things Considered

Major League Baseball Underdogs To Face-Off In Postseason

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jonah Keri of Grantland about some of the newcomers in this year's Major League Baseball playoffs, including the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs.

Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia Will Enter Alcohol Rehab And Miss Post-Season

A day before the New York Yankees face the Houston Astros in the American League wild card game, CC Sabathia announces that he is entering rehab to get the help "needed to treat my disease."

Morning Edition

Toilet Paper May Have Been Jets' Lucky Charm

The New York Jets beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The NFL game was played in London, and The New York Times reports the Jets prepared for the trip by bringing 350 rolls of toilet paper.

All Things Considered

Why Play Football? 2 Views On The Game, From Those Who Know It Best

Recent football-related deaths have renewed focus on the sport's risks. Ex-pro Nate Jackson and Nahshon Ellerbe, a former high school star, explain their love of the game — and how to make it safer.

All Things Considered

From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.

All Things Considered

Suburban High School Says Farewell To Football

In St. Louis, a school district has disbanded its football team, citing injuries and waning demand for the sport.

Weekend Edition Saturday

An American Pigskin In London: Jets, Dolphins Head To U.K.

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins play in London Sunday. Andrea Kremer of HBO's Real Sports and the NFL Network says that despite logistical challenges, it could mean big profits for the NFL.

New York Attorney General Launches Inquiry Into DraftKings, FanDuel

October 7, 2015
DraftKings advertisements at Boston's South Station (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The fantasy sports companies are under scrutiny after a DraftKings employee won $350,000 on FanDuel’s site.

Pittsburgh Man Has An Unusual Strategy For Collecting Baseballs

October 7, 2015
Pittsburgh's Pete Schell says he's probably collected about 300 to 400 baseballs in the 15 years he's been shagging baseballs outside the Pirates' ballpark. But the dream of catching one on the fly has so far eluded him. (Lou Blouin)

Typically, fans catch balls inside the park. But on the banks of the Allegheny River, Pirates fan Pete Schell has caught hundreds of balls.

J.R. Smith Hits $30K Shot For Military Family

October 6, 2015

Half-court shots are generally ill-advised, but one military family is happy Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith took one Monday night.

Scandal At Fantasy Sports Sites FanDuel And Boston’s DraftKings

October 6, 2015
Devlin D'Zmura, a tending news manager at DraftKings, works on his laptop at the company's offices in Boston. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

A leak of inside information is raising questions about whether company employees have an unfair advantage when they’re betting on fantasy sports.

Two Fantasy Sports Companies Engulfed In Scandal

October 6, 2015
Fantasy sports website DraftKings and its rival FanDuel are enmeshed in a scandal involving allegations of insider information. (DraftKings screenshot)

DraftKings and FanDuel are barring their employees from playing fantasy games, amidst allegations that a DraftKings employee placed bets using insider information.

DraftKings And FanDuel Battle To Dominate Fantasy Sports

October 5, 2015
It's impossible to miss advertising for Boston-based DraftKings at Boston's South Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing to try to dominate the fast-growing fantasy sports industry.

The Kick Is Up, And It’s… Bad?

October 5, 2015
Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

The NFL’s extra point rule change is having the intended effect: the PAT is more challenging and kickers are missing. Does this mean that more teams are going to opt for the two-point conversion?

Baseball Writer Weighs In As Red Sox Wrap Up Disappointing Season

October 5, 2015

Baseball writer Glenn Stout discusses the Red Sox ending their 2015 season in last place in their division — again.

High Winds And Possible Hypothermia Cut Lowell Regatta Short

October 5, 2015

The 36th annual Textile River Regatta competition in Lowell ended early after several people were hospitalized for possible hypothermia.

Red Sox End Disappointing Season With 3-1 Loss To Indians

October 5, 2015
David Ortiz, right, is tagged out by Cleveland Indians’ Giovanny Urshela while attempting to steal third base during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Cleveland. The Red Sox lost the game 3-1. (Ron Schwane/AP)

The Red Sox were 78-84 on the season, and ended in last place in the AL East for the second year in a row.

John Farrell Will Return As Red Sox Manager In 2016 After Undergoing Cancer Treatment

October 4, 2015
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell completed chemotherapy treatments in Boston this past week. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

The Boston Red Sox say manager John Farrell will be back next season after leaving the team to undergo cancer treatment.

Red Sox Drop To AL East Cellar With 2-0 Loss To Indians

October 4, 2015
Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Santana slides safely into second base with a double as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts attempts to make the tag during the eighth inning of a baseball game (Ron Schwane/AP Photo)

Boston fell into the division cellar on Saturday night, managing three hits off reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

‘Pine Tar Game’ Explores The Aftermath Of A Contested Home Run

October 3, 2015
Kansas City Royals Vice President of Baseball Oper

Baseball players use pine tar on wooden bats for better grip. It’s legal — and yet pine tar was at the crux of one of baseball’s most memorable temper tantrums. Filip Bondy’s “The Pine Tar Game” explores this infamous event.

Basketball Meets The CIA In Uganda

October 3, 2015
US President George Bush (L) shares a jo

The story of Jay Mullen — CIA agent turned basketball coach — starts at a small women’s college in 1970 and ends up in Uganda at a basketball game during the Cold War. Journalist Shaun Raviv joined Bill Littlefield to help tell Mullen’s story.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

October 3, 2015
Philadelphia Eagles v New York Jets

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce parse through NFL, MLB and NHL headlines aplenty. But the bigger question concerns compensation for golfer Jordan Spieth’s caddie.

New Study Revives ‘Hot Hand’ Debate

October 3, 2015
Does streak shooting exist in basketball? Or is just an illusion? A new paper revives an old debate. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Can a three-point shooter really “get hot”? Or is it just an illusion? A new paper has revived an old debate. Cornell psychology professor Tom Gilovich, one of the first to debunk the hot hand, joins Bill Littlefield.

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