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'Who Am I Without My Sport?' Greg Louganis On Life After Olympics

The documentary Back On Board traces the highs and lows of the star diver's career, the turmoil he faced as a gay, HIV-positive athlete — and the identity crisis that he experienced after retirement.

Weekend Edition Sunday

NFL's First Female Coach Raises The Perennial 'Distraction' Question

Will the NFL's first female coach be a "distraction" for the Arizona Cardinals or merely a distraction for the media? NPR's Rachel Martin talks sensationalism in sports with Slate's Mike Pesca.

After Devastating Injury, Austrian Pole Vaulter Is Breathing On Her Own

Doctors say the fall has left Kira Grunberg, 21, a paraplegic — a development that shocked the sports world in Europe and brought offers of emotional and financial support.

Weekend Edition Saturday

MLB Trade Deadline, Deflategate Fallout: The Week In Sports

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about football's deflategate fallout, baseball's trade deadline and Scott's own childhood hero.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Police-Community Collaboration Has Helped Kept Peace In Cincinnati

A 2001 agreement between Cincinnati police, the police union and community groups is credited with keeping protests peaceful there after the killing of an unarmed black motorist by a police officer.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Boston's Ride, Or Thanks But No Thanks, Olympic Committee

Boston has ended its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mayor Martin Walsh said the financial risk was just too great. But the episode did inspire NPR's Scott Simon to write a poem.

Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

The Canadian entered the WWF as a villain and fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the first Wrestlemania event. The career gave the often-bekilted grappler many chances to show off his bagpipe skills.

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As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow?

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about water resources and environmental concerns in the extremely arid region.

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International Olympic Committee Chooses Beijing For 2022 Winter Games

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday that the 2022 Winter Games will be held in Beijing.

Federal Court Places A Stay On Order Compelling NCAA To Pay Athletes

The ruling comes nearly a year after a district court judge ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust laws and should let schools pay athletes $5,000.

Cabrera’s Double In 8th Helps Rays To 4-3 Win Over Red Sox

August 3, 2015
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz follows through on a RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (Winslow Townson/AP)

The Red Sox couldn’t sweep the Rays, falling to Tampa Bay 4-3 at Fenway yesterday. The Sox are off today.

Red Sox CEO Lucchino To Step Down

August 2, 2015

Sox executive vice president and chief operating officer Sam Kennedy will replace him at the end of the season.

Shaw’s Big Day Carries Red Sox Past Rays

August 2, 2015

Travis Shaw hit his first two major league homers and went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and four RBIs to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 11-7 on Saturday.

NFL Youth Exercise Program: Healthy Fun Or Marketing Ploy?

August 1, 2015
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NFL training camps are getting started after what’s been a tough year or so for the league’s image. But would anyone criticize the league for teaching kids about exercise? Well, it turns out they would. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou looks at the NFL “Play 60″ program and hears from one of its critics.

After Accident, ‘Madman’ Poole Uses Handcycle To Conquer Backcountry

August 1, 2015
After a hiking accident David Poole was paralyzed from the sternum down. He was unable to traverse the backcountry after his injury, until he found handcycling. (Liz Welles/Only A Game)

Growing up, David Poole earned the nickname “Madman” for his hard-charging ways in the backcountry. But a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the sternum down. Reporter Danielle Thomsen tells the story of Poole’s journey back to the outdoors.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

August 1, 2015
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for his presumed actions in the 'Deflategate' scandal. Brady lost his appeal to reduce or eliminate the suspension this week. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Listen closely … is that the sound of more air escaping from the NFL’s Deflategate scandal? Charlie Pierce joins Only A Game guest host Doug Tribou to discuss Brady v. NFL;  Charlie’s theory on why the league is happy that the saga has gone on for more than six months now; and the two latest women to join the […]

‘Mashi’ Chronicles Journey of Japan’s First MLB Player

August 1, 2015
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The first Major League Baseball player from Japan was a 20-year-old pitcher by the name of Masanori Murakami. The lefty only played two seasons in the MLB, but his journey is the subject of the new book called “Mashi” by Robert Fitts. Murakami, Fitts and translator Yuriko Romer joined Only A Game’s Doug Tribou.

Champion Boxer Daniel Jacobs’ Biggest Fight Wasn’t In The Ring

August 1, 2015
Danny Jacobs (left) has a big fight on Saturday, as he is looking to retain his middleweight title Saturday. But the biggest fight of his life came four years ago, when Jacobs had to take down cancer. (Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

Daniel Jacobs is a champion boxer. Four years ago, he encountered an opponent he didn’t see coming — cancer. The 28-year-old recovered and became the first cancer survivor to win a boxing world championship. He tells Only A Game the story “In His Own Words.”

Dutee Chand Wins Gender Fight In Track And Field

August 1, 2015
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has hyperandrogenism, high levels of testerone. This made her ineligible to run, until she took the issue to court and won. (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has naturally high levels of testerone. Last year, the IAAF banned her from competing against other women. This week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport allowed Chand to run again. Only A Game spoke with Juliet Macur from New York Times.

Athens 20-All, State-Sponsored Exercise, And Robotic Umps?

August 1, 2015
Finland's exercise craze, Athens as a permanent site for the summer Olympics, and robotic umpires? (Getty Images)

Greece as a permanent home for the Summer Olympics, a Finnish-style state-sponsored exercise program, and computers replacing baseball umpires are the topics in our weekly roundtable on the sports news you might have missed, “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Employee Rights: Tom Brady v. The Average Man

August 1, 2015
Tom Brady reacts during the Super Bowl. (Elsa/Getty Images)

This week, the NFL upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the Deflategate saga. As the league and its players union prepare for a court battle, guest host Doug Tribou speaks with employee rights expert Lewis Maltby about how this situation might have played out if Tom Brady delivered pizza for a living.

Napoli Home Run Helps Red Sox Beat Rays 7-5

August 1, 2015

The Red Sox held onto Mike Napoli at the trading deadline, and he responded a few hours later with a two-run homer off the top of the Green Monster that led Boston over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 Friday.

Despite Diplomacy Advances, Athletes Continue To Flee Cuba

July 31, 2015
This past month alone, 18 Cuban athletes all left their teams for the U.S. during international competition. (tgraham/Flickr)

In July, 18 Cuban athletes left their teams for the U.S. during international competition.

Week In The News: Cincinnati Police Indictment, Bye-Bye Boston 2024, RIP Cecil The Lion

July 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Post-World Cup, Record Crowds For Women’s Soccer — But Can It Last?

July 31, 2015
More than 3,400 fans attended last week's NWSL matchup between the Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars -- a record crowd for the Breakers this season. (Martin Kessler/WBUR)

The U.S. team’s Women’s World Cup victory is paying dividends for the Boston Breakers. But will the current excitement translate into long-term stability for the Breakers and the fledgling National Women’s Soccer League?

Red Sox Rock Sale, Win 8-2 To Snap White Sox Streak

July 31, 2015
Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval is hit by a pitch after swinging during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston Thursday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz each had three hits, and the Boston Red Sox beat Chris Sale and the White Sox 8-2 on Thursday night.

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