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Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI

The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He'll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.

Morning Edition

Michael Jordan Sneakers Sell For More Than $33,000 At Auction

That is not the most someone has paid for Jordan's shoes. A pair he wore in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals sold for more than $100,000.

FIFA Begins Meeting After American Lawyer's Angry Resignation

Soccer's governing body will, among other things, discuss preparations for the 2018 World Cup. But it's the resignation of Michael Garcia over his corruption report that is likely to draw attention.

Morning Edition

What's A Sportsman Anyway?

Commentator Frank Deford says awards for sportsmanship seem archaic. These days, he says, we're more likely to talk about unsportsmanlike conduct.

FIFA Dismisses U.S. Lawyer's Appeal On Handling Of World Cup Report

Michael Garcia had filed an appeal against how his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup was handled. FIFA said his appeal is inadmissible.

All Things Considered

7 Chaotic Hours Behind The Scenes At NFL RedZone

On 17 Sundays every fall, millions of people tune in to this cable channel, which airs for just seven hours a week and endeavors to show each score from as many as 12 simultaneous football games.

Weekend Edition Sunday

The Week In Sports: The NFL Rewrites Its Conduct Code

The rules are what make the game, and increasingly that means more and more rules off the playing field. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca of slate.com about the NFL's revised conduct policy.

Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

Mariota won by a landslide, bringing home the first Heisman for the University of Oregon Ducks.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Olympic Reforms, Cubs Gain Lester: The Week In Sports

NPR's Tom Goldman discusses the latest rule changes to hit the International Olympic Committee and the NFL, but NPR's Scott Simon is most excited about all the sports talent heading soon to Chicago.

All Things Considered

How Good Can Young NFL Quarterbacks Really Be?

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will start for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Robert Siegel talks to former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann about the record of rookies thrown into the spotlight.

The Mostly True Story Of The Last Basket At The Old Boston Garden

December 20, 2014
In 1997, fans got a last chance to go inside the old Boston Garden, but the famed Celtics parquet floor had left the building for the last time in 1995.  (Jim Rogash/AP)

During the NBA playoffs in 1995, Horace Grant scored the last official basket in the old Boston Garden. But that was not the final basket made from the Garden’s parquet floor. That moment happened a couple of weeks later, and Bill Littlefield and OAG Senior Producer Gary Waleik were there.

Hong Kong’s ‘Hedge Fund Fight Nite’

December 20, 2014
The joy of victory ... and the agony of defeat. (Michael Perini)

In Hong Kong, a group of investment bankers recently traded in their suits for boxing gear. Charlie Schroeder was in Hong Kong to check out the action at the eighth annual Hedge Fund Fight Nite.

Panther Girl: The Wrestler Who Escaped Murder

December 20, 2014
" " Jeff Maysh says of women's pro wrestling in the '60s and 70s. (Ron Frehm/AP)

“It was like the Wild West,” Jeff Maysh says of women’s wrestling in the ’60s and ’70s. Ann Casey, the wrestler known as “Panther Girl,” won the U.S. women’s title after being nearly shot to death in the midst of her star career. Maysh joins Bill Littlefield to share Casey’s story.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

December 20, 2014
With a win over the Chicago Bears last Monday night, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are on top of the NFC South -- with a 6-8 record. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss the 6-8 New Orleans Saints place atop the NFC South, the FCC ruling regarding Washington’s football team, and Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein’s backup plan to lure pitcher Jon Lester. Hint: it involved deer urine.

Golf: China’s ‘Forbidden Game’

December 20, 2014
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In 2004, Beijing issued a ban on the construction of golf courses in China. But since the moratorium went into effect, no other country has built more golf courses. Author Dan Washburn joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book “The Forbidden Game.”

Four-Time NBA Champ Horace Grant On Jordan, Kobe And Winning

December 20, 2014
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Bill Littlefield speaks with four-time NBA champion Horace Grant about his lengthy NBA career, playing with some of the top scorers of all time, and his place in NBA goggle history.

Eyeing Title, Dallas Mavericks Add Rajon Rondo

December 20, 2014
(Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) After spending his whole career with the Celtics, Rajon Rondo will join a talented Mavs team that won the title in 2011. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

“The window for them to win a second title with this core group is closing, and they’re making a run at it,” Only A Game’s Doug Tribou says of the Dallas Mavericks, who just made a deal with the Celtics for All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. Tribou joins Bill Littlefield to assess the trade.

Long, Cold Winter Ahead For Edmonton Oilers

December 20, 2014
Edmonton Oilers fans haven't had much reason to cheer this season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers currently sit dead last in the NHL. The Oilers also possess the league’s longest postseason drought — they haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, when they lost in seven games in the Stanley Cup Finals. Bill Littlefield speaks with John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal to find out what’s wrong with the Oilers.

Andrew Luck Redefines NFL ‘Trash’ Talking

December 20, 2014
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck isn't often sacked, but, when he is, he makes sure to talk about it. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

When Colts quarterback Andrew Luck takes a big hit, he makes sure his opponents hear about it — but not in the way you’d expect. Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark, who wrote a story about Luck’s unique on-field demeanor.

After Recent Failures, USOC Will Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics

December 20, 2014
Could the Olympics be coming back to the U.S. in 2024? The U.S. Olympic Committee thinks there's a good chance. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The U.S. was unsuccessful in its bids to host the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. After choosing not to bid for the 2020 Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee is making a pitch for 2024. Reporter Curt Nickisch explains how four U.S. cities plan to wow the world — on the cheap.

Hutchinson Makes 30 Saves, Jets Beat Bruins

December 20, 2014

Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves and Mathieu Perreault broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Friday night.

Celtics Start Post-Rondo Era With Win Over Wolves

December 20, 2014

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was curious how his team would play in its first game without Rajon Rondo. Boston did just fine.

Week In Review: Cuba, Olympics, Budget Shortfall, Warren’s Rise

December 19, 2014
oston Celtics' Rajon Rondo passes against the New York Knicks during the second half of the New York Knicks 101-95 win in an NBA basketball game in Boston Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The Celtics traded Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. (AP)

We’ll talk about Washington’s about-face on Cuba, the looming shortfall in the state budget, the bid for Boston to get the 2024 summer Olympics, and the rise of Elizabeth Warren as a liberal standard-bearer.

Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo To The Mavericks

December 18, 2014
Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) drives past Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

The Rajon Rondo era in Boston is over. The Celtics have traded the 28-year-old point guard to the Dallas Mavericks.

FIFA Ethics Investigator Resigns In Protest

December 18, 2014
FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia delivers a speech during the 64th FIFA congress on June 11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, on the eve of the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Garcia was tasked with looking into corruption in the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Rondo Carries Celtics Past Orlando Magic, 109-92

December 18, 2014
Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) drives against Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) during last night's game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

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