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Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

The 29 players on Booker High School's football team include two cousins who became the state's all-time leading passer and leading receiver this season.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Cavaliers, Lakers Lagging: The Week In Sports

With the basketball season underway, NPR's Scott Simon and ESPN.com's Howard Bryant talk about how the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers are doing so far.

Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets is being played in Michigan, and tickets are being given away at no charge. Some Bills players began their trips on snowmobiles.

Morning Edition

Device Lets You Experience A Hockey Hit

The Hockey News says you put the device under one of the legs of your couch, and it receives signals from your TV. If there's one of those brutal hits on screen, you will be jolted by your couch.

Snowed-Out Buffalo Bills To Play N.Y. Jets In Detroit

The Bills were to play at home on Sunday against the Jets. The NFL moved the game to Monday night after Buffalo got walloped by a snowstorm. The two teams will face off in Detroit.

FIFA To Review World Cup Corruption Report

The decision reopens for scrutiny the mechanism by which Russia and Qatar were awarded the tournament in 2018 and 2022. The two countries were cleared last week of corruption in their winning bids.

Morning Edition

Outside Of The Games, Are Sports Corrupt?

Commentator Frank Deford discusses some recent sports-related scandals, including the abuse of young swimmers by their coaches, and fake classes created for college athletes.

All Things Considered

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson Without Pay

The NFL says Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended, without pay for the rest of the 2014 season. Peterson pleaded no contest to a felony charge after he injured his 4-year-old son while whipping him with a switch. The players union says it will appeal the decision.

All Things Considered

Giancarlo Stanton Earns Record $325 Million Contract With Marlins

The outfielder's deal goes a long way toward ingratiating owner Jeffrey Loria into the hearts of fans. Robert Siegel talks to Manny Navarro, a sports reporter for the The Miami Herald.

FIFA Files Criminal Complaint Over 2018, 2022 Soccer World Cup Bidding

Soccer's governing body said assets may have been transferred to Switzerland in connection with the bids. Just days ago, FIFA cleared eventual winners Russia and Qatar of corruption.

Jazz On The Putting Green: Real Life Golf Hack?

November 22, 2014
Listening to music could be the key to improving your short game. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

Want to improve your golf game? Crank up the music. A new study finds that listening to music while putting improves accuracy. Clarkson Professor Ali Boolani joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

With Olympians Back, Boston Teams Chase Glory In Women’s Hockey

November 22, 2014
Alex Carpenter led Team USA in Sochi with four goals. Now she's skating again for Boston College. (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

In the 14-year history of the NCAA women’s ice hockey championship, no team from Boston has won a title. With five Olympians back from Sochi, the city now has three teams ranked in the top 10 and a chance to earn that first championship.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

November 22, 2014
Charlie Pierce: "When you know how to shop, you can get what you want." (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss the week’s developments concerning Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s suspension; Kentucky coach John Calipari’s “shopping” methods; and a duct-tape debacle at USC.

9-73: The 1972-73 Sixers Were ‘Perfectly Awful’

November 22, 2014
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This year, the Philadelphia 76ers are off to an 0-11 start. They still have a long way to go, though, to lose as many games as the ’72-’73 76ers. That team, Charley Rosen writes, was “perfectly awful.” Rosen joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book about Philadelphia’s dreadful season.

Future Murky For Brazil’s Arena Da Amazonia

November 22, 2014
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The Brazilian state of Amazonas borrowed $160 million to build a new World Cup stadium. Now that the competition’s over, many are concerned about the stadium’s future. Can it bring in enough money to pay off the debt? Sam Schramski reports from Brazil.

Final Four Teams Vie For MLS Cup

November 22, 2014
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Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders are going for the unprecedented triple: the Supporters’ Shield, U.S. Open Cup, and the MLS Cup. Can they do it? Bill Littlefield speaks with Don Ruiz of the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. to find out.

For The Toronto Raptors, Patience Pays Off

November 22, 2014
DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors are focused on getting past the first round of the playoffs this year. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

After three years at or near the bottom of their division, the Toronto Raptors are now one of the top teams in the East. The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith joins us to discuss the team’s turnaround — and to tell us whether the rapper Drake deserves any credit.

DEA Inspections Point To NFL’s Prescription Drug Suit

November 22, 2014
Former Chicago Bear Keith Van Horne alleges he played an entire season with a broken leg, getting by thanks to prescription painkillers. (George Rose/Getty Images)

Last weekend, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration surprised the medical staffs of five NFL teams with unscheduled inspections. ESPN’s John Barr joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

New York Times Investigation Spotlights Cover-Up Culture In NFL

November 22, 2014
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While the NFL sorts out issues of crimes and punishment, Steve Eder, an investigative sports reporter for the New York Times, has written about the league’s culture surrounding domestic violence. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his findings.

Gasol Scores 32 As Grizzlies Beat Celtics 117-100

November 22, 2014

After dealing with a stomach virus that affected nearly half the team earlier in the week, the Memphis Grizzlies recovered enough to get their 21st straight regular season home victory.

Khokhlachev Shootout Goal Lifts Bruins By Jackets

November 22, 2014

Boston Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg figured it had to be great television after Alex Khokhlachev ended the cliffhanger with a dramatic flourish.

NBA’s First Openly Gay Player Retires

November 20, 2014
Jason Collins announces his retirement at a news conference before a basketball game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in New York. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Jason Collins discusses his basketball career and his decision to retire at age 35 from the National Basketball Association.

Celtics Beat 76ers, 101-90

November 20, 2014

The Celtics snapped their three game losing streak, while extending the 76ers’ win-less season.

Tiger Snaps Back At Golf Digest, With An Assist From Jeter

November 19, 2014
No stranger to criticism, Tiger Woods described a recent Golf Digest article as "a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination." ( Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

When a sports writer penned a fictional interview making fun of Tiger Woods, the world’s best-known golfer responded in his own article. It was published on a website run by another sports icon: Derek Jeter.

Without Losers, There’d Be No Winners

November 19, 2014
The Philadelphia 76ers are unfortunate squad whose season was basically over before it had begun. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

A common expression uttered after an exciting, well-contested game is “somebody had to lose.” Bill Littlefield pays homage to some unfortunate squads for whom losing has become an all-too-familiar habit.

Littlefield On Sports: Adrian Peterson Suspended, Revolution Head To Playoffs

November 19, 2014
New England Revolution's Lee Nguyen (24) takes a shot on goal during the second half of a MLS soccer game against the Portland Timbers, Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Foxborough, Mass.  (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

We talk sports with Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield.

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