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Judge Rules Against Sterling, Allows LA Clippers Sale To Proceed

A California judge sided with Shelly Sterling against her husband, Donald Sterling, giving the green light to the sale of the team, which she'd arranged in May.

Morning Edition

Colorado Rockies Hand Out Free Jerseys — With A Typo

The Rockies won a home game Saturday night, and fans at Coors Field received replicas of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's jersey. But the shirts misspelled his last name.

Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France

The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.

Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory

The 29-year-old cyclist will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey into Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998. This year's event was marked by favorites dropping out early on.

Weekend Edition Saturday

NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

It was a controversial week for the National Football League. Bloomberg's Kavitha Davidson brings NPR's Scott Simon up to date.

Weekend Edition Saturday

If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

Weekend Edition Saturday

These Little League Coaches Says Back To The Basics

Billy Peterson has been coaching baseball for over 50 years. He says players aren't focused on the fundamentals anymore, which is why he's trying to train the next generation of big league players.

Morning Edition

At Washington's Training Camp, Fans Are Split On Name Change

Weeks after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deemed the Washington Redskins' name offensive to Native Americans, some football fans continue to support the team's name.

Morning Edition

At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming

The Jacksonville team revamped its stadium with luxury cabanas, pools and video displays that are longer than the field. The beleaguered team is banking on drawing more fans to its games.

Morning Edition

'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids

Tony La Russa, who won more games than any MLB manager in the past 60 years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Links to steroids have kept notable players of his from getting that recognition.

Red Sox Beat Rays 3-2

July 28, 2014

David Ortiz’s three-run homer put an end to the Rays’ nine-game winning streak.

Red Sox Drop 5th Straight, 3-0 To Surging Rays

July 27, 2014

Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

Commonwealth Games: 71 Teams, 4,500 Athletes And A Common Bond In Glasgow

July 26, 2014
The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow come just a few months before Scotland's vote for independence.(Francois Nel/Getty Images)

One of the world’s largest sporting events is happening now, and if you’re from the United States, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it. From Canada to Cameroon and Pakistan to Papua-New Guinea, more than 4,500 athletes have traveled to Scotland for the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games.

Ji Cheng: China’s Rep At The Tour De France

July 26, 2014
At times, it's Ji Cheng's job to drive the peleton, but he'll likely finish last in the Tour de France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ji Cheng, the first Chinese rider to compete in the Tour de France, will likely finish in last place. But Ji isn’t upset about his position. Ian Austen of The New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

July 26, 2014
Are you ready for some football? NHL training camps are back in session, and Charlie Pierce is paying attention. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Donald Sterling’s latest lawsuit, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s most recent honorees and news from NFL training camps.

Crime And Punishment in Sports

July 26, 2014
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Ray Rice will return to the field on September 21, after serving a two game suspension. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

How do our games respond to domestic violence? This week, the NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice for two games while the Minnesota Twins canceled the ceremony to honor former second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. Bill Littlefield weighs in.

Senior Hockey Tournament Honors ‘Peanuts’ Cartoonist On Home Ice

July 26, 2014
Members of the Woodstock Flyers, one of the teams cartoonist Charles Schulz created, during 60-B game at Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament. (Mark Andrew Boyer)

At an ice rink just north of San Francisco, players are proving the game of hockey is both timeless and, well…ageless. KQED’s Dan Brekke reports on a senior hockey tournament with close ties to a beloved American cartoonist.

Drama And Heroics At Wiffle Ball All-Star Game

July 26, 2014
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The Golden Stick Wiffle League All-Star series featured the best wiffle ball players from around the world — or at least the Northeast. Bill Littlefield was there to witness the fluttering pitches, the home run trots and the high hopes for the sport’s future.

Tim Kurkjian On Theo Epstein And MLB’s Competitive Balance Draft Lottery

July 26, 2014
Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations wasn't too happy with the way MLB's competitive balance lottery played out. (David Banks/Getty Images)

The competitive balance lottery was designed to help struggling MLB franchises. So why are the St. Louis Cardinals, winners of two World Series titles in the last decade, being awarded an extra draft pick? ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

As Traditional Golf Courses Shutter, Topgolf Draws Crowds

July 26, 2014
(Courtesy of Topgolf)

While the rest of the golf industry is in a tailspin, one company has managed to thrive. Using new technology, Topgolf is drawing crowds to its 10 locations in the United States. Topgolf CEO Ken May joins Bill Littlefield to share the company’s secrets.

McIlroy – Woods: A Rivalry That Could Save Golf?

July 26, 2014
Tiger Woods (left) finished 69th at the 2014 British Open, which was won by Rory McIlroy (right). (Warren Little/Getty Images)

With his win at the British Open, Rory McIlroy became the first golfer since Tiger Woods to win three majors by age 25. Meanwhile, Woods’ career seems to be going in the opposite direction. ESPN’s Farrell Evans joins Bill Littlefield.

Concerns Mount Over NFL Concussion Deal

July 26, 2014
Sean Morey, former NFL athlete and current executive board member for the NFL Players' Association, is one of the ex-players involved in the effort to intervene in the ongoing concussion lawsuit. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The NFL has agreed to pay former players for the long-term effects of concussions, but some are concerned the deal will exclude many of those who need help. Bill Littlefield speaks with Sports on Earth’s Patrick Hruby.

Price, Rays Hand Red Sox 4th Straight Loss

July 26, 2014
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz flies out to Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 25, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Catching for the Rays is Jose Molina. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

David Price won his sixth start in a row, Evan Longoria hit a three-run double and the Tampa Bay Rays earned their eighth straight victory, beating the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Friday night.

De La Rosa Hit Hard, Blue Jays Blank Red Sox 8-0

July 25, 2014

Boston’s hopes of turning a dismal season around took a big hit against the Blue Jays.

Former NFL Coach’s Comment On Michael Sam Stirs Controversy

July 24, 2014
Vito Cammisano and NFL player Michael Sam attend the 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images For ESPYS)

Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Sam, not because he’s gay, but because he “wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”

Queen Elizabeth Delivers A Royal Opening For The Commonwealth Games

July 24, 2014
Queen Elizabeth II opened the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Danny Lawson/AP)

Scottish hospitality, humor and charity were on display at the opening ceremony for the 20th Commonwealth Games on Wednesday night at Glasgow’s Celtic Park.

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