Morning Edition

Browns Bet On Manziel, But Is He Too Much Of A Distraction?

David Greene talks to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal about Johnny Manziel. The bad behavior of the rookie quarterback for the Cleveland Browns is getting a lot attention.

Morning Edition

Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.

All Things Considered

Once An Object Of Reverence, Brazilian Soccer's A Punchline

Once, Brazilians were welcomed in other countries with talk of Brazil's soccer dominance; now, everyone merely speaks of their historic World Cup defeat against Germany.

All Things Considered

On The Track, The 'First Lady' Of Audi Calls The Shots

Leena Gade of Audi Sport oversees mechanics, engineers and drivers. In 2011, she became the first female race engineer to win the Le Mans.

Weekend Edition Saturday

A Little League Star, A New Commissioner: The Week In Sports

There's a new Major League Baseball commissioner, and a new star Little League pitcher. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the latest from the world of sports.

Weekend Edition Saturday

'Football' Captures Moments Of Grace And Violence

Three great sports writers join NPR's Scott Simon to discuss the new anthology, Football: Great Writing About the National Sport. We hear from John Schulian, Jeanne Marie Laskas, and Frank DeFord.

All Things Considered

Baseball Owners Call Up Commissioner Bud Selig's Relief

Major League Baseball owners have selected Rob Manfred to succeed Bud Selig as the league's commissioner. Manfred is the sport's 10th commissioner, selected after six rounds of voting by the 30 MLB owners. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to speak about the news.

Fresh Air

At 49, Jamie Moyer's Pitching Career Goes Into Extra Innings

In a new memoir called Just Tell Me I Can't, Moyer explains how he became a better pitcher in his 40s than his 20s. Originally broadcast Oct. 2, 2013.

MLB Owners Pick League's COO As New Commissioner

Rob Manfred, a labor lawyer who has worked for the league for 16 years, beat out Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. Current commissioner Bud Selig says he'll retire in January.

All Things Considered

Criminal Charges Appear Unlikely For NASCAR's Tony Stewart

Funeral services were held Thursday for Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed on the track after being hit by former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann attended the service; he speaks with Robert Siegel about the funeral and possible investigations into the incident.

‘If They Don’t Win It’s A Shame:’ What’s Happened To Youth Baseball?

August 20, 2014
ESPN has broadcast the Little League World Series since 1987. (Matt Slocum/AP)

With the Little League World Series championship this Sunday, Bill Littlefield reflects on “America’s Pastime,” which each year seems to become less and less of a pastime for young ballplayers.

Sports With Bill Littlefield: Little League Fever

August 20, 2014
Mo'ne Davis

Bill Littlefield sizes up the moving words from a Rhode Island Little League coach and the newfound fame of 13-year-old pitcher Mo’ne Davis.

Philly Has Taney Dragons Fever

August 20, 2014
Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The team is out to win the Little League Championship and in the process, they’ve captured the heart of their home city of Philadelphia.

Ex-Red Sox Player Curt Schilling Blames Chewing Tobacco For Mouth Cancer

August 20, 2014

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has revealed that he is battling mouth cancer and he blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.

Webster Solid, Uehara Shaky As Red Sox Lose 4-3

August 20, 2014
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara pitches. (AP/Elise Amendola)

Allen Webster allowed three runs in six innings before Koji Uehara allowed the tie-breaking run in the Red Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Red Sox Bats Falter Again In 4-2 Loss To Angels

August 19, 2014
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz heads to the dugout after striking out with two on during the ninth inning. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The Red Sox outhit the Los Angeles Angels, just not when it mattered most.

A Summer Post Card From The Falmouth Road Race

August 18, 2014
Runners line up for the start of the Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (Falmouth Road Race/Facebook)

The Falmouth Road Race launched the careers of some of the greatest Americans to ever lace up their running shoes.

Altuve’s Slam Lifts Astros Over Red Sox

August 18, 2014
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, left, talks with first base umpire Doug Eddings as a play at second base is reviewed during the second inning. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Jose Altuve hit his first slam after Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts made a mental gaffe on a play that would have ended an inning Sunday, carrying the Houston Astros to an 8-1 victory over the Red Sox.

Ortiz’s 2 HRs, 6 RBIs Power Red Sox Over Astros

August 17, 2014
Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his two-run home run during the third inning Saturday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

David Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers, including his 400th in a Red Sox uniform, and drove in a career high-tying six runs to power Boston past the Houston Astros 10-7.

Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi Returns To Mass.

August 16, 2014

Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi — back in Massachusetts to compete in the 42nd annual Falmouth Road Race — reflects on how his running career has changed since he broke the tape on Boylston Street last April.

Ancient Game Of Lawn Bowls Adds New Chapter In Glasgow

August 16, 2014
Placement and strategy are critical in lawn bowls. (Mark Noble/Getty Images)

Lawn bowls was already old when Shakespeare started mentioning it in his plays. At the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou got a primer on this ancient game from some of the world’s best bowlers.

Why Olympic Skiers And Snowboarders Are Training In The Ocean

August 16, 2014
Before competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, U.S. skier Heather McPhie learned how to hold her breath off the coast in Hawaii. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

A group of Olympian skiers and snowboarders are diving dozens of feet under water and holding their breath for several minutes. The idea? Learning how to stay calm under pressure. The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Futterman joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

August 16, 2014
MLB Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred. (AP)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr.; MLB’s new commissioner; and the distinction Buffalo Bills fans might not be proud to have earned.

‘Football’ Collects Writing From All Sides Of Gridiron

August 16, 2014

Some say baseball and boxing produce the best writing about sports, but a new collection of football essays challenges that notion. Bill Littlefield speaks with John Schulian, editor of ‘Football: Great Writing About The National Sport.”

‘Power Soccer’ Puts Wheelchair Athletes Into The Game

August 16, 2014
The "Kryptonite Pride" power soccer team: from Left to Right: Lessia Bemmel, Alison Boswell, Jessica Lehman, Nikki Brown-Booker. (George Lavender/OAG)

The U.S. men didn’t bring home any hardware from this year’s World Cup in Brazil, but there’s one U.S. national soccer side currently in possession of the cup, with the help of electric motors. George Lavender introduces us to the champions of “power soccer.”

Making Racing Safer In The Wake Of Kevin Ward’s Death

August 16, 2014
Kevin Ward Jr. died last Saturday when he was struck by a car driven by Tony Stewart. (Empire Super Sprints, Inc./AP)

Last Saturday, 20-year-old Sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by the car driven by NASCAR’s Tony Stewart. Bill Littlefield speaks with ESPN the Magazine’s Ryan McGee about the dangers inherent in the sport.

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