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Welcome, Spring — And More Importantly, Playoff Hockey

Among NHL fans, there's a favorite adage: "There's nothing like playoff hockey." The start of this year's playoffs has been no exception. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis comments on the first few games.

Baseball's Demographic Shifts Bring Cultural Complexities

The percentage of black Major League Baseball players is steadily declining, Pew reports. Meanwhile, a growing percentage of Latino players such as Yasiel Puig bring interesting stories to the game.

Morning Edition

Brazil Has A Lot Riding On Its World Cup Team's Outcome

Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.

Morning Edition

NBA's Regular Season Ends Wednesday, NHL Playoffs Begin

The National Hockey League playoffs start Wednesday night, and the National Basketball Association playoffs begin Saturday. We run down the post-season picture for both sports.

Morning Edition

Despite Everything, Tiger Will Always Be No. 1

Tiger Woods hasn't won a major in six years, and at 38, says commentator Frank Deford, he's past even a golfer's prime years. Still, no one can touch the reigning king of golf.

Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated]

On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings of one year ago. A moment of silence was observed at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion.

Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life

Demi Clark was just feet from finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon when her life changed forever as a bomb went off next to the course. Now she's back for another go and a chance to inspire others.

Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement

Phelps, who has won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, plans to compete in Arizona later this month.

Bubba Watson Dons Green Jacket For Second Time At Masters

After a blustery final round at Augusta National, Bubba Watson earned his second win at the prestigious Masters golf championship on Sunday.

In Jordan Spieth, Golf World Looks For Its Next Tiger — Again

Even Tiger Woods didn't make the cut at the Masters when he was 20, but Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead with Bubba Watson at 5 under par going into Sunday's final round.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Tourney Offers Olympic Preview

April 19, 2014
Hong Kong Stadium. (Charlie Schroeder/Only A Game)

Rugby Sevens makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics. It’s a fast-paced, often high-scoring version of the game, with seven players a side, not the usual 15. Charlie Schroeder visits one of the world’s biggest “sevens” tournaments in Hong Kong.

Unlimited Food For NCAA Athletes?

April 19, 2014
UConn's Shabazz Napier can celebrate his national championship and the potential that the NCAA will provide unlimited meals to student-athletes. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After UConn’s Shabazz Napier complained he sometimes went to bed starving, the NCAA’s legislative council approved a plan to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all student-athletes. SI’s Andy Staples joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in on the situation.

Charlie Pierce: News Of The Week

April 19, 2014
Charlie Pierce is picking Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA championship. Who's your pick? (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Bill and OAG analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the off-field troubles of L.A. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, the Ogwumike sisters’ WNBA dominance, and the “very, very scary” fifth hole at the Malaysian Open.

Remembering ‘The Bilko Athletic Club’

April 19, 2014
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Before the Dodgers moved to L.A., the biggest name in town was Steve Bilko. He played for the Los Angeles Angel of the Pacific Coast League, but author Gaylon White says the team was better known as the Bilko Athletic Club. The author joins Bill.

Wellesley Signs Support Boston Marathoners

April 19, 2014
Munger's Marathon signs cover the floor. (Karen Given/Only A Game)

Wellesley College has been celebrating Boston Marathon runners since the race began in 1897. Students are known for the ‘Scream Tunnel’ and offering kisses to runners. This year, a dorm on campus is busy fulfilling requests for more than 800 signs that will support and encourage the runners.

Concert Honors Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

April 19, 2014
Conductor Ann Howard Jones and the Boston University College of Fine Arts dedicated their spring concert to the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombing. (Courtesy Michael Lutch)

Boston University’s College of Fine Arts dedicated their spring concert to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Conductor Ann Howard Jones and flutist Nikoma Baccus talk about the experience.

Runners Return To Finish 2014 Boston Marathon

April 19, 2014
The Boston Marathon finish line is painted and ready for runners on Monday. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Monday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon comes a year after the race was disrupted by a bombing. Bill Littlefield takes a look back and a look forward.

A Conversation With Baseball Legend Johnny Bench

April 19, 2014
Johnny Bench had a Hall of Fame career with the Cincinnati Reds. (Harry Hall/AP)

Johnny Bench won two World Series and two National League MVP awards in his Hall of Fame career with the Cincinnati Reds. He joined Bill Littlefield to discuss baseball cards, his career and more.

Union Takes Home Hockey Championship

April 19, 2014
Union College knocked off Minnesota to take home the NCAA Championship trophy. ( Elsa/Getty Images)

Union College has just over 2,000 students, but last weekend the school’s hockey team beat powerhouse Minnesota to win the national championship. Union head coach Rick Bennett joins Bill Littlefield to explain how his team did it.

NHL Playoffs Have A Golden (State) Tinge

April 19, 2014
The San Jose Sharks and LA Kings are playing in the first round of the NHL playoffs while a third team from California is also competing for the Stanley Cup. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Of the 16 teams in the NHL playoffs, three hail from California. The LA Time’s Helene Elliott joins Bill Littlefield to discuss West Coast hockey’s heyday.

See A Real-Time Map Of Photos From Along The Boston Marathon Route

April 18, 2014
A real time map of Tweets and Instagrams from along the 26.2-mile course. Share yours with hashtag #BostonMarathon.

Have plans to spectate along the Boston Marathon route? Tweet or Instagram with #BostonMarathon and it’ll automatically be pulled into our map.

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