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.

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.

Gray Runs Wild As Patriots Blow Out Colts 42-20

November 17, 2014
Jonas Gray (right) rushed for a career-high 199 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 42-20 victory over the Colts. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Third-string running back Jonas Gray led the Patriots to victory with four touchdowns and 199 yards.

Bruins Slip Past Hurricanes 2-1

November 16, 2014

Seth Griffith and Patrice Bergeron scored first-period goals, Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots and the Bruins rebounded from the consecutive defeats with a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.

Eibar Thrives As Soccer's Ultimate Underdog

November 15, 2014
"The Cat" (David Ramos/Getty Images)

Located in Spain’s verdant Basque Country, Eibar shocked the soccer world in May when it became the smallest town to send a team to Spain’s top league — ever. Now, SD Eibar prepares to take on Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid. From Barcelona, Ian Mount has the story.

Lehigh Vs. Lafayette: ‘The Rivalry’ Reaches 150

November 15, 2014
Yankee Stadium has played host to the Pinstripe Bowl since 2010, but next Saturday it will, for the first time, be the site of the annual Lehigh-Lafayette showdown. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

No college football rivals have played each other more often than Lehigh and Lafayette. With the 150th edition of “The Rivalry” slated for next weekend at Yankee Stadium, we speak with the two captains from the 1964 season who shared some surprising stories from the 100th game.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

November 15, 2014
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Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s New York Times op-ed calling for the legalization of sports betting. Charlie and Bill Littlefield also discuss the possibility of an NHL team landing in Las Vegas and a domestic violence allegation against a NASCAR driver.

LSU’s Tiger Doesn’t Want To Watch LSU Games

November 15, 2014
Mike VI, LSU's mascot, hasn't shown up for a single football game this season. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

LSU’s mascot is a real tiger named Mike VI. He is supposed to get into a cage to come to the Tigers’ home football games, but Mike hasn’t felt like it lately. Jonathan Martin of the New York Times joins us to explain.

West Point’s Max Lenox: Point Guard, Captain, Adopted Son

November 15, 2014
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Max Lenox didn’t take the expected path to becoming captain of Army’s basketball team. Bill speaks with Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price, who profiled the point guard for this week’s magazine, and to the two men who adopted Lenox.

Making A Case For Shorter Seasons

November 15, 2014
Remember how much fun the Kansas City Royals' playoff run was? Now imagine if the playoffs started even earlier. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

In sports, perhaps less is more? Bill Littlefield argues for the virtues of shortening our sports seasons.

Time Crunch: Pro Sports Leagues Work To Shorten Games

November 15, 2014
As baseball's average game soars beyond three hours, MLB is experimenting with putting pitchers on the clock and several other time-saving rules. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

To compete for fans’ time, pro sports leagues are taking steps to shorten their games. For our look at the latest experiments, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou spoke with an expert on time about how sports fit into our busy lives.

Kobe Bryant Sets Undesirable NBA Record

November 15, 2014
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Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant has now missed more shots than any other player in NBA history. It’s a mark that may never be broken — and not just because of Bryant’s longevity. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes says the NBA is changing, and shoot-first stars like Bryant may become a thing of the past.

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