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Kevin Durant: ‘Too Nice’ To Win A Championship?

February 21, 2015
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Some have speculated that Kevin Durant, the NBA’s reigning MVP, is too nice to win a championship. But in a recent profile for GQ, Zach Baron presents another side to Durant.

Joe Paterno: A Case Study In Sports Figures Who Fall From Grace

February 21, 2015
This statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was removed from its perch outside Beaver Stadium in July, 2012. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

As Penn State considers whether a statue of former coach Joe Paterno should be restored to its perch outside Beaver Stadium, one sociologist is suggesting a color line exists between sports figures who are forgiven after scandal and those who are not. Only A Game’s Karen Given takes a historical look at sports figures and reputation.

NCAA Football Programs Use Social Media Blitz To Recruit

February 21, 2015
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, or Keanu Reeves? Rodriguez replaces the actor in a parody of the movie 'Speed,' meant to spur recruiting. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images))

Fake movie trailers and Twitter’s direct messages are just two of the social media tools some college football programs are using to attract recruits. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples joins OAG guest host Karen Given and also explains why Facebook’s a no-no when trying to land top high school players.

Female Coaches: The Next Title IX Battleground?

February 21, 2015
Title IX was passed in 1972 to prevent gender discrimination in education. While participation in women's athletics has increased, the number of female coaches has actually decreased since Title IX's inception. ((Paul Morigi/Invision for espnW/AP Images)

There’s been a precipitous drop in the percentage of women’s college sports teams led by female coaches since Title IX was passed in 1972. University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management’s Kristine Newhall joins Karen Given to offer her opinion on inequality in the coaching ranks.

Dismissal Of Elite Women’s Hockey Coach Raises Questions

February 21, 2015
Shannon Miller has led University of Minnesota-Duluth's women's hockey team to five national championships, most recently in 2010. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)

As the head coach of the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s women’s hockey team, Shannon Miller has led the team to five national championships. This December, she was told she would be let go at the end of the season for what the school calls “financial reasons.” Only A Game’s Dan Kraker reports.

Welcome Back, A-Rod. We Missed You.

February 18, 2015
Alex Rodriguez served a 162-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

After serving a 162-game suspension, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is returning to Major League Baseball. While most of the media go crazy over A-Rod’s recent handwritten apology, Only A Game’s Karen Given instead explains why she’s grateful to have the former star back in the spotlight.

The NFL Combine: An Inside Look

February 18, 2015
The 40-yard dash is considered the NFL combine's "marquee" event. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The 2015 NFL scouting combine takes place this week in Indianapolis. New York Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz was once among the hundreds of prospects trying to impress NFL scouts, and he joins Bill Littlefield to offer a behind-the-scenes look.

Matthias Hat Trick Lead Canucks’ 5-2 Win Over Bruins

February 14, 2015

Shawn Matthias’ first NHL hat trick came in front of his biggest fan. The bruising center scored three times with his dad looking on as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 Friday night.

Music on Only A Game

February 14, 2015
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Bill Littlefield’s job listing this week’s music couldn’t have been much easier.

Vince Lombardi’s $20,000 Sweater: Found For $0.58 At Goodwill

February 14, 2015
Vince Lombardi wearing the sweater in 1949. (U.S. Military Academy/Getty Images)

When Sean and Rikki McEvoy stopped by a Goodwill in Asheville, N.C. last June, they found a sweater across which was written “West Point.” They bought it for $0.58. Now it’s valued at $20,000. Sean and Rikki join Bill Littlefield to share their story.

Ambidextrous Pitcher Still Looking For A Chance In The Majors

February 14, 2015
Pat Venditte, drafted by the Yankees in 2008, is the only active switch pitcher in professional baseball. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Switch-hitters are common in baseball. But switch-pitchers? Not so much. Greg Echlin speaks with Pat Venditte, who’s trying to work his way up to the big leagues.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

February 14, 2015
Dean Smith, head coach at UNC from 1961 to 1997, passed away Feb. 7. He was 83. (Doug Pensinger/Allsport)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce remember two of college basketball’s most influential coaches and discuss Little League International’s latest cheating scandal.

Krickstein V. Connors, The Rematch

February 14, 2015
Aaron Krickstein, left, and Jimmy Connors wait to play a tennis match in Boca Raton, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The private exhibition was billed as a reunion match of their famous 1991 meeting at the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Two tennis milestones were reached last Tuesday when Aaron Krickstein and Jimmy Connors played a rematch of a famed 1991 U.S. Open meeting: Connors played his final public tennis match, and Krickstein beat Connors for the first time. The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Perrotta was there and he joins Bill Littlefield.

‘The Whistleblower’ Explores The Life Of A College Basketball Ref

February 14, 2015
Ed Hightower, who reffed 12 Final Fours, retired in 2013. (L.G. Patterson/AP)

Author Bob Katz chronicles the life of referee Ed Hightower in his new book “The Whistleblower.” Katz joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned from the project.

Phoenix Is NBA’s City Of Brotherly Love

February 14, 2015
The Phoenix Suns' roster includes identical twins Marcus and Markieff Morris (l-r), but the team also has another set of brothers: Goran and Zoran Dragic. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

At Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game, two brothers, Chicago’s Pau Gasol and Memphis’ Marc Gasol, will square off for the opening jump ball. But the most unusual NBA sibling story is happening in Phoenix. OAG’s Doug Tribou and Curt Nickisch report.

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