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7,985 Miles From Williamsport: Hong Kong Plays Little League

August 23, 2014
To Shek Field is located near a construction site, freeway overpass and water pumping station. (Charlie Schroeder/Only A Game)

Making it as a baseball player in Hong Kong isn’t easy. The fields are unkempt and the opportunities limited. But, as reporter Charlie Schroeder learns, there’s something to gain from learning America’s national pastime abroad.

Little League World Series Puts Kids In Bright Spotlight

August 23, 2014
Mo'ne Davis is only 13 and she's already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Has the celebration and commercialization of Little League baseball gone too far? Melissa Isaacson of ESPN — which broadcasts the Little League World Series — joins Bill Littlefield to look at the spotlight being placed on young kids. .

Inequality, Debt Hold Spanish Soccer Back

August 23, 2014
Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are doing just fine, but other pro soccer teams in Spain are struggling financially. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

In Spain’s top soccer league, TV money isn’t split equally. That’s pushed smaller-market teams to spend more to keep up, creating an economic crisis that’s trickled down to the lower leagues. Ian Mount has more from Barcelona.

Eugenie Bouchard: The Next Star Of Women’s Tennis?

August 23, 2014
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard is currently ranked No. 8 in the world. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is 20 years old. She has a crush on Justin Beiber and she enjoys snacking on baby food. But she’s also the eighth-best female tennis player in the world. Is she the next big star of women’s tennis?

Blaring Music And A Haz-Mat Suit: Life At Ohio State After Braxton Miller

August 23, 2014
After being named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season with a shoulder injury. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

If your Heisman-candidate starting quarterback goes down with a season-ending injury, just crank up the music and collect urine samples. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel explains why Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is taking a page from Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

In The NFL, It’s Raining Flags

August 21, 2014
It's been a penalty-filled preseason thanks the NFL's new "points of emphasis" for officials.  (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

If you like football and yellow’s your favorite color, you’re in luck. NFL penalty flags are logging some serious frequent flier miles this preseason as officials work to enforce the league’s “points of emphasis” for the upcoming season.

‘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.

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
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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.”

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