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Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

October 18, 2014
The Kansas City Royals are going to the World Series for the first time since 1985, but Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce thinks their ride is coming to an end. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the Royals-Giants World Series matchup, the latest on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the sports-based appeal of a $26,000 watch.

Biking ‘Mountain To Mountain’ To Improve Lives Of Afghan Women

October 18, 2014
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Shannon Galpin didn’t plan to break cultural norms and ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. But she did, and her new book, “Mountain To Mountain,” recounts her attempt to have a meaningful dialogue about women’s role in Afghan society.

Autographs And The NCAA’s ‘Own Little Universe’

October 18, 2014
Georgia running back Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely while he's investigated for allegedly accepting cash in exchange for his autograph. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston are under investigation after an autograph-authentication business certified their signatures on thousands of items. But, as Michael Weinreb tells Bill Littlefield, it’s the image of the NCAA that’s taking the biggest hit from the scandal.

Mississippi State Is No. 1 For The First Time Ever

October 18, 2014
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen's job was in jeopardy a year ago. Now he has plenty of reason to celebrate. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Mississippi State started the season outside the AP Top 25 poll. Six wins later, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the country. How did it happen? The Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner joins Bill Littlefield.

This Just In … The Cowboys Are Good

October 18, 2014
Rolando McClain and the Dallas Cowboys improved to 5-1 last Sunday when they topped the Seahawks, 30-23. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

2008 — that’s the last year the Dallas Cowboys finished the regular season with a winning record. But the Cowboys are off to a 5-1 start in 2014 and seem well on their way to NFL relevancy. Mac Engel of the Dallas Fort-Worth Star Telegram joins Bill Littlefield.

Rule 7.13: Baseball’s Crash Course On Eliminating Home-Plate Collisions

October 18, 2014
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This season Major League Baseball took a crash course in how to eliminate collisions at home plate. In its first year, Rule 7.13 has been celebrated and criticized, but a much bigger injury risk is still in play for catchers. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.

Royals Vs. Giants In Wild(-Card) World Series

October 18, 2014
With a dramatic walk-off home run from Travis Ishikawa (center), the San Francisco Giants punched their ticket to the World Series. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants represent a most unlikely World Series pairing. Bill Littlefield and ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian break down how each team arrived to the Fall Classic.

The Best Pictures From MLB’s Playoffs (So Far)

October 16, 2014
What, you didn't see this coming? The Kansas City Royals are World Series-bound. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

From a sullen Buck Showalter to a horizontal Mike Moustakas, Only A Game has compiled the best photos from the first three rounds of the 2014 MLB playoffs.

A Farewell To Landon Donovan

October 15, 2014
Long a mainstay for the U.S. Men's soccer team, Landon Donovan has donned the red, white, and blue for the last time. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Soccer star Landon Donovan has played his last game for Team USA. Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on Donovan’s career and his impact on U.S. soccer.

Alaskan Soccer Game With Roots In Russian-American Fishing Venture

October 11, 2014
The Bad Aces faced the Raging Bumblebees for the right to hoist the Friendship Cup. (Annie Ropeik/Only A Game)

Inspired by a silver trophy from 1987, a diverse group of athletes in a remote Alaskan fishing hub recently participated in the International Friendship Cup. Annie Ropeik has the story of this unique community-building soccer tournament on Unalaska Island.

Dutee Chand: A Woman Banned From Women’s Sports

October 11, 2014
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Female track star Dutee Chand has been banned from competition due to naturally occurring high testosterone levels. Chand is fighting her ban. Juliet Macur of the New York Times recently profiled Chand and joins Bill Littlefield.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

October 11, 2014
The St. Louis Cardinals are back in the National League Championship Series after beating Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers in four games. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the continuing support of commissioner Roger Goodell by NFL owners, the suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley and a Brazilian soccer pitch that features a new way keep the lights on.

Daniel Rodriguez: From Soldier To College Athlete In ‘Rise’

October 11, 2014
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While serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez made a promise — that when he returned home, he would play college football. Rodriguez joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, ‘Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept.’

After Drugs Drove Him From The NBA, Chris Herren Makes Off-Court Comeback

October 11, 2014
Addiction destroyed Chris Herren's basketball career. That downfall is the basis for his second career as a public speaker. (Jesse Costa/Only A Game)

Chris Herren was a basketball phenom who made the NBA only to flame out because of his addiction to drugs. At one point, Herren was spending $20,000 a month on his habit. Today Herren gives talks about his experience. Bill Littlefield reports.

NBA Inks New $24B TV Deal: Lockout Likely

October 11, 2014
The league's new TV deal could mean another NBA lockout. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The NBA struck a nine-year, $24 billion television deal with ESPN and Turner Sports. The new deal further solidifies the likelihood the league is headed for another lockout in 2017. Deadspin’s Kevin Draper joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

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