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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.

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.

Littlefield On Gay Athletes: ‘One Day These Stories Will Seem Quaint’

February 14, 2015
A story about a college swim team has given Bill Littlefield hope for the future. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A story about a swimmer at Villanova who came out to his teammates has given Bill Littlefield hope for the future.

MLB Film Details Gay Player’s Road To Inclusion

February 14, 2015
(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Former major league outfielder Billy Bean publicly came out as gay four years after he retired from baseball. Now he’s returning to MLB as the league’s Ambassador for Inclusion. Bean joins Bill Littlefield to share his story and discuss his new role.

Why Is Michael Sam Still An NFL Free Agent?

February 14, 2015
Nearly a year after he was selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft, Michael Sam has yet to play in a regular season game and is currently a free agent. (LM Otero/AP)

Nearly a year ago, Michael Sam came out as gay. The defensive end was then selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft, but he never played in a regular season game. Is Sam’s sexual orientation keeping teams from signing the free agent? Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler crunched the numbers.

The Sports Fan’s February Lament

February 11, 2015
(Jack Dempsey/AP)

“For sports, as for a lot of things, this February…is a tough month,” Bill Littlefield writes.

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