Mental Illness In Sports, Coaches Who Don’t Sleep And H.S. Football Violence

September 19, 2015
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Do athletes still need to get more comfortable addressing mental illness? Should college coaches be catching more ZZZ’s? Why are high school football players tackling referees? Sports journalists Nancy Armour and Erik Malinowski join Bill Littlefield for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Real Winners Of Daily Fantasy Sports

September 19, 2015
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The advertisements for daily fantasy sports websites might make it seem easy to win money. But Joshua Brustein and Ira Boudway of Bloomberg Business have found that only a small number of highly sophisticated players end up cashing in. Brustein and Boudway join Bill Littlefield to explain.

Your Prediction? But The Season Just Started

September 16, 2015
National Championship - Oregon v Ohio State

When is it too early to predict the next Super Bowl champ, Heisman Trophy winner or Cinderella story? Bill Littlefield considers the trend of far-reaching predictions.

Castillo Has Key Hit In 13th, Red Sox Beat Rays 2-0

September 14, 2015
Red Sox's Rusney Castillo hits the game-winning RBI against the Rays during the 13th inning of a game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Red Sox won 2-0. (Luke Johnson/AP)

The Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 last night. Pitcher Rich Hill lasted 7 innings and gave up no runs.

Photos: The 2015 US Open In Review

September 13, 2015
Venus and Serena Williams embrace after Serena defeats her sister to advance to the semi-finals. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The 2015 US Open ended on Sunday night with Novak Djokovic taking down Roger Federer. In the women’s final Saturday, Flavia Pennetta defeated Roberta Vinci. Perhaps the biggest moment of the tournament, though, came in the semifinals when Vinci upset Serena Williams, ending her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam. Here’s a look back at the 2015 US Open in pictures.

Ortiz Reaches 500 Homers, Red Sox Beat Rays 10-4

September 13, 2015
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, hugs Dustin Pedroia after Ortiz hit his 500th career home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore during the fifth inning Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

David Ortiz homered twice to become the 27th player in major league history to reach 500 homers, and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 on Saturday night.

Celtics Greats Among New Basketball Hall Of Fame Class

September 12, 2015
Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jo Jo White pauses to acknowledge applause during the enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2015 of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on Friday. At right is White's Boston Celtics teammate, Hall of Famer Dave Cowens. (Charles Krupa/AP)

On Friday night, basketball greats were celebrated for their expertise both on and off the court including former Celtic Jo Jo White.

Landon Donovan Talks MLS, Beckham And Bagging Groceries In Germany

September 12, 2015

Landon Donovan scored seven goals in his first game…at age 5. He went on to score many more for the U.S. before he retired late last year. Donovan looks back on his career and the changing relationship between European and American soccer.

From Sidelines To Picket Lines: Cheerleaders Fight For Higher Pay

September 12, 2015
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform during a preseason game against the Houston Texans in Arlington, Texas.  (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Lisa Murray, a former cheerleader for the Golden State Warriors, joins Bill Littlefield to explain why NFL and NBA cheerleaders are trying to start a union.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

September 12, 2015
Auburn v Mississippi State

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill Littlefield to talk about the many controversies that continue to plague the Patriots, Roger Goodell’s momentary call for a new system of NFL discipline and more.

After Ebola: Survivors’ Soccer Club Helps Erase Stigma In Sierra Leone

September 12, 2015
Erison (far right) and his teammates lost to a team of Ebola aid workers, but everyone was smiling after the game. ("Erison And The Ebola Soccer Survivors")

Erison Turay was one of nearly 16,000 who survived the 2014 Ebola outbreak. A New York Times documentary chronicles Turay’s efforts to help survivors reintegrate into their communities through soccer. Director Ben C. Solomon joins Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield.

AFC Bournemouth: From The Brink Of Extinction To The EPL

September 12, 2015
After winning the Sky Bett Championship earlier this year, AFC Bournemoth capped an improbable run to England's Premier League. (Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Seven years ago, AFC Bournemouth was competing in the fourth tier of English soccer and in dire financial straits. Now the club plays in the English Premier League. Reporter (and longtime Bournemouth fan) Russell Crewe visits Bournemouth to find out how a team from a small resort town made it to the top.

Memphis Reverses Calipari Decision; An Old-School Umpire Dispute; Fun At The US Open

September 12, 2015
Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto argues with umpire Bill Welke after being thrown out of the game for arguing balls and strikes. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Should controversial college basketball coach John Calipari be celebrated by Memphis? Arguing with the umpire — charming or just obnoxious? And can sports journalists still have fun at games? Sports journalists Will Leitch and Andrea Kremer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

‘Billion-Dollar Ball’ Exposes College Football’s Big-Money Culture

September 12, 2015

Some colleges are pouring more money than ever into their football programs in hopes of getting even larger returns. For some schools, the model has been working. But is it sustainable? Gilbert Gaul, author of “Billion-Dollar Ball,” joins Bill Littlefield.

The NFL Vs. The Patriots: Why Spygate Is Back In The News

September 12, 2015
NFL Draft

Just when it seemed like the Deflategate controversy was nearly settled, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham reopened the case to explore its possible ties to Spygate. They join Bill Littlefield to discuss the larger implications of the ongoing tension between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the New England Patriots.

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