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FIFA Video Game Scores American Soccer Fans

July 1, 2014
Approximately 2.32 million copies of FIFA Soccer 13 were sold in the U.S. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Record numbers of Americans are tuning in to watch the 2014 World Cup. FIFA, a soccer video game, may have something to do with it.

‘The Chalmers Race’ Remembers Controversial 1910 Batting Title

June 28, 2014
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In 1910, when Hugh Chalmers offered one of his sought-after cars to the winner of the 1910 batting title, a battle ensued between Ty Cobb and Napoleon Lajoie. Rick Huhn’s ‘The Chalmers Race’ captures the controversial events surrounding that contest. Huhn joined Bill Littlefield.

Defending Champ Bartoli Returns To Wimbledon — As A Spectator

June 28, 2014
Marion Bartoli returned to Centre Court at Wimbledon but not as a competitor. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

In 2013, Marion Bartoli won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. It also proved to be her last. The 28 year old Bartoli retired from tennis just 40 days after her victory. This year she returned to Wimbledon to take in the action from the stands.

Sports News Of The Week With Charlie Pierce

June 28, 2014
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Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the top picks in the NBA draft, Tim Lincecum’s surprising second no-hitter against the Padres, and a new world record with a holiday twist.

Damages Not Capped In New NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement

June 28, 2014
The $765 million settlement will provide relief to former NFL players who suffered too many hits like this one between Todd Heap, left, and Brandon Meriweather from 2010. (Winslow Townson/AP)

A new agreement would remove a cap on the total damages the NFL could pay retired players suffering from concussion-related health issues. Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joins Bill Littlefield to explain the latest news.

A Basketball Dream, But A Backup Plan Too

June 28, 2014
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When young athletes come out of the inner city and try to go pro, the road is rarely traveled alone. Only A Game’s Karen Given introduces us to David Lovett and his mentor.

Shabazz Napier, LeBron, Carmelo And The Already-Crazy NBA Offseason

June 28, 2014
Carmelo Anthony (left) and LeBron James (right) could both be on the move this offseason. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

It’s the NBA offseason, but teams are still competing. Superstars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony could potentially be on the move, and the 2014 NBA draft was held on Thursday. USA Today’s Sam Amick joins Bill Littlefield with an update.

An Open Letter To Soccer-Hating Sports Writers

June 28, 2014
Clint Dempsey's goal 30 seconds into the United States' match against Ghana was the fifth-fastest in World Cup history. The U.S. won 2-1.(Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Every four years they appear: columns by sports writers explaining whey they hate soccer. Bill Littlefield has a tip for those scribes: take a vacation during the World Cup.

World Cup Fever In Los Angeles: One City, Many Fan Bases

June 28, 2014
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Like much of the planet, Los Angeles has World Cup fever. And in L.A., you can find fans of any country. Reporter Saul Gonzalez watched games with fans all over the city and talked to them about their soccer loyalties.

U.S. Advances In World Cup: ‘This Is A New Tournament’

June 28, 2014
U.S. goalie Tim Howard has been widely praised for his play in the group stage of the World Cup. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The U.S. men’s soccer team couldn’t beat Germany on Thursday, but still managed to move on thanks to their goal differential advantage over Ghana and Portugal. Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated joined Bill Littlefield.

Rebuilding Celtics Have 2 First-Round Picks In NBA Draft

June 26, 2014
Due to injury concerns, highly-touted prospect Joel Embiid may be available when the Celtics pick Thursday night. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

The Boston Celtics have 10 first-round picks in the next five drafts, starting with two Thursday night when they pick sixth and 17th.

Red Sox Beat Mariners 5-4

June 26, 2014

The Red Sox held off the Mariners, preventing a sweep.

We Get It, Sports Writers: You Don’t Like Soccer

June 25, 2014
Fans turned out in force at Chicago's Grant Park to watch the U.S. battle Portugal. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As the World Cup presses on, one type of sports column has dependably reappeared again this summer, a column which Bill Littlefield finds unnecessary.

In Search Of Bacon At IronPigs Baseball

June 25, 2014
FeRROUS, a truly ugly bipedal pig, and his female counterpart FeFe preside over the pre-game celebrations. (Karen Given/Only A Game)

Inspired by an interview she produced for Only A Game, Karen Given traveled to Allentown, Pennsylvania to sample the sports, entertainment, and culinary offerings of Minor League Baseball’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Crosby Is NHL MVP; Bruins’ Rask Is Top Goalie

June 25, 2014
Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask poses with the Vezina Trophy after winning the award for top goaltender at the NHL Awards on Tuesday in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy, and Bruins teammate Patrice Bergeron won his second Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward.

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