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Why Are NFL Joint Training Camps On The Rise?

August 16, 2014
Washington and New England faced off at a joint training camp session that might become a model for the league. (Skip Rowland/AP)

In preparation for the 2014 regular season, 13 NFL teams are participating in joint practices with other teams. ESPN senior NFL writer and commentator John Clayton joins Bill Littlefield to explain why.

A Cap Of A Yankee In Queen Elizabeth’s Court

August 15, 2014
You won't find a lot of U.S. sports apparel in Scotland, but Clyde, the Commonwealth Games mascot, was everywhere this summer. (Doug Tribou/Only A Game)

Only A Game’s Doug Tribou traveled to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games, but he couldn’t totally escape American pro sports teams.

The O’Bannon Decision: What Does It Mean For Athletes And The NCAA?

August 14, 2014
After starring at UCLA, Ed O'Bannon played just two seasons in the NBA. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

The NCAA can no longer prohibit schools from compensating men’s basketball and football players. But will players be paid fairly? And does the ruling mean the end for schools with smaller athletic budgets? We round up some of the pros and cons.

College Coach’s Candid Talk Raises Questions

August 13, 2014
Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers . (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

While football prognosticators have been handicapping college football teams, Bill Littlefield has found a candidate for the game’s most candid coach.

“Here we go, baseball…here…we… ‘YAWN’…go… ‘YAWWWWNNNN’…”

August 13, 2014
The average nine-inning baseball game is 13 minutes longer today than it was in 2010. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

In less time than it takes Major League umps to rule on plays subject to video review, Only A Game’s Gary Waleik delivers a plea for shorter baseball games…or at least shorter broadcasts.

The Majors Record: Is Tiger A Disappointment Without It?

August 11, 2014
Tiger Woods won his first Masters in 1997.  Some observers consider it the defining win of his career. (AP)

As Rory McIlroy won the 2014 PGA Championship, Tiger Woods’ drought in majors continued. He’s stuck on 14 major victories and Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 seems further away than ever. Sports writer Chuck Culpepper says even if he falls short, missing the mark won’t tarnish Tiger’s career.

Cespedes’ HR Puts Weary Red Sox Past Angels 3-1

August 11, 2014
Yoenis Cespedes hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

Yoenis Cespedes and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from an exhausting 19-inning loss with an energizing victory.

Making Contact In The ‘Olympics’ Of Ham Radio

August 9, 2014
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In this internet age of Facebook and Twitter, there are those who still enjoy a more traditional form of communication. As Only A Game’s Karen Given reports, sometimes they make a sport of it.

80 Years Later, Gastonia, N.C. Mayor Issues Apology Thanks To OAG Listener

August 9, 2014
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After Bill Littlefield’s conversation with the author of ‘A Home Run For Bunny,’ an OAG listener passed along the story of Bunny Taliaferro to the mayor of Gastonia, N.C. After reading the book, Mayor Bridgeman did his best to right some historical wrongs.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

August 9, 2014
NBA MVP Kevin Durant has withdrawn from Team USA, citing exhaustion. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade, new powers for the NCAA’s “Big Five,” and the Internet petition that would bring Weird Al to the Super Bowl.

‘A Good Walkthrough’ Explores ‘Insider’ Football — And Lots Of It

August 9, 2014
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Mike Tanier’s “A Good Walkthrough” is packed with stories from the writer’s time at Football Outsiders, providing plenty of material for the avid football fan. Tanier spoke with Bill Littlefield.

Family, Football And Bare Feet: ‘The Shoeless Wonders,’ An Unlikely Football Dynasty

August 9, 2014
Hugh Stallard, Glen Thomas and Cliff Thomas, three members of the 'Shoeless Wonders' football team at (Alexandra Hall)

For more than 30 years, children from the Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg, Va., defeated rival football teams while playing in their bare feet. The “Shoeless Wonders” gained national attention and are now the subject of an upcoming movie. Beverly Amsler speaks with three former Shoeless Wonders about the team.

Former Teammate Assesses Becky Hammon’s New Role As NBA Pioneer

August 9, 2014
Becky Hammon is the NBA's first full-time female assistant coach. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Is this a sign that more women will fill the NBA coaching ranks? ESPNW’s Kate Fagan shares her thoughts.

Paraguayan Women’s Soccer Team Fights For Acceptance At Home

August 9, 2014
Members of the Paraguain U-20 women's soccer team at practice. (Alexandra Hall/Only A Game)

This weekend, Paraguay will compete in the U-20 Women’s World Cup for the first time. Alexandra Hall reports from Paraguay on the cultural challenge facing female soccer players in that country.

NCAA Gives More Power To ‘Big Five’ Conferences

August 9, 2014
NCAA President Mark Emmert and other board members have agreed to give more autonomy to the 'Big Five' conferences, a change that could make many schools less competitive. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The “Big Five” conferences have been given power to make their own rules on certain issues. What does this mean for efforts to pay players and for NCAA competition? USA Today’s Dan Wolken joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

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