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

October 11, 2014

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.

Jets’ Rex Ryan Era Could Be Coming To An End

October 11, 2014
Rex Ryan knows his days as Jets head coach could be numbered. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

After the New York Jets got off to a 1-4 start, head coach Rex Ryan has acknowledged his job is on the line. But is Ryan really the problem? Jason Keidel joins Bill Littlefield to take a closer look.

After 29-Year Playoff Drought, Kansas City Rallies Behind Royals

October 11, 2014
(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Back in the playoffs for the first time since 1985, the Kansas City Royals have advanced to the American League Championship Series. Can they beat the Baltimore Orioles? Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star weighs in.

NLCS Preview With Tim Kurkjian

October 11, 2014
The St. Louis Cardinals have home-field advantage in the seven game series, which begins Saturday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

In a rematch of the 2012 NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants are squaring off again. The Giants prevailed in 2012, but who will advance to the World Series this year? ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian makes his prediction.

‘We Need To Talk:’ The All-Women’s Sports Show

October 10, 2014
Former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask is one of "We Need To Talk's" 12 commentators. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Every staff member of “We Need To Talk” — yes, this means producers, directors and 12 on-air commentators — is female.

A Brief History Of Feel-Good Sports Moments

October 9, 2014
Last Sunday the Patriots paid tribute to Devon Still's daughter, who is battling cancer. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Sports is all about winning — except when it isn’t. The New England Patriots reminded us of that last Sunday.

Once A Shooter, Always A Shooter

October 8, 2014

A former college basketball star played pick-up games for years against younger competition. And then one day he decided to stop. Bill Littlefield shares his story.

Baseball Behind Bars: A Tradition At San Quentin State Prison

October 4, 2014

The San Francisco Giants clinched their spot in the MLB playoffs this week. At San Quentin State Prison in California, another Giants team has already played their championship game. George Lavender travels to San Quentin to tell the story.

A Sub-Two-Hour Marathon? An Exercise Physiologist Weighs In

October 4, 2014
Kenya's Dennis Kimetto finished the Berlin Marathon in 2:2:57, a world record. (Tobis Schwarz /Getty Images)

Last weekend, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record by 26 seconds, finishing in 2:02:57. This has led many to conclude that a sub-two-hour marathon is imminent. Exercise physiologist Ross Tucker tells Bill Littlefield why such thinking is premature.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

October 4, 2014
GM Billy Beane saw his Oakland A's drop the wild-card play-in game this week to the Kansas City Royals. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s lack of postseason success, Derek Jeter’s new website (which features Russell Wilson as senior editor), a concussion controversy at the University of Michigan, and a long list of demands from the IOC.

Letters: Snubbing Derek Jeter, And Charlie Strong’s Future

October 4, 2014
Derek Jeter left the game after hitting an infield single in the top of the third. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

After last week’s show, some listeners wrote in expressing their disappointment with our coverage of Derek Jeter’s final MLB games. Others shared their concern about coach Charlie Strong’s future at Texas now that he’s prioritizing values over wins.

Women’s Soccer Stars Sue Over Artificial Turf Plan At World Cup

October 4, 2014
Women's World Cup soccer players are suing FIFA over the proposed use of artificual turf fields at the 2015 World Cup. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Games at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup are scheduled to be played on artificial turf. Players from around the world have filed a lawsuit that claims gender discrimination. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl and U.S. player Heather O’Reilly join Bill Littlefield to delve into the story.

‘Boy On Ice’ Details Troubled Life Of NHL Enforcer Boogaard

October 4, 2014

John Branch’s new book “Boy On Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard” profiles the career of a pro hockey “enforcer.” Branch joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book and the culture surrounding concussions in the NHL.

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