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

October 4, 2014
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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.

Helene Elliott’s 2014-15 NHL Season Preview

October 4, 2014
There will be no more spin-o-rama goals this NHL season -- a rule change the LA Times' Helene Elliott laments. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2014-15 NHL season is right around the corner. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times joins Bill Littlefield to assess the Kings’ chances of repeating as champions and to explain why the NHL was wrong to eliminate the “spin-o-rama.”

Out Of Prison, Running Back Returns To College Football

October 4, 2014
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Vershon Moore spent more than two years in jail for the armed holdup of a credit union not far from where he now attends class and plays football at Washburn University. Reporter Greg Echlin spoke with Moore about his life after prison.

Amid Nickname Controversy, Washington’s NFL Franchise Struggles

October 4, 2014
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With its starting quarterback on the shelf and controversy swirling over its nickname, the Washington NFL franchise has limped into last place in the NFC East. Washington Post columnist Liz Clarke joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the state of the team.

MLB Playoffs: A Guide For Haters

October 4, 2014
Brian Wilson and the Los Angeles Dodgers score high on the hateability index, but they're not No. 1. (Justin Aller/Getty Images)

For the second year, the New York Yankees failed to reach the playoffs. So who are MLB fans supposed to root against this October? Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal has updated his “Hateability Index” of the least loveable teams in baseball.

Eight Reasons To Rejoice During MLB’s Playoffs

October 2, 2014
The Kansas City Royals' dramatic walk-off win on Tuesday night marked the beginning of baseball's postseason. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Still despairing the departure of summer? Here’s something to cheer you up — postseason baseball! Only A Game has your MLB playoff primer.

A Patriots Fan’s Lament

October 1, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs dominated Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots on Monday Night Football this week, 41-14. Does the loss signify an end to Belichick’s coaching eminence? (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick’s Patriots have been at or near the top of the NFL since 2001. A slow start to this season, however, has Bill Littlefield wondering if New England fans may be losing confidence in their once-invincible coach.

Following Mishandling Of Head Injury, Michigan Students Call For AD’s Ouster

October 1, 2014
After suffering an illegal hit to the head, Michigan quarterback Shane Morris had to be supported by his teammates. But he remained in the game for two more plays (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan students rallied on the steps of the university president’s residence Tuesday night, calling for the removal of the school’s athletic director and head football coach. At issue is the school’s handling of a head injury suffered by Michigan quarterback Shane Morris during Saturday’s 30-14 loss to Minnesota.

FCC Blackout Rule Ends, Blackouts Still Possible

September 30, 2014
The FCC voted unanimously to end its support of the sports blackout rule. (Karen Bleierk/AFP/Getty Images)

The FCC has voted unanimously to end its sports blackout rule, but does that mean fans no longer have to worry about whether their local stadium is sold out? Only A Game’s Karen Given has our update.

Fenway Park Says Goodbye To Derek Jeter

September 28, 2014
Derek Jeter left the game after hitting an infield single in the top of the third. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

On Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston, Red Sox and Yankees fans bid farewell to retiring New York shortstop Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter Has RBI Single In Last At-Bat

September 28, 2014
New York Yankees designated hitter Derek Jeter legs out an infield hit against the Boston Red Sox, driving in Ichiro Suzuki, during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday at Fenway Park. This was the last at-bat in Jeter's baseball career. (Steven Senne/AP)

Derek Jeter’s name is on a lineup card for the last time. No. 2 was in his usual No. 2 spot in the lineup as designated hitter against the Boston Red Sox in Sunday’s season finale.

Rondo To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Broken Left Finger

September 27, 2014

The Boston Celtics rebuilding project suffered a major setback when four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo underwent surgery Friday for a broken left finger.

National Pro Grid: Exercise Becomes Sport

September 27, 2014
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A new pro sports league is capitalizing on the growing popularity of CrossFit. But can the National Pro Grid League take off? Susan Valot travels to Long Beach, Calif. to check out a competition.

Forty Years Later, Soviet Athlete’s Life-Saving Heroics Remembered

September 27, 2014
Yerevan, the capital of Aermenia, was the site of a deadly trolleybus accident nearly 40 years ago. (Misha Japaridze/AP)

Shavarsh Karapetyan had recently been cut from the Soviet swim team when he went for a run along a lake in his home country of Armenia. Then a trolleybus went off the tracks and plunged into the water. Grantland’s Carl Schreck joins Bill Littlefield to recount the tragic events of that afternoon nearly 40 years ago.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

September 27, 2014
In his final career at-bat at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter delivered some drama in the form of a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. New York topped Baltimore 6-5. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Derek Jeter’s walk-off dramatics, Phil Mickelson’s trash talk at the Ryder Cup, and a bewildering bribe between two college presidents.

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