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Diamondbacks Draft Paralyzed Former Arizona State Player

July 12, 2014
Cory Hahn (seated) at a game with his Arizona State teammates. Hahn was paralyzed in his third game for ASU in 2011. (Courtesy of Arizona State University)

After being paralyzed from the chest down in 2011, college baseball player Cory Hahn thought his hopes of being taken in the MLB Draft were through. But in the 34th round of the 2013 draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Hahn. He joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the draft and his future.

Meet Chuck Taylor: The Man Behind The All Star

July 12, 2014
One of the original 1917 Converse All Stars. Chuck Taylor's name was added in 1932. (Courtesy of Converse)

We look back at the best-selling basketball sneakers of all time and Hall of Famer who gave them their name. No, not Michael Jordan. We’re talking about Chuck Taylor.

LA KISS: The AFL’s Newest Rock Stars

July 12, 2014
Paul Stanley (above) and Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss are bringing an Arena Football League team to Los Angeles. (Joel Ryan/AP)

The biggest news coming out of the Arena Football League last summer was Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS bringing an expansion team to Los Angeles, aptly named “The LA KISS.” Paul Stanley joined Only A Game’s Karen Given after he purchased the team.

Looking Back On Lou Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest Man’ Speech, 75 Years Later

July 5, 2014
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Seventy-five years ago Lou Gehrig delivered his famous farewell speech, widely regarded as the greatest speech in sports history. Richard Sandomir spoke with Karen Given about how the speech has endured since July 4, 1939.

Brandi Chastain: Leave Heading To Grown-Ups

July 5, 2014
Brandi Chastain, who played with the U.S. National Team from 1988 to 2004, says players under 14 should not head the ball. (Tom Hauck /Getty Images)

Former U.S. women’s national soccer team star Brandi Chastain doesn’t want kids to learn one of the important skills of the game. She explains her reasoning to Karen Given.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

July 5, 2014
Tight ends like Jimmy Graham (80) receive the ball, but are they wide receivers? An arbitrator said no this week. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

OAG analyst Charlie Pierce and guest host Karen Given discuss the opposing views of Jurgen Klinsmann and Landon Donovan; tight end Jimmy Graham’s failed attempt to become a wide receiver; and an unusual honor for the NCAA’s president.

‘The Karen’ Will Eat You Alive: ‘Learning To Breathe Fire’ And The Rise Of CrossFit

July 5, 2014
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J.C. Herz’s ‘Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness’ offers an inside look at the fitness sensation that she describes as “a good cult.” The author joins Karen Given.

WNBA Cashing In With Pro-LGBT Campaign

July 5, 2014
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Early in its history, the WNBA took steps to avoid becoming known as a “lesbian league.” But this summer, the WNBA held its first nationally televised Pride game, acknowledging those fans who’ve been there from the beginning. Karen Given has the story.

Penny Hardaway’s Second Act: Coaching Middle School Basketball

July 5, 2014
Hardaway played in the NBA for 15 seasons, including two with the New York Knicks. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

This week, former NBA star Penny Hardaway was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. Hardaway spoke with Karen Given about his playing days and his new job: coaching at his former middle school in Memphis, Tenn.

Tour De France Honors Riders, Soldiers Killed In World War I

July 5, 2014
Arras, France, shown here in 1916, was left in ruins by World War I. It is one of the stops on the 2014 Tour de France, which will pay homage to all soldiers who died in the war. (AP)

The 2014 Tour de France begins Saturday in Leeds, England. This year’s race, which falls on the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, will include a number of tributes to those who were killed.

Are Soccer’s Penalty Kicks Too Easy?

July 5, 2014
Since 1966, players have scored on x percent of penalty kicks at the World Cup. Is it time to make them harder? (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

Since 1966, players have converted 81 percent of all World Cup penalty kicks. Grantland writer Kirk Goldsberry thinks it’s time for soccer to consider moving the penalty kick spot back.

Up Next, 2018: The Future Of The U.S. Men’s National Team

July 5, 2014
Tim Howard made 16 saves, a World Cup record, in the U.S's 2-1 loss to Belgium. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

The U.S. made it out of group play at the 2014 World Cup but was stopped in the Round of 16. Can the team go further in in 2018? Greg Lalas of MLSsoccer.com joins Karen Given to discuss what’s next for coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team.

Shades Of 1918: Red Sox And Cubs Meet Again

July 2, 2014
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The Red Sox and Cubs finished their three-game series, just the fourth time the teams have met since the 1918 World Series. Only A Game’s Karen Given was at the game on Monday, and reflected on the storied histories of the two teams.

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.

Ortiz Hits No. 450, Red Sox Beat Yankees 8-5

June 30, 2014
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a third-inning, three-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley. (AP/Kathy Willens)

David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game to lead the Red Sox over the New York Yankees 8-5 Sunday night.

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