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Update: Olympic Champion Diver Greg Louganis Finally Gets A Wheaties Box

April 9, 2016
Greg Louganis won four Olympic Gold Medals, but, until recently, was denied a spot on the cover of a Wheaties cereal box. (Mike Powell/Allsport)

In the 1980s, four-time Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis didn’t get his photo on a Wheaties box. Louganis is gay and was told that he didn’t fit into General Mills’ “wholesome demographic.” Some fans didn’t think that was right, and now the company has changed its tune.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

April 9, 2016
Newly elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was implicated in the Panama Papers. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce surprised to learn that members of FIFA are named in the Panama Papers? Not quite. Charlie joins Karen Given to discuss that and more from the week’s sports news.

A Grieving Mother Helps Bring Lacrosse To Hampton University

April 9, 2016
Michael Crawford played lacrosse in high school and proposed to bring the sport to Hampton University. When he died before he could carry out his vision, his mom took over. (Courtesy of Verina Mathis-Crawford)

Michael Crawford, a student at Hampton University, wanted to bring lacrosse to his historically black university. When Crawford unexpectedly died, his mother picked up the job her son had started…and took it even further. Verina Mathis-Crawford tells that story, In Her Own Words.

3 Stories You Should Know: Villanova Wins, Tennis Ball Controversy, Race In Baseball

April 9, 2016
HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04:  The ball shot by Kris Jenkins #2 of the Villanova Wildcats is seen before it becomes the game-winning three pointer to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 in the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Did we just witness the five most exciting seconds in March Madness history? Did you know men and women play with different tennis balls? And is baseball too white?

The Musical Stylings Of Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully

April 9, 2016
For 66 years, Dodgers announcer Vin Scully has provided the soundtrack for many of baseball's iconic moments. (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

L.A. Times columnist Chris Erskine has spent the last few months on a quest to figure out why Dodgers announcer Vin Scully’s iconic voice has resonated with generations of baseball fans. This week he released his findings, and the answer is quite musical.

Bootlegs And Ol’ Blue Eyes: Manny And The Baseball Apparel Craze

April 9, 2016
Do you wear a baseball jersey when you go to a ballgame? Well, it all started in the Bronx... (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ever wonder why wearing a jersey to a baseball game — or really any sporting event — became a thing? Bill Littlefield looked into it and followed the story all the way to Frank Sinatra.

Can You Spot The Real Masters Prop Bets?

April 7, 2016
As the 2016 Masters tees off, bettors will be waging on everything from the winner's nationality to whether the ceremonial first tee shot will settle in the fairway. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The 2016 Masters gets underway this weekend at Augusta National Golf Club. That means a number of weird, off-shore prop bets to wager on. Can you tell the difference between real Masters lines and the prop bets we came up with in the OAG office?

Littlefield: The Allure Of Sports

April 6, 2016
While some aspiring sportswriters strive to cover the world's biggest events, Bill finds inspiration in the less-celebrated things, like a sunrise at Saratoga Race Course. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Some aspiring sportswriters crave the ticket to ride to the most celebrated games. Bill Littlefield finds himself thinking about more humble sources of inspiration.

In New Documentary, Ken Burns Reflects On Jackie Robinson’s Legacy

April 2, 2016
Jackie Robinson. (Courtesy PBS)

A new documentary by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon explores the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson. Ken Burns joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the documentary and Robinson’s impact on American history.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

April 2, 2016
Once again, this year's Final Four features no teams from anywhere west of Oklahoma. What's to blame? (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It’s Final Four weekend! For the eighth year in a row, no men’s team from anywhere west of Oklahoma will be competing. Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce weighs in. Bill and Charlie also break down the NCAA’s latest mishap and the Golden State Warriors’ April Fool’s Day prank.

Football To Broadway To Wall Street: The Re-Invention Of Eddie George

April 2, 2016
Since Heisman-winning running back Eddie George left the gridiron, he's acted in the Broadway musical "Chiacgo" and gotten his MBA. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Eddie George won a Heisman trophy while at Ohio State University and played in the NFL for nine years. But after his playing days ended unexpectedly, he had to re-invent himself. Eddie George tells his story, In His Own Words.

3 Stories You Should Know: Lakers Scandal, NCAA Transfers, USWNT Wages

April 2, 2016
D'Angelo Russell is in hot water after a video of him recording teammate Nick Young talking about infidelity was leaked online. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

What does the D’Angelo Russell-Nick Young saga say about the social media era? Does the NCAA need to change its transfer rules? And, does the USWNT have a proper case against the U.S. Soccer Federation for wage discrimination? Michael Lee and Patrick Hruby join Bill for 3 Stories You Should Know.

Leicester City Tops English Premier League, Thanks To Richard III?

April 2, 2016
Could King Richard III (who's been dead for over 500 years) be helping the Leicester Foxes this season? Some fans think so... (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

King Richard III was reburied in March of 2015 in Leicester, England. Ever since then, Leicester’s soccer team has done remarkably well. Only A Game’s Karen Given explores the superstitious buzz surrounding Richard III and Leicester City.

The Final Four’s Complicated History With Domes

April 2, 2016
This year's Final Four teams will square off in front of 76,000 fans at Houston's NRG Stadium. The venue, formerly known as Reliant Stadium, was also home to the 2011 Final Four. Some basketball purists say domed venues are bad for the game. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

This year, once again, college basketball’s championship will be played in a football stadium. The trend of hosting the Final Four in non-basketball venues began in 1971. Bill Littlefield goes back 45 years to revisit that first weekend at the Astrodome in Houston.

Final Four Fun Facts: Breaking Down This Year’s Schools

April 1, 2016
Villanova, Oklahoma, Syracuse and UNC will represent their schools at this weekend's Final Four in Houston. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

At long last, the Final Four is upon us. Syracuse, Villanova, Oklahoma and UNC will play for the championship this weekend in Houston. Here’s everything you need to know about the schools whose teams will take the floor.

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