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

August 9, 2014

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.

Judges Rules Against NCAA In O’Bannon Lawsuit

August 9, 2014
After starring at UCLA, Ed O'Bannon played just two seasons in the NBA. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

A federal judge ruled that the NCAA cannot prevent colleges and athletic conferences from compensating men’s basketball and football players for the use of their names, images and likeness.

Tiger Suffers Latest Setback At Bridgestone

August 6, 2014
Tiger Woods hits off the 14th tee during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Woods left during the final round with back pain. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday due to back spasms. The man who once seemed destined to win majors into his 40s has not won one since 2008. Bill Littlefield speculates about the consequences of his latest injury.

Kevin Durant, Misty Copeland And Under Armour’s Big Moves

August 6, 2014
Would a deal with Maryland-based Under Armour suggest Kevin Durant is eyeing the Wizards in 2016? (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Under Armour has made two moves this past week that could expand the reach of the sports apparel company.

Jay Lifts Cardinals To 3-2 Win Over Red Sox

August 6, 2014
Red Sox starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa pats Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez. (AP/Elise Amendola)

Rubby De La Rosa gave up just one run on six hits in six innings and left with the game tied 1-all. Boston ended up losing 3-2 to the Cardinals.

An Update On The NCAA’s Concussion Settlement

August 4, 2014
Adrian Arrington, a former safety at Eastern Illinois University, was the lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit against the NCAA. The case has been settled with $70 million being pledged to diagnose concussions. (Seth Perlman/AP Photo)

The concussion lawsuit against the NCAA may be settled soon, with $70 million being provided for “medical monitoring.” Bill Littlefield spoke with Ben Strauss of The New York Times about the settlement and its possible outcomes.

Buchholz Hit Hard, Red Sox Lose 8-7 To Yankees

August 4, 2014

Clay Buchholz’s first game as the leader of Boston’s new-look staff looked a lot like the rest of his poor season.

Wild Webster Sinks Red Sox In 6-4 Loss To Yankees

August 3, 2014

A two-run double from Derek Jeter helped power the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox yesterday afternoon, 6-4.

Skateboarding On The Reservation

August 2, 2014
Skaters watch the action in the White Mountain competition. (Ken Shulman/Only A Game)

For some Native Americans living on reservations in the American Southwest, skateboarding is more than just a recreational activity — it also offers a reprieve from some of life’s challenges. Ken Shulman reports from Arizona.

Team Ethan Takes On Cleveland Triathlon

August 2, 2014

Rachel Prior, 12, completed the Cleveland Triathlon while pushing and pulling her best friend Ethan who has cerebral palsy. She told Bill Littlefield the story of their friendship.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

August 2, 2014
Chicago Cubs' relief pitcher James Russell was one of nearly 40 MLB players who said goodbye to their teams on Deadline Day. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the winners and losers of MLB’s trade deadline, Houston running back Arian Foster’s strategy to deal with the media and scratch and sniff tickets for fans of the Oregon Ducks.

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