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NBA Update

Bill Littlefield updates the latest results from the NBA Playoffs.

Indiana Pacers

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Tonight in Indiana, the Pacers will host the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals to determine who will try to avoid being summarily dismissed by the Big Aristotle (and company) or savaged by Kevin Garnett's Timberwolves. From Indianapolis, Ron Schachter reports.

California Horse Racing Troubles

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Even as the horse racing world converges on Pimlico for today's Preakness, the Triple Crown's storied second jewel, legislation aimed at helping California's troubled tracks awaits Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval. From Los Angeles, Nick Roman reports.

Fare Thee Well Sausage Lady

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Mandy Block, made famous last year by getting hit by bat-wielding ballplayer Randall Simon while dressed as a giant sausage, has called it a meat impersonating career.

Canada Loves Calgary

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A Canadian team has made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in a decade. We'll discuss how the Flames have reignited passion in the hearts of Calgarians with Scott Cruickshank, a columnist for the Calgary Herald.

Cow Chips For Cash

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A high school's smelly fundraiser.

College Athletes Take a Gamble

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On Wednesday, the NCAA released some disturbing data collected via a survey of college athletes and gambling. Almost a third of all athletes in all divisions risk their eligibility by wagering in some form or another. Perhaps even more troubling is that some athletes have anonymously acknowledged taking money for "altering the outcome of games." Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star has been covering the story and he joins Bill from Indianapolis.

Hot Potato

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Bob Kuska has a new book about the black basketball players of New York and Washington who helped shape the game as we know it today.

BALCO Drug Suspensions

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In the months since federal officials first raided the BALCO offices near San Francisco, the investigation into the suspected performance enhancing drug-ring has provided frequent installments of rumor, intrigue and speculation. But this week Kelli White became the first athlete to accept a suspension based not on a positive drug test, but on evidence seized from the BALCO labs. ESPN, the Magazine's Sean Assael joins us to explain the story.

Life After the WUSA

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For the past three years, the world's best female soccer players could count on steady work...at least through the summers. But when the WUSA folded last fall, athletes had to find something else to do.

Letters

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Bill opens up the "Only A Game" cyber-sack of mail and reads a few letters.

Preakness Prognostications and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: prognostications for the Preakness, Sun-belt hockey, and how to become a better violinist.

Aging Pitchers with Tim Kurkjian

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Randy Johnson's remarkable achievement--the perfect game he threw on Tuesday night--requires a visit from the baseball guy who's constantly surprised and delighted by the game he loves, ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.

Steroid Investigations and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and "Only A Game" analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: The continuing steroid saga, Indy 500 pole sitting and, the Magic of diversity in NASCAR.

Friendship Tour

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Can teenagers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan travel to the United States, play soccer against strangers who speak another language, and learn to get along? If they're with the U.S. — Central Asia Friendship Tour, they can!

Body Politic

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Author David Shields writes, "whenever we talk about the body, we inevitably lie. But the body itself never lies." "Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine" is full of such provocative contentions. David Shields joins Bill from the studios of KUOW in Seattle to discuss his book.

This program aired on May 22, 2004.

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