Hope Solo received a six month ban for calling Sweden "cowards," while another soccer player will sit out just two games for repeatedly calling his openly gay opponent "queer." Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce sort out two very different punishments in the U.S. soccer world. Plus, swimmer Ryan Lochte's new opportunities.
Will the show go on in Rio? Which Olympic soccer team should we be rooting for? And is it time to end the war on performance enhancing drugs? Shira Springer of the Boston Globe and Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports join Bill Littlefield.
In 1989, a priest from Limerick was made chairman of a floundering football club. Father Joe Young convinced Englishman Sam Allardyce to become the club's player-manager. Now Allardyce is the new manager of the English national team. Father Joe -- and his dog -- tell the story of Allardyce's transformative year with Limerick F.C.
What will activism in sports look like as more athletes call for social change? Does anything boost community morale like a championship victory for the home team? And how is a popular video game revolutionizing fitness technology? Michael Lee and Karen Given join Bill Littlefield.
Which American city will replace Cleveland as the saddest in sports? Will Russian track and field athletes compete at Rio under the Olympic or Russian flag? And what's the future of the U.S. men's soccer team after a 4-0 loss to Argentina? Sportswriter Erik Malinowski and ESPN The Magazine's Mina Kimes join Bill Littlefield.
With players from national teams preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics, some National Women's Soccer League clubs are calling on amateur players to fill out their rosters. Bill Littlefield hears the story of two players who got a call-up.
One game into the 2016 NBA Finals, is it fair to say LeBron and the Cavs are big underdogs? And why does forward Anderson Varejão have better odds than anyone else of getting a championship ring? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill talk NBA playoffs and more.
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.
Many English Premier League teams have their own fan-run YouTube channels. ArsenalFanTV is one of the most successful because of two fans named Claude and Ty. Put them together, and Claude and Ty represent every dedicated sports fan of every team in every sport around the world.
Nigel Maguire is a former chief executive for the British National Health Service. His son -- a soccer goalie-- was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma halfway through a trial period with the Leeds United club. Maguire is now pushing for more scientific study into a potential link between cancer and the rubber pellets found in most artificial turf fields.
Does the MLB handle domestic violence cases better than the NFL? Why is Brandi Chastain's donation of her brain to CTE research so important? And will soccers' detractors ever change their tune? Vice Sports' Patrick Hruby joins Bill Littlefield and Karen Given.
When a photo of Murtaza Ahmadi wearing a Messi jersey made out of a garbage bag first appeared on the Internet, nobody was sure whether the 5-year-old lived in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now, thanks to UNICEF, Ahmadi has a real soccer jersey, signed by his favorite player.
If you watched just one NFL game all season, what would you learn? If NBA players lived with their moms, would they be more successful? And is the sports' fan revolution about to begin? George Vecsey and Rachel Bachman join Bill Littlefield.