'The Banana-Leaf Ball' Shows How 'Play Can Change The World'
Young Benjamin Nzobonankira's life in a refugee camp in Tanzania was grim, until soccer coaches arrived to teach lessons of forgiveness. Author Katie Smith Milway hopes to use Benjamin's story to spread that message to children all over the world.
'Anybody Can Help Somebody': Lessons From Street Soccer
Every four years, homeless children from around the world compete in the Street Child World Cup. In 2014, Shauntel Payton represented the U.S. Only A Game's Martin Kessler shares the story of Payton's journey to that tournament -- and explains how it changed her life.
Jack Harrison And 'Mum' Leave Man. Utd. System And Find Success In U.S.
Jack Harrison was rising through the Manchester United academy system. But when he was 14, his mom sent him to the U.S. Five years later, Jack was the No. 1 overall pick in the MLS draft. Jack and his mom, Debbie, share the story of their unusual journey.
Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
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.
3 Stories: Report From Rio, Brazil's Chance At Soccer Gold, The War On Doping
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.
An Irish Priest, His Dog, And The New Manager Of The English Football Team
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.
3 Stories: ESPYs Activism, Celebration In Portugal, Pokemon Fitness Plan
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.
3 Stories: The 'New Cleveland', Russia's Doping Punishment, USMNT's Future
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.
National Women's Soccer League Gives Amateur Players A Shot At The Pros
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.