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After Two Years As Losers, A Football Team Attempts A Major Turnaround

Some college football teams play to sold-out crowds in colossal stadiums. Then there's the Columbia University Lions, a squad that lost every game for two years straight. This fall, a new coach has been trying to help the Lions start winning again.

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Fantasy Sports As Day Job: Meet One Of The Industry's Top Winners

Is daily fantasy sports a game of skill or one of chance? Just ask one of the industry's top winners, a Bostonian who treats daily fantasy sports as his day job.

Morning Edition

Cowboys' Leon Lett On 'One Of The Worst Days Of My NFL Career'

A split-second decision can cost a team the game. On Thanksgiving Day in 1993, when the Miami Dolphins played the Dallas Cowboys, defensive tackle Leon Lett made a big mistake that still haunts him.

Morning Edition

Sports Fans Spend Thanksgiving The Traditional Way: Watching Football

Thanksgiving means lots of turkey — and of course, football. Linda Wertheimer talks to ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus for a preview of the long holiday weekend's NFL and collegiate games.

Former NFL Great Frank Gifford Had CTE, Family Says

The former New York Giants star running back, who died in August, was diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his family said Wednesday.

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Deaths Persist In Youth And Student Football Despite Safety Efforts

At least 19 young football players have died so far in 2015. Pediatricians are calling for changes in the way the game is played, including a move to non-tackle games.

Golden State Warriors Break Record For Best Start In NBA

MVP Stephen Curry led his team to a milestone victory with a 111-17 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. The Warriors have now won 16 games in a row.

Morning Edition

Skill Or Chance? Question Looms Over Fantasy Sports Industry

Daily fantasy sports companies are in a battle with New York's attorney general over the legality of their games. A judge there will weigh in on whether fantasy sports is based on skill or chance.

Morning Edition

There Are No Winners Without Losers

Somebody has to lose, right? So, let's learn from defeat.

Morning Edition

Golden State Warriors Are Off To A Hot Start; Could Set NBA Record

The 15-0 Golden State Warriors could set a record for most consecutive wins to start a season, if they beat the LA Lakers Tuesday. Linda Wertheimer talks to Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News.

Taking Sportsmanship To The Next Level

November 28, 2015
Atlantic Union College athletics were known for a friendly and welcoming atmosphere to all competitors.

Traditionally, Atlantic Union College, a Seventh-day Adventist institution, wasn’t interested in sports. But in the ’90s, the school started looking at athletic competitions differently. Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield took in a post-game reception at the college in 1995 and came back with this report about the school’s unique sportsmanship.

Panthers Rookie Moves In With Veteran — And His Wife

November 28, 2015
Willie Mitchell (center) is a 37-year-old NHL veteran. He invited 19-year-old teammate Aaron Ekblad (right) to live with him and his wife, Megan, after the fellow defenseman made the roster. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

After Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad made the team as an 18 year old, veteran Willie Mitchell invited the rookie to live with him and his wife, Megan. Last spring, Katie Baker wrote about the trio for Grantland, and she joined Bill Littlefield to share what she learned.

Charlie Pierce: This Week In Sports

November 28, 2015
On Wednesday, the family of NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford announced he suffered from CTE--the disease connected to brain injury and trauma can only be diagnosed posthumously. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)

It’s Thanksgiving week, so Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce are talking football: NFL concussion policy, which NFL teams will play in London next season and an amazing performance by Calvin Johnson. Also, Charlie offers a tip of the cap to a 22-year-old Amish man who completed the Harrisburg marathon.

Meet The NCAA’s First Openly Transgender Swimmer

November 28, 2015
Jay Pulitano swam all four years at Sarah Lawrence. (Jim O'Connor/NJ Sport Pics)

An avid swimmer since childhood, Jay Pulitano was the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA. Pulitano talked with Only A Game’s Zoe Sobel about how he found a supportive home in collegiate swimming.

‘Little Victories’ And The (Many) Rules Of Touch Football

November 28, 2015
Touch football is no laughing matter--that's why Jason Gay has created rules to maintain the integrity of the game.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay has compiled a list of rules for Thanksgiving Day touch football, to help keep your family’s annual game from disintegrating into lawlessness. Gay joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the rules, which are included in his new book “Little Victories.”

The Pilgrims Would Not Have Liked Football…Especially On Thanksgiving

November 28, 2015
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 27: A young fan with a turkey hat looks on during the Thanksgiving day game between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears at Ford Field on November 27, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Home, Thanksgiving and Football. For many American families, those three things are being celebrated this week, in varying degrees. But it hasn’t always been that way. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

The History — And Uncertain Future — Of The Jumbotron

November 28, 2015
The Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field didn't have a jumbotron until this year. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

There was a time before sports stadiums had Jumbotrons (and the obligatory “kiss cam” to go with them). Will there be a time after as well? SB Nation’s Mary Pilon joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the past, present and future of these giant video boards.

Tracking 127 Years Of Home-Field Advantage

November 28, 2015
A Columbia psychology professor has found that home-field advantage exists in sports -- but its significance has been declining. (Kevork Djansezian/AP)

After analyzing 127 years of English soccer matches, Columbia psychology professor James Curley has proven that home-field advantage exists. But Curley also found that the advantage has been declining over time, and he joins Bill Littlefield to explain why that might be.

Slow And Steady Won The Long-Distance Race, And Fed Our Ancestors

November 26, 2015
Runner (Jim Larson/Flickr)

Humans can’t compare to other species when it comes to strength or speed, but our bodies are equipped for long-distance running.

Family of Frank Gifford Announces Doctors Found Signs Of CTE

November 26, 2015

The family of the late pro football Hall of Famer, Frank Gifford, has disclosed that after his death this summer, doctors found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in his brain. Chris Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to talk about what this announcement from the Gifford family might mean.

‘What A Way To Make A Living:’ Bill Littlefield Gives Thanks

November 25, 2015
Bill and Roger Angell. (Courtesy of Bill Littlefield.)

Bill Littlefield is among the many giving thanks for gifts past and present. “Thanks for balls that bounced just right,” he writes, “And games that brightened up dark nights…”

(Don’t) Use Your Head: Is U.S. Soccer’s Youth Restriction The Right Move?

November 25, 2015
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - NOVEMBER 17: Shinji Okazaki #9 of Japan heads the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Cambodia and Japan on November 17, 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

A recent United States Soccer Federation resolution is aiming to cut the number of headers in youth soccer. Will the move keep young athletes safe? Is there a chance the U.S. will become less competitive in international competitions? Here’s a look at how analysts and former players are reacting to the resolution.

Springer On Sports: Fantasy Sites Go To Court, Football And Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015
Boston College kicks the ball to Notre Dame during the third quarter of the Shamrock Series NCAA college football game at Fenway Park. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Shria Springer, investigative reporter for the Sports section of the Boston Globe, joins us to talk sports.

Golden State Warriors Make History With 16-0 Record

November 25, 2015
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots over Jordan Clarkson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game at Oracle Arena on November 24, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The team continued its dominance of the NBA last night with its 16th straight win – the best start in the history of the league.

As Colleges Educate Players On Concussions, Repeated Head Hits Rise As A Concern

November 25, 2015
Wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley, left, takes a hit from defensive back Asante Gibson during a Harvard football practice on Nov. 2. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Harvard is a leader in the prevention and treatment of concussions among football players. But there’s new focus on sub-concussive hits as well.

Millsap, Teague Pace Hawks To 121-97 Win Over Boston

November 25, 2015

Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn’t surprised at how poorly his team performed. “We had this coming,” he said.

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