Weekend Edition Saturday

This Week In Sports: NBA All-Star Game; What About NHL Concussions?

The NBA's All Star Game starts this weekend. NPR's Linda Wertheimer and Howard Bryant of ESPN talk about the upcoming basketball exhibition, the Golden State Warriors and concussions in the NHL.

Weekend Edition Saturday

The Man Behind The NFL Music: Sam Spence Dies At 88

Weekend Edition remembers Sam Spence, a longtime composer of rousing musical scores for NFL Films' documentaries and highlight reels.

MLB Bans New York Mets Pitcher Jenrry Mejia For Life For Doping

The reliever is the first player to be banned permanently from Major League Baseball for failing three tests for performance-enhancing drugs.

Video: UCLA Gymnast Sophina DeJesus Whips, Nae Naes And Slays

The viral video of DeJesus' routine doesn't show an athlete dominating in a traditionally white sport despite her race. She's an athlete celebrating her identity in the sport she loves.

Reality Star And Ex-Rapper Team Up To Coach Miami High School Football Team

Lakatriona "Bernice" Brunson of South Beach Tow fame has been named head football coach at Miami Jackson High School. Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell is the new defensive coordinator.

Not Ready To Stop Obsessing Over Beyoncé And 'Formation'? We Got You

So you've watched the music video, and the halftime show, eleventy million times. Now, let these smart takes help you parse all the feels.

Small Batch: The Super Bowl, From Peyton vs. Cam To Twitter vs. Coldplay

We talk about the game, the quarterbacks, the halftime show in which Coldplay was hopelessly outshined, and lots more.

All Things Considered

A Skeptical Review Of CBS' Super Bowl Online Streaming Success

For the first time, CBS put the full Super Bowl, with ads, online and claimed record viewership. But's Dan Rayburn says the decision to stream is getting too much hype.

Did Marshawn Lynch Just Announce His Retirement Without Using Any Words?

The Seahawks haven't officially said Lynch is retiring, and it's highly unlikely he would hold a news conference to banter with reporters

Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos Take Home The NFL Title

The Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers on the strength of their defense. It was the biggest football game of the year — so we covered it with the littlest poems we can think of: haiku.

Boston-Area Athletes Pursue Olympic Dreams In L.A. Trials Marathon

February 13, 2016

It’s a big day for about a dozen Boston-area athletes. They are in Los Angeles to run the Olympic Trials Marathon.

Super Bowl 100: A Look Into The Future

February 13, 2016
The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, but who will take home the Lombardi Trophy in 2066? Steve Rushin has the answer. (Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images)

Super Bowl 50 is in the past and Super Bowl 100 is in the future, except for Steve Rushin of In a “Special Report From The Future,” Rushin imagines the 100th edition of the game — one featuring teams from two countries and players of various genders.

Whether It’s L.A. Or St. Louis, One Rams Fan Believes For Life

February 13, 2016
"The one thing I learned about the Rams," says Andrew Kulick," is nothing ever comes easy. So, you know, if you're going to win the game, it's going to be on the last play." (Susan Valot/Only A Game)

The St. Louis Rams are now the Los Angeles Rams, and, for the first time in two decades, L.A. will have its own NFL team to cheer for. One particular fan is very excited.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

February 13, 2016
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the future of the LSU football program may be in jeopardy due to the state's budget crisis. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Super Bowl 50 may barely be in the rear view mirror, but it’s not too early for Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce to give his predictions for next season. Bill and Charlie also review whether Louisiana residents would rather have a governor or the LSU football program.

‘This Is Your Brain On Sports’ Looks At The Psychology Of Our Games

February 13, 2016
Why is the t-shirt cannon such an effective promotion? L. Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers attempt to answer this question in their book, "This Is Your Brain on Sports" (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Why do sports fans do and say the things they do? Tufts professor Sam Sommers and Sports Illustrated editor L. Jon Wertheim attempt to find out in their new book, “This is Your Brain on Sports.” The pair shared some of their findings with Bill Littlefield.

All Eyes On Roger Goodell This NFL Offseason

February 13, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spent the 2015 offseason attempting to punish Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in what’s become known as “Deflategate.” Bill Littlefield speculates what Goodell has up his sleeves to make sure the spotlight stays on the NFL during the 2016 offseason.

3 Stories You Should Know: NFL Sociology, NBA Moms, Liverpool Walkout

February 13, 2016
Not pictured celebrating the Bronco's Super Bowl victory: George Vecsey. The former NYT sports columnist purposefully didn't watch the big game. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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.

King Henry VIII Might Have Had CTE

February 13, 2016
Researchers think the infamous King Henry VIII might have received CTE from jousting...(Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

King Henry VIII is remembered for marrying six women…and beheading two of them. But what if Henry VIII was more than just a bad husband? What if some of his erratic behavior can be traced back to a jousting match and the same degenerative brain condition that now affects former athletes?

Super Bowl 50 Through The Eyes Of An $11 Hot Dog Vendor

February 13, 2016
Thousands of workers were bused into Levi's Stadium to make Super Bowl 50 possible. Gabriel Thompson worked concessions at the big game: he says for all their planning, the NFL they didn't do enough for their hourly workers. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Freelance journalist Gabriel Thompson experienced Super Bowl 50 from a different perspective: as a concessions worker helping to keep fans fed during the prime-time spectacle. Thompson shares what it’s like to be a low-wage worker for the NFL.

Former Basketball Star Jay Williams Chases A New Dream

February 12, 2016
Basketball player Jay Williams attends the "Belief" New York premiere at TheTimesCenter on October 14, 2015 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Two months after finishing his first season in the NBA, Williams nearly died in a motorcycle crash. He talks about what’s happened since.

Photos: Big Air At Fenway Transforms The Green Monster

February 12, 2016
Snowboarder Michael Schaerer, of Switzerland, jumps during the Big Air at Fenway skiing and snowboarding U.S. Grand Prix tour event. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The Big Air event featuring world-class skiers and snowboarders is an attempt to bring the sport down from the mountains and into cities where more people can enjoy it.

Boston-Area Marathoners Chase Spots On Olympic Team At L.A. Trials

February 12, 2016
The U.S. is one of the few countries that picks its Olympic marathon team from the results of a single race. Pictured here, runners start the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston in 2012. (David J. Phillip/AP)

The U.S. is one of the few countries that picks its Olympic Marathon team from the results of a single race.

Bergeron Scores Twice And Bruins Beat Jets 6-2

February 12, 2016

The Bruins beat the Jets 6-2 last night in Winnipeg — the first stop on a six-game road trip for the B’s.

Marshawn Lynch Retires: An Ode To Beast Mode

February 11, 2016
Marshawn Lynch lives his life on his own terms, so his low-key retirement announcement was no surprise. (AP Photo/Joe Nicholson)

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch unceremoniously announced his retirement on Twitter during Sunday’s Super Bowl. Just as captivating as Lynch’s runs was his enigmatic personality. Here are the moments that defined the Skittles-loving, custom-gold-grill-procuring back.

30th Anniversary Of Spud Webb, NBA Dunk Contest Champion

February 11, 2016
Guard Anthony "Spud" Webb of the Atlanta Hawks leaps to victory during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at The Forum in Inglewood, California. (Stephen Dunn/Allsport via Getty Images)

Spud Webb won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in a David and Goliath-type match up. Webb, 5’7″, was the shortest player to ever win.

Celtics Rally Late, Overtake Clippers In Overtime 139-134

February 11, 2016

The Celtics beat the Clippers 139-134 in overtime last night at the Garden. Isaiah Thomas had 36 points.

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