Saturday, October 9, 2010

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Kurt Warner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya perform. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)
The NHL season began this week in Helsinki and Stockholm.  The action continues this weekend in Prague.  We’ll talk to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, who is thankfully stateside, for a preview of the NHL’s jet-setting season.

This time last year, veteran quarterback Kurt Warner was playing for the Arizona Cardinals and working on his passing game.  Today, he’s working on his “jazz hands.”  Warner is the latest in a growing number of NFL players to compete on ABC’s reality TV show, Dancing with the Stars.  Arizona Public Radio’s Gillian Ferris Kohl talked with the man who traded football for Flamenco.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games are ongoing in Dehli, India, where 71 teams, mostly current or former members of the British Empire, compete in contemporary sports like swimming, diving, gymnastics, rugby, field hockey, and badminton.  Journalist Anjali Nayar spent the last few weeks traveling across India and learning about some of the traditional sports that will not be featured in the Commonwealth Games.  She has our report.

For a while, Joe Keller, a youth basketball coach in Moreno Valley, California, was credited for finding the “next LeBron James.”  But, according to Pulitzer-Prize-winning sportswriter George Dohrmann’s new book, Play Their Hearts Out, Keller was a greedy and dishonest man who took advantage of children. Dohrmann talks with Bill about his new book.

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss:  fixing baseball’s umpire problem, saying goodbye to Randy Moss, and the dangers of singing the Philippine national anthem.

When St. George’s High School in Newport, Rhode Island declined to play a football game against Lawrence Academy of Groton, Massachusetts this week, an anonymous coach called the move “a black eye on the league.”  Bill Littlefield begs to differ.

The first international chess tournament took place in London in 1851.  Down the road, just 16 years later, the Marquess of Queensbury put his imprimatur on the modern rules of boxing.  Today, the two sports meet in an unlikely fashion.  Only A Game’s Ron Schachter traveled to London and tried his hand at chess boxing.

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