Archenemies: Harrison V. Doubt, Walton V. Pain, Hardy V. Sexism

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Kendra Harrison. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Kendra Harrison couldn't go to instead she set a world record. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Summer is a time for superhero blockbusters. This week on Only A Game, we have stories about athletes taking on their archenemies. Our heroes: American hurdler Kendra Harrison battles self-doubt. Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton struggles against chronic back pain. And boxer Heather Hardy fights for gender equality. Join us!

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How A Phone Call Helped Turn An Olympic Letdown Into A World Record

In a span of just two weeks, Kendra Harrison turned a disappointing performance at the Olympic trials into a world record ... with help from a coach she hadn't spoken to since high school.

Littlefield: Former Red Sox Pitcher Never Said 'No' To The Jimmy Fund

Bob Stanley is infamous for his role in Boston's 1986 World Series loss. After speaking with former Red Sox play-by-play broadcaster Ken Coleman, Bill Littlefield came to know Stanley for something much more significant.

3 Stories: NFL Suspension, College Athlete 'Pitfalls,' Triple Plays

ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. and sportswriter Patrick Hruby joined Bill Littlefield.

Bill Walton's Battle With Chronic Pain And His Journey 'Back From The Dead'

Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton’s long list of accomplishments includes two NCAA championships, two NBA titles and an MVP trophy. But the cost was chronic physical pain that led to despair. Walton tells Bill Littlefield the story of his struggles and his journey back to health.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Aaron Judge's odd night at the plate. Also, the Detroit Red Wings threaten legal action over the use of their logo in Charlottesville. And the Rally Cat has been found.

'No Freedom 'Til We're Equal': Heather Hardy Fights For Women's Boxing

Undefeated boxer Heather Hardy found her home after stepping into the ring for the first time. Now, she's fighting for gender equality in the sport.

This program aired on August 19, 2017.


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