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Reporter Shirley Wang tells the story of her father, Lin Wang, a scientist living in Iowa who befriended NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Also this week on Only A Game: how René "the Crocodile" Lacoste got the inspiration for his iconic clothing brand. And 30 years after leaving Sri Lanka, a Tamil man finds cricket again. Join us!

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My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Shirley Wang's father, Lin, was on a business trip when he ran into NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. It was the beginning of a friendship.

3 Stories: DJ Durkin, NFL's Rooney Rule, Josh Hart's High Fives
Kenneth Shropshire, CEO of Arizona State University's Global Sport Institute, and Julie DiCaro, sports writer and host at Chicago's 670 The Score, join Only A Game's Karen Given.

How René 'The Crocodile' Lacoste Got His Nickname
Sports writer George Carens inadvertently helped launch a legendary fashion brand.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
Karen Given and Charlie discuss 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, Steph Curry's foray into weird science and Jose Canseco's White House ambitions.

How Cricket Helped One Tamil Man Reconnect With Sri Lanka
Chevy Vithiananthan fled his home in Sri Lanka when civil war broke out. Thirty years later, he rediscovered cricket in the U.S.

This program aired on December 15, 2018.

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