Sports With Bill Littlefield: Deflategate, Sandoval And Athletes Getting Political

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Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight spoke during a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in April. (Darron Cummings/AP)
Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight spoke during a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in April. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Bill Littlefield breaks down the major sports stories of the week.

First, the NFL Player's Association was given the extension they sought for the deadline to file for a rehearing on Tom Brady's suspension for his role in Deflategate.

Just a week ago, the 2nd Circuit ruled two to one that Brady's suspension was valid. The new extension gives Brady's team until May 23 to decide whether to ask for a rehearing. Brady is expected to make a new request, though the court will have to agree to take up the case again.

We also talk about why the Red Sox didn't insure Pablo Sandoval, who's only played three games this season and is now out for a shoulder injury until 2017.

Finally, we take and a look at the athletes who are endorsing political figures, including Indiana legend, the basketball coach Bobby Knight.


Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.


The New York Times: Court Grants Brady Extension to Appeal Deflategate Decision

  • "The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Brady could have until May 23 to decide whether to ask for a rehearing in front of the same three-judge panel or a new hearing — called "en banc" — in front of the entire circuit."

The Boston Globe: Red Sox Usually Avoid Insuring Major Contracts

  • "Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Tuesday in Florida and will miss the rest of the season. The Red Sox will not be able to recoup any money because they do not have insurance on Sandoval, according to a report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal."

NPR: Why Bobby Knight And A Rogues' Gallery Of Athletes Are Flocking To Trump

  • "Knight is the latest in a growing rogues' gallery of controversial and outspoken athletes and coaches to side with Trump. Trump recently bragged about an endorsement from Mike Tyson - the heavyweight boxer who served time for rape and infamously bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear. He's also won public backing from cigarette-smoking, club-throwing golfer John Daly, and rainbow-haired NBA star Dennis Rodman, who calls North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un a friend."

CNN: Athletes Go Political: Who's Endorsing Who?

  • "No strangers to tabloid drama, the outspoken retired athletes all endorse Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, joining a chorus of sports personalities who are weighing in on the U.S. presidential election. The backing of popular sports figures — depending on their background — can add a level of cache to a budding presidential nominee, senior political strategist Jeremy Bird tells CNN."


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