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July 25th, 2015

Our Latest Show: July 25-26

Preparing for the Olympics is hard. This week on Only A Game we look at the special challenges facing Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics. We dive into Boston’s bid for the 2024 Games and try to find out why the proposal has failed to gain traction. Plus, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle discusses the DeAndre Jordan saga, an historic moment for a female coach, and “Sharknado 3.” And we meet a 130-pound woman who sumo wrestles.

In Their Own Words
July 30th, 2015

Inside The Winner’s Circle With Basketball’s Sue Bird

With the 2015 WNBA season just past its halfway point, Only A Game was reminded of the story of Seattle Storm guard and basketball great Sue Bird, who has found success throughout her legendary hoops career.

Only A Blog
July 29th, 2015
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Combo Sports: When Two Sports Become One

Why play a single sport when you could play two — at the same time? From Chess Boxing to Headis, Only A Game takes a look at four hybrid sports that have gained popularity.

Only A Blog
July 28th, 2015

NFL Upholds Brady Suspension: The Ruling And Responses

The NFL upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate saga Tuesday. Only A Game has compiled a collection of links to the official report and the heated responses. We also look at how the ruling plays into the ongoing discussion of Brady’s legacy.

Only A Blog
July 28th, 2015

Hyperandrogenic Sprinter Wins Right To Race

Sport’s highest court has ruled that Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, who has naturally high levels of testosterone, can compete against other women again.

Only A Blog
July 28th, 2015

Boston 2024’s Demise Opens Door For Other North American Cities

Boston is out as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics. Now other North American cities are reviving their push to host the Games.

Feature
July 25th, 2015
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California Mom: Secretary By Day, Sumo Wrestler By Night

Jenelle Hamilton is not your typical sumo wrestler. She weighs just 130 pounds and competes against men three times her weight. Now, six years after she hit the mat for the first time, Hamilton is preparing for a return to the US Sumo Open.

In Depth
July 25th, 2015

The Future Of Practice? Virtual Reality And Football Collide

Strap on a virtual reality headset and watch film to get better at football? A virtual reality startup company is working with three NFL teams to help quarterbacks prepare for games. Former Stanford kicker Derek Belch is the founder of STRIVR Labs and he joins us to explain how the new technology works.

Charlie PIerce
July 25th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Is their latest trade a sign that the suddenly splendid Houston Astros are going all-in for a shot at a title? Should U.S. men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann be fired? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce looks at those issues and FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s unexpected [fake] cash windfall.

Feature
July 25th, 2015

Dogs Play For Free At Sunningdale Golf Club

At the Sunningdale Golf Club outside of London, dogs are free to roam the course with their owners. It’s a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. Secretary Stephen Toon explains the history — and shares his favorite story from the dog-friendly links.

Featured Book
July 25th, 2015

‘Dancing With The Devil’ Details Rio’s Prep For 2016 Olympics

When Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, Brazilians celebrated. Six years, an economic nosedive and a World Cup later, the country’s residents feel very differently. In her new book “Dancing with the Devil in the City of God,” Brazilian journalist Juliana Barbassa chronicles the change.

In Depth
July 25th, 2015
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Boston Struggles To Win Support For 2024 Olympics Bid

Boston is known as a sports town, but the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics has failed to garner widespread support. Why is it so hard to bid for the Olympics? Where did Boston go wrong? And can the bid be fixed? Only A Game guest host Shira Springer investigates.

3 Stories You Should Know
July 25th, 2015

Feds Drop Case Vs. Bonds; UAB Football Returns; And ESPN’s Talent Troubles

Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur and sports writer Erik Malinowski join OAG guest host Shira Springer for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Interview
July 25th, 2015

Mavs Coach Carlisle On DeAndre Jordan, Becky Hammon And Sharknado 3

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins us to discuss the DeAndre Jordan free-agency saga, Becky Hammon and female coaches in the NBA, and Mark Cuban’s appearance in “Sharknado 3.”

In Their Own Words
July 22nd, 2015

Gobbled Up By The Peloton: A Cyclist Gets A Hand … And A Push

Writer, filmmaker and professional cyclist Kathryn Bertine tried to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Bertine tells Only A Game’s Karen Given about the time she tried to gain qualifying points by breaking away from the peloton during a race in El Salvador.

Feature
July 18th, 2015
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Heart Condition Won’t Stop Disc Golfer’s Quest For Fourth World Title

The Disc Golf World Championships aren’t as popular as the NBA Finals or World Series, but the tournament is Red Whittington’s Super Bowl and he’s isn’t going to let heart surgery slow down his quest for a fourth title. Liz Reid of Only A Game affiliate WESA in Pittsburgh spoke with Whittington.