Roger Federer returns a shot to Robin Soderling during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bill speaks with ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian about pennant races, playoff predictions, and more autumn baseball as the MLB postseason approaches.

Nearly 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced a traumatic brain injury, and thousands more suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress. To help those veterans and their families, the Boston Red Sox have started the Home Base Program, which offers free care to veterans suffering from brain injuries and PTSD. WBUR’s Monica Brady-Myerov reports.

Can Roger Federer take back the championship at a tournament he’s dominated for much of the last decade? Which women’s player will take advantage of top-ranked Serena Williams absence? We have the latest update from the US Open.

Conventional wisdom says that to become the next tennis superstar, children have to pick up a racquet before they can walk, and then spend their teenage years perfecting their stroke hour after hour. The John McEnroe Tennis Academy is hoping to reverse this trend by offering children and teens in New York a chance to improve their tennis game without sacrificing their normal lives. Bill speaks with Mark McEnroe, general manager of the Academy.

The pit bulls that survived Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring were supposed to die. PETA thought so, and the Humane Society of the U.S. agreed. In The Lost Dogs, Jim Gorant tells the stories of the dogs of Bad Newz Kennels and the individuals who saved them. Bill speaks with the author about the new book.

The New England Patriots will make Tom Brady the richest player in football when his new contract extension is finalized. Not to be outdone, the Indianapolis Colts plan to lock up their franchise player, Peyton Manning, to an equally or more expensive deal. Bill gives his take on the lucrative quarterback contracts in his commentary.

Charlie Pierce takes shots at college basketball coaches, agents and sports memorabilia collectors…but finds some time to talk football as well in his conversation with Bill.

Professional Disc Golf may feature some eccentric rules and questionable fashion trends, but that doesn’t mean you should treat it lightly. Some tournaments offer purses as high as $50,000. Only A Game’s Karen Given reports from the Vibram Open in Massachusetts, one of the PDGA’s most prestigious tournaments.