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June 7th, 2014

Los Angeles Kings’ Road To Stanley Cup Paved With Game 7 Wins

With an exciting end to Game 1, this Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers looks to be a clash for the ages. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times joins Bill Littlefield to share her thoughts.

June 7th, 2014

The NBA’s Disappointing History Of Finals Rematches

After a thrilling seven-game series between San Antonio and Miami in 2013, the Spurs and Heat are back at it in the 2014 NBA Finals. But don’t get too excited. The Wall Street Journal’s Chris Herring explains.

June 7th, 2014

From The Navy To The Hall Of Fame: A Conversation With David Robinson

David Robinson knows a thing or two about the NBA Finals. Over the course of 14 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Robinson earned the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and MVP, along with two championship rings. He joins Bill Littlefield.

June 7th, 2014

Five-Time Olympian Dara Torres: Out Of The Water But Close To The Pool

Though former Olympic swimmer Dara Torres won’t be participating in the upcoming Rio games, the 47-year-old Torres is still working hard to get kids — including her own — to swim competitively. Bill Littlefield has the story.

June 7th, 2014

The Life Of A French Open Ball Kid

Three-thousand children applied for jobs as ball boys and girls at the French Open this year, but only 250 made the cut. John Martin of the New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to explain what set that group apart and what life is like for the ball-kid elite.

June 7th, 2014

‘Eight World Cups’ Finds Missteps And Joy In Soccer’s Grand Tournament

In ‘Eight World Cups’ George Vecsey chronicles his travels to past World Cups, as well as his analysis of soccer’s big-picture concerns and controversies. The author joins Bill Littlefield.

June 7th, 2014

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

This week with Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce: the NHL’s L.A. Kings are cashing in, the NBA’s Miami Heat are feeling the heat, and a bunch of tree huggers are hugging trees in Kathmandu.

June 7th, 2014

Skip The Sex … Win The World Cup?

Since the days of the ancient Greeks, there have been theories about sexual abstinence improving athletic performance. Now the topic is on the mind of many World Cup teams. Josh Goodman of the Associated Press joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

June 7th, 2014
By Eilís O’Neill

For Chile’s Homeless, Soccer Is More Than A Game

The organization Homeless Soccer works to provide sports to Chile’s homeless and has been enjoying huge success — including a berth in the 2011 Homeless World Cup. Eilís O’Neill has the story.

June 7th, 2014

Music On Only A Game

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik goes over this week’s tuneage list.

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