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December 13th, 2014

‘Chase Your Shadow’ Details Pistorius’ Life, Trial

A new book explores the life of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic hero who was recently convicted of “culpable homicide” in the Feb. 2013 shooting death of his then-girlfriend. Bill Littlefield speaks to John Carlin, author of “Chase Your Shadow.”

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December 6th, 2014

Perry Wallace’s Success And Struggles As SEC’s First Black Basketball Player

Andrew Maraniss’ new book “Strong Inside” explores the The Struggles And Success Of of Vanderbilt’s Perry Wallace, the fist black player in the SEC. Wallace made his varsity debut in 1967. Maraniss and Wallace join Bill Littlefield.

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November 29th, 2014

‘The Game Of Our Lives:’ English Football Preserves Urban Identities In The UK

Author David Goldblatt’s new book “The Game of Our Lives” seeks to explain soccer’s central place in the British psyche. Goldblatt joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book.

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November 22nd, 2014

9-73: The 1972-73 Sixers Were ‘Perfectly Awful’

This year, the Philadelphia 76ers are off to an 0-11 start. They still have a long way to go, though, to lose as many games as the ’72-’73 76ers. That team, Charley Rosen writes, was “perfectly awful.” Rosen joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book about Philadelphia’s dreadful season.

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November 8th, 2014

For Five Decades, Jim Boeheim Has Been ‘Bleeding Orange’

Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse since 1976, is the longest-tenured active coach in men’s college basketball. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book: “Bleeding Orange.”

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November 1st, 2014

Littlefield’s ‘Take Me Out’ Blends Sports And Poetry

Only A Game host Bill Littlefield turns interviewee and speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about his new book of sports-themed poetry for children, “Take Me Out.”

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November 1st, 2014

In ‘The Rookie Bookie,’ Math, Sports Betting And Middle School Collide

A children’s book about sports gambling? Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated explains to Bill Littlefield how he and co-author Tobias Moskowitz weave math, common sense and morality into their story of a middle-school oddsmaker.

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October 25th, 2014

Bob Ryan Reflects On A Life In Sports In ‘Scribe’

From basketball to football, the Olympics to golf, long-time Boston Globe sports writer and ESPN personality Bob Ryan has covered it all. He joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his new book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports.”

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October 18th, 2014

Biking ‘Mountain To Mountain’ To Improve Lives Of Afghan Women

Shannon Galpin didn’t plan to break cultural norms and ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. But she did, and her new book, “Mountain To Mountain,” recounts her attempt to have a meaningful dialogue about women’s role in Afghan society.

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October 11th, 2014

Daniel Rodriguez: From Soldier To College Athlete In ‘Rise’

While serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez made a promise — that when he returned home, he would play college football. Rodriguez joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, ‘Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept.’

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