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January 23rd, 2016

Stephen Curry, Under Armour And The Fall Of The Dunk

The slam dunk. It’s basketball’s most exciting play. But now the dunk is facing a challenge — from a skinny point guard and an upstart sneaker brand. Only A Game’s Martin Kessler has the story.

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January 23rd, 2016

Match-Fixing In Tennis: From 2007 To Today

BuzzFeed and the BBC made waves this week with their joint report on alleged match-fixing in international tennis. Bill Littlefield explores the controversy and tries to figure out if “the fix” is in.

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January 16th, 2016

No Air Ball? The Great Wisconsin Chant Saga

Is there anything wrong with yelling “air ball” at a high school basketball game? An attempt to curb the use of potentially inappropriate chants at Wisconsin schools has been widely ridiculed on social media. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas explains why he finds it hard not to a laugh. And a Wisconsin athletic official offers his take.

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January 16th, 2016
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Cholitas Luchadoras: The Indigenous Women Wrestlers Of Bolivia

The seat of the Bolivian government is usually called “La Paz” but the city’s full name is Nuestra Senora de La Paz — “Our Lady of Peace.” Reporter Asa Merritt recently traveled to La Paz and found a group of female wrestlers who are anything but peaceful.

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January 16th, 2016

Quarterback Carousel: Graduate Transfers Shake Up College Football

On Monday night, Alabama became college football’s champion. Crimson Tide fans can thank quarterback Jake Coker — who transferred to Alabama in 2014 after getting a degree from Florida State. Bill Littlefield explores the growing tend of quarterbacks graduating early to switch schools.

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January 9th, 2016

Kurt Searvogel Cycles 75,065 Miles In A Year…And Keeps Going

You might think that the Tour de France is cycling’s most grueling feat. Last year’s course included 21 stages over 23 days, covering just over 2,000 miles. But Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story of a cycling challenge that might make you reconsider.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
January 9th, 2016

Deontay Wilder: The Boxer Who Didn’t Want To Fight

Deontay Wilder is the current WBC world heavyweight champion. But before his daughter was born with spina bifida, Wilder hoped to play football for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He explains why he gave that dream up, “In His Own Words.”

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January 9th, 2016

The Glasnost Bowl And The Strange History Of American Football In Russia

In 1989, the USC and Illinois football teams were supposed to play a game in Moscow. Bill Littlefield discovers why the ‘Glasnost Bowl,’ as it was to be called, was cancelled — and learns how a group of high school seniors from Oklahoma eventually brought American football to the USSR.

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January 2nd, 2016

The Business Deal That Altered The Course Of Bobblehead History

Bobbleheads now have a Hall of Fame and their own day on the calendar, Jan. 7. Only A Game’s Karen Given tries to solve the mystery of why bobbleheads have ruled sports promotions since 1999.

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January 2nd, 2016

The 1951 USF Dons: Uninvited From The Orange Bowl?

The University of San Francisco Dons finished the 1951 regular season 9-0. According to members of that team, the Dons had an invitation to the Orange Bowl, but on one condition — they had to leave their two black players behind. Bill Littlefield shares the team’s story.

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