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In Depth
August 23rd, 2014
By Ian Mount

Inequality, Debt Hold Spanish Soccer Back

In Spain’s top soccer league, TV money isn’t split equally. That’s pushed smaller-market teams to spend more to keep up, creating an economic crisis that’s trickled down to the lower leagues. Ian Mount has more from Barcelona.

Only A Blog
July 30th, 2014

Amateur Boxing Drops The Headgear In Glasgow

A major change for the sport of boxing is on display at the Commonwealth Games. Male boxers at the Games in Glasgow are fighting without headgear. That same change is also coming to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Boxers have worn headgear during Olympic bouts since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Feature
July 26th, 2014

Commonwealth Games: 71 Teams, 4,500 Athletes And A Common Bond In Glasgow

One of the world’s largest sporting events is happening now, and if you’re from the United States, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it. From Canada to Cameroon and Pakistan to Papua-New Guinea, more than 4,500 athletes have traveled to Scotland for the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games.

Only A Blog
July 24th, 2014

Queen Elizabeth Delivers A Royal Opening For The Commonwealth Games

Scottish hospitality, humor and charity were on display at the opening ceremony for the 20th Commonwealth Games on Wednesday night at Glasgow’s Celtic Park.

Only A Blog
July 22nd, 2014

Commonwealth Games: More Than A Mirror Of Olympic Sports Schedule

The Commonwealth Games have many of the events you see in the Olympics — and many you don’t. And this year, Commonwealth Games spectators will get a glimpse of some things on the horizon for the Olympics. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports from Glasgow.

Only A Blog
July 22nd, 2014

Commonwealth Games Bring History And The Queen’s Baton To Glasgow

The Olympics have a torch. The Commonwealth Games have the Queen’s Baton, which travels through all of the 71 participating nations and territories on its way to the Games.

Feature
June 14th, 2014
By Matthew Nelson

Angel With The Bent Legs: Garrincha’s Brief Reign Atop The Soccer World

He made his World Cup debut in the same game as Pele and helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1958 and 1962, but Garrincha is unknown to many soccer fans. Matthew Nelson brings us the story of the right winger who overcame physical disability to reach stardom — only to quickly lose his spot at the top.

Interview
December 21st, 2013

U.S. Delegation To Sochi Includes Two — Now Three — Openly Gay Athletes

Instead of sending the usual dignitaries to the Olympics, President Obama has named 3 openly gay athletes to the U.S. delegation to Sochi. Bill speaks with Christine Brennan, who called the move a “stroke of genius” in her column for USA Today.

Feature
November 23rd, 2013
By Tim Lloyd

Bosnian National Soccer Team Brings Community Together In St. Louis

Twenty years ago this fall, refugees from the Bosnian War began arriving in St. Louis. Last week Bosnians from across the U.S. flocked to Missouri to see their national team, a first-time World Cup qualifier, play a friendly match with Argentina. Tim Lloyd reports from St. Louis.

In Depth
October 5th, 2013

World Cup Construction Brings Controversy To Qatar And Brazil

Recent reports have suggested that construction for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will cost thousands of lives, and a judge recently halted construction for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil over worries about worker safety. ESPN’s Jeff MacGregor joins Bill Littlefield to discuss World Cup construction in both countries.

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