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Only A Blog
July 29th, 2015
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Combo Sports: When Two Sports Become One

Why play a single sport when you could play two — at the same time? From Chess Boxing to Headis, Only A Game takes a look at four hybrid sports that have gained popularity.

Only A Blog
July 28th, 2015

Hyperandrogenic Sprinter Wins Right To Race

Sports’ highest court has ruled that Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, who has naturally high levels of testosterone, can compete against other women again.

Feature
July 25th, 2015

Dogs Play For Free At Sunningdale Golf Club

At the Sunningdale Golf Club outside of London, dogs are free to roam the course with their owners. It’s a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. Secretary Stephen Toon explains the history — and shares his favorite story from the dog-friendly links.

Featured Book
July 25th, 2015

‘Dancing With The Devil’ Details Rio’s Prep For 2016 Olympics

When Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, Brazilians celebrated. Six years, an economic nosedive and a World Cup later, the country’s residents feel very differently. In her new book “Dancing with the Devil in the City of God,” Brazilian journalist Juliana Barbassa chronicles the change.

Interview
July 18th, 2015

Pes├Ąpallo: Finland’s Faster, Action-Packed Version Of Baseball

“It’s a little bit of ‘just like baseball’ and ‘nothing like baseball.'” — that’s how the Wall Street Journal’s Brian Costa describes Pes├Ąpallo, a Finnish version of baseball that features very few strikeouts and a whole lot of running. Costa recently traveled to Finland to check out the sport and he joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned.

Featured Book
July 11th, 2015

‘Bulls Before Breakfast’ Recaps 12 Years — And Counting — Of Running With The Bulls

Peter Milligan has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, for the last 12 years. In his new book “Bulls Before Breakfast,” Milligan explains why he keeps going back year after year.

Commentary
July 1st, 2015

Commentary: La Liga Appeals To FIFA — On Its Own Terms

Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, filed an appeal to FIFA regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The competition is set to take place in November and December instead of during the summer, as is custom. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

Feature
June 27th, 2015
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Inside South American Soccer Rivalries

Sports rivalries often start with the play on the field, but the clash between Peru and Chile began with a war. Elizabeth Trovall has our story as those two teams prepare to meet in the semifinals of the Copa America.

In The News
June 13th, 2015

Brazil’s Neymar And Marta: Two ‘Magicians,’ Two Very Different Stories

From 1941 until 1979, it was against the law for women to play soccer in Brazil. Now, led by five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, the Brazilian women have a shot at winning the World Cup. Gwen Oxenham joins Bill Littlfield to explain what a World Cup win would mean for Brazil.

Feature
May 23rd, 2015
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Sport Is Politics For 73-Year-Old FC Barcelona Fan

Sixty-six years ago, Marti Dalmases’ father signed him up as a member of the FC Barcelona fan club. The 73-year-old estimates he’s now seen about 2,500 matches. He talked with Only A Game’s Ian Mount about the politics of soccer in Spain, archrival Real Madrid and next week’s Copa Del Rey Final, which Barca will be looking to win.

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