June 27th, 2015

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.

May 23rd, 2015

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.

In Depth
March 21st, 2015

Americans Suit Up In Iraqi Basketball League

American basketball player Mychal Kearse brings “a dose of swagger” to professional basketball in Iraq, Tamer El-Ghobashy writes for the Wall Street Journal. El-Ghobashy joins Bill Littlefield to explain what life is like for Kearse and other Americans playing in the Iraqi Superleague.

In Depth
March 14th, 2015

In The Philippines, Manny Pacquiao Is More Than A Boxer

After years of speculation and anticipation, American Floyd Mayweather and Filipino Manny Pacquiao have agreed to figh on May 2 in Las Vegas. Grantland’s Rafe Bartholomew once lived in the Philippines, and he joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the country’s devotion to their boxer/actor/singer/congressman.

In Depth
February 21st, 2015

Afghanistan Reaches Cricket World Cup, Provides ‘Symbol Of Hope’

Afghanistan’s first trip to the Cricket World Cup may be “an early contender for the most remarkable and unlikely sports storyline of 2015,” writes USA Today Sports reporter Martin Rogers. He joins Only A Game’s Karen Given to explain.

In The News
February 7th, 2015

From Russia With Cash: WNBA Loses Diana Taurasi For 2015 Season

WNBA star Diana Taurasi will sit out the 2015 season. Why? She’ll make more money by doing that than by playing. espnW’s Kate Fagan joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

January 3rd, 2015

Running With Purpose: 63 Days To Combat Smoking In Chile

Seventeen years ago, Matías Anguita was smoking as many as three packs of cigarettes a day. Then he quit and started running. Now, he hopes his grueling, two-marathon-a-day trek will inspire others in a country with a widespread smoking problem to quit the habit.

December 3rd, 2014

Playing Surface Controversy Continues Ahead Of Women’s World Cup

The official draw for groups for the 2015 women’s World Cup is scheduled for Dec. 6. Meanwhile, the dispute over plans to use artificial turf at the competition is ongoing. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

Featured Book
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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