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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.

June 14th, 2014

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.

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.

November 23rd, 2013

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.

In The News
September 21st, 2013

Balentien Tops Oh’s Japanese HR Record

Wladimir Balentien has hit it out of the park! Balentien just broke the Japanese single-season home run record in a season with unusually unlively balls.

September 21st, 2013

NBA's Cartwright Coaches In Japan

Former NBA player and coach Bill Cartwright has a long basketball resume that includes five NBA championship rings. Cartwright recently took on the challenge of turning around a struggling Japanese basketball team. He joined Bill Littlefield to talk about the experience.

September 14th, 2013

Portugal, Brazil Fans Flock To Gillette For ‘Football’ Friendly

Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium typically plays host to the NFL’s New England Patriots, but on Tuesday it was the site of a friendly between two of the world’s top soccer teams: Portugal and Brazil. In addition to sharing a native tongue, the countries also share high hopes for the 2014 World Cup.

September 14th, 2013

An Excerpt From ‘The Great Tamasha’

An excerpt from ” The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India” by James Astill.

September 14th, 2013

The 40-Minute NBA Game: Simple Proposal, Complex Consequences

Zach Lowe’s proposal to cut NBA games by eight minutes seems like a simple enough solution for shortening games. But the change could have indirect consequences on player salaries and the league standings.

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