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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.

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July 18th, 2015
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Heart Condition Won’t Stop Disc Golfer’s Quest For Fourth World Title

The Disc Golf World Championships aren’t as popular as the NBA Finals or World Series, but the tournament is Red Whittington’s Super Bowl and he’s isn’t going to let heart surgery slow down his quest for a fourth title. Liz Reid of Only A Game affiliate WESA in Pittsburgh spoke with Whittington.

Interview
July 18th, 2015

Pesäpallo: 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 Pesäpallo, 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.

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July 11th, 2015
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Hurling: Ancient Irish Sport Comes To Youth Correctional Facility In Oregon

Alex Ward helped start a hurling club five years ago in Oregon. Ward tells the story of teaching the ancient Irish sport — which resembles a cross between field hockey, lacrosse and baseball — to a group of inmates at a youth correctional facility.

Feature
May 23rd, 2015

Competitive Hoop Rolling: A Wellesley College Tradition

For ages, children rolled hoops for fun. The game has faded from popular culture, but at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, a hoop rolling competition has survived. And as society has evolved, so has the definition of what it means to win. Wellesley graduate Zoë Sobel has our story.

Feature
May 9th, 2015

Ancient Game Of Lawn Bowls Adds New Chapter In Glasgow

Lawn bowls was already old when Shakespeare started mentioning it in his plays. At the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou got a primer on this ancient game from some of the world’s best bowlers.

Featured Movie
May 2nd, 2015

Documentary ‘Bounce’ Uncovers Origins Of Our Favorite Sports

‘Bounce: How The Ball Taught The World To Play’ explores the origins of some of our favorite sports. The film’s co-producer, John Fox, and director, Jerome Thelia, speak with Bill Littlefield.

Interview
May 2nd, 2015

Rocky Balboa, Hall of Famer? Voting Underway For Fictitious Athlete Hall Of Fame

Some of the greatest heroes in the world of sport are figments of a fiction writer’s imagination. That’s the idea behind the Ficticious Athlete Hall of Fame. Kirk Buchner updates Bill Littlefield on the voting for this year’s class.

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April 25th, 2015
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The Annapolis Cup: Drinks, Dancing And, Oh Yeah, Croquet

St. John’s College and the Naval Academy have competed for the Annapolis Cup every year since 1982. But it’s not football or basketball that pits these two Annapolis universities against each other — it’s croquet. Thousands show up for the Annapolis Cup and as Hans Anderson discovers, croquet isn’t the only attraction.

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