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July 11th, 2015

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.

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 Zoƫ Sobel has our story.

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.

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.

April 25th, 2015

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.

In Depth
April 25th, 2015

In ‘Natural Born Heroes,’ McDougall Leaps Into Parkour

Christopher McDougal’s 2009 book “Born to Run” helped spread the barefoot running craze. In his new book “Natural Born Heroes,” the author explores parkour, a movement with roots dating back to the turn of the century.

Only A Blog
April 1st, 2015

Sports Fans Celebrate In Strange Ways

Bagel-throwing Michigan State basketball fans join the list of sports fans who celebrate in unconventional ways.

March 21st, 2015

Dressed All In Pink, This Strongwoman Takes On The World

“When people think of strongman they don’t think of women,” says strongwoman Brittany Diamond. Diamond speaks with Only A Game’s Karen Given about what it means to be strong.

March 7th, 2015

BMX Riders Find Winter Escape In Limestone Mine 100 Feet Underground

A former limestone mine that’s been used as a bomb shelter and high-security storage facility is now the largest indoor park for BMX and mountain bikers. Reporter Anne Marshall takes a trip to the Mega Cavern in Louisville, Ky.

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