What happened when a professor-turned-CIA agent-turned-basketball coach led a team of Ugandans against the Soviets during the Cold War? Find out this week on Only A Game. Also, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the NCAA a big win in the O’Bannon case– or maybe a big loss. We’ll explain. Plus, new research may finally prove basketball’s “hot hand” is real! Join us!
Half-court shots are generally ill-advised, but one military family is happy Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith took one Monday night.
The NFL’s extra point rule change is having the intended effect: the PAT is more challenging and kickers are missing. Does this mean that more teams are going to opt for the two-point conversion?
Baseball players use pine tar on wooden bats for better grip. It’s legal — and yet pine tar was at the crux of one of baseball’s most memorable temper tantrums. Filip Bondy’s “The Pine Tar Game” explores this infamous event.
The story of Jay Mullen — CIA agent turned basketball coach — starts at a small women’s college in 1970 and ends up in Uganda at a basketball game during the Cold War. Journalist Shaun Raviv joined Bill Littlefield to help tell Mullen’s story.
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce parse through NFL, MLB and NHL headlines aplenty. But the bigger question concerns compensation for golfer Jordan Spieth’s caddie.
Can a three-point shooter really “get hot”? Or is it just an illusion? A new paper has revived an old debate. Cornell psychology professor Tom Gilovich, one of the first to debunk the hot hand, joins Bill Littlefield.
With educational opportunities that go beyond the diamond, the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is trying to help children in two of Washington’s poorer districts — and also increase baseball’s popularity.
As more and more schools charge fees for sports participation, many young athletes are struggling with having to pay to play sports. Filmmaker Andrew Wonder has started a foundation that he hopes can fill in the gap. Mike Foley has the story.
What should we make of Larry Brown’s suspension? How much should we celebrate the hiring of a female coach in MLB? And should more sports be added to the Summer Olympics? George Vecsey and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may have ruled that colleges aren’t required to pay athletes for the use of their likenesses, but it also decided that the NCAA is in violation of federal antitrust laws. What does this mean for the future of the NCAA? SI’s Michael McCann joins Bill Littlefield.
The newest edition in the popular FIFA video game franchise is out, and there’s a notable upgrade: users can now compete as women.
Teammates can sometimes push things a little too far. On Sunday, two members of the Washington Nationals traded blows in the dugout. For Bill Littlefield, images of the fight brought back memories of fisticuffs past.
James Harden was spotted wearing Nikes — which wouldn’t be particularly newsworthy except for the fact that the Houston Rockets star recently signed a $200 million shoe deal with Adidas. What’s going on?
Millions around the world saw the video of a Syrian refugee who was tripped by a journalist. But since it was revealed that Osama Abdul Mohsen is also a professional soccer coach, his story has taken some unexpected turns. Ian Mount reports.
Jeff Gordon, winner of 92 NASCAR races and four Cup Championships, hasn’t missed a race since 1992. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the end of his final season as a full-time driver and his plans for life after racing.