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Major League Baseball Teams Look To Add Extra Netting After Yankee Stadium Accident

After a foul ball hit a young girl at Yankee Stadium this week, some Major League Baseball teams will be adding extra netting along the baselines to protect fans.

All Things Considered

Scans Show Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Had A Severe Case Of CTE

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with NPR Science Correspondent Jon Hamilton about the Hernandez family's announcement and the connections between CTE, the degenerative brain disease, and violent behavior.

Fresh Air

'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

Emma Stone stars as King in a breezy new film that carries us back to '73, and the heyday of the women's lib movement. Critic John Powers says the message of Battle of the Sexes still resonates today.

Aaron Hernandez's Brain Reveals Signs Of CTE, Says Lawyer

The former NFL star, who stopped playing at age 23, allegedly had brain damage more consistent with a player three times his age.

Morning Edition

NFL Lineman Says He Was Losing Too Much Weight

Offensive lineman Trent Williams likes his playing weight to be around 320 pounds. When he went vegan, he kept losing weight. Williams says as a lineman, you have to have "some type of girth to you."

All Things Considered

Former Boxing World Champion 'Raging Bull,' Jake LaMotta Dies At 95

Former boxing world champion Jake LaMotta has died at 95. His colorful life was the subject of a book and an Academy Award winning movie, Raging Bull.

Jake LaMotta, Boxer Of 'Raging Bull' Fame, Dies At 95

LaMotta, the middleweight champion whose story inspired Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, was famous for his fury both in and out of the ring. Later in life, he became a stand-up comedian.

Morning Edition

Film Chronicles The Road To The 2-Hour Marathon: It's 'Just 25 Seconds Away'

The documentary Breaking2 follows three elite runners as they attempt to break one of the most famous barriers in sports — maintaining 26.2 four-minute, 34-second miles.

Morning Edition

NFL Fans Are Divided Over How Players Express Themselves Politically

Players protesting during the national anthem has exposed deep racial and political divides among the NFL's fans. David Greene talks to Jesse Washington, senior writer for Theundefeated.com.

Around The World In Not Quite 80 Days, Cyclist Smashes Record

Mark Beaumont arrived in Paris Monday after circumnavigating the Earth on two wheels over 79 days.

Week In The News: Hillary Makes History, Modi Meets Congress, Remembering 'The Greatest'

June 10, 2016

Hillary’s milestone. Obama meets Sanders. Mourning Muhammad Ali. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Robert Lipsyte Remembers Muhammad Ali’s ‘Polarizing’ Style Of Boxing

June 9, 2016
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

During the fight that introduced him to the world, Ali flaunted an idiosyncratic style that matched his famously fast wit.

Louisville Boxers Find Inspiration From ‘The Greatest’

June 9, 2016
Braxton Carter, a 30-year-old fighter at TKO Boxing, got this tattoo honoring Muhammad Ali about a year before Ali’s death. (Jacob Ryan/wfpl.org)

Young fighters are feeling the impact of hometown hero Muhammad Ali – inside the ring and out.

Cleveland Cavaliers Strike Back In Game 3 Of NBA Finals

June 9, 2016
A general view after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

LeBron James poured in 32 points while the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the league MVP, had another sub-par game.

Littlefield: If I Had Met Satchel Paige

June 8, 2016

Since his conversation with Charlie Pierce last week, Bill Littlefield has been thinking about which athletes he’d most like to have met.

An Unlikely Friendship Sheds Light On Muhammad Ali’s Life After Boxing

June 8, 2016

One day, author Davis Miller worked up the courage to knock on Muhammad Ali’s door. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

Nike Turns To The Courts To Pursue Endorsement Deals

June 7, 2016
The USA's Boris Berian competes in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Indoor athletic championships in Portland, Oregon on March 19, 2016. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The footwear company has sued Boris Berian, the world indoor 800-meter champion.

How Muhammad Ali Shaped America’s View Of Islam

June 7, 2016
In this Nov. 23, 1988, file photo, former world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali prays with a class of Muslim boys at Dafaalah el Sa'em Mosque in Khartoum, Sudan. (Abder Raouf, File/AP)

Born Cassius Clay, Ali converted to Islam in 1964, and later became a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.

Reporter’s Notebook: Covering Muhammad Ali When He Was King

June 7, 2016

As a young journalist, R. B. Scott spent more than a week with the champ in 1974.

New WBUR.org Launches June 9th!

June 6, 2016
Check out the soon-to-launch new homepage for Only A Game!

OnlyAGame.org is getting a new uniform! Coming June 9, 2016, WBUR — our home station — will release some exciting changes to our website, wbur.org. Here’s what you can expect.

Louisville Mourns Muhammad Ali, Hometown Hero

June 6, 2016
Mourners gather at a memorial following the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali outside the Muhammad Ali Center June 4, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali died at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Thousands have flocked to Ali’s boyhood home, as well as to the city’s Muhammad Ali Center.

Remembering Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest’

June 6, 2016

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74. We look back at the life and career of the whole Muhammad Ali.

Jim Palmer Remembers Staring Down His Childhood Hero

June 4, 2016

When a young Jim Palmer went to his first Yankee game, he had no idea he’d be facing off against that team’s best player just 10 years later.

Sweater Versus Jersey: The Hottest Debate On Ice

June 4, 2016

The garment that a hockey player pulls over his shoulder pads: is it a jersey? Or is it a sweater?

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

June 4, 2016

One game into the 2016 NBA Finals, is it fair to say LeBron and the Cavs are big underdogs? And why does forward Anderson Varejão have better odds than anyone else of getting a championship ring? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill talk NBA playoffs and more.

50+ Years After Undefeated Season, ‘Bestwick Boys’ Rally Around Coach

June 4, 2016

We often hear stories of how much a good coach can change an athlete’s life. Hilary Niles reminds us that, sometimes, athletes leave a mark on their coaches, too.

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