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Major League Baseball Poised To Change Intentional Walk Rule

The proposed rule change would mean forgoing actually throwing four pitches. Instead, the bench would simply signal to the umpire that the manager wants to give the batter a free pass.

Go To College, Play Video Games. E-Sports Make A Play For The Big Ten

There's no prize money involved, although League of Legends maker Riot Games offers scholarships for the e-sports teams at Ohio State and competitors at other Big Ten campuses.

Morning Edition

NBA Teams Enjoy 1 More Day Off Before All-Star Break Ends

Over the weekend, the NBA held its all-star game — which is the traditional mid-season break. In reality, the regular season already is two-thirds over. It's now a sprint to the finish.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Government Sues Lance Armstrong, Wants $100 Million

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to New York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur about the government's lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong, which now goes to a jury trial.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Saturday Sports: A Winning Streak And A Losing Streak

A weekly update on the world of sports! This week, a look at the women's basketball team with the most wins, and the team that hasn't won a single game all year.

Recipe For New Sports? Just Add A Drone

You may have heard of drone racing, but people keep coming up with new ways to enjoy these flying machines. A Latvian firm has developed a drone to pull snowboarders in a sport called "droneboarding."

All Things Considered

NFL Players Union Works To Block Illinois Workers' Comp Bill

The NFL players union says it will tell members not to sign with the Chicago Bears if a state workers' comp bill passes. The bill reduces benefits for professional athletes injured during a game.

Morning Edition

With Politics, NBA Speaks Its Mind

If you enjoy sports only as an escape from political give and take, commentator Pablo Torre warns there's some bad news: You can no longer enjoy the NBA. Players and coaches are talking politics.

UConn Women Win Historic 100th Game In A Row

As of Monday night, the last time UConn lost a game was 818 days ago — in November of 2014, when Stanford beat them in overtime.

Morning Edition

NBA Sends Memo To Teams About Social Media Conduct

The National Basketball Association says teams are no longer allowed to criticize one another on social media accounts. Two National Hockey League teams went into full mocking mode of the NBA memo.

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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