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Ex-Penn State President Guilty Of Child Endangerment In Abuse Scandal

A Pennsylvania jury convicted Graham Spanier on Friday of one of three counts against him for his handling of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

All Things Considered

U.S. Women's Hockey Starters Plan To Boycott Championship

Women's hockey holds its world championship next week. The defending champion U.S. will send a team, but the starters are boycotting. The first team, led by captain Meghan Duggan, says it will sit out the championship if players don't get better pay and support from USA Hockey.

U.S. Women Bumped From Top Spot In FIFA World Rankings

The U.S. is now No. 2, behind Germany and ahead of France, England and Canada. The American squad has been ranked in the top two spots since FIFA created the world rankings for women back in 2003.

Team USA Finally Proves World's Best, Crushing Puerto Rico 8-0 In Classic Final

It may be considered the national pastime, but in the first three World Baseball Classics the United States was far from dominant. That changed Wednesday night in a lopsided title win.

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U.S. Faces Undefeated Puerto Rico In World Baseball Classic Final

It may be the American pastime, but this is the first time a U.S. team has reached the finals of the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. faces undefeated Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Jon Morosi, a reporter for MLB.com, for a preview.

Morning Edition

Commentary: U.S. Women's National Hockey Team Doesn't Get Enough Respect

The U.S. is hosting this year's Women's World Hockey Championships. So why is the U.S. women's team threatening to boycott? Commentator Sarah Spain of ESPN says it's about fairness and respect.

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Tom Brady's Missing Super Bowl Jersey Found In Mexico

The long national nightmare of Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey is now over. It has been found in Mexico.

Tom Brady's Stolen Jersey Found With 'Member Of The International Media'

With the same person in Mexico, authorities also recovered another of the New England Patriots quarterback's Super Bowl jerseys, from his team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

NCAA Stunner: South Carolina Boots Duke From Tournament

Second-seed Duke was knocked out of the men's NCAA basketball tournament on Sunday by No. 7 seed South Carolina, 88-81.

Wisconsin Upsets NCAA Defending Champions Villanova

The Badgers surely derailed a lot of brackets in the second round of the men's tournament on Saturday, after defeating the top-seeded Wildcats, 65-62.

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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