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Saturday Sports: Boston Celtics

Howard Bryant of ESPN The Magazine talks with Scott Simon about the Boston Celtics' winning streak and how this Thanksgiving, a certain NFL team's controversial name might draw some extra attention.

Ferdie Pacheco, Muhammad Ali's Ringside 'Fight Doctor,' Dies At 89

Pacheco worked as Ali's ringside doctor from 1962 to 1977, and later went on to serve as a boxing commentator for network TV fights in the 1980s.

All Things Considered

Russia Still Not Compliant With Sports Doping Regulations

Russia is reacting angrily after the World Anti-Doping Agency said the country is still not in compliance with its regulations. The announcement could affect Russia's participation in the Winter Olympics next February.

Sports Doping Watchdog Says Russia 'Non-Compliant'

The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia's official sports drug-testing lab doesn't meet guidelines, placing in doubt the country's participation in the Winter Olympics.

UCLA Basketball Players Admit To Shoplifting In China, Are Suspended From Team

The players each thanked President Trump one day after returning home from Asia. As for playing again, "they will have to earn their way back," said head coach Steve Alford.

1A

How To Stop Hazing

Are charges and suspensions of fraternities enough to stop destructive behaviors that have become routine, and sometimes deadly?

Morning Edition

Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

Pete Van Vleet is a devoted Houston Astros fan. His daughter loves the Detroit Tigers. To help his infant son pick a team, he asked all 30 of them, "Why should my son choose you to be a fan?"

All Things Considered

Italy Misses World Cup Qualifier For First Time Since 1958

After a loss to Sweden Monday night, Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who played in his last international game, was in tears and La Gazzetta Dello Sport said for "Italy, this is the Apocalypse."

He Wrote The Book(s) On Scrabble. But Has He Been Playing By The Letter Of The Law?

The Association of British Scrabble Players doesn't think so. Suspecting cheating, the group temporarily banned Allan Simmons, who has written advice books and ranks highly worldwide.

Former Captains Of U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Teams Celebrate Their Baby

"I feel truly blessed to experience this incredible adventure with my love and best friend Julie," Canada's Caroline Ouellette wrote of Julie Chu, in announcing their daughter's birth.

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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