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Dad And Barkley, René Lacoste, Sri Lankan Cricket

Reporter Shirley Wang tells the story of her father, Lin Wang, a scientist living in Iowa who befriended NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Also this week on Only A Game: how René "the Crocodile" Lacoste got the inspiration for his iconic clothing brand. And 30 years after leaving Sri Lanka, a Tamil man finds cricket again. Join us!

Dad And Barkley, René Lacoste, Sri Lankan Cricket

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Bob Cousy And Bill Russell, Grandmother Marathoner, Rugby Referee

Bob Cousy and Bill Russell won six NBA championships together on the Boston Celtics. This week on Only A Game Cousy says he regrets not doing more for his teammate off the court. Plus, kid reporters interview a 73-year-old marathoner. And how rugby refereeing transformed one athlete's Olympic dream. Join us!

Bob Cousy And Bill Russell, Grandmother Marathoner, Rugby Referee

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Dragon Boat Racing, Latina Commissioner, Stanford Band

Breast cancer survivors had long been told that upper-body exercise was dangerous — then a group in Vancouver started challenging that idea ... by dragon boat racing. This week on Only A Game, how a 2,000-year-old Chinese sport has been embraced by women worldwide. Also, the story of Gloria Nevarez, the first Latina commissioner of a Div. I conference. And the play that cemented the Stanford band's place in history. Join us!

Dragon Boat Racing, Latina Commissioner, Stanford Band

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Latest Show: Thanksgiving Leftovers

This week on Only A Game, we share a full plate of "leftover" stories that didn't fit in past episodes. A marathon swimmer's matchup against jellyfish and lampreys. A unexpected night with Mike Tyson. A WNBA legend's first pair of basketball shoes. And the rock band that may have saved Fenway Park. Join us!

Latest Show: Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Verne Lundquist, Yosemite Climbers, Bluegrass And Football

Verne Lundquist has broadcast sports for decades. But he also played a minor role in the coverage of the John F. Kennedy assassination 55 years ago. Also this week on Only A Game, the story of the first team to scale El Capitan. And the story of a bluegrass radio station and a high school football team in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Join us!

Verne Lundquist, Yosemite Climbers, Bluegrass And Football

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Exonerated Golf Course Artist, UNC Stadium, Accidental Veteran

Valentino Dixon spent 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. While incarcerated, he started drawing golf courses. This week on Only A Game, how Dixon's artwork led to his recent exoneration. Also the connection between UNC's football stadium and the 1898 Wilmington Massacre. And Bill Brannon's accidental journey from the baseball field to the battlefield. Join us!

Exonerated Golf Course Artist, UNC Stadium, Accidental Veteran

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College Athlete Gets Out The Vote, Soccer Remembrance, Adam Greenberg

With less than a week to go before the midterms, Madison Roberts is getting out the vote ... among fellow athletes at UC Berkeley. Also this week on Only A Game, the heartbreaking story of a lost soccer lover. And MLB-outfielder-turned-politician Adam Greenberg reflects on the pitch that changed his life. Join us!

College Athlete Gets Out The Vote, Soccer Remembrance, Adam Greenberg

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50 Years After John Carlos And Tommie Smith, Stories Of Protest

On Oct. 16, 1968, Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the medal podium at the Olympic Games and protested for human rights by raising black-gloved fists. Fifty years later, Only A Game shares stories of protest, from fellow '68 Olympic champion Wyomia Tyus to Polish pole vaulter Władysław Kozakiewicz. Plus, a more complicated protest myth out of 1930s Austria. Join us!

50 Years After John Carlos And Tommie Smith, Stories Of Protest

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Women's Basketball Sneakers, Powerlifter, Land Speed Record

In 1996, Nike released the Air Swoopes, the first women's signature basketball shoe. Today, there are no WNBA players with their own shoe lines. This week on Only A Game, the history of women's basketball sneakers. Also, how powerlifting changed Colleen Tighe's life. And tales from Craig Breedlove's quest for the land speed record. Join us!

Women's Basketball Sneakers, Powerlifter, Land Speed Record

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Nike's HIV-Positive Runner Ad, Baltimore Colts Mania, Charm School

Nike drew headlines last month for making Colin Kaepernick the face of its "Just Do It" campaign. But before Kaepernick, Nike had Ric Muñoz. This week on Only A Game, the story behind Nike's 1995 HIV-positive runner ad. Plus, the father-son story behind a Baltimore Colts fan website. And the Women's Basketball League team that sent its players to charm school. Join us!

Nike's HIV-Positive Runner Ad, Baltimore Colts Mania, Charm School

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