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The first daily sports news podcast that covers everything from the world stage to the hometown. The Athletic, home to the best storytelling in sports, and Wondery, the company behind “Sports Wars” and “Gladiator,” take you beyond the box score. With the help of The Athletic’s more than 400 sports writers and editors, co-hosts Kavitha Davidson and Anders Kelto dive deep into the biggest and most fascinating stories of the day. New episodes every weekday morning. The Lead. Sports up close.

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    A Baseball Family's American Dream, And Unbearable Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 17:59

    From the time he started playing baseball, Sang Ho Baek told his parents that he was going to become a famous pitcher, and would buy them a house someday. Then, after the family moved to the U.S. and Sang began blossoming as a player, his dream seemed within reach. But now the family is trying to bear the weight of a terrible tragedy -- and is looking for answers.Read Stephen Nesbitt's story about Sang Ho Baek: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Rebirth Of AC Milan, Italy's Most Storied Soccer Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 19:05

    AC Milan is one of the most successful clubs in European soccer history. The Italian giants won 7 European titles and changed the way soccer was played on the continent on more than one occasion. Over the past decade, the once indomitable team has fallen on hard times. Two failed ownership bids and poor financial management meant the club had to completely revamp the way it did business. Fortunately, those new methods appear to be working. The Rossoneri made their much delayed return to the Champions League last week and are at the very top of Serie A. Today, we talk with The Athletic's James Horncastle about the fall -- and rise -- of one of Europe's greatest teams.Read James Horncastle's story about AC Milan here: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Quiet Force Behind The Rams' Defense

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 18:41

    In a season where they have legit Super Bowl aspirations, the Los Angeles Rams are off to a 2-0 start, and their defense — led by superstars Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald — has been a huge part of that equation. But this season, the Rams' high-powered D is also in the hands of a new coordinator — former NFL head coach Raheem Morris — and today, The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue tells us how Morris is handling L.A.'s stars, and how his own larger-than-life personality is impacting this team on the field. Read Jourdan Rodrigue's story about Raheem Morris: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    'They're Doing Something Different': Why The Brewers' Pitchers Are So Good

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 18:30

    The Milwaukee Brewers are absolutely running away with the NL Central this season, and that's thanks largely to their incredible pitching staff. So what exactly is going on in Milwaukee? The Athletic's Eno Sarris recently crunched the numbers and spoke with MLB insiders, and he joins us today to talk about what sets the Brewers' pitchers apart, and how a forward-thinking front office has led to explosive results on the mound. Then, we turn from brewers to breweries and look at why the national craft beer boom has not translated to better beer selections at many ballparks. Eno's story about the Brewers:'s story about the brews: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tackling Cattle, Biting Kneecaps: The Detroit Lions' Cowboy Coach

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 19:07

    Back in January, after a third straight losing season, the Detroit Lions hired a new head coach — former NFL tight end Dan Campbell — who wasted no time in making an unforgettable impression at his introductory press conference. With the Lions set to face the Packers on Monday Night Football, we're joined by The Athletic's Chris Burke and Nick Baumgardner, who spoke to former friends and teammates to learn more about the cowboy who now coaches in Detroit. Read Chris Burke and Nick Baumgardner's story about Dan Campbell: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Bucs Star Mike Evans: ‘A Beacon Of Hope' For His Hometown

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 14:35

    One of the key pieces to last year's Super Bowl run by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- and an important part of their title hopes once again this season -- is wide receiver Mike Evans. But as important as Evans has been on the field for the Bucs, he has become even more beloved off it -- both in Tampa and in his hometown of Galveston, Texas. Today, Greg Auman, who covers the Bucs for The Athletic, explains how Evans has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to win the hearts of fans across the country.Read Greg Auman's full story about Mike Evans: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Have Jon Gruden's Raiders Finally Found A Winning Recipe?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 15:52

    When Jon Gruden returned to the Raiders, big promises were made about the team's return to its historic winning ways. But so far, wins and postseason berths are in short supply in Las Vegas. Despite numerous changes to the roster, the coaching staff, and the front office, the Raiders are still in the doldrums of NFL mediocrity. Today the Athletic's Vic Tafur takes us through all the ups and downs of Gruden's second go round with the Raiders and tells us if he thinks this is the season when the Super Bowl winner finally finds the perfect recipe to get Vegas back to the mountain top.Read Vic Tafur's Story About Jon Gruden: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Blue Jays Are Home, And Suddenly Quite Dangerous

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 16:55

    Lately, one of the hottest teams in baseball has been one with a flair for the dramatic: the Toronto Blue Jays, led by Cy Young contender Robbie Ray and MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Today, we're joined by The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath to look at everything this team has been through in 2021 — including not having access to their home field — and why they are, all of a sudden, so dangerous. Read Kaitlyn McGrath's story about the Blue Jays' improbable comeback victories: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    TikTok, Twerking and Triumph: The Las Vegas Aces Have All The Fun

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 17:02

    The Las Vegas Aces' offense has been virtually unstoppable for most of the season. And while the team (and, in particular, reigning league MVP A'ja Wilson) have been lighting it up on the court, they've also been having a ton of fun off it. Today, The Athletic's Chantel Jennings joins us to discuss the Aces' unique blend of offensive firepower, team chemistry, and TikTok dance parties -- and to break down what else is happening in the WNBA as the regular season wraps up and the playoff picture starts to emerge.Read Chantel Jennings' full story about the Las Vegas Aces: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Sunday Surprises: The NFL's Wild Week 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 19:26

    Aaron Rodgers and the Packers flopped...badly. Joe Burrow led the the Cincinnati Bengals to an overtime victory. Kyler Murray stole the show. And Trevor Lawrence actually lost a regular season football game. The Athletic's Arif Hasan joins us to break down some of the most surprising moments of the NFL's opening weekend, along with some of the things we've come to expect (like Patrick Mahomes leading the Chiefs to a dramatic, high-scoring comeback).More from Arif Hasan: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Saints' Chaotic Evacuation From New Orleans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 19:33

    Two weeks ago, Saints head coach Sean Payton was at a press conference, answering questions about preseason, when a reporter asked him if the team had a contingency plan for the storm that was forming off the Gulf Coast. Payton said it was the first he had heard about it. Twenty-four hours later, he and others were scrambling to evacuate players, staff, and family members from the city. The Athletic's Katherine Terrell joins us from the team's new (temporary) home in Texas to explain how things unfolded from there, and to discuss how players are doing on and off the field.Read Katherine Terrell's full story about the Saints' haphazard move: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    7 Bold Predictions For The 2021 NFL Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 18:48

    Seven months after Tom Brady and the Bucs beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, the 2021 NFL season gets underway tonight, with the defending champions taking on Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. Today, The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia gives us seven (mostly) bold predictions for the upcoming season, including his picks to reach the Super Bowl, and some high-profile teams that could be disappointments. Read Sheil Kapadia's 32 predictions for the 2021 NFL season: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Triumphant Return To Manchester

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 18:35

    One of the greatest soccer players in history is, in his words, coming home. Two weekends ago, Cristiano Ronaldo re-signed with Manchester United, the club where he first became world famous almost two decades ago. And now, on the heels of becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in international men's soccer, Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut with Man United this weekend. Today, The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell takes us inside the Red Devils' successful quest to lure the Portuguese star away from their cross-town rivals Manchester City, and to discuss what his role in the team will be -- and if his presence tips the Premier League title race in their direction.More from Laurie Whitwell: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tennis Star Mardy Fish On His Struggle With Severe Anxiety

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 14:11

    A new Netflix documentary, released today, explores the life of American tennis star Mardy Fish, who famously withdrew from a U.S. Open match against Roger Federer back in 2012. In the years since that fateful day, Fish has opened up about his struggles with severe anxiety, and has become an outspoke advocate for change. Mardy joins us today to talk about the film, his life, and how things have and haven't changed in our country's perceptions of athletes and mental health, particularly in the wake of incidents involving Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Dysfunction In The Desert (Updated)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 18:52

    The Athletic's Katie Strang recently broke the news that the Arizona Coyotes are essentially getting kicked out of their home arena in Glendale, AZ, citing multiple notices about outstanding and delinquent balances owed by the Coyotes. So, to explain how things have gotten so bad, we're replaying an episode that first aired back in February, when Katie joined us to explain some of the problems she had discovered within the Coyotes organization under new owner Alex Meruelo -- many of which relate to the current problems at the arena.Read Katie's recent report about Gila River Arena: Katie's original story about the Coyotes under owner Alex Meruelo: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    'The Fyre Fest Of Sports': The Bizarre Case Of Bishop Sycamore

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 19:21

    On Sunday afternoon, two high school football teams took the field in what looked like an ordinary game, broadcast live on ESPN. And then things got weird. In the days that followed, the Internet became obsessed with one of the teams, Bishop Sycamore, and its elusive head coach, Roy Johnson. Now, amidst a public outcry and a firestorm of questions, the governor of Ohio has called for an investigation into the school and its football program. Today, The Athletic's Andy Staples takes us down the rabbit hole of a school that was not what it seemed.Read Andy Staples and Ari Wasserman's full story about Bishop Sycamore: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Cam Newton's Downfall (And Mac Jones's Ascent) In New England

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 17:44

    One of the NFL's most compelling off-season storylines was the growing quarterback competition up in New England. The New England Patriots drafted Mac Jones to be the quarterback of the future, but it quickly became apparent that Jones might usurp incumbent starter Cam Newton — and that's exactly what happened. Head Coach Bill Belichick and his staff made the bold move to release Newton on Tuesday, and now the team rests in Jones's young hands. Today, The Athletic's Patriots beat reporter, Jeff Howe, tells us how Jones ended up beating out Newton for the starting spot, why the Pats decided to let the former-MVP walk, and what might come next for the 10 year NFL veteran. Read all of Jeff Howe's Patriots coverage here: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at


    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 18:25

    It is the all-important month of September in Major League Baseball, with top contenders (including the Yankees and the Dodgers) aiming to peak at exactly the right time, and superstars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Shohei Ohtani hoping to make their MVP push. Today, The Athletic's Joe Posnanski breaks down the biggest storylines to watch during the final month of the season, including the Giants-Dodgers race in the NL West, the favorites to win the Cy Young, and the Mets' attempt to turn a thumbs-down August into a thumbs-up September. Follow Joe Posnanski's coverage of Major League Baseball: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    From La Quinta Inn To NFL Standout: The Rise Of Logan Thomas

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 16:23

    Back in 2015, Logan Thomas was a quarterback on the Miami Dolphins practice squad, living out of a room ($68 a night) at a La Quinta Inn, with his wife, three kids and Great Dane — for 150 days. Five years later, in 2020, he emerged as a difference-making tight end for the Washington Football Team, and received a new $24 million contract this offseason. Today, The Athletic's Dan Pompei tells the story of Thomas's remarkable rise from struggling quarterback to standout tight end in the NFL. Read Dan Pompei's full story about Logan Thomas: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Afghan Women's Soccer Team's Incredible Escape From Kabul

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 25:21

    With the Taliban returning to power in Afghanistan, many groups have been fearful of retribution, including the Afghan Women's National Soccer Team, which has long been a symbol of defiance to the ultra-conservative Islamic group. Last week, against all odds (and amidst the chaos at the Kabul airport), the players and their family members managed to make it out of the country alive. Today, we have the inside story of their incredible escape, which included secret communications, beatings by the Taliban, and wading through a canal filled with sewage water -- and how teamwork ultimately helped them survive.Here are links to some of the organizations working to help the team (and others) leave Afghanistan:Human Right For All - For Sport And Human Rights - - Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Inside Four NFL Training Camps

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 18:58

    The start of the NFL season is now just two weeks away. And while teams have been hard at work in training camps, The Athletic's Lindsay Jones has also been hard at work -- traveling to those camps. Lindsay joins us today to share her observations from recent trips to Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, and Denver, where she had a front row seat for everything from Urban Meyer's unconventional practices to Tom Brady's seemingly ageless arm.More from Lindsay Jones: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Chess Lessons And Compulsive Mopping: The Method To Joey Votto's Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 17:36

    Heading into this MLB season — the 15th of his career — it looked like Joey Votto might be on the decline. But this summer, the charismatic Cincinnati Reds first baseman has found another gear. The Athletic's Trent Rosecrans collected stories about Votto's larger-than-life personality, and today, he joins us to look at how the veteran's sometimes strange behavior (including non-stop mopping) helps power his still-elite production. Read the full story about Joey Votto from Trent Rosecrans, Rustin Dodd and Jayson Jenks: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Way Too Early Premier League Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 17:12

    Manchester City dropped their opening game to Tottenham, but still look like title favorites. New signing Romelu Lukaku shined in his debut for Chelsea over the weekend, and the Blues are off to a perfect 2-0 start. Paul Pogba is off to a record-setting campaign for Manchester United, and the Red Devils also look poised to challenge for the title. Arsenal? Not so much. So, who will be sitting atop the standings when the season wraps up ? The Athletic's Ed Malyon joins us make his picks, and to break down what we've seen in the Premier League season so far.More from Ed Malyon: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wads Of Cash And Carne Asada Fries: When Fans Interact With Outfielders

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 13:59

    With fans back in the stands during the 2021 MLB season, we've seen the return of one of baseball's most unique traditions: fans interacting with outfielders while they're playing in the field. However, as fun as these interactions can be, there are times that the dynamic turns dangerous, like the incident this year where a fan threw a baseball at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo. Today, we're joined by The Athletic's Eno Sarris to discuss why these interactions are a double-edged sword, and whether they should ultimately be a part of the game. Read Eno Sarris's full story about outfielder-fan interactions: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Business Of Being Notre Dame Football Star Kyle Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 16:19

    In late June, the college sports landscape changed forever when the NCAA's Board of Governors voted to allow student athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness -- or NIL. Notre Dame star safety Kyle Hamilton and his family have wasted no time in exploring what this new reality means for his ability to build a brand before he even enters the NFL as potential top-10 pick. Today The Athletic's Pete Sampson takes us inside Hamilton's new life as both a football player and a trailblazer in the new world of NIL and college athletics.Read Pete Sampson's story about Kyle Hamilton here: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Swimmer Who Overcame A Leg Amputation, And Then Another

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 18:52

    In her early teens, Morgan Stickney was a highly accomplished swimmer who had a legitimate shot at the Olympics. Then came a mysterious series of injuries that upended her life and left doctors across the country scratching their heads. Now, a decade later, Morgan is one of the U.S.‘s top swimmers and a favorite to win gold at the Tokyo Paralympics. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Cockroaches And Car Camping: Why Are Minor Leaguers Living In Squalor?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 16:51

    For a lot of fans, the first thing that comes to mind with minor league baseball is family fun, goofy promotions and generally just an all-around happy environment. However, in 2021, the reality for the players — especially when it comes to finances — is a lot more bleak. The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli recently reported on the squalor that many minor leaguers have been living in, from roach infestations to sometimes sleeping out of cars. Today, she joins us to discuss why this is reaching a boiling point in 2021, and what can ultimately be done about it. Read Britt Ghiroli's full story about minor league baseball living conditions: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    From An Electrician's Apprentice To A Major League No-Hitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 11:55

    A year ago, Tyler Gilbert was a minor league castoff who had returned to his hometown to train with his high school baseball coach and to work with his dad, who is an electrician. Then, this past weekend, against all odds, Gilbert threw a no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks in his first major league start -- a feat that has been accomplished by only three other people in history. Zach Buchanan, who covers the Diamondbacks for The Athletic, joins us to discuss how Gilbert's incredible 180 came about, where he goes from here, and the scout who saw something special in Gilbert where others did not.Read Zach Buchanan's full story about Tyler Gilbert: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    How NFL Coaches Rank The League's QBs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 15:33

    Nothing determines an NFL team's success more than the guy who lines up under center. But one of the trickiest things in the sport is figuring out which guys can really move the needle. For the past eight years, The Athletic's Mike Sando has polled coaches, general managers, and other decision makers from around the league to rank the NFL's best (and worst) quarterbacks. He joins us today to share some of the insights he gained from talking to these people and gives us his best guess as to which one of the incoming rookie quarterbacks could be a difference maker for his team in year one.Read Mike Sando's Quarterback Tiers story here: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    'Your Brother Needs You': The Bond That Lifted A Rising NFL Star

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 18:19

    The Carolina Panthers are hoping to make some noise in the NFC South this season, and one key component to their success is their dynamic young defensive end, Brian Burns. As it turns out, Burns's development has been fueled in part by his older brother, Stanley McClover, who endured a difficult stretch after his own NFL career ended. Today, The Athletic's Joe Person has the story of how McClover helped his brother make it to the NFL, and found new purpose for himself along the way. Follow Joe Person's coverage of the Panthers: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Real-Life Coach Who Inspired Ted Lasso (Rebroadcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 12:26

    The second season of Ted Lasso is now underway, and that means we're all being treated to more hilarious scenes of Jason Sudeikis's signature coaching character and his unyielding positivity. Earlier this year, The Athletic's Rustin Dodd tracked down the real life coach who inspired Sudeikis's Lasso character, at least in part, and he joined us to talk about the coach and the impact he had on Sudeikis's life. (This episode first aired on March 18, 2021.)Read Rustin Dodd's full story about Ted Lasso: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Allyson Felix's Awakening After The Nike Fallout (Rebroadcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 11:57

    At the Tokyo Olympics last week, U.S. track and field star Allyson Felix won gold in the women's 4 x 400 meter relay, making her the most decorated American track and field athlete ever. Today, we're replaying an episode that aired in the buildup to the Games. Tiffany spoke with The Athletic's Kavitha Davidson (our very own former co-host!) about how Allyson Felix experienced an awakening through her high-profile fallout with Nike two years ago, going from an eyes-on-the-prize athletes to an advocate for mothers, and where she hopes to go next with her career.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    How Trey Lance's Hometown Celebrated His Big Day (Rebroadcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 11:07

    The word out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp is that rookie quarterback Trey Lance has been looking good, and head coach Kyle Shanahan recently said that the former North Dakota State star will definitely be getting minutes this year. So, today, we're replaying an episode that first aired back in May, shortly after Lance was, somewhat surprisingly, drafted 3rd overall by the 49ers. The Athletic's Dan Hayes traveled to Trey's hometown of Marshall, Minnesota, and he joined us to talk about the town that a frozen food company built, why Trey's talents were overlooked for so long in high school and college, and what his joining the 49ers meant to people back home. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Messi And Neymar Might Be Reunited. Is It Time To Stop Hating The Brazilian Star?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 11:37

    Over the weekend, a tearful Lionel Messi stood at a podium and announced that he would, in fact, be leaving Barcelona -- the team and city that have been his home for the past 21 years. But one of the silver linings of this sad saga is that Messi could very well be reunited with his good friend and former Barcelona teammate, Neymar, at Paris St. Germain. The Athletic's Jack Lang joined us to back in May to talk about why the Brazilian striker both delights and enrages soccer fans, the role that Messi played in his development, and why it might be time to stop hating the sublimely talented star. (Note: This episode originally aired on May 6, 2021.)Read Jack Lang's original story about Neymar: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Trey Mancini's Struggle and Strength (Rebroadcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 15:56

    In February, 2020, Baltimore Orioles' first baseman Trey Mancini figured his life couldn't get much better. He was coming off a breakout 2019 season, he had signed a big new contract with the Orioles, and he was a few months into an exciting new relationship. But a month later, baseball had shut down and Mancini, who had never had an operation in his life, was wrestling with a new colon cancer diagnosis. The Athletic's Dan Connolly began chronicling Mancini's journey a year ago, just before the diagnosis, and he joins us today to describe the slugger's strength and struggles along the path to recovery, and his triumphant return to the O's lineup last week.Read Dan Connolly's full story about Trey Mancini: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The Best Olympic Stories You Might Have Missed

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 23:36

    You probably know that Simone Biles withdrew from several gymnastics events at the Olympics last week and then returned this week to win a bronze medal in the balance beam. But did you know that a statue of a sumo wrestler has been terrifying horses at equestrian events? Today on the show, we recap some of the most unforgettable stories of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics -- from Italian announcers absolutely losing it while calling the men's 100-meter finals to a teenage skateboarder accidentally bowling over a cameraman to NBA legend Bill Walton making a perplexing appearance on NBC's Tokyo Tonight. And, you know, some incredible athletic achievements.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The 101-Year-Old American Who Made Judo An Olympic Sport

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 20:08

    At the Tokyo Olympics, Japan has more or less dominated the competition in a martial art that originated in Japan -- judo. But it turns out, it was actually an American who is responsible for judo becoming an Olympic sport in the first place. The Athletic's Daniel Brown recently sat down with the now 101-year-old Californian, Yoshihiro "Yosh" Uchida, to talk about his incredible life journey -- from growing up on a tomato farm to becoming a judo pioneer and now an Olympic legend (with a whole lot of challenges along the way) -- and why he doesn't plan to let the pandemic stop him from getting back onto the mat or continuing to grow the sport for future generations. Plus, the untold story of Uchida's impact on an NFL coaching legend.Read Dan Brown's full story about Yosh Uchida's incredible life: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Inside The Olympic Bubble: Will The U.S. Men's Basketball Reign Continue?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 14:46

    We have reached the semifinals of the men's Olympic basketball tournament, and one of the teams still standing is the three-time defending gold medalist United States. Today, we're joined by The Athletic's Joe Vardon — who's in Tokyo — for the latest on Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday and Team USA, their biggest challengers for gold (including Luka Doncic and Slovenia), and what life is like inside the Olympic bubble. Follow Joe Vardon's coverage from the Tokyo Olympics: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Free Solo's Alex Honnold On Climbing's Olympic Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 13:15

    We have already seen a number of new Olympic sports make exciting debuts in Tokyo, including surfing and skateboarding. This week, we're adding one more to that list, as we watch the first Olympic appearance of sport climbing. Today, we're joined by Alex Honnold — from the Academy Award-winning documentary "Free Solo" — to look at how climbing finally got into the Olympic Games, and the incredible demands that will be placed on athletes vying for medals this week.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Two College Football Powerhouses, An Angry Commissioner, And The Big 12's Uncertain Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 16:00

    The college football world was thrown into a tizzy last week when Oklahoma and Texas announced that they planned to leave to their home in the Big 12 for the SEC by 2025. The story took an even stranger turn when Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused ESPN of trying to sabotage his conference to expedite the move. Today, The Athletic's Max Olson gives us the inside story of this seismic move that has put the Big 12 on life support and what it could all mean for the future of college football.Read Max Olson's college football coverage here: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    At The Olympics, Who Gets To Compete As A Woman?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 22:22

    New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard became the first openly trans athlete to qualify for the Olympics earlier this year, and is considered one of the favorites to win a medal in her competition next week. Meanwhile, the South African runner (and two-time gold medalist) Caster Semenya is not competing in the Olympics at all this year, because of a recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. So why is one of these athletes allowed to compete while the other is not? And what does that tell us about how the IOC determines sex? Madeleine Pape, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne (and an ex-Olympian who competed against Caster Semenya in the 800-meter) joins us to explain.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    A Tough Road To Gold For The U.S. Women's Soccer Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 15:32

    Coming into the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. Women's Soccer Team was the clear favorite to bring home a gold medal, which would make them the first team to ever a World Cup title and an Olympic title back-to-back. But after dropping their first game to Sweden 3-0, and battling Australia to a tough 0-0 draw, some questions have started to emerge about the squad and head coach Vlatko Andonovski, who is leading the team in a major tournament for the first time. The Athletic's Meg Linehan and Steph Yang join us to break down what went wrong for the U.S. in that opening loss, the journeys that Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd went on to make it to the tournament, and what now stands between the team and a gold medal.More from Meg Linehan: from Steph Yang: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tokyo Olympics: The Good, The Bad, And The Just Plain Weird

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 20:23

    The Tokyo Olympics are in full swing, and already there have been a number of surprising developments from Japan, including Simone Biles deciding to withdraw from the women's team gymnastics competition and the individual all-around competition, and Katie Ledecky losing for the first time ever at the Olympics — but rebounding to win gold. Today, we break down the stories that have captured our attention for a wide range of reasons, including 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby winning a gold medal for Alaska, a gymnast saying farewell at age 46, and an out-of-place boat derailing the start of the men's triathlon.Follow The Athletic's coverage of the Tokyo Olympics: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    NBA Draft 2021: The Sky High Ceiling Of Evan Mobley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 14:52

    The NBA Draft is almost here and one of the most intriguing prospects at the top of the lottery is USC big man Evan Mobley. The seven footer's game has drawn comparisons to reigning finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-NBA big man Anthony Davis, but questions over his introverted personality and skinny frame have some evaluators questioning if he can actually reach his incredible upside. The Athletic's Sam Vecenie spent some time with Mobley during his lone college season and he joins us to discuss whether the concerns over the big man's mentality are overblown and whether or not he could actually become the best player in this draft. Then he tells us about his evaluation of presumptive number one pick Cade Cunningham and picks one player who could be this draft's most undervalued prospect.Read all of Sam Vecenie's NBA Draft coverage here: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Calming The Waters: A Hawaiian Surfing Prodigy Finds Balance

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 15:52

    Carissa Moore is not your typical surfer. Before she could walk, her father had her on his surfboard so that she could get the feel of the water. By age ten, she had been labeled a prodigy. At 14, she defeated the top-ranked women's surfer in the world (twice). And now, at age 28, she is a four-time world champion -- and one of the favorites to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics. But, on top of all her natural talent, she also breaks a lot of stereotypes about surfers. The Athletic's Christopher Kamrani recently interviewed Carissa and her father, Chris (who is still her coach), and he joins us today to explain how Carissa developed her incredible talents, and how she and her dad have walked the line between pursuing a dream and finding peace.Read Christopher Kamrani's full story about Carissa Moore: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    A Tricycle, Pickles, And A Backyard Pool: Katie Ledecky's Olympic Training

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 15:40

    The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is tonight, and one of the biggest stars to watch on the U.S. team is five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky. Today, The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach joins us to tell the story of the backyard pool where Ledecky kept her training going in the spring of 2020, the bond she formed with the family who shared the same space, and how the whole thing could impact her pursuit of history in Tokyo. Read Nicole Auerbach's full story about Katie Ledecky: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    The U.S. Athletes To Follow At The Tokyo Olympics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 14:16

    At every Olympic Games, there are thousands of stories. This year, Simone Manuel looks to solidify her legacy as the greatest gymnast of all time. Katie Ledecky could become the most decorated female athlete in Olympic history. And Trayvon Bromell aims to claim the title of 'world's fastest man.' But there are also so many more. The Athletic's Zack Pierce joins us to talk through some of the biggest and most fascinating storylines to follow from Team USA during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including a softball duo's 13-year quest for redemption, a teen prodigy who could inherit the crown in swimming, and a rock legend's horse-riding daughter.Read Zack Pierce's full rundown of U.S. athletes to follow: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Giannis And The Bucks Rewrite Their Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 11:25

    In each of the past two seasons, the Milwaukee Bucks came up short in the playoffs after amassing incredible regular season records. With each loss, the questions over whether this team, its coach, and its star player could ever get to the mountaintop grew. On Tuesday night, all those questions were answered. Giannis Antetokounmpo had an historic night, becoming only the 7th player in history to score 50 points in an NBA Finals game, and the Bucks brought a championship back to Milwaukee for the first time in 50 years. Today, The Athletic's Eric Nehm, who has covered Antetokounmpo's entire career, tells us how the star forward changed the narrative around his playoff performances and how the Bucks finally overcame the ghosts of playoffs past.Read Eric Nehm's Milwaukee Bucks coverage: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Benchwarmer → Blogger → Baller: The Jason Preston Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 15:07

    The 2021 NBA Draft is next Thursday, and one guy who has defied the odds (in a truly unprecedented way) to become a projected pick is Ohio University junior Jason Preston. The Athletic's James Edwards III recently interviewed Preston, and he joins us to explain how the late-blooming guard went from being a high school benchwarmer in Florida, to an aspiring basketball journalist, to an overnight college basketball sensation -- and how a family tragedy continues to fuel him.Read James Edward III's story about Jason Preston: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Allyson Felix's Transformation After The Nike Fallout

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 16:36

    U.S. track and field legend Allyson Felix is on the way to her fifth Olympic Games after qualifying for the 400 meter and the 4 x 400 meter relay. She and her 2-year-old daughter Camryn also stole the show (and kinda broke the Internet) at the Olympic Trials last month with an incredible display of cuteness after the race. The Athletic's Kavitha Davidson -- our very own former co-host! -- recently spoke with Felix about her incredible journey to qualifying for the Tokyo Games, and how her high-profile falling out with Nike two years ago transformed her from a quiet, eyes-on-the-prize runner to an advocate for mothers -- and now a businesswoman who says her new shoe company aims to do things differently.Read Kavitha Davidson's full story about Allyson Felix: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Is It Panic Time For U.S. Men's Basketball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 16:23

    The U.S. Men's National Basketball team has won four straight gold medals and looked pretty much unbeatable since 2004. That is, until recently. In the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Americans lost back to back games against Australia and Nigeria, and raised doubts over whether this team has what it takes to continue the streak of basketball dominance that the U.S. men's team has enjoyed for nearly two decades. The Athletic's Joe Vardon is embedded with the squad as they prepare for the Games. Today, we asked him whether fans should be worried about the teams prospects going forward or if this is just the growing pains of a hastily assembled squad.Follow Joe Vardon's coverage of Team USA here: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

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