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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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    Starting Five: An MLB Debut A Decade In The Making

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 13:08

    Plus: The Padres are not happy with their statue contract slugger. And Erik Ten Hag wants everyone to know that United aren't losing because of him. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Remembering Vin Scully

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 24:10

    Last week, the man that many people consider the greatest sports broadcaster of all time, Vin Scully, died at the age of 94. For 67 years, Scully was the iconic and unmistakable voice of the Dodgers, who started out calling games in Brooklyn in 1950, and signed off for the final time in 2016. Today, five writers share their memories of Vin Scully the broadcaster, the storyteller, and the person. Our guests on this episode:Steve RushinJayson StarkFabian ArdayaGustavo ArellanoRich HammondSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Reflections On Bill Russell's Life and Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 22:51

    Last week, NBA legend and civil rights activist Bill Russell passed away at age 88. In his 13 years with the Boston Celtics, the 6-foot-10 center -- who changed the way basketball was played -- won 11 NBA championships, including two while serving as a player-coach. (That also made him the first Black head coach of a professional North American sports team). But those who knew Russell admired him even more for what he did off the court, which included being a powerful voice in the civil rights movement and fighting back against ongoing racism. Today, three sportswriters and one historian join us to reflect on Russell's life and legacy.Our guests:Jared WeissRyan JonesGary WashburnKeith ReedSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: Will The Padres Ever Beat L.A.?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 13:03

    Plus: Two young superstars don't waste any time making their marks in the Premier League. And a 20,000 to 1 shot takes home one of golf's most storied titles. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Guest DJ's, Trash Talk, A New Ace: 3 Keys To The Blue Jays' Turnaround

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 21:47

    Over the last few weeks, few teams across Major League Baseball have been hotter than the extremely talented, previously disappointing — and suddenly surging — Toronto Blue Jays. Today, we're joined by The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath to look at why this team came up short in the first half, and three key factors that have helped power their turnaround — including emerging young ace Alek Manoah, and a fun-loving new manager who recently surprised everyone by bringing a DJ into the clubhouse. Plus, after sub par seasons so far, is there still time for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette to finish strong? Follow Kaitlyn McGrath's coverage of the Blue Jays: https://theathletic.com/author/kaitlyn-mcgrath/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    From A Gainesville Courtroom To The NFL: J.C. Jackson's Football Odyssey

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 27:27

    Back in March, the Chargers made a big bet on former Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson, an undrafted free agent in 2018 who had a staggering journey just to reach the NFL. When Jackson was 19 years old, he was facing the possibility of anywhere from 40 years to life in prison in connection with an armed robbery. Today, Jeff Miller from the L.A. Times tells us the story of Jackson's football odyssey — from small town Florida to five days in a Gainesville courtroom — and everything his parents sacrificed to keep their son's football dream alive.Read Jeff Miller's full story about J.C. Jackson: https://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/story/2022-07-25/jc-jackson-family-chargers-nfl-florida-robbery-chargesSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    A Sexual Assault Case, And Hockey Canada's Day Of Reckoning

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 24:48

    A sexual assault allegation involving members of Canada's 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship team has reached the highest levels of government and dominated the airwaves in Canada recently. Investigative reporter Katie Strang of The Athletic joins us to discuss the details of the case, and why it has sparked a national moment of reckoning. *Warning*: This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault and might be triggering for some listeners.Read Katie Strang, Dan Robson, and Ian Mendes's full story about the case:https://theathletic.com/3441414/2022/07/22/hockey-canada-2018-sexual-assault/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Sweat, Grit, and The Pandemic: How The Women's Tour de France Was Born

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 30:30

    The Tour de France wrapped up in Paris this past Sunday, along the famous Champs-Elysées. And on that very same day, on that very same road, something historic happened -- a Women's Tour de France began. Today, reporter Maggie Mertens explains why it took nearly 120 years for the world's most famous cycling competition to finally offer a truly professional women's stage race, and how it was born from the sweat and determination of many women – with a big assist from an online game company. Then, South African pro cyclist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio joins us from France, where she is currently competing in the Tour, and is fresh off a podium finish.Read Maggie Mertens's full story about the history of the Women's Tour de France.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: Aaron Judge's Quiet Home Run Record Chase

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 11:21

    Plus: U.S. track and field's newest supernova blows away the competition And cycling's newest rivalry comes with a side of sportsmanship. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    ‘Buffalo Just Chose Me': How Von Miller Landed With The Bills

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 19:45

    This spring, eight-time Pro Bowler Von Miller announced that he was leaving the reigning Super Bowl champions — the L.A. Rams — to join the Buffalo Bills. It was a decision that surprised a lot of people, and also one that almost didn't happen. Today, The Athletic's Dan Pompei tells us why Miller ultimately chose upstate New York over the bright lights of Hollywood, and about the gut check moment when he ultimately decided to follow through with the big decision. Read Dan Pompei's full story about Von Miller joining the Bills: https://theathletic.com/3387676/2022/07/07/von-miller-bills-rams-broncos/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Power Of Community: Naomi Girma's Rise To Soccer Stardom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 24:08

    Fans of the U.S. women's national soccer team have been hearing the same names for quite a few years. But now, a new generation of players is starting to take over. Today, reporter Gwendolyn Oxenham gives us an inside look at one of those up-and-coming stars -- 22-year-old defender Naomi Girma -- and explains how her unlikely rise to stardom was fueled by an entire community of people. Plus, why Girma, a first-generation Ethiopian-American, represents a new kind of American women's soccer star. Read Gwen's full story about Naomi Girma.Check out her podcast, Hustle Rule: The Untold Stories Of Women's SoccerSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: A Mulleted Aussie Snatches The Claret Jug

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 12:12

    Plus: One of baseball's brightest young stars may be on the move. And the Chosen One takes his talents to a high school gym in South L.A.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Spitting, Baiting, and Trick Shots: What Comes Next For Tennis's Top Villain?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 25:06

    Last weekend, Novak Djokovic won his fourth consecutive WImbledon title. But the real story of the tournament wasn't the Serbian superstar. It was opponent in the final -- the highly polarizing Nick Kyrgios. The talented Australian dominated headlines for two weeks, thanks to his usual brand of entertaining, breathtaking tennis, coupled with a series of hotly debated actions -- spitting toward a fan, breaking Wimbledon's all-white dress code, and provoking one opponent into an uncharacteristic emotional implosion. Today, Matt Futterman of the New York Times explains the many complicated questions around tennis's top villain, and why tournament organizers will or won't try to reign him in.More from Matt Futterman: https://www.nytimes.com/by/matthew-futtermanSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Yankees Dominance, Super Shohei, And One Unforgettable Pizza

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 31:04

    We have less than one week to go until the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, and during the first half of the season, we've seen a near-record-setting pace from the Yankees, more absurd pitching/hitting superlatives from Shohei Ohtani, and a Braves-Mets NL East showdown that is heating up in a hurry. Today, we're joined by The Athletic's Stephen Nesbitt to look at one key storyline to watch in each MLB division. Plus, one of the wildest stories of the first half of the season, featuring an ejection, a heartbroken fan, and the pizza delivery that changed everything. Read Stephen Nesbitt's full story about Jesse Winker and the pizza delivery: https://theathletic.com/3384932/2022/06/27/jesse-winker-mariners-angels-brawl-pizza/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: An NBA Star Actually Wants To Stay Put?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 13:02

    Plus: Nick Kyrgios can't upend Djokovic's winning ways at Wimbledon. And MLB's All Star Game turns into a family affair.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Legend of 'Mad Max' Scherzer, As Told By His Catchers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 19:14

    On Tuesday night, after seven weeks on the sidelines due to an oblique injury, 37-year-old Max Scherzer made his return for the Mets, and looked like… Max Scherzer — right down to a play where he nearly barreled over teammate Pete Alonso on a routine pop fly to first. Today, we're joined by The Athletic's Rustin Dodd, who recently talked to a number of Scherzer's former catchers and coaches to get a better idea of what makes Scherzer so famously intense, why he's sometimes able to channel Tiger Woods on the golf course, and his extreme passion for fantasy football. Read the full story on Max Scherzer from Rustin Dodd and Jayson Jenks: https://theathletic.com/3336028/2022/06/27/max-scherzer-catchers-legend/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    A Life Lost, A Life Saved: College Athletes and Mental Health (Rebroadcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 24:29

    This spring, the tragic deaths of several college athletes again opened a conversation about mental health and college sports. In light of that, we're replaying an episode that originally aired back in September, 2019. It's the incredible stories of two elite college football players whose lives followed very different paths – one tragic, and one uplifting – and what we can learn from their stories today.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Why More College Basketball Stars Are $taying In $chool

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 25:36

    Last week, many of the top college basketball players in the country heard their names called in the NBA draft. But others, including some of the most recognizable names in the game, decided to stay in school for another year instead -- in part because of NIL money. Today, The Athletic's CJ Moore and Eamonn Brennan explain why college hoops is becoming an increasingly attractive option for college big men in particular, and how the decision to enter the draft (or not) played out for three top players. Plus, what all of this means for the future of the men's college game.Read CJ Moore and Eamonn Brennan's full story about NIL and college big men:https://theathletic.com/3357888/2022/06/16/bacot-tshiebwe-nil-college-basketball-nba/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Hockey's Baby-Faced Assassin: The Rise Of Cale Makar

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 17:50

    On Sunday night, the Colorado Avalanche hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time in 21 years, and just the third time in team history. And the unanimous winner of the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP was their superstar defenseman, Cale Makar. In fact, Makar was so dominant during the playoffs that The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, compared him to the legendary Bobby Orr. Today, The Athletic's Peter Baugh joins us to discuss how Makar went from a 125-pound, baby-faced kid who was often mistaken for someone's little brother to arguably the top defenseman in a generation -- all at age 23. Plus, with Makar's Colorado Avalanche now Stanley Cup champions, are they poised to become a dynasty?Read Peter Baugh's full story about Cale Makar's rise:https://theathletic.com/3374456/2022/06/21/cale-makar-avalanche-brooks-bandits/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: After 21 Years, The Cup Returns To Colorado

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 11:12

    Plus: The Phillies playoff hopes take a major blow in San Diego. And Hornets fans are feeling deja vu all over again.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    A Dad's Sacrifice, A Son's Drive: The Making Of Jabari Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 19:14

    On Thursday night, when he was widely expected to be the top overall pick in the NBA Draft, Jabari Smith Jr. instead became one of the new faces of the Houston Rockets — after a freshman year at Auburn that sent his draft stock soaring. Today, we're joined by The Athletic's Brian Hamilton to look at how Smith, in the span of just five years, went from “a wiry, skinny kid with a little baby fat” to top-three pick in the NBA Draft. The answer has a lot to do with Smith's own uncommon drive, and the sacrifices made by his dad, a former basketball star himself. Read Brian Hamilton's full story about Jabari Smith: https://theathletic.com/3088992/2022/01/25/the-next-kevin-garnett-how-auburns-jabari-smith-turned-himself-into-a-star/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Most Universities Are Violating Title IX. Will A New Lawsuit Change That?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 22:35

    Tomorrow marks the 50-year anniversary of Title IX, the landmark civil rights law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funding. The law has completely transformed the landscape of girls and women's sports in the U.S. in ways that were once unimaginable. But it turns out, most colleges and universities today are actually not complying with the law -- usually to the detriment of female athletes. Some experts estimate that over 90 percent of schools are violating Title IX. Today, ESPN's Dan Murphy explains some of the ways in which schools are not following the law, and why a new lawsuit against San Diego State, brought by a very experienced lawyer, could be a game changer in the battle for gender equality.Read Dan Murphy's full story about San Diego State and Title IX: https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/34071621/a-coxswain-courts-course-title-ix-complianceMore info and statistics about Title IX: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=93See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    How To Find A Top MLB Prospect In Three Days

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 23:43

    The Atlanta Braves are riding a wild hot streak so far in June (14-0 this month), and a big reason why has been the arrival of top prospect Michael Harris II, who's hitting .328 in his young big league career. Today, Justin Toscano — who covers the team for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — tells the story of three key days that led the Braves to fall in love with Harris as a player, when a lot of the industry overlooked him. Plus, the latest on what's suddenly a close race between the Mets and Braves in the NL East. Read Justin Toscano's full story about Michael Harris: https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-braves/the-three-dates-that-led-to-the-braves-drafting-top-prospect-michael-harris/FXEFHPDGHBHBXPMAHZFLIR2LTU/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Deion Sanders Is Fueling The Rise Of HBCU Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 34:26

    Two years ago, Deion Sanders left the comfort of his expansive home outside of Dallas -- a place he calls "Lake Prime" -- to become the next head football coach at Jackson State, the historically black university in Jackson, Mississippi. At times, his welcome speech felt more like a Sunday sermon than a press conference, and he pledged to do everything he could to restore the program to its former glory. Now, after a conference championship and a recruiting season that saw him snag the country's #1 ranked player, Sanders has invited unsupported accusations of cheating. Today, reporter Jean-Jacques Taylor, who recently wrote a cover story about Sanders for Sports Illustrated, joins us to explain how "Coach Prime" is fueling a resurgence of HBCU football -- and why some are trying to take the shine off his success.Read Jean-Jacques Taylor's full story: https://www.si.com/college/2022/06/09/deion-sanders-fuels-rise-of-hbcu-football-daily-coverMore from JJT Media: https://www.jjtmediagroup.com/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: An Irish Goodbye For The Volunteers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 12:23

    Plus: The Lightning look to strike down the juggernaut coming out of Colorado. And Sabrina Ionescu is unimpressed with making history.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Get Hired, Win, Get Fired. Gerard Gallant's Bizarre Coaching Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 15:31

    New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant has made a habit of achieving near immediate success -- and then promptly getting fired. This season, Gallant has once again worked some hockey coaching magic, steering the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first year at the helm (they currently trail the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in the series). Today, The Athletic's Michael Russo joins us to discuss why Gallant's coaching career has followed a rather bumpy and confusing path, the secret to his coaching success, and what this year's playoff run could mean for his reputation and his future.Read Michael Russo's profile of Gerard Gallant:https://theathletic.com/3350258/2022/06/06/gerard-gallant-goofy-firings-rangers-playoffs/?redirected=1See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Former UCLA Benchwarmer Turned NBA Twitter King

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 20:25

    Back in the early 2000's, Josiah Johnson was a benchwarmer for one of the most storied college basketball programs in the nation: the UCLA Bruins. It was the closest he came to being a basketball star, and a long way from the heights reached by his dad, five-time NBA All-Star Marques Johnson. However, Josiah Johnson found a different path to basketball success, and today, Ben Bolch of the L.A. Times tells the story of his rise from the UCLA bench to NBA Twitter heavyweight. Read Ben Bolch's full story about Josiah Johnson: https://www.latimes.com/sports/ucla/story/2022-06-01/josiah-johnson-ucla-nba-meme-king See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: Ukraine's World Cup Dream, Deferred

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 11:19

    Plus: The Warriors go full steamroll mode in Game 2. And Max Scherzer wants you to know that nothing happened with his dog.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    From ‘Geeky' Teen To The Packers' Top Target?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 19:49

    From the minute the Green Bay Packers called his name with the 34th pick of this year's NFL Draft, wide receiver Christian Watson has had to answer questions about becoming the new face of the team's wide receivers room — as he steps into the void created by the trade of Davante Adams. Today, The Athletic's Matt Schneidman tells the story of Watson's amazing rise from 4-year-old on a dirt bike, to undersized, awkward teenager, to now potentially becoming Aaron Rodgers's top target. Read Matt Schneidman's full story about Christian Watson: https://theathletic.com/3298227/2022/05/27/christian-watson-packers-wide-receiver/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    ‘One Guy Beat Us': Connor McDavid's Historic NHL Playoffs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 20:25

    We're just over two rounds into the NHL Playoffs, and the league's brightest star -- Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid -- has already put in a performance for the ages. Today, reporter Jonathan Willis joins us to discuss how the 24-year-old McDavid has somehow taken his game to yet another level, the records he's breaking and minds he's blowing along the way, and what his continued ascent means for the NHL. Plus, what to watch for as the Western Conference Finals between the the Oilers and Colorado Avalanche continue.More from Jonathan Willis: https://theathletic.com/author/jonathan-willis/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: Rangers Storm Past The Hurricanes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 10:57

    Plus: Another European triumph for the kings of the Champions League. And two major leaguers take a fantasy football dispute way too far.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Logan Webb's Vow To Fight Against Fentanyl

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 21:42

    Back in December, just a couple of days before his wedding, San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb and his family endured a devastating tragedy. Today, The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly joins us to talk about how it upended the life of the Webb family, and what they are doing now to try to fight a growing epidemic. Read Andrew Baggarly's full story about the Webb family: https://theathletic.com/3326815/2022/05/24/logan-webb-giants-cousin/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Premier League's Wild Final Weekend (with Men In Blazers' Roger Bennett)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 33:04

    A title race for the ages. A dramatic comeback victory for the champions. And a desperate battle to avoid relegation. The Premier League's final weekend had all the drama -- and then some. Roger Bennett of the Men In Blazers Media Network joins us today to break down all the action from Championship Sunday, and to preview this weekend's Champions League Final.More from Roger Bennett: www.meninblazers.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: The Warriors Wrangle Luka And The Mavs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 10:32

    Plus: Justin Thomas defies the odds at Southern Hills. And a dramatic Premier League title race comes down to the wire.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Can The Mets Avoid Another Classic Mets Collapse?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 22:18

    We're nearly one fourth of the way through the 2022 MLB season, and after a devastating finish last year, one of the best teams in baseball so far this year has been the National League East-leading New York Mets. Today, The Athletic's Rustin Dodd tells us about some of the key factors that have powered the Mets' renaissance, including a box of T-shirts, a squirrel, and big-spending billionaire owner Steve Cohen. But, with injuries mounting and memories still fresh from last year, are these good vibes built to last for Buck Showalter's team? Follow Rustin Dodd's recent coverage of the Mets, and read his feature stories: https://theathletic.com/author/rustin-dodd/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: A Historic Moment For U.S. Soccer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 8:01

    Plus: Tiger is back on the prowl at the PGA Championship. And a boozy Luka Doncic beer conspiracy takes flight.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Gambling Debts and Saudi Money: Phil Mickelson's Career In Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 25:22

    One year ago, Phil Mickelson was riding the highest of highs, having won the PGA Championship, and becoming the oldest major champion in golf history. But now, after making controversial comments about Saudi Arabia and a new Saudi-backed golf league, “Lefty” has found himself in hot water and a self-imposed exile from the PGA. Mickelson's unofficial biographer, Alan Shipnuck, who published the comments that landed Mickelson in hot water earlier this year, joins us today to discuss the golf superstar's tumultuous year, new revelations about the scale of his gambling losses, and what a path to redemption would look like for the golf legend.Alan Shipnuck's new book about Phil Mickelson:https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Phil/Alan-Shipnuck/9781476797090See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: Packers Star Gets Some Serious Cheese

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 10:01

    Plus: Another head coach is leaving Las Vegas. And the Heat and Celtics gear up for a rock fight in the Eastern Conference Finals. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: Luka Doncic Silences The Valley

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 10:56

    Plus: The NHL shows the NBA what a dramatic game 7 really looks like. And Major League Baseball's worst team finds an inventive new way to lose. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    ‘Poole Party': The Unlikely Rise Of The Warriors' Newest Star

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 26:30

    When he was drafted late in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, some experts called Jordan Poole — the Golden State Warriors' selection — the worst pick of the draft. Three years later, Poole has emerged as a bona fide star, and provided the already talent-rich Warriors with another potent offensive threat. The Athletic's Sam Amick recently spoke with Poole about his rise to stardom, and Sam joins us to talk about Poole's remarkable ascent, and what lies ahead for the Warriors in this year's NBA Playoffs. Read Sam Amick's full conversation with Jordan Poole: https://theathletic.com/3284338/2022/04/30/jordan-poole-warriors-interview/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: Boston Learns To Fear The Deer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 9:29

    Plus: The Urban Meyer hiring continues to haunt the Jaguars. And a former-MVP makes baseball history in Cincinnati.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    ‘A New Era' For Women's Soccer: The Rise Of Angel City FC

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 19:27

    After two years of anticipation, Angel City FC, the Los Angeles-based women's professional soccer team founded and supported by celebrities like Natalie Portman, Jennifer Garner, Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Eva Longoria, and Christina Aguilera (just to name a few), finally made its NWSL debut two weekends ago -- and it was quite the event. The Athletic's Meg Linehan walks us through the drama of their league home opener, and explains why the star-studded club could signal a new era in women's soccer. Plus, the storylines to follow during this year's NWSL season, and what has changed in the league in aftermath of Meg's blockbuster investigative story last year.More from Meg Linehan:https://theathletic.com/author/meg-linehan/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: A Surprise NHL Firing, Man City Makes A Splash

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 10:15

    Plus: The Sixers look to keep the good vibes going in Miami. And the NFL schedules two Monday night games... at the same time?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Starting Five: A Miracle At Churchill Downs, More Raiders Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 11:55

    Plus: Will Chelsea's new American owners spend (enough) money to keep the fans happy? And tensions simmer between Golden State and Memphis. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.