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Why Man Invented Tools

ESPN college basketball sage Jay Bilas features in a wide-ranging episode. Hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg rank national-anthem performances at sporting events through the years, turn to AP football writer Barry Wilner for the latest on the NFL and bring on a special guest to preview Saturday’s championship game in the notoriously tough 8-and-under girls’ league in Las Vegas. On the menu: Tacos. Always tacos.


The Best Retirement Plan Ever ...

East Stroudsburg coach Denny Douds kicks off an election-week episode with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg, explaining his sudden stage-left exit _ during a timeout with 0:13 on the clock _ after 43 years in charge of the Warriors’ football program. Then Adam Greenberg recounts his two major-league plate appearances _ seven years apart _ and why he decided to to run for the Connecticut State Senate. Finally, NFL writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate and brings the hosts...


Did I Mention My Cousin is an NBA Coach?

Toronto Raptors rookie head coach Nick Nurse features in a wide-ranging episode, detailing the long journey from a pole-vaulting pit in his Iowa backyard and a detour through Europe’s pro circuits to the top of the NBA’s early-season standings. Then co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg recap the zany NFL weekend, weigh in on the Tiger vs. Phil and MJ vs. the world debates before previewing the upcoming rugby triple-header Saturday at Soldier Field with Team USA women’s captain Kate Zackary....


DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME: ’Only the Second Time We were Able to Spread Them in Fair Territory’

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg get the lowdown on Jeff Hall’s years-long quest to spread some of his brother’s ashes at every one of the major league’s 30 ballparks. Then they preview the World Series, deliver a round-by-round of Rockets-Lakers opening-week NBA brawl, and delve into how the NFL got its mojo back so soon. On the menu: Put down that mayonnaise. Now!


Taking Off The Crown

Don’t give the Kansas City Chiefs the AFC crown after only five games, AP NFL writer Rob Maaddi says in the latest episode of "PodcastOne Sports Now." And, the NBA Eastern Conference will finally crown a team that doesn’t have LeBron James on its roster. AP NFL writer Barry Wilner joins Maaddi to discuss the NFL and AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney breaks down the East and West heading into the season.


Are you ready for some football? Howard, Suh and Graham join Sports Now

Desmond Howard, Ndamukong Suh and Brandon Graham join guest host Larry Lage of The Associated Press to talk about football and off-the-field topics. Howard, a Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP winner, previews a handful of games involving ranked teams and explains what he meant by saying Clemson runs with finesse. Suh shares some thoughts on the undefeated Los Angeles Rams and what he has learned from his friend, Warren Buffett. Graham insists the Eagles are not 2-3 because of a Super Bowl...


It's the fourth quarter of 2018, and everything is getting good

October has arrived, and that means football is rolling, the baseball playoffs are here and the NBA is on the way as well. For Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, this will be his first full season as a dad and he joins AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds to talk about how his first son has changed his perspective on just about everything. Jim Litke and Doug Ferguson wrap up the Ryder Cup debacle for the U.S., and AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker tells us why the Boston Red Sox might not win the...


Ryder Cup Episode 3: Where’s McGyver When U.S. Team Needs Rescuing

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg wonder whether a U.S. team short on leadership and facing a historical deficit can thread the needle in singles and match the greatest comebacks in the event’s history. Then, golf writer Doug Ferguson and Steve Douglas review Day 2 action and weigh in on the captains’ final-day lineups. On the menu: Even good whisky can’t salvage a bad tuna fish sandwich.


Ryder Cup Episode 2: Socialists Roar Back to Take 5-3 Lead

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg question whether aging stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are holding back a U.S. squad that once again seems to be less than the sum of its parts, and investigate why the Europeans play so well together. Then they’re joined by the AP’s Douglas duo _ golf writer Doug Ferguson and Steve Douglas _ for an in-depth preview on Round 2. On the menu: Where did that tuna sandwich come from?


Ryder Cup Episode 1: Tiger and 11 Other Americans in France

Co-hosts Jim Litke (in Paris) and Tim Dahlberg (at home) take the temperature of the City of Light before the first shot of the Ryder Cup is struck, then bring on AP golf writer Doug Ferguson and all-arounder Steve Douglas to preview the chances of the Americans and their European hosts. On the menu: No French fries in France?


Tiger Woods Says ‘I Can’t Believe I Pulled This Off.’ Seriously?

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg are joined by AP golf writer Doug Ferguson from Paris to gauge what Tiger’s ground-shaking win at the Tour Championship means for the game and preview the upcoming Ryder Cup matches in France. Then NFL writer Rob Maaddi sorts out a zany Week 3, including whether the Patriots have misplaced their mojo. On the menu: from the Baja to the Yucatan, Mexican food is on the march.


‘I Shouldn’t Be Out Here Anymore’

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg finally agree on something: cornerback Vontae Davis made the right call when he retired from the NFL and the Buffalo Bills _ at halftime of a game! _ and their first guest, AP NFL writer Barry Wilner, makes it a unanimous decision. Then AP’s Mitch Stacy joins them from Columbus, Ohio, where Buckeye coach Urban Meyer marks his official return from suspension with a less than air-clearing news conference. On the menu: LA is basically one big drive-in.


‘George Foreman is a Belgian!’

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg spar over boxing’s greatest pound-for-pound champions ahead of the upcoming rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. Then, sportswriting veteran Jeff Pearlman joins them to discuss his new book about the league that got knocked out: ‘Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL.’ On the menu: Is the pepperoni on your pizza trying to tell you something?


A Study of the Power Class Eating Itself

Mark Leibovich, author of “Big Game: Dangerous Times in the NFL,” tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg how he gained entry to the NFL owners’ inner circle and how unnerved members have become by the spectacle of players protesting during the national anthem. Then London-based AP soccer Writer Rob Harris takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of Europe’s top leagues. On the menu: If it’s Minnesota, I’ll have the walleye, por favor.


Football Kicks Off, or Why the Tail is Still Wagging the Dog.

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg range far and wide. They take college football’s pulse ahead of its season-opening kickoff with AP’s Ralph Russo, then have legendary fight promoter Bob Arum recall his work with the late John McCain on a boxing safety measure. Next up is a review of the Europe’s top league matches with soccer writer Rob Harris and finally, their U.S. Open tennis preview. On the menu: Sometimes, the simple things in life really are the best.


Is Baseball Ready for Reform? Will College Football Ever Be?

Hall of Fame pitcher and FOX analyst Jon Smoltz talks candidly about the trends threatening to make baseball unwatchable and how to fix it. Then co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg train their sights on another season in serious need of fixing _ even before college football really kicks off _ and ask former LA Timesman and founding tmgcollegesports.com writer Chris Dufresne for help. On the menu: There was actually a game once named the “Salad Bowl.”


How to solve the NFL's anthem problem: Quit playing it

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg wade into the white-hot debate over NFL players demonstrating during the national anthem with some common-sense solutions, then try to temper their excitement over Tiger Woods being back on the prowl. Also on the show: AP racing writer Jenna Fryer asks whither NASCAR in the wake of CEO Brian France’s DUI arrest and soccer writer Rob Harris reviews the Premier League’s opening weekend. On the menu: pasta, veal and ‘No Heimlich for you!’


Getcha Popcorn Ready

Terrell Owens skipped the Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities and threw his own party. Guest host Rob Maaddi, an Associated Press Pro Football writer, sticks up for T.O. while fellow AP NFL writer Barry Wilner gives a voter’s perspective and shares his views on Brian Dawkins’ inspiring speech in Canton and the NFL’s new helmet rule. Tennessee AP sports writer Teresa Walker gives an insider look at T.O.’s party. Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson shares his journey from player to high...


Kicking it with Ice Cube, Painter, Stafford, Bettman and Carter

Ice Cube’s crossover dribble into the sports world has him leading the BIG3 basketball league for a second season. Guest host Larry Lage of The Associated Press kicks it with the entertainment mogul about 3-on-3 hoops, music and movies to tip off a star-studded lineup of guests. Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter opens up about the lives of his children along with his passion for the Chicago Cubs and music. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford discusses how fatherhood has changed his...


2 until 2020: Olympic talk with golf, hoops and swimming

It's two years until the 2020 Olympics, and so there's plenty of Olympic sports to talk about right now - golf, basketball and swimming among them. Guest host Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press talks to four-time Olympian Sue Bird about the state of the WNBA and her future plans, as well as has a chat with four-time Olympian Ryan Lochte about his latest turbulent chapter. Plus, Tim Dahlberg and AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson wrap up the British Open, golf’s third major of the year. Finally,...