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The Lead

New episodes come out every Wednesday and Friday for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.The award-winning sports show from Wondery, known for delivering the best storytelling in sports. Every Wednesday and Friday, co-hosts Tiffany Oshinsky and Anders Kelto dive into the biggest and most fascinating sports stories of the day, as told by the reporters who cover them up close. The Lead cuts through the chatter and brings you in-depth reporting and emotional stories, to help make sense of the complicated sports landscape. New episodes every Wednesday and Friday.

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  • 01.07.2022
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    Why More College Basketball Stars Are $taying In $chool

    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 .

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  • 29.06.2022
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    Hockey's Baby-Faced Assassin: The Rise Of Cale Makar

    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 .

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  • 27.06.2022
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    Starting Five: After 21 Years, The Cup Returns To Colorado

    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 .

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  • 24.06.2022
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    A Dad's Sacrifice, A Son's Drive: The Making Of Jabari Smith

    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 .

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  • 22.06.2022
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    Most Universities Are Violating Title IX. Will A New Lawsuit Change That?

    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-compliance More info and statistics about Title IX: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=93 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 17.06.2022
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    How To Find A Top MLB Prospect In Three Days

    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 .

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  • 15.06.2022
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    Deion Sanders Is Fueling The Rise Of HBCU Football

    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-cover More 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 .

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  • 13.06.2022
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    Starting Five: An Irish Goodbye For The Volunteers

    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 .

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  • 10.06.2022
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    Get Hired, Win, Get Fired. Gerard Gallant’s Bizarre Coaching Journey

    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=1 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 08.06.2022
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    The Former UCLA Benchwarmer Turned NBA Twitter King

    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 .

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  • 06.06.2022
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    Starting Five: Ukraine's World Cup Dream, Deferred

    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 .

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  • 03.06.2022
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    From ‘Geeky’ Teen To The Packers’ Top Target?

    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 .

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  • 01.06.2022
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    ‘One Guy Beat Us’: Connor McDavid’s Historic NHL Playoffs

    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 .

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  • 31.05.2022
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    Starting Five: Rangers Storm Past The Hurricanes

    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 .

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  • 27.05.2022
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    Logan Webb’s Vow To Fight Against Fentanyl

    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 .

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  • 25.05.2022
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    The Premier League's Wild Final Weekend (with Men In Blazers' Roger Bennett)

    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.com See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 23.05.2022
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    Starting Five: The Warriors Wrangle Luka And The Mavs

    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 .

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  • 20.05.2022
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    Can The Mets Avoid Another Classic Mets Collapse?

    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 .

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  • 19.05.2022
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    Starting Five: A Historic Moment For U.S. Soccer

    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 .

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  • 18.05.2022
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    Gambling Debts and Saudi Money: Phil Mickelson's Career In Crisis

    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/9781476797090 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 17.05.2022
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    Starting Five: Packers Star Gets Some Serious Cheese

    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 .

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  • 16.05.2022
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    Starting Five: Luka Doncic Silences The Valley

    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 .

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  • 13.05.2022
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    ‘Poole Party’: The Unlikely Rise Of The Warriors’ Newest Star

    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 .

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  • 12.05.2022
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    Starting Five: Boston Learns To Fear The Deer

    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 .

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  • 11.05.2022
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    ‘A New Era’ For Women’s Soccer: The Rise Of Angel City FC

    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 .

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  • 10.05.2022
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    Starting Five: A Surprise NHL Firing, Man City Makes A Splash

    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 .

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  • 09.05.2022
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    Starting Five: A Miracle At Churchill Downs, More Raiders Controversy

    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 .

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  • 06.05.2022
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    Are The Angels Finally, Actually… Good?

    Despite being loaded with talent — including two of the two best players in baseball in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani — the Los Angeles Angels have struggled to put things together in recent seasons. After a red hot start, is that changing? The Athletic’s Sam Blum joins us to explain what’s different about the Angels this season — and what’s not. Also: the story of what’s gone wrong — live on the air — with Angels TV broadcasts in 2022. Follow Sam Blum’s coverage of the Angels: https://theathletic.com/author/sam-blum/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 05.05.2022
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    Starting Five: A Champions League Night To Remember In Madrid

    Plus: The NFL is headed to… Deutschland? And a collegiate golfer makes history with the help of Steph Curry. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 04.05.2022
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    How Brittney Griner Might Get Out Of Russia

    American basketball star Brittney Griner has now been in the custody of Russian authorities for more than two months, following her arrest in a Russian airport for alleged drug violations. But after some big developments this past week -- including the release of American prisoner Trevor Reed -- there's new reason to be optimistic about her case. Today, we dive into her story. Then, with the WNBA season set to tip off this weekend, reporter Sabreena Merchant joins us to look ahead at the teams and storylines to follow. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 03.05.2022
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    Starting Five: A Stunning NFL Suspension, The Mets Make A Bold Move

    Plus: Tyrann Mathieu finally finds a new home. And is this the last dance for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the Steel City? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 02.05.2022
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    Starting Five: The Two Surprising Winners Of The NFL Draft

    Plus: Can the Suns find a way to slow down Luka Dončić? And the round one NHL playoff matchup you don’t want to miss. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 29.04.2022
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    The Force Behind The Celtics: How Ime Udoka Became The ‘Can Man’

    During a dominant first-round sweep over the Brooklyn Nets, Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics started to look like a legitimate threat to win the NBA title. Today, The Athletic’s Jason Quick tells us how the Celtics — and first-year head coach Ime Udoka — found their way after a rocky start, with the help of two of Udoka’s longtime friends, and some swagger borrowed from a professional boxer. Plus, what to expect when the Celtics meet Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Read Jason Quick’s full story about Ime Udoka and the Celtics: https://theathletic.com/3230403/2022/04/11/how-ime-udoka-became-the-can-man-behind-the-scenes-of-how-a-portland-connection-reshaped-the-celtics/?source=theleadpodcast See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 28.04.2022
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    Starting Five: The NFL Draft Is Here, Baseball's Sticky Debate

    Plus: Will James Harden shoot the ball tonight? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 27.04.2022
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    The Fantasy Baseball Player Who Accidentally Forced The Yankees' Hand

    For weeks now, we've been hearing a lot about the supposedly scandalous 'Yankee Letter' -- sent by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to the New York Yankees back in 2017, and related to possible sign stealing violations. But now that the contents of that letter have come to light (as of Tuesday), it's clear that the story behind the letter is more interesting than the letter itself. Today, we dive into that story, which involves an unlikely lawsuit filed by a fantasy baseball player -- a case that unintentionally set off a media firestorm directed at the Yankees. Then, Maggie Gray of CBS Sports Radio joins us to discuss the contents of the letter and what all of this means for the Bronx Bombers. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 26.04.2022
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    Starting Five: The Nets Get Swept, An NFL Prospect's Draft Stock Soars

    On today's Starting Five (the new podcast we're developing at The Lead), we run down five of today's biggest sports stories, including: what comes next for the Brooklyn Nets, why Georgia's Travon Walker is suddenly the odds-on pick to go #1 in the NFL Draft, a high school basketball player who is going pro but not taking a paycheck, and more. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 26.04.2022
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    Introducing 'The Lead: Starting Five'

    Today, we're giving listeners a sneak peek of the new spin-off podcast we've been developing: 'The Lead: Starting Five.' We break down five of the biggest sports stories of the day, in 10 minutes. On today's episode, we preview the Nets' do-or-die game against the Celtics, explain why beers and insults were flying in Yankee Stadium over the weekend, look at why fans of French club PSG walked out on their team...while they were winning a championship, and more. We'll be running episodes of The Lead: Starting Five here on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for the next few weeks. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 22.04.2022
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    The NFL Draft’s Ultimate Boom-Or-Bust Quarterback

    When the NFL Draft gets underway next Thursday, one of the most intriguing prospects to hear his name called will be Malik Willis, the cannon-armed — and very fast — quarterback out of Liberty University. Today, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe tells us how Willis went from unheralded high school passer in Atlanta, to third-string QB at Auburn, to now potentially the first quarterback off the board in the 2022 Draft. Jeff also explains why, despite all of Willis’s upside, there are still questions about what his future looks like in the NFL. Read Jeff Howe’s full story about Malik Willis: https://theathletic.com/2933235/2021/11/04/how-malik-willis-of-liberty-became-one-of-the-hottest-qb-prospects-for-the-nfl-draft/?source=theleadpodcast See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 20.04.2022
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    Bears Legend Steve McMichael Is In The Fight Of His Life

    Back in the day, Steve "Mongo" McMichael, a defensive tackle on the 1985 Chicago Bears, was known for his bone-crunching hits and colorful off-the-field endeavors -- including rattlesnake hunting and professional wrestling. But now, at age 64, the former Super Bowl champ is in a very different kind of fight. The Athletic's Dan Pompei recently spent time with McMichael and those closest to him at his house in suburban Chicago, and he joins us today to discuss McMichael's illustrious career, his devastating diagnosis of ALS, and how he's now reflecting on -- and finding new meaning in -- his life. Read Dan Pompei's full story on Steve McMichael: https://theathletic.com/3174997/2022/03/31/i-pushed-myself-to-the-limit-bears-great-steve-mcmichael-as-tough-as-they-come-on-the-field-is-in-the-fight-of-his-life/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 15.04.2022
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    NBA Playoffs Preview: Can Anyone Bring Down The Suns?

    The NBA Playoffs get underway on Saturday, and there are intriguing storylines in every direction, from Giannis Antetokounmpo trying to lead the Bucks to a repeat, to star players — including Steph Curry and Luka Doncic — racing the clock to return from injuries. Today, The Athletic’s Zach Harper helps us break down the key subplots in every first-round matchup, and makes his picks to reach — and win — the NBA Finals. Follow Zach Harper’s coverage of the NBA: https://theathletic.com/author/zach-harper/?source=theleadpodcast See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 13.04.2022
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    The Magicians Who Solved MLB's Sign Stealing Problem

    Baseball season is just a week old, but we’ve already been hearing a lot about a new technology that allows MLB pitchers and catchers to communicate with the push of a button, and thereby prevent sign-stealing -- PitchCom. And it turns out, the seemingly magical technology was, in fact, invented by two magicians. Today, The Athletic’s Zach Buchanan introduces us to those two magicians, describes how their gizmo works (without giving away all of its secrets), and explains why these two, of all people, are the ones who seem to have solved one of baseball’s oldest problems. Read Zach Buchanan's full story about PitchCom: https://theathletic.com/2951011/2021/11/18/its-magic-right-meet-pitchcom-the-device-created-by-two-magicians-to-solve-baseballs-sign-stealing-problem/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 11.04.2022
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    Special Announcement: A New Spin-Off Podcast, The Lead Goes To 2x Per Week

    We have some exciting news to share! We are in the process of developing a new spin-off podcast, and as part of that process, we're shifting The Lead to two days per week instead of five, beginning this week. We'll now be publishing new episodes of The Lead on Wednesdays and Fridays. It'll still be the same show, but with a different publishing schedule. And stay tuned for more updates on the new spin-off! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 08.04.2022
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    ‘Dead For Five Minutes’: Christian Eriksen Is Back -- And Shining

    Last summer, the world watched in shock and disbelief as Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field during a Euro 2020 game, broadcast on live television. Doctors rushed onto the field and resuscitated him from what was later identified as cardiac arrest. Now, ten months later, Christian Eriksen is back on the field -- and looking better than ever. The Athletic's Jay Harris, who covers Eriksen and his club team, Brentford, joins us today to explain how the Danish star has somehow managed to pick up where he left off, why he chose tiny Brentford of all places to make his return, and why, after such a traumatic experience, he’s playing the game at all. More from Jay Harris: https://theathletic.com/author/jay-harris/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 07.04.2022
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    5 Bold Predictions For The MLB Season

    After all the chaos of the lockout, and the sprint through an abbreviated spring training, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is here. To get ready for the season, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Eno Sarris, who breaks down five bold predictions for 2022, including his expectations for the always-overachieving Tampa Bay Rays, and the wildly intriguing — but often injured — Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. Also on this episode: an almost 40-year-old with 40-plus homers in sight, and Eno's picks to win the American League, National League, and World Series. Read Eno Sarris’s bold predictions for 2022: https://theathletic.com/3187448/2022/03/25/sarris-ten-bold-predictions-for-a-wacky-mlb-season/?source=theleadpodcast See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 06.04.2022
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    Luka And The Mavs Make Their Move

    After enduring a tough start to the season, the Dallas Mavericks have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA over the last 3 months. Luka Doncic is back to his MVP-level form and with the help of some key additions at the trade deadline the Slovenian star is hoping to reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time in his career. Today, The Athletic’s Tim Cato joins us to talk about how Doncic rebounded from his own early season struggles and just how far this Mavericks team could go in the postseason. Follow all of Tim Cato’s Dallas Mavericks coverage: https://theathletic.com/author/tim-cato/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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    Horses and Rolls-Royces: How Photo Shoots Shape College Football Recruiting

    There was a time when high school football players would decide where they wanted to go to college by visiting a few schools, talking to coaches, and then making a decision with their family. But those days are long gone. Today, The Athletic's Ari Wasserman takes us inside the over-the-top world of college football recruiting, and explains how one specific aspect of recruiting -- the photoshoot -- has become an important part of getting blue chip prospects. Plus, why arguably the most hyped high school football player in history, Arch Manning (the nephew of Peyton and Eli) is taking a very different approach, and keeping his recruiting activities low-key and simple. Related stories from Ari Wasserman: https://theathletic.com/3217713/2022/03/30/arch-mannings-unique-approach-to-recruiting-and-the-coach-behind-it-all-theres-no-red-carpet/ https://theathletic.com/3103611/2022/02/01/horses-luxury-cars-and-the-photo-shoots-growing-influence-in-college-footballs-recruiting-landscape/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 04.04.2022
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    Joel Embiid Unplugged: On Ben Simmons, Harden Trade, And MVP Race

    This year's race for NBA Most Valuable Player is one of the tightest in recent memory. Two-time winner Giannis Antetokounmpo is making a strong push to become just the ninth three-time winner. The reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic, is putting up historic numbers night after night. And in Philadelphia, Sixers center Joel Embiid kept his team at the top of the East through a tumultuous year while averaging 30 points a game. Today, The Athletic’s Sam Amick joins us to talk about his recent exclusive interview with Embiid, where the Cameroonian big man shared his thoughts on the Ben Simmons saga, the acquisition of James Harden and if Philly has enough to go all the way. Plus we break down this historic MVP race by making the case for each of the top contenders. Read Sam Amick’s full interview with Joel Embiid: https://theathletic.com/3213386/2022/03/28/joel-embiid-unplugged-on-the-mvp-trusting-daryl-morey-his-new-partner-james-harden-and-still-having-a-long-way-to-go/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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    The Favorites, The Champs, The Dynasty, and The Underdog

    The Women's Final Four tips off tonight, and there are some mouth-watering matchups: Top-ranked South Carolina, led by national player of the year Aliyah Boston, square off against relative underdogs Louisville, led by fiery guard Haley Van Lith. Then, UConn will play in its fourteenth consecutive Final Four (yes, you read that correctly), and will hope that shooting sensation Paige Bueckers can lead them to victory over the defending champion Stanford Cardinal amd reigning Final Four MVP Haley Jones. The Athletic's Chantel Jennings joins us to break down the key matchups and storylines to follow, and to discuss how the electric slide, Barack Obama, and Jimmy Kimmel have factored into the tournament. Plus, after the uproar over inequality during last year's NCAA tournament, how much have things really changed? More from Chantel Jennings: https://theathletic.com/author/chantel-jennings/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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  • 31.03.2022
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    'Basketball Armageddon': The Duke-UNC Final Four Showdown

    We are in unprecedented territory in the men’s NCAA Tournament, with a March Madness matchup we’ve never seen before: Duke vs. UNC, on Saturday night, in New Orleans. Today, The Athletic’s Brendan Marks — who covers both teams for The Athletic — takes us behind the scenes to look at key turning points for the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels, and how Mike Krzyzewski and Hubert Davis have gotten the most out of their rosters at the exact right time. Also on this episode: We break down the key performers for both teams, from Paolo Banchero to Mark Williams to Brady Manek and Armando Bacot. Follow Brendan Marks's coverage of Duke and UNC basketball: https://theathletic.com/author/brendan-marks/?source=theleadpodcast See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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    ‘Captain America’ Delivers For The USMNT

    After dispiritingly missing out in 2018, The U.S. Men are once again on the brink of World Cup qualification thanks in large part to the play of star forward Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea winger has endured an up and down campaign with his club in recent months, but on the back of a recent upturn in form the 22-year-old came into the National Team setup with a point to prove. Today, The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio takes us through the match against Panama where Pulisic’s talismanic performance helped drive the USMNT to a decisive victory and tells us just how high this team’s ceiling can be if Pulisic is firing on all cylinders. Read all of Paul Tenorio’s U.S. National Team and MLS coverage: https://theathletic.com/author/paul-tenorio/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info .

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