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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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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.

    The Dodgers' Surreal World Series Win

    The Dodgers' Surreal World Series Win

    It’s been a 32-year wait for the Dodgers and their fans, but L.A. can finally celebrate a World Series victory once again. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Pedro Moura to look at the strange night in Texas when the Dodgers won the title, with the stunning decision to remove Blake Snell early, some late fireworks from Mookie Betts, and the surreal scene that unfolded after Justin Turner’s positive Covid test.

    Follow Pedro Moura’s coverage of the Dodgers: https://theathletic.com/author/pedro-moura/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 16 min
    Chris Carson's Promise To His Mother

    Chris Carson's Promise To His Mother

    Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson picked up yet another injury on Sunday in his team's overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The fourth-year player has had to overcome an incredible number of injuries in his relatively short NFL career, but that has allowed him to move closer toward a goal that he has been pursuing for many years. The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar has the story of the promise Carson made to his mother after a family tragedy years ago, and why he is determined to keep it.

    Read Michael-Shawn Dugar's profile on Chris Carson:

    https://theathletic.com/2141924/2020/10/23/seahawks-chris-carson-contract-year-free-agency/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 16 min
    From Rugby In Australia To Football In Philadelphia

    From Rugby In Australia To Football In Philadelphia

    It’s been a rough start to the season for the Philadelphia Eagles, but they’re still in first place in the NFC East, thanks in part to some impressive play from their new left tackle, Jordan Mailata. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Bo Wulf to discuss Mailata’s amazing journey from rugby player in Australia to starting NFL offensive lineman, and all the challenges he has faced — including multiple heart surgeries — along the way.

    Read Bo Wulf’s story about Jordan Mailata: https://theathletic.com/2151369/2020/10/22/jordan-mailata-rugby-eagles/

    • 16 min
    George Kittle: Made In Iowa

    George Kittle: Made In Iowa

    San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has developed into one of best -- if not the best -- tight ends in the NFL. Coming into Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, which the 49ers won easily, he was second in the league among tight ends in receiving yards despite missing two games. The Athletic’s Scott Dochterman has been following Kittle since his days at the University of Iowa, and he joins us to explain how the former Hawkeye went from a skinny, unheralded recruit to one of the best players in the game, the keys to his transformation, and why the gregarious star is still so beloved back home.

    Read Scott Dochterman's profile of George Kittle:

    https://theathletic.com/2144144/2020/10/18/george-kittle-49ers-tight-end-iowa-football-transformation-receiver-nfl/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 15 min
    How Doris Burke Became An Accidental Pioneer

    How Doris Burke Became An Accidental Pioneer

    Doris Burke has been there for many of the biggest moments in NBA history, whether it's on the court after a championship game, asking questions to superstars like LeBron James or Steph Curry, or calling games from beside the court. During her pioneering career, she has earned the respect of players, coaches, and fans, and has become a role model for many women in sports broadcasting. The Athletic's Dana O'Neil -- a friend and former colleague of Burke -- recently wrote a profile about the iconic broadcaster, and she joins us to explain how Burke has broken barrier after barrier without that ever being her goal.

    Read Dana O'Neil's profile of Doris Burke:

    https://theathletic.com/2087918/2020/09/29/this-should-be-normal-doris-burke-making-history-as-she-always-has/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 16 min
    'This Dude's A Baller': The Rise Of Robby Anderson

    'This Dude's A Baller': The Rise Of Robby Anderson

    The Carolina Panthers made a lot of changes this past offseason. They brought in a new head coach (Matt Rhule), a new quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater), and a new offensive coordinator (Joe Brady). They also added a speedy wideout who has taken his game to new heights: Robby Anderson. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Joe Person to look at the factors that have contributed to Anderson’s big breakout, and how his friendship with former Jets teammate Brandon Marshall continues to guide his career. 

    Read Joe Person’s story about Robby Anderson: https://theathletic.com/2135921/2020/10/14/this-dudes-a-baller-robby-andersons-rise-from-speed-freak-to-complete-wr/?source=theleadpodcast 

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