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The award-winning daily sports show from Wondery and The Athletic, known for delivering the best storytelling in sports. Every weekday, 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 Monday through Friday.
A Baseball Family's American Dream, And Unbearable Loss
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:
The Rebirth Of AC Milan, Italy’s Most Storied Soccer Club
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: https://theathletic.com/2081869/2020/09/23/inside-ac-milan-waking-a-sleeping-giant/
The Quiet Force Behind The Rams’ Defense
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: https://theathletic.com/2774151/2021/09/06/it-cant-be-ego-driven-how-raheem-morris-hopes-to-take-over-the-rams-defense-make-an-impact-along-the-way/?source=theleadpodcast
'They're Doing Something Different’: Why The Brewers' Pitchers Are So Good
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:
Eno's story about the brews:
Tackling Cattle, Biting Kneecaps: The Detroit Lions' Cowboy Coach
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: https://theathletic.com/2812356/2021/09/08/dan-campbells-cowboy-chronicles-partying-til-dawn-metallica-living-in-a-camper-and-now-lions-head-coach/?source=theleadpodcast
Bucs Star Mike Evans: ‘A Beacon Of Hope’ For His Hometown
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:
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