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On this episode of the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom begins by chatting through: The disappointing USMNT window games vs Japan & Saudi Arabia Some MLS action of the LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquake & Seattle Sounders vs FC Cincinnati And what MLS action to check out this weekend as the 2022 season is coming to an end After that, Tom is joined by Katie Good…
 
Over the past two years, a massive welfare fraud scheme has been simmering in Mississippi. And a key player in that scandal is Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre. With the help of a former Mississippi governor, Favre was able to direct state welfare funds -- money that was intended to help poor people -- to the University of Southern Mississippi …
 
A little over a month ago, on August 28th, it seemed like a normal morning at the headquarters of Eastern Kentucky football. The season opener was five days away. A team staffer was restocking the coach’s refrigerator. And inside his office, that coach — Walt Wells — was dropping to the floor, having a heart attack. Today, Richard Johnson from Spor…
 
This past weekend, Roger Federer played his final match as a professional tennis player, teaming up with his longtime rival Rafael Nadal in a mostly ceremonial doubles match at the Laver Cup. And, after the match (which they narrowly lost to Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock), Federer was honored with a ceremony that brought him to tears. Now,…
 
The Eagles ran their record to 2-0 with a convincing win over the Vikings on Monday Night Football, and a big reason why was an electric performance from Jalen Hurts. Today, The Athletic’s Zach Berman tells us about Hurts’s evolution from second-round pick that a lot of people doubted, to now becoming one of the NFL’s most dynamic young quarterback…
 
On Sunday night, the Las Vegas Aces brought home the WNBA championship – the first in the franchise's 26-year history, and the first major pro sports title for the city of Las Vegas. And the only thing more entertaining than the series might have been the post-game press conference, which included A'ja Wilson telling fans they had to do at least fo…
 
After a summer where he was expected to commit his future to Real Madrid, 23-year-old French superstar Kylian Mbappe instead decided to stay put in Paris, with PSG. And he's off to a red hot start to the new season. The New York Times’ Tariq Panja recently got a rare interview with Mbappe, and he joins us today to discuss the Frenchman’s years as a…
 
On this week of the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom begins things out by chatting: Orlando City winning the 2022 U.S. Open Cup over Sacramento Republic Paulo Nagamura OUT as manager of the Houston Dynamo The 2022 Supporter's Shield race between the Philadelphia Union & LAFC 2022 Campeones Cup between NYCFC & Atlas FC And more!!! Tom is then joined by Eli Les…
 
In the fall of 2001… Sugar Ray was playing on your local radio station, the Patriots were suddenly forced to play their backup quarterback — a guy named Tom Brady — and the movie Zoolander had just come out in theaters. That’s how long it’s been since the Seattle Mariners made the playoffs. Today, The Athletic’s Corey Brock tells us about the risin…
 
It's been a rough decade for USC football fans. Their beloved Trojans -- winners of nine national championships -- have missed every single college football playoff since 2014, and have finished in the top ten nationally just once in the past ten years. But now, with 39-year-old Lincoln Riley at the helm, there's a growing sense of optimism. The L.…
 
The Rams begin their Super Bowl title defense on Thursday night against Josh Allen and the Bills, but to get to this point, they’ve had to navigate an offseason filled with drama. There were concerns that Aaron Donald and Sean McVay might retire (and All-Pro left tackle Andrew Whitworth did retire). Then Von Miller stunned the Rams by signing with …
 
In early August, Serena Williams published an essay in Vogue, announcing her intention to step away from tennis. Given her recent injuries and struggles on the court — including an embarrassing exit in Cincinnati just a few weeks ago — many people feared that the 40 year-old might go out with a whimper at this year's US Open. Oh how wrong they were…
 
On this episode of the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom is joined by MLS & USMNT reporter for TUDN & Univison, Michele Giannone! Tom & Michele chat all things MLS including: -Brian Rodriguez sale to Liga MX side Club America -LAFC bringing in winger Cristian Tello from La Liga -Who we think the MLS MVP is at this point -And so much more around the league!!! B…
 
The last time we saw the Indianapolis Colts in a regular season game, they were blowing what was calculated as a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs, as they dropped their final game of the season to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s a loss that left a lot of people — including the team’s owner, Jim Irsay — in disbelief, and it led to a maj…
 
Earlier this year, four female college athletes died by suicide in just eight weeks. Those deaths stunned many people, and reopened a conversation about mental health among student-athletes — particularly female student-athletes. One important new voice in that conversation belongs to Cailin Bracken, a junior lacrosse player at Vanderbilt. With col…
 
On this week of the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom quickly runs through some MLS & U.S. soccer news around Djordje Mihailovic's transfer to Erediviese, Matias Pellegrini off to NYCFC, and WE LOVE MAJOR LEEDS SOCCER! Tom is then joined by USL All Access Co-host, USL Analyst for ESPN, Analyst for ACC Soccer, US Open Cup, CONCACAF, and more!!! Tom & Devon go t…
 
When you look across the landscape of Major League Baseball, it’s clear that the biggest surprise among all the division leaders is the team that sits at the top of the AL Central: the Cleveland Guardians. Today, The Athletic’s Zack Meisel joins us to look at some of the key players behind the team’s success, and the extreme throwback style they’re…
 
Last weekend, Manchester United lost 4-0 to Brentford, a club that has only been in the Premier League for two seasons, and that last defeated mighty Man United in 1938. And for many supporters of the Red Devils, who have suffered through nearly a decade of frustration and disappointment, it felt like a new low point for the club. So what, exactly,…
 
This week on the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom chats through some of the news and notes around MLS! From Luchi Gonzalez being hired with San Jose, player departures, and the MLS All Stars winning, Tom covers it all. Then Tom runs through a few teams he is worried about... and then ones that have been HOT in 2022. After that Tom chats with MLS Gone Wild Hos…
 
As a rookie, Ja’Marr Chase had one of the most spectacular rookie seasons you’ll see, pilling up 1,455 receiving yards with 13 touchdowns, and making highlight-reel catches all the way through a showdown with Jalen Ramsey in the Super Bowl. What made that even more stunning — beyond just the numbers — is that Chase pulled it off after some high-pro…
 
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 spo…
 
On this episode of the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom begins things by chatting about A TON of the transfers that rounded out the Summer transfer window & what that could be for the individual clubs. From Riqui Puig joining the Galaxy, Matt Miazga's MLS return, a bolsters Charlotte FC roster, & new DPs in the league (Benteke, Bouanga, & Garcia) Tom does his…
 
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 turnarou…
 
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. …
 
On this episode of the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom starts off the show by chatting about the TON of news & notes from the last week of the MLS/U.S. soccer world. From the Vancouver Whitecaps getting a CCL spot, to the Sacramento Republic Open Cup run, and David Ochoa heading to D.C. Then Tom is joined by a special guest from The Athletic, Sam Stejskal. T…
 
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. *…
 
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 prof…
 
On this episode of the MLS Aces Podcast Tom runs through the recent transfers, signings, and results in MLS. After a recap of the MLS week that was, Tom is joined by USL Championship & Louisville City striker Wilson Harris. Tom & Wilson chat: The 2022 USL season Louisville City's U.S. Open Cup run His time & come-up with Sporting Kansas City His de…
 
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 li…
 
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 fu…
 
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 seri…
 
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 l…
 
On this episode of the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom is joined by current USL Championship & Monterey Bay FC wingback Sam Gleadle. Tom and Sam chat through his career, the 2022 USL season, a bit of Arsenal, and more! Before Tom & Sam chat, Tom goes through a WILD week in MLS: -Wayne Rooney's return to D.C. United -El Traffico, LAFC, LA Galaxy, Bale, & Chel…
 
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 numbe…
 
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 u…
 
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