PodcastOne Sports Now

Join Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg for their newsy take on the week in sports, backed by the shoe leather, insight, experience and worldwide reach of The Associated Press sports department. Over the last three decades, they've covered every major championship around the globe multiple times, so expect cameos from big names and guests drawn from the week's headlines.


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.
00:38:35 10/16/2018

Past Episodes

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 hangover and he compares the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
00:37:46 10/9/2018
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 World Series.
00:40:12 10/2/2018
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.
00:35:25 9/30/2018
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?
00:36:28 9/29/2018
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?
00:34:03 9/28/2018
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.
00:41:53 9/25/2018
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.
00:33:55 9/18/2018
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?
00:36:00 9/11/2018
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.
00:44:32 9/3/2018
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.
00:42:05 8/28/2018
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."
00:56:08 8/21/2018
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!'
00:45:40 8/14/2018
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 school coach to Super Bowl champion coach in a special interview, and Rob defends millennials from critics blaming them for baseball's decreased attendance.
00:35:05 8/7/2018
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 perspective. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league wants a cut of the action from gambling profits if anyone wants to use its assets. NBC Sports and MSG Network hockey analysts Anson Carter wraps up the podcast, expanding on his thoughts about a move he didn't like made earlier this year by USA Hockey.
00:41:45 7/31/2018

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