Fine properties of spherical averages in the continuous setting include
$L^p$ improving estimates
and sparse bounds, interesting in the settings of a fixed radius, lacunary sets of radii, and the
full set of radii. There is a parallel theory in the setting of discrete spherical averages, as studied
by Elias Stein, Akos Magyar, and Stephen Wainger. We recall the continuous case, outline the
discrete case, and illustrate a unifying proof technique. Joint work with Robert Kesler, and
Dario Mena Arias.