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Soccer's Racism Problem In Need Of Follow-Through

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Retired U.K. player Jason Roberts grew up facing racism on and off the pitch. More recently there have been efforts to combat discrimination, including at the World Cup, but he says it's not enough.

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Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The World Cup ends Sunday with the Germany-Argentina match. Brazil finished its run in the tournament Saturday after two consecutive losses that have set off some national soccer soul-searching.

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Netherlands Dominates Brazil To Win Third Place In World Cup

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Coming off of a devastating loss to Germany, World Cup host Brazil's chances at redemption were dashed by the Netherlands on Saturday, who took the third place honors with a 3-0 victory.

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All Things Considered

Heading Home To Ohio, LeBron Returns To Cleveland Cavaliers

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Four years after famously leaving, NBA superstar LeBron James has decided to return to the team where he started his professional career. Many fans in Cleveland say they're excited to have him back.

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Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys

Saturday, July 12, 2014

From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports.

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Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory

Saturday, July 12, 2014

FC Barcelona — home to two of soccer's superstars, Messi and Neymar — has been indicted on tax fraud, a sign that the culture of impunity among Europe's top soccer clubs may be coming to an end.

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Rio's Statue Is Restored, But Brazil Team's Redemption Still Ahead

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Restoration work on Rio's famed "Christ the Redeemer" statue is now complete. But can Brazil get redemption after not making it to the World Cup finals?

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What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.

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BackStory

Ping-Pong Diplomacy

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the American History Guys

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WNYC News

Will LeBron’s Decision Push Carmelo to Join the Bulls?

Friday, July 11, 2014

WNYC

The Knicks and Anthony had a better chance against an aging Heat roster. Instead a young and talented Cavaliers team stands in their way.

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All Things Considered

Homeward Bound: Lebron James Declares His Return To Cleveland

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lebron James has made a decision: He's returning home to Ohio, to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer has been watching James play since his high school days in Akron, and he speaks to Melissa Block about the reasons behind the decision.

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All Things Considered

In World Cup's Final Weekend, Messi Bears Brunt of Argentina's Hopes

Friday, July 11, 2014

Melissa Block talks to NPR's Tom Goldman about the final two matches in the World Cup: Brazil against the Netherlands in a fight for third place, and Argentina against Germany in the final.

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Soundcheck

The World Cup Final: Who Will Rule The World?

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the World Cup final coming up on Sunday, Soundcheck host, and Germany supporter, John Schaefer, runs through the match up of titans, and tries to guess who the Brazilians will root for: the German team that destroyed them earlier this week, or their arch-rivals, Argentina.

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The Takeaway

Brazil's World Cup Defeat: A National Trauma?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brazil suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany earlier this week. The loss is being compared to the infamous 1950’s defeat of Brazil by Uruguay in the final match of the World Cup. Dario Campos was 20 years old when Brazil and Uruguay played in 1950, and he's part of the last generation to have witnessed both games.

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PRI's The World

Izzy says ja! It's Germany for the World Cup title

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sports writers are calling Sunday's World Cup final "Messi vs. the Machine," and Izzy says the machine can't be stopped. Our World Cup ocelot is calling a win — and a world championship — for Germany. And we've even got an extra surprise...

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LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers

Friday, July 11, 2014

The NBA star will play for the Cavaliers next season. He opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami.

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With Brazil Out Of The World Cup, Was The Price Tag Worth It?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Host Michel Martin learns more about what's happening at the World Cup, both on and off the field, in the days leading up to the final match on Sunday.

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Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

Friday, July 11, 2014

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million

Friday, July 11, 2014

Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan punished for biting an opponent during the World Cup, is moving to Barcelona. The team reached terms with Liverpool in a transfer widely reported at more than $128 million.

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Morning Edition

Advocates Keep Focus On Issues Outside World Cup Stadiums

Friday, July 11, 2014

What has the soccer tournament really cost Brazil? An overpass that was still under construction collapsed on a bus killing 2 people. And, opposition lawmakers want a probe into World Cup financing.

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