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In One-Sided Semifinal, Germany Hands Brazil A Devastating Loss

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Germany poured seven goals on Brazil in the World Cup semifinal. The home team had faced a steep challenge, playing without two key players, one injured and one suspended.

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Germany Gives Brazil Das Boot With 7-1 Win, Enters World Cup Final

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Brazil, without striker Neymar, was in shambles. Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos scored two goals each for Germany, and Miroslav Klose became the highest goal scorer in World Cup history.

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PRI's The World

Before Messi and Maradona, there was Di Stefano

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Argentine soccer superstar Alfredo Di Stefano also known as the 'Blond Arrow' passed away on Monday at 88-years-old.

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PRI's The World

That great-looking grass at the World Cup was imported from Canada

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

At the World Cup in Brazil, the pitches have been taking a beating. Imagine how your back yard would look after all that foot traffic and slide tackling. But Brazil has a secret — hardy, perennial ryegrass seed from Manitoba, Canada.

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Soundcheck

World Cup Lingo, Explained

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

If you’ve been watching the World Cup on ESPN and/or ABC, then you may have noticed that most of the announcers are British. This is quite a comfort to the growing number of American fans of the English Premier League, where we’ve become used to announcers who are knowledgeable but also sound like they've read a book or two in their time. However, in soccer as in so many other things, England and America are two countries separated by a common tongue. The language of soccer uses familiar words that, in this context, have specific and often unfamiliar meanings. So just in time for the semifinals, Soundcheck host John Schaefer presents a little Soccer-English-To-English glossary.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Two 45-Minute Halves, No Commercials

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

ESPN and Univision have seen ratings spike during the World Cup. Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," talks about what the games mean commercially and how the broadcasts make money with few advertisements.

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On The Media

Man Hired to Defend Racial Slur Resigns After Racist Tweets

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Two weeks ago, The Washington Redskins hired liberal blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend their name, which Native American groups have been petitioning them to change. 

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The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Referee Mark Geiger is making history with his selection as the fourth official in the game between Brazil and Germany. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.

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Morning Edition

For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Brazil faces off with Germany on Tuesday in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Deep into the tournament now, Brazilian fans have developed a clockwork game-day routine they hope continues.

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Morning Edition

Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany?

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WNYC News

New Nets Coach Isn't Intimidated by the Big City

Monday, July 07, 2014

WNYC

The new Brooklyn Nets head coach, Lionel Hollins, says he won’t be blinded by the bright lights of the media capital of the world.

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All Things Considered

Nil-ism In America: When You Stare At The Pitch, The Pitch Stares Back

Monday, July 07, 2014

Amid this year's World Cup, American sportscasters have been turning frequently to the term "nil" when talking about scores, using it instead of zero. Nil, though, is a British term — not a soccer term. Katherine Connor Martin, head of U.S. dictionaries for the Oxford University Press, tells Robert Siegel why the word might be gaining currency.

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PRI's The World

To get on the US national men's soccer team, you may need to cross the border into Mexico

Monday, July 07, 2014

Joe Corona, 23, plays for the US national men's soccer team. But the Californian native's road to representing his country has taken him across the border to Tijuana.

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Despite An Early Exit At Wimbledon, Serena Williams Still A 'Powerhouse'

Monday, July 07, 2014

Host Michel Martin speaks with The Guardian's Hugh Muir about the winners and losers at this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament.

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Soundcheck

World Cup Semifinals: A Clash Of Musical Titans

Monday, July 07, 2014

After this weekend's World Cup action, there are now four teams left for the semi-finals. One of these games pits two countries with estimable musical traditions against each other -- Netherlands and Argentina. The other features two of the world's musical giants -- Germany and Brazil. Soundcheck host John Schaefer explores the match-ups and offers up some musical suggestions.

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Morning Edition

Djokovic, Kvitova Crowned Wimbledon Champions

Monday, July 07, 2014

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years beating Roger Federer. Petra Kvitova won the women's singles final. Steve Inskeep talks to Jon Wertheim of Sport's Illustrated.

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Yearning To Be A 'True Sport,' E-Sports Group Changes Gender Rules

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Backlash prompted an e-sports organization to pull an about-face last week after promoting a competition exclusively for male players, but the group's larger ambition may have been as much motivation.

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Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Djokovic won the Grand Slam men's singles final in five sets: 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.

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All Things Considered

Pigeons Fly In Fear As Rufus The Hawk Guards Wimbledon's Grass

Saturday, July 05, 2014

At the tennis tournament this year, as in years past, a Harris hawk named Rufus has been soaring above the stadium. His job is to keep pigeons from trespassing onto the iconic grass on Centre Court.

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All Things Considered

Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Despite Brazil's win against Colombia in the quarterfinals, fans aren't entirely sure they can win the tournament. One key player is out for an injury; another for racking up too many penalties.

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