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Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting Rival At World Cup

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Uruguayan striker was banned by FIFA for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in last week's World Cup soccer game.

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PRI's The World

Izzy picks Belgium over the USA for World Cup victory

Monday, June 30, 2014

Izzy, our World Cup-predicting ocelot, says Tuesday's game against Belgium will be the last one for the US at the World Cup.

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PRI's The World

How one American in Brussels is dealing with the upcoming World Cup clash between the US and Belgium

Monday, June 30, 2014

No more ties. No more "losing," but still "winning." All bets are off at the World Cup in Brazil, and if you lose, you're going home. So now that it's serious, it means that Americans overseas have to decide where their loyalties lie. From his perch in a Brussels cafe, The World's Clark Boyd comes to terms with Tuesday's clash between the US and Belgium.

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Morning Edition

1950 World Cup Ticketholder Gets Tickets For 2014 Game

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sanch Belmot, 85, missed the 1950 World Cup final to be with his dying mom. Brazil lost that match. His old ticket will go into a museum in exchange for 3 tickets to this year's final.

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All Things Considered

Colombia Advances In World Cup, Two Decades After Infamous Murder

Sunday, June 29, 2014

In 1994, star player Andres Escobar was killed just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Colombian-American journalist and novelist John Rojas about the crime.

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Brazil Narrowly Dodges A World Cup Knockout

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The host nation's team lives to play another day after a riveting match Saturday against Chile. The game was decided by a tie-breaking shootout, with a final score of 3-2.

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Die-Hard Fans Still Fill The Grids With Balls And Strikes

Sunday, June 29, 2014

In an age-old ritual, baseball fans, wielding pencils and scorecards, annotate every play of a game from the stands. The dying practice still has some hard-core practitioners.

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Pitcher R.A. Dickey Tells Kids It's OK To Be Different

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pitcher R.A. Dickey is a rare bird in major league baseball: a master of the knuckleball. Now he's also a children's author. NPR's Don Gonyea talks with him about his new book, Knuckleball Ned.

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Ted Cruz And The Modern Republican Dilemma

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Potential GOP presidential nominee Ted Cruz tells us much about the changing party, according to a new New Yorker profile. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Jeffrey Toobin, the author of that article.

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On The Pitch, At Centre Court: The Week In Sports

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Soccer and tennis are a world apart when it comes to sportsmanship, as we've seen in the ongoing World Cup and Wimbledon tournaments. Slate's Mike Pesca talks with NPR's Don Gonyea about the contrast.

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All Things Considered

No Reason To Quit: Driver John Force Still Racing Full Throttle

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Force has been drag racing professionally since 1974. The 65-year-old has gone from blowing up his 10,000-horsepower engines to winning championships, and he has all the scars to prove it.

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World Cup Round Of 16 Dominated By South American Teams

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The U.S. men's soccer team is advancing to the round of 16 in the World Cup. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.com about the team's chance of getting through the knockout round.

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In The Stands At World Cup, It Was The U.S. That Beat Germany

Friday, June 27, 2014

In the David and Goliath match, American fans dominated the cheering section.

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All Things Considered

Once Bitten, Twice Decried: Uruguay Outraged By Suarez Punishment

Friday, June 27, 2014

Luis Suarez's sponsors are dropping him and his 2014 World Cup is over. FIFA dealt the Uruguayan soccer player an unusually harsh sentence for biting his opponent, and his home country is outraged.

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USA Vs. Belgium: If The World Cup Were Played In Beer

Friday, June 27, 2014

If Tuesday's match were played in beer, it seems that everyone would win. Here's some analysis to shed light on what the U.S. and Belgium bring to the table.

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Are Tight Pants On Men 'Gross'? The Guys Weigh In

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Barbershop guys give their take on the latest fashion wear for men: tight pants. Who's sporting the look and who's judging it?

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Are Americans Bothered By Soccer?

Friday, June 27, 2014

George Vecsey was one of the first major sports columnists to cover soccer. He's been to eight World Cup tournaments and reflects on the sport's growing popularity in the United States.

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Suarez Ban Is 'Excessive,' Bite Victim Says

Friday, June 27, 2014

Days after being bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez during a World Cup match, Italy's Giorgio Chiellini says Suarez's four-month ban from soccer is too harsh.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: U.S. Loss Feels Like A Win

Friday, June 27, 2014

The United States Men's National Team may have lost 1-0 to Germany, but the Americans are still heading to the knockout round of 16, with a little help from Portugal's win over Ghana in the Group of Death. Soundcheck host John Schaefer breaks down what it all means, and suggests a new, cooler, nickname for the USMNT.

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Morning Edition

Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup

Friday, June 27, 2014

The U.S. men's soccer team moves on to the World Cup's round of 16. They lost to Germany, but advance because Portugal beat Ghana. The team will get to rest a bit before playing Belgium on Tuesday.

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