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Suarez Bite Controversy Pays Off For Gamblers

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A European betting service is paying gamblers who bet that Uruguay's Luis Suarez would use his teeth in anger in Brazil's World Cup.

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Morning Edition

FIFA Probes Whether Uruguay Star Bit Italian Opponent

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Uruguay beat Italy in a close match. But instead of celebrating, the team finds itself embroiled in controversy. Star player Luis Suarez was seen on TV worldwide apparently biting an Italian defender.

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Morning Edition

Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In a trial underway in California, the NCAA is arguing that college ball players should not be paid. But every coach knows that many players are not typical students, says commentator Frank Deford.

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PRI's The World

It's easy to jeer Uruguay's flawed hero. But just imagine cheering for him

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The star striker for Uruguay, Luis Suarez, bit an opposing player during a World Cup match Tuesday. As Uruguay fans watched from around the globe, many said to themselves, "Not again. Not again."

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PRI's The World

Will the US make a 'gentleman's agreement' with Germany?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The United States national soccer team will take on Germany's team on Thursday. The US coach used to be the German national coach. Rumors have been swirling about what will happen when the teams and the coaches compete on in Recife.

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The Takeaway

About That World Cup Bite: We Predicted It

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has "more teeth than Anne Hathaway," and "will stop at nothing to score goals," said Roger Bennett, host of the podcast "Men in Blazers," when we spoke with him last May. And how right he was. 

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Living Up To His Past, Suarez Apparently Bites Italian Opponent

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Uruguay's win against Italy was overshadowed by a bite. Once again, Luis Suarez courted controversy at a World Cup Game.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Eat, Pray, GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guess who is obsessed with the World Cup? Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Here she is discussing her viewing habits, live-tweeting the games, the US as underdog, and how she got so in to soccer in the first place.

And make sure to listen to the full interview with Gilbert, where she talks about, you know, books.

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World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunday's U.S.-Portugal match drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen, ratings that put the game above the decisive Game 5 of the recent NBA finals.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: You Can't Watch 'Em All

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer has watched practically every minute of this year's World Cup. Now, with two games running simultaneously, he has to choose which one will get his attention.

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LeBron James Will Reportedly Become Free Agent, Ending Miami Contract

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The move comes one week after the Miami Heat were trounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The chance remains that James could return to Miami.

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Be A Varsity Player ... In Video Games?

Monday, June 23, 2014

A private university elects to make a popular video game into an official varsity sport. Marketing ploy or sign of the future?

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Wimbledon Watches Serena Williams And New Stars

Monday, June 23, 2014

Wimbledon, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, starts today. Tennis blogger Courtney Nguyen talks about the players to watch and whether the sport is becoming more diverse.

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The Takeaway

Women's World Cup Champ Has Lessons for the Men's Team

Monday, June 23, 2014

Christie Rampone is one of the very few people who knows firsthand the thrill of winning the World Cup. In addition to being a 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, she’s a three-time gold medalist, having won championship titles in Athens, Beijing, and London. 

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: Keep Calm And Carry On, A Draw Is Just Fine

Monday, June 23, 2014

For Soundcheck host John Schaefer and practically everyone else watching the World Cup this weekend, Sunday was all about U.S.A. and Portugal. Yes, we're all disappointed that Portugal leveled the score on the last play of the game. But Schaefer says, "remember, this is the Group of Death," and he's confident the Americans will still move on to the next round.

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Morning Edition

Portugal Snatches Victory From U.S., Match Ends 2-2

Monday, June 23, 2014

The U.S. men's soccer team had a chance to secure its spot in the second round of the World Cup, but it failed to hold on to its lead in the final moments of the match.

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Morning Edition

Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico and Croatia square off today in World Cup play. On the sidelines, both nations are among the targets of a FIFA probe into alleged homophobic and racist chants.

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Morning Edition

The WNBA Televises Its Pride With LGBT Campaign

Monday, June 23, 2014

The WNBA launched its Pride initiative on Sunday, officially embracing the LGBT community. In addition to supporting its gay players and fans, the league stands to make some money off the move.

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All Things Considered

Puma's Pink And Blue Cleats Make A Bold Play At The World Cup

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Soccer players aren't the only ones battling on the pitch: Shoe brands are fighting it out as well. While Adidas and Nike dominate the market, Puma has a sneaky counterattack: mismatched shoes.

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Pregame Rituals Give World Cup Players A Measure Of Control

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bizarre rituals have helped footballers take their minds off of big matches for decades. Champions editor Paul Simpson tells NPR's Lynn Neary about the quirky routines in this year's World Cup.

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