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Defending Champ Spain Knocked Out Of World Cup

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spain, a tournament favorite, lost 2-0 to outsiders Chile in group play of the soccer tournament Wednesday. Chile now advances to the next stage, along with the Netherlands, who beat Australia 3-2.

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All Things Considered

A World Cup Stunner: Spain Fails To Defend Its Crown

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

With an upset by Chile Wednesday, defending World Cup champion Spain has been eliminated from this year's tournament.

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All Things Considered

In Brazil, Predictions Of Doom And Gloom Give Way To Minor Annoyances

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Brazil's World Cup preparation endured some heavy criticism leading up to the games. Stadiums were still under construction, Internet connections were sketchy and transportation faced major challenges. A week into the tournament, NPR's Russell Lewis has traveled to three airports and three cities so far. He talks to Melissa Block about what has worked and what remains a challenge.

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All Things Considered

On The Mound For The Yankees: $155 Million Well Spent

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Baseball's most notable offseason signing is currently the best pitcher in the league. Masahiro Tanaka, signed by the New York Yankees for $155 million, is dominating the sport. Jonah Keri of Grantland.com talks to Robert Siegel about Tanaka's amazing start.

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All Things Considered

Ruling On Redskins' Trademarks Carries Symbolic Weight

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled trademark registrations by the Washington Redskins football team, ruling that the team's name is "disparaging" to Native Americans.

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Is The World Cup Commentary Racist?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

While most of the World Cup attention is on the field, Felix Sanchez of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, says broadcasters' racist commentary should be getting more attention.

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What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

According to Ethan Swan's blog 'NBA Tattoos,' 55 percent of basketball players in the league are tattooed. Swan shares what he's learned about the athletes from tracking their body ink.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: Mexico's Brilliant Keeper And Soccer's Biggest Hair Scores For Belgium

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on Brazil and Mexico's dramatic draw, and Belgium's late win from yesterday's action.

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WNYC News

Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations Cancelled

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled in a case brought by five Native Americans. The decision does not require the football team to change its name; the team confirms it will pursue an appeal.

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Morning Edition

Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In World Cup action Tuesday, Brazil and Mexico played to a draw. Despite the dashed hopes of the home team, Brazilians are feeling more buoyant generally about hosting soccer's biggest tournament.

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Morning Edition

Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Building new World Cup or Olympics facilities in different cities every several years is just too costly, says commentator Frank Deford. So why not, he asks, try something different?

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Stairs Wobble Under The Weight Of World Cup Fans

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A video of a staircase used by thousands of fans to get to and from the Maracana stadium shows the structure wobbling unnervingly on Sunday.

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All Things Considered

Do Soaring World Cup Ratings Mark A Foothold For Soccer In U.S.?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Less than a week into the World Cup, television ratings for the tournament are soaring in the U.S., where the opening games have attracted record audiences. Could this be an indication that the sport is finally gaining traction in the U.S.? Brian Steinberg, the senior TV editor at Variety, offers his take.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The U.S. Team Survives on 'Endurance, Strength and Youth'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 in its World Cup debut last night. We discuss the game with George Vescey sports columnist for The New York Times and author of the new book Eight World Cups: My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer (Times Books, 2014), what it says about the US chances, and take calls from fans of the US and others about how the first round fared.

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World Cup Fever: Despite Protests, Partying Mood Takes Over Brazil

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The World Cup is in full swing and American fans are celebrating victory over Ghana. Host Michel Martin gets the latest — both on and off the field — from Ricardo Zuniga of the Associated Press.

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O.J. And Oscar Trials: A 'Combination Of Celebrity, Wealth And Murder'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

O.J. Simpson's Ford Bronco was chased by police 20 years ago, marking the start of what was dubbed the "trial of the century." But how does its coverage compare with the Oscar Pistorius trial?

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The Takeaway

Ghana Vs. Team USA: A Misguided Prediction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Robert Asare-Akoto, a Ghanaian soccer fan living in New York City, offered The Takeaway a misguided prediction about the World Cup. He explained that Ghana was going to destroy Team USA—just hours before Clint Dempsey broke his heart.

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Morning Edition

Third Time's A Charm: U.S. Beats Ghana In World Cup Match

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The U.S. Men's National Team has beaten Ghana in the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil. The score was 2-1. The U.S. team had lost to Ghana in the previous two World Cups.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Different Spin on Things: Leslie Gelb; R.A. Dickey

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As Iraq dissolves into chaos, Leslie Gelb, the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Daily Beast contributor explains his idea for how the country could be split along sectarian lines. Plus: Starbucks announced plans to pay for its employees’ online education at Arizona State University; and The Mets’ former all-star knuckleballer and Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey on his new children's book, which has an anti-bullying message.  

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Knuckleball Saves the Day

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This segment originally aired live on June 17, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on August 15th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

R. A. Dickey, the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award when he played for the Mets in 2012, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, and the author of the children's book Knuckleball Ned (Dial, 2014) illustrated by Tim Bowers, talks about his new illustrated book for preschoolers featuring a knuckleball named Ned and an anti-bullying message.

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