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7:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Brazil Narrowly Dodges A World Cup Knockout

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 11:23 am

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Don Gonyea. Brazil has lived to play another day at the World Cup - barely. The host country was taken to the absolute limit yesterday before prevailing on penalty kicks against Chile.

It was the first game of the tournament's knockout stage. NPR's Tom Goldman reports on how the Brazilians almost got drummed out.

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Sports
7:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Ted Cruz And The Modern Republican Dilemma

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:15 pm

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.

Sports
4:21 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

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

John Force launches from the starting line at the 2012 O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 National Hot Rod Association Nationals in Joliet, Ill.
Teresa Long AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:33 pm

The National Hot Rod Association puts on one loud and fast show. Funny Cars dragsters accelerate to over 300 miles per hour on a straight, quarter-mile track. Each race lasts just 4 seconds.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to fire up the engine of a 10,000 horsepower Funny Car, just ask driver John Force.

"It'll blow your ear sockets out," Force says. "When you hit that throttle, you think an H-bomb just went off. The motor just roars. ... It can shake you so hard, it can knock you out."

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Sports
7:02 am
Sat June 28, 2014

World Cup Round Of 16 Dominated By South American Teams

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 11:43 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

The knockout round of the World Cup - maybe want to make that the South American Cup, since so many of the teams left standing are from the home hemisphere.

Team USA is there, too, even after it lost to Germany on Thursday. We're joined now by Howard Bryant of espn.com and ESPN The Magazine. Howard, thanks for being with us.

HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning, Scott.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOG BARKING)

SIMON: (Laughing) Careful, I might bite.

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The Two-Way
7:09 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

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

Fans cheer during a World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Germany at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, on Thursday.
Nelson Almedia AFP/Getty Images

I woke up Thursday to see a river washing down our street in Recife, Brazil.

Brown water washed in waves by tire-deep cars slowly fording the streets. Rain bucketing down while pedestrians in flip-flops cautiously made their way knee-deep over deluged sidewalks.

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Sports
3:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Once Bitten, Twice Decried: Uruguay Outraged By Suarez Punishment

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:33 pm

Luis Suarez's sponsors are dropping him, his future at his team Liverpool is in doubt 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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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

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

Tuesday afternoon's match between the U.S. and Belgium will pit two countries with burgeoning beer scenes — and a shared love of fries.
photobuddah Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 1:59 pm

The Americans have the spunk, the vigor and a willingness to try anything. The Belgians have the art, the creativity and the tradition of world-class success. We're not just talking about their looming World Cup matchup here. We're also talking about beer.

The topic of beer and the World Cup is now bubbling around in the highest offices of the two nations.

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Barbershop
11:25 am
Fri June 27, 2014

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

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Sports
11:25 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Are Americans Bothered By Soccer?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And I do want to mention that we reached out to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they said their response to the situation was explained in the letter that was sent to Kelly that we talked about on the program, and they have no further comment.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Suarez Ban Is 'Excessive,' Bite Victim Says

Giorgio Chiellini of Italy pulls down his shirt to show a wound after clashing with Luis Suarez of Uruguay (not pictured). After Suarez was suspended for four months over his biting of Chiellini, the Italian said the punishment was too harsh.
Julian Finney Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 10:03 am

Giorgio Chiellini, the Italian defender whose shoulder bore teeth marks after a clash with Uruguay's Luis Suarez during a World Cup match Tuesday, says FIFA's four-month ban of Suarez is too harsh. Chiellini released a statement on his website saying his thoughts are with the star striker and his family.

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