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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Sun June 22, 2014

U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle

United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard works out during a training session. "We're going to do our best to bottle him up," Howard said of Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 9:17 am

The World Cup round of 16 in Brazil is taking shape.

Already in: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. The big question: Will the United States join that distinguished list today?

The U.S. soccer team has a tough matchup against Portugal. Win, and the Americans are in. Lose or tie, and the road gets a lot tougher with next Thursday's game against Germany.

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Code Switch
3:21 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Let The Commercials Explain World Cup Passion

If you want to understand World Cup passion, looking at ads — like this Coca-Cola commercial in Argentina — might give you the best idea.
YouTube

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:48 pm

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Sports
7:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

What To Expect In Sunday's U.S.-Portugal World Cup Match

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

On Sunday, the U.S. will play Portugal in the World Cup. NPR's Scott Simon gets a preview of the game from NPR's Tom Goldman in Manaus, Brazil.

Sports
7:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Redeeming A College Defeat, 25 Years Later

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Jeffrey Mann was once a hard driving college athlete. But his dreams were dashed when he suffered a series of injuries. He managed to make it to the conference finals in the 400-meter hurdle race, but came in dead last. Twenty-five years later, he decided that failure was not an option. Jeffrey Mann is a religion professor at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. And when we spoke with him, post-race, he told us his return to the track wasn't exactly by design.

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Sports
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Headaches For FIFA: Injuries On Field And Hate In The Stands

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

To Brazil now, and three more World Cup matches today. And today's early match generated real news. Costa Rica scored a big upset over Italy to advance to the knockout round for only the second time, ever. The first time was 24 years ago. Here to talk about the indomitable Ticos of Costa Rica and the rest of the World Cup is sportswriter Stefan Fatsis. Hi, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS: Hey, Robert.

SIEGEL: Defending champion, Spain, has already been eliminated. And now England is eliminated. And Italy is on the brink?

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The Two-Way
1:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

There's No Run Like A Prison Run

Runners chat at a recent track event at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. The prison's program allows inmates (in blue shirts) to run alongside regular citizens (in orange).
Sam Gehrke OPB

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 1:37 pm

Themed outdoor running events have grown in popularity, with participants flocking to races that promise unusual settings and obstacles (including zombies). But for decades now, an Oregon track has hosted a rare event: races run by inmates of a maximum-security prison alongside regular citizens.

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Barbershop
11:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

'Shop' Guys On The World Cup: Can The U.S. Come Out On Top?

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Now it's time for the weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are writer Jimi Izrael, with us from Cleveland. Hey there, Jimi.

JIMI IZRAEL: Hey A.C.. What took you so long, sister?

(LAUGHTER)

IZRAEL: I'm sorry, go ahead with your intro. Go with your intro, my bad. Go ahead.

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Sports
11:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Dangerous 'Ritual': Chewing Tobacco In Baseball

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's death has revived conversations about the use of smokeless tobacco in the sport. Tobacco and baseball researcher Ted Eaves discusses why so many players use it.

The Two-Way
8:12 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Back At You: Batting-Practice Ball Lands In Pitching Machine

A video posted by MLB.com shows Tampa Bay Rays hitter Matt Joyce reacting to a surprise pitch during batting practice. The machine spat a ball out that Joyce had just hit.
MLB

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 1:11 pm

Batting practice brought an odd moment for the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, when outfielder Matt Joyce hit a ball that caromed off the batting cage — and right into the pitching machine. The ball was then quickly fired back at the surprised Joyce, who could only watch it sail past for a strike.

The moment was highlighted on the Fox Sports broadcast of the Rays' game, with slow-motion replays showing Joyce sending the ball into the loading slot. From there, it was on to ESPN and online highlight reels.

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Ecuadoran Province Churns Out Top-Notch Soccer Players

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:29 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Soccer's World Cup always produces some great underdog stories. One of them, this year, comes from Ecuador. That tiny South American nation is making a rare World Cup appearance. And nearly half of its players come from the same poor and sparsely populated coastal province called Esmeraldas. John Otis has the story.

OMAR ESTUPINAN: (Reading) Segundo Castillo, Walter Ayovi...

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