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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Mon June 16, 2014

U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins

In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, members of the U.S. soccer team warm up during a training session the day before their Group G World Cup match with Ghana in Natal, Brazil.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:47 pm

It's day five of the World Cup in Brazil. But it's the most important day for the U.S. men's soccer team — it's game day.

Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, the U.S. opens World Cup play squaring off against Ghana in the seaside city of Natal. The tiny African country is not particularly a soccer powerhouse. But Ghana has vexed the U.S. — eliminating the team from the past two World Cups.

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The Two-Way
10:44 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres Hall Of Famer, Dies

Tony Gwynn in 1998.
Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 1:51 pm

Hall of famer Tony Gwynn, who spent 20 years playing for the San Diego Padres, has died.

The team announced his death on Twitter, saying it was "terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend."

Gwynn, known as "Mr. Padre," flirted with a .400 batting average in 1994. By the end of the season, his batting average was .394. Gwynn earned eight National League batting titles and had 3,141 career hits, as well as an impressive .338 batting average overall.

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Formula One Great Michael Schumacher Comes Out Of Coma

Michael Schumacher in April 2012.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:38 am

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is out of a coma and has been moved from a French hospital to one in Switzerland where he will continue his rehabilitation.

That news comes from his manager, Sabine Kehm, who talked to The Associated Press.

Schumacher, if you remember, had been in a medically-induced coma after a suffering a head injury while skiing in December.

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Sports
4:37 am
Mon June 16, 2014

U.S. World Cup Team To Take The Field Against Ghana

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:45 am

After months of analysis about America's chances in Brazil, it's time for the U.S. men's soccer team to play. Monday's game against Ghana begins a U.S. campaign through the so-called group of death.

The Two-Way
10:20 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Spurs Beat The Heat To Take Home NBA Title

Manu Ginobili (#20) celebrates with Matt Bonner (#15) of the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals on Sunday.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:57 am

In a dramatic Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs triumphed over the Miami Heat to win the NBA title Sunday night, closing out the series with a 104-87 victory.

After a dismal start, the Spurs rallied and turned things around, entering halftime with a 47-40 lead. When the game resumed, they never looked back and were up by more than 20 points multiple times in the second half.

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History
4:13 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

On The Field And In Politics, Socrates' Legacy Lives On

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 5:38 pm

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Sports
4:13 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

U.S. Faces Long Odds In First World Cup Match

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 5:38 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. For American soccer fans the wait is almost over. Tomorrow in Natal, Brazil the U.S. men's national team plays its first game of the World Cup. And it's a tough one - Ghana. The West African nation has walk knocked the US out of the last two World Cups. Joining me now from Natal to talk a little soccer strategy and weather is NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Tom, I here you've been getting a little bit of rain down there.

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Sports
6:26 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Spurs Could Settle NBA Championship On Sunday

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 10:38 am

Slate.com's Mike Pesca looks at the odds of the Miami Heat staging a comeback to beat the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA championship in a chat with NPR's Scott Simon.

The Second Term
7:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Netherlands Routs Spain In World Cup Rematch

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 3:59 pm

It was a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final. But the similarity ended there. Netherlands routed the defending champions, Spain, 5-1.

Sports
7:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Kings Beat Rangers For Stanley Cup

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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

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SIMON: BJ Leiderman writes our theme music. And the Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup last night. They're making a habit of this, aren't they? They defeated the New York Rangers in double-overtime. Were joined now by Howard Bryant of espn.com and ESPN the Magazine. Howard, thanks for being with us.

HOWARD BRYANT: Oh. What a day in sports yesterday, Scott. Unbelievable.

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