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4:58 am
Thu June 12, 2014

One Day, World Cup May Be Out Of This World

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:41 am

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4:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 3:19 pm

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Asia
4:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Chinese Soccer Fans Sick Over World Cup Time Difference

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:41 am

Need time off from work to watch soccer? If you're in China, problem solved. Online stores can provide fake doctor's notes to get you days of sick leave. In China, the daily openers begin at midnight.

The Tradition Continues
8:07 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

OU And Texas Extend Cotton Bowl Game To 2025

The Cotton Bowl with The University of Oklahoma versus Texas.
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Texas and Oklahoma will play annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas until 2025.

The schools have agreed to a five-year extension at the historic stadium in the city's Fair Park neighborhood.

The annual "Red River Showdown" draws tens of thousands of fans during the State Fair of Texas, with Sooner red and Longhorn burnt orange split at the 50-yard line.

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6:11 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Serge Ibaka's Little Brother Will Play For OSU

Serge Ibaka
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Thunder forward Serge Ibaka's younger brother, Igor, will play for Oklahoma State.

Dustin Grover, Igor's coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, said Wednesday that Igor plans to get his associate's degree within the next year, then enroll at Oklahoma State in time to play during the 2015-16 season. He will not play JUCO ball next season because he will be past the age limit. He turns 22 in July.

As a freshman last season, the 6-foot-8 center was an All-Region selection after averaging 13.7 points and 9.6 rebounds and shooting 64 percent from the field.

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Sports
3:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Woes Of The World Cup Fans Far From Home

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 5:24 pm

It isn't easy being a World Cup fan in a country where spouses and bosses just don't understand soccer. WNYC's Jim O'Grady reports that some immigrants with World Cup fever in the U.S. must go to great lengths to catch their home country's games on TV.

Sports
3:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ladles, Feathers, Squibs And Hooks: Doc Emrick's Keys To Calling A Pass

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 3:20 pm

Legendary NHL play-by-play announcer Michael "Doc" Emrick takes a break from the Stanley Cup finals to discuss how he prepares for calling games, as well as the many ways to describe a pass.

NHL game audio clip courtesy of NHL Radio and NHL Network.

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The Two-Way
12:26 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey

A video image from an advertisement run by Italian state broadcaster RAI showing Christ the Redeemer in an Italian soccer jersey.
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It's the most iconic image of Brazil: the Christ the Redeemer statue, perched atop Rio de Janiero, looking down with his arms spread wide in love and understanding.

Now imagine the towering figure wearing a soccer jersey — and not even Brazil's.

Controversy has broken out over an Italian TV advertisement for the World Cup that shows the sculpture draped in the blue jersey of the Azzurri, or Italy's national team, and featuring the slogan "Brazil awaits us."

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Parallels
6:07 am
Wed June 11, 2014

How Brazil Saved The World Cup In The Aftermath Of World War II

The Soccer World Cup logo, Brazil, 1950.
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Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:36 am

With the 20th FIFA World Cup men's soccer tournament opening this week in Brazil, it's hard to imagine a time when the world's eyes weren't fixed, every fourth summer, on which nation would be next to hoist the famous gold trophy. But from 1938 until 1950, the young event took a 12-year hiatus due to World War II, and it may have been permanently sidelined were it not for a couple of key assists — including one from this year's host nation.

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Sports
4:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Soccer Fans Eager To Get World Cup Action Underway

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:48 am

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