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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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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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Sweetness And Light
2:40 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Go Ahead, Host A Giant Sports Spectacular. But It Will Cost You

In a recent Pew Reseach Center poll, 61 percent of Brazilians said hosting the World Cup, which begins Wednesday in Sao Paulo, is bad for the country, because it has diverted money from public services.
Nelson Almeida AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 12:27 pm

Wednesday welcomes the year's second global sports extravaganza, as the World Cup begins. Just a few months ago, we worried that terrorists would invade the Russian Olympics. Now we wait to see if riots will tarnish the Brazilian World Cup.

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Sports
3:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

German-Born U.S. Soccer Coach Flusters Fans With Charm And Menace

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:31 pm

German-born coach Jurgen Klinsmann is leading the U.S. soccer team into the World Cup this week. Sam Borden recently profiled Klinsmann for The New York Times, and Borden explains how the European-American hybrid may help the team advance.

Sports
3:36 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Name(s) Of The Game: The Trials Of The World Cup Announcer

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:42 pm

The World Cup kicks off Thursday in Brazil, and ESPN viewers can expect to hear the familiar voice of lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke. This will be his sixth World Cup, and he tells Melissa Block how he keeps track of the more than 700 players participating at this year's tournament. He even shares a reoccurring nightmare he has about calling games.

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Sports
7:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Braces For World Cup Challenges

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 12:07 pm

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil. The U.S. team has its first match against Ghana the following week, the start of the so called "group of death."

The Two-Way
9:11 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Horse — And A Horse Story — For The Ages

Groom Raul Rodriguez rubs Belmont Stakes hopeful California Chrome at Belmont Park on Thursday.
Garry Jones AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:36 am

It's hard not to fall for a horse like California Chrome, a foal bred of ordinary parents who beats all odds and wins at the sport of kings. With Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes, he has a shot at the Triple Crown and a fairytale ending to his Cinderella story.

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Sports
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

We remember Lewis Katz, who once said, "Life is meant to have as much fun as you can conjure up." Katz made a fortune as a sports team owner and gave millions of it away.

Sports
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Belmont Announcer To Retire After 43 Years Of Passionate Calls

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

So when Laura Hillenbrand sent a copy of "Seabiscuit" to Tom Durkin, she inscribed it, to Tom, the soundtrack to some of the most exciting moments of my life.

For decades, Tom Durkin has been calling horse races at Belmont Park and other tracks. He retired from his television work with NBC a few years ago. This year, he'll step down as track announcer too at the end of August. So today is his last chance to call a Triple Crown winner. Tom Durkin joins us now from his home. Thanks so much for being with us.

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Sports
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Two- And Four-Legged Athletes In The Sports Spotlight

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

NPR's Scott Simon and sports correspondent Tom Goldman discuss the prospects for a Triple Crown win at the Belmont Stake and look back at an NBA game played with no air conditioning.

Sports
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

As California Chrome Tackles Belmont, 'Strategy Is Everything"

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

California Chrome will compete for the prestigious Triple Crown at Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Equestrian journalist and Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand previews the race for NPR's Scott Simon.

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