Sports

9:41am

Fri July 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million

Luis Suarez will wear the number 9 for Barcelona.
FC Barcelona

Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker who became headline news in the U.S. after biting an Italian player during the World Cup, is moving to a new club. He'll play for Barcelona, after the team reached terms with Liverpool in a transfer widely reported at 75 million pounds, or more than $128 million.

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5:15am

Fri July 11, 2014
Latin America

Advocates Keep Focus On Issues Outside World Cup Stadiums

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:48 am

What has the soccer tournament really cost Brazil? An overpass that was still under construction collapsed on a bus killing 2 people. And, opposition lawmakers want a probe into World Cup financing.

5:00am

Fri July 11, 2014
Business

World Cup Broadcasting Rights Pay Off For ESPN, Univision

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 5:45 am

Renee Montagne talks to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal about the business of watching the World Cup. It's been a boon for ESPN and Univision even with limited advertising during the games.

4:59pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Latin America

The Conundrum Of The Cup-Deprived: Brazilians Wonder Who To Root For

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:04 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Yesterday, in the streets of Argentina - jubilation.

(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD CHEERING)

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4:32pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions

If parents won't bench a child after a concussion, is it OK for the doctor to tell the coach?
iStockphoto

Doctors have gotten much better at diagnosing and treating sports-related concussions, which is a good thing since Americans suffer up to 4 million sports-related concussions a year.

But we're not so good at is following their advice.

Student athletes and parents sometimes balk at doctors' recommendations to avoid play until concussion symptoms are gone, or to cut back on schoolwork. Both have been shown to speed recovery, and getting another hit on a vulnerable brain increases the risk of long-term problems.

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2:42pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Goats and Soda

He Never Really Liked Soccer Until He Made A Movie About It

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:24 pm

Amputees in Sierra Leone have started their own soccer league.
Courtesy of Netflix

Juan Rendon never really liked soccer.

Sure, he played the game and followed the professional leagues a bit when he was growing up in Colombia in the 1980s and early '90s. But he thought soccer was boring. And he came to believe it was corrupt as well, in an era when drug cartels and soccer clubs often had close ties.

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1:43pm

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Wham! McIlroy Tees Off, Reaches Green On 436-Yard Hole

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:31 pm

Rory McIlroy hits a drive during the Scottish Open Thursday, in a round that saw him set a new course record at Royal Aberdeen. McIlroy drove the green on the 436-yard 13th hole.
Andrew Redington Getty Images

Golfer Rory McIlroy had an outstanding first day at the Scottish Open, finishing with a seven-under-par 64 to break the Royal Aberdeen course record Thursday. But he hit one shot that staggered spectators: a drive on the 13th hole that streaked down the fairway before rolling onto the green 436 yards away, as the Golf Channel reports.

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12:39pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Sports

Twitter Turns World Cup Into A 'Global Sports Bar'

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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10:43am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:23 pm

Gambling-control ad put out by Singapore.
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) - Singapore

We bet that the folks in Singapore who produced this anti-gambling TV ad wish they could have a do-over:

The 30-second public service announcement features a group of boys talking about the World Cup. They each support a different team. Then the mood quickly turns as one boy says he hopes Germany wins because, "My dad bet all my savings on them."

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5:19pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Sports

Argentina Steps Past The Dutch In Penalty Kicks

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:39 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Brazil and the World Cup now and the final match up is set. Argentina will face Germany for the title on Sunday, having defeated the Netherlands today on penalty kicks 4-2. The Germans absolutely dismantled Brazil yesterday, and the reverberations of that game are still rattling around Brazil and the world. NPR's Tom Goldman is no doubt feeling them where he is in Rio de Janeiro. And, Tom, let's start with today's game. No goals after 120 minutes so penalty kicks, and Argentina came out on top. Describe the action for us.

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