Sports

2:04pm

Mon June 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Altidore Will Be Ready For Belgium, U.S. Soccer Says

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 3:31 pm

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore (left) works out with Fabian Johnson (center) and Jermaine Jones during a World Cup training session in Salvador, Brazil, Monday. The U.S. says Altidore is fit to play against Belgium in their elimination matchup Tuesday.
Julio Cortez AP

American forward Jozy Altidore, who missed the U.S. team's last two World Cup games with a strained hamstring, is "ready and available" to play against Belgium tomorrow, U.S. Soccer has announced.

The elimination game will start at 4 p.m. EDT. Tuesday; it'll be on ESPN and Univision.

Altidore is hoping to return from the injury that took him out of America's opening win over Ghana two weeks ago. In his absence, the team tied Portugal and lost to Germany, 1-0.

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1:47pm

Mon June 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting Rival At World Cup

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:37 pm

Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during last week's World Cup match between Italy and Uruguay in Brazil. FIFA has banned Suarez for nine games and four months over the incident.
Ricardo Mazalan AP

Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET

Controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez apologized Monday for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in last week's World Cup soccer game between their two countries.

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7:08am

Mon June 30, 2014
Sports

1950 World Cup Ticketholder Gets Tickets For 2014 Game

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:32 pm

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5:05pm

Sun June 29, 2014
Sports

Colombia Advances In World Cup, Two Decades After Infamous Murder

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 6:27 pm

The Colombian national team has reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time ever. It comes on the anniversary of the infamous murder of star Colombian player Andres Escobar, just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with John Rojas, a Colombian-American journalist whose new Spanish-language book Futbol de negro is a fictionalized account of those weeks.

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8:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Sports

Die-Hard Fans Still Fill The Grids With Balls And Strikes

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:23 pm

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

And before R. A. Dickey headed off to the ballpark, I tossed him one more question about a decades-old baseball ritual - following the game with a pencil and a scorecard - keeping score.

R. A. DICKEY: I grew up watching WGN and TBS from my living room and having a scorebook there and, like, keeping score off the television. At the end of it, it's like you've put together this really neat puzzle and woven this story, and you've somehow played a part in it.

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8:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Author Interviews

Pitcher R.A. Dickey Tells Kids It's OK To Be Different

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:23 pm

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

R. A. Dickey is a phenomenal pitcher. He's also a lone wolf.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAMES)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: 1-2 to Davis...

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #2: In the air. Strike three. Whoa. Back-to-back one-hitters for R. A. Dickey...

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #3: The phenomenon that is Robert Allen Dickey continues to get more and more unlikely.

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8:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Sports

On The Pitch, At Centre Court: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 3:15 pm

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

There's no crying in baseball. And there's no biting in tennis. Well, hopefully, there's no biting in any sport. But in tennis - tennis, the gentleman's game - players might even give up a point in the name of sportsmanship. If you're wondering what all of this means, we've got slate.com's Mike Pesca to sort it all out. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA: Hello. How are you?

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8:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Sports

Brazil Narrowly Dodges A World Cup Knockout

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:23 pm

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Don Gonyea. Brazil has lived to play another day at the World Cup - barely. The host country was taken to the absolute limit yesterday before prevailing on penalty kicks against Chile.

It was the first game of the tournament's knockout stage. NPR's Tom Goldman reports on how the Brazilians almost got drummed out.

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8:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Sports

Ted Cruz And The Modern Republican Dilemma

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 3:15 pm

Potential GOP presidential nominee Ted Cruz tells us much about the changing party, according to a new New Yorker profile. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Jeffrey Toobin, the author of that article.

5:21pm

Sat June 28, 2014
Sports

No Reason To Quit: Driver John Force Still Racing Full Throttle

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 2:33 pm

John Force launches from the starting line at the 2012 O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 National Hot Rod Association Nationals in Joliet, Ill.
Teresa Long AP

The National Hot Rod Association puts on one loud and fast show. Funny Cars dragsters accelerate to over 300 miles per hour on a straight, quarter-mile track. Each race lasts just 4 seconds.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to fire up the engine of a 10,000 horsepower Funny Car, just ask driver John Force.

"It'll blow your ear sockets out," Force says. "When you hit that throttle, you think an H-bomb just went off. The motor just roars. ... It can shake you so hard, it can knock you out."

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