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5:06pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Sports

A Warning For Soccer Parents: Wait To Let Your Kids Go Headfirst

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

A new campaign is working to begin a national conversation on the dangers of heading the ball in youth soccer. To find out more, Melissa Block speaks with former U.S. women's soccer team player Cindy Parlowe Cone, who has grappled with post-concussion syndrome.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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4:15pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Latin America

A World Cup Surprise: Arias In The Heart Of The Amazon

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

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Of all the Brazilian cities staging games at the World Cup, none is more exotic than Manaus. It's nestled in the heart of the Amazon jungle. You can only get there by plane or boat - an unlikely place to host soccer games. And there's something else in Manaus that's unexpected - a centuries-old theater and opera house. NPR's Russell Lewis took a break from soccer and paid a visit.

RUSSELL LEWIS, BYLINE: The first thing you notice about the Teatro Amazonas is how lovely it is. Then the beauty melts away and it's what you hear.

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4:15pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Law

Removing $765 Million Ceiling, NFL And Players Settle A Second Time

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

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4:15pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Sports

In Game Against Germany, Team USA Bears A German Strain Of Its Own

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

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From NPR News, this ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

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And I'm Melissa Block. When the U.S. takes on Germany tomorrow in the World Cup, it will do so not only with a German coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, but also with five dual-national German-American players who introduce themselves in videos put out by U.S. soccer.

JOHN BROOKS: I'm John Brooks.

JERMAINE JONES: I'm Jermaine Jones.

FABIAN JOHNSON: I'm Fabian Johnson.

JULIAN GREEN: I'm Julian Green.

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2:51pm

Wed June 25, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 8:28 am

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up during a training session at Recife's Pernambuco Arena Wednesday, one day before the Americans face Germany in a decisive Group G soccer match. The game begins at noon, ET.
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Anticipation is building for the U.S. Men's National Team's showdown with Germany on Thursday. The Americans need a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss would mean they need help to advance to the round of 16.

The game will start at noon ET — when the other Group G match, between Portugal and Ghana, also starts. You can follow the game or just comment on the action here at The Two-Way. For now, we've rounded up analysis and predictions.

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2:05pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Sports

World Cup: As Tournament Heats Up, Protests Simmer Down

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:06 pm

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9:39am

Wed June 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Suarez Bite Controversy Pays Off For Gamblers

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 10:59 am

Giorgio Chiellini of Italy pulls down his shirt to show a wound after clashing with Luis Suarez of Uruguay (not pictured). Looking on is Gaston Ramirez of Uruguay. The incident, in which Suarez apparently bit Chiellini, resulted in more than 100 people winning a bet.
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The odd and violent incident at a World Cup game Tuesday, in which Uruguay's Luis Suarez apparently bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, is under investigation by FIFA, soccer's governing body. But the oddsmakers at a European betting service have seen enough: They're paying gamblers who bet that Suarez would use his teeth in anger in Brazil.

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6:59am

Wed June 25, 2014
Sports

FIFA Probes Whether Uruguay Star Bit Italian Opponent

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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3:28am

Wed June 25, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson at practice for the 2014 NCAA men's college basketball tournament. Commentator Frank Deford says that, despite NCAA claims to the contrary, most college players are not typical students — "their job is to play a sport."
Jae C. Hong AP

Amateurism is dead, revealed so in the trial against the NCAA now in progress in Oakland, Calif., U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken presiding. Before her skeptical eyes, amateurism has been laid out naked on a courtroom slab for a jury of all fans to see that it has no beating heart.

Amateurism, Judge Wilken has been told in the case, commonly known as the O'Bannon trial, nobly protects college athletes from being exploited by evil outsiders — so the NCAA knighthood was created in order that colleges could tie up athletes all by themselves.

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5:37pm

Tue June 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Living Up To His Past, Suarez Apparently Bites Italian Opponent

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:55 pm

Uruguay's Luis Suarez sits on the pitch after apparently biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup soccer match in Brazil on Tuesday.
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In some ways, we should have seen it coming. By the time Uruguay's Luis Suarez apparently took a bite out of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in Tuesday's match, the ref had already handed out a red card and three yellows.

Chiellini dropped to the ground, writhing, pulling his shirt off his shoulder. And Suarez dropped too, grabbing at his teeth, like they'd been attacked by Chiellini's shoulder. The ref paid no mind, and eventually both men continued their trot across the World Cup stage like nothing happened.

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