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4:06pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Sports

Do Soaring World Cup Ratings Mark A Foothold For Soccer In U.S.?

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:33 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Every World Cup, we ask the same question in our editorial meeting - has soccer finally turned the corner and become mainstream here in the U.S.? Well, if you go by the television ratings, the answer this year is a definite maybe. And for more on this, we turn to Brian Steinberg. He's the senior TV editor at Variety and he's been tracking the ratings. Welcome to the program once again.

BRIAN STEINBERG: Thank you very much.

SIEGEL: What numbers jump out at you in the first few days of the World Cup?

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12:20pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Sports

World Cup Fever: Despite Protests, Partying Mood Takes Over Brazil

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's check in, now, on one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. After Monday's USA-Ghana match, the U.S. has reason to celebrate because 21-year-old defender John Brooks Jr. scored the goal that put the Americans up 2-to-1 in their victory over Ghana. Here he is after the game.

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12:20pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Media

O.J. And Oscar Trials: A 'Combination Of Celebrity, Wealth And Murder'

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'd like to start the program today by going back to a story that millions of people around the world watched with equal parts fascination and, I think, disgust. Twenty years ago today, television viewers around the world were focused on the image of a phalanx of police cars chasing a white Ford Bronco through south Los Angeles. Los Angeles police commander at the time, David Gascon, announced that former star football player, O.J. Simpson, was a fugitive.

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6:32am

Tue June 17, 2014
Sports

Third Time's A Charm: U.S. Beats Ghana In World Cup Match

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:26 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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8:20pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Sports

With Win Over Ghana, U.S. Is Off On The Right Foot In Brazil

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:09 pm

On Monday night, the U.S. soccer team accomplished a feat it failed to achieve in the past two World Cups: beat Ghana. With a 2-1 victory, the Americans position themselves well for the games to come.

8:08pm

Mon June 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Sweet Revenge: U.S. Bests Ghana, 2-1, In Its World Cup Opener

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:02 am

Clint Dempsey scored Team USA's first goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 Group G preliminary round match against Ghana at Estadio Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, on Monday.
Kamil Kraczynski EPA/Landov

The U.S. Men's National Team beat Ghana in the group stage of the World Cup, payback for losing to the Black Stars in the previous two World Cups.

Team USA captain Clint Dempsey surged past Ghana's John Boye to score 29 seconds after the start of the game, marking one of the fastest goals in World Cup history.

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4:29pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Sports

U.S. Soccer Hopes To Shake Shadow Of Recent History Against Ghana

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:20 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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4:29pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Remembrances

Baseball Loses One Of The Game's Greatest, As 'Mr. Padre' Passes

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:20 pm

Hall of Fame baseballer Tony Gwynn has died. Gwynn, nicknamed "Mr. Padre," played for the San Diego Padre for 20 years and was considered by some to be the league's greatest hitter since Ted Williams. Richard Justice of MLB.com comments on Gwynn's legacy.

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12:31pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Sports

Brazil's Opening Victory Gets A Raucous Reception

Brazil kicked off the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo with a convincing win over Croatia. NPR's Russell Lewis watched with fans at a samba school, and he tells Melissa Block about the celebrations.

12:08pm

Mon June 16, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 1:47 pm

In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, members of the U.S. soccer team warm up during a training session the day before their Group G World Cup match with Ghana in Natal, Brazil.
Julio Cortez AP

It's day five of the World Cup in Brazil. But it's the most important day for the U.S. men's soccer team — it's game day.

Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, the U.S. opens World Cup play squaring off against Ghana in the seaside city of Natal. The tiny African country is not particularly a soccer powerhouse. But Ghana has vexed the U.S. — eliminating the team from the past two World Cups.

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