Thu July 17, 2014

'Voices of Cycling' Duo Has Shared A Mic For 29 Years

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:17 am

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen have covered the Tour de France, the sport's most grueling race, together for decades and have developed a rapport that viewers appreciate.

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Wed July 16, 2014

The Life Of Red Klotz, Illustrious Loser To The Harlem Globetrotters

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:02 pm

As a basketball coach, Red Klotz had one job — to lose. And he did it well. As a player, coach and general manager of a team usually known as the Washington Generals, he lost countless times to the Harlem Globetrotters. Klotz died Saturday at age 93, and John Ferrari, his colleague and son-in-law, has this remembrance.

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Wed July 16, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:00 am

Charles Dillon Stengel had been known as Dutch — derived from the German Deutsch. Only after the U.S. went to war was Casey Stengel born.

When America entered the Great War in 1917 — a war that began 100 years ago this summer — Major League Baseball faced a special problem: It had a hefty German heritage. Its best-known team, the New York Giants under John McGraw, was even sometimes called "McGraw's Prussians" for its tough, fighting spirit. Obviously, just as sauerkraut became "liberty cabbage," that had to go, too.

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Tue July 15, 2014

A New Act In Jeter's Last Season, Before Dwindling All-Star Audience

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:23 pm



Baseball's All-Star Game is tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis - home of the Twins. The American League will face the National League and the winner claims home-field advantage for the World Series. Tonight is also part of a farewell tour for a certain Yankee.


UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Now batting for the Yankees, number two, Derek Jeter - number two.

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Mon July 14, 2014
Men In America

The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:24 pm

Joe Ehrmann, shown in 1975, was a defensive lineman with the Baltimore Colts for much of the '70s. He says that as a child, he was taught that being a man meant dominating people and circumstances — a lesson that served him well on the football field, but less so in real life.
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This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.

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Mon July 14, 2014

Germans Return Home With World Cup, Already Worried About Next One

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:24 pm

Nearly every team left the World Cup on a sour note, having returned with less than the championship they'd played for. The one exception? The Cup-winning Germans, whose victory has reverberated throughout the country. For a look at the symbolic impact of the German triumph, Robert Siegel turns to Angela Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Mon July 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Tipping The Cap To Derek Jeter, An All-Star's All-Star

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:46 pm

Those tipping their caps to Derek Jeter include former Yankees manager Joe Torre and his former teammates Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Tino Martinez, in a new ad by Nike.

We're halfway through the last baseball season for New York Yankee Derek Jeter, and that's reason enough for Nike's Jordan Brand to craft a stirring tribute that shows his fellow sports stars, fans and rivals giving a nod to the shortstop.

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Mon July 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Another Former Champion Abandons Tour De France After Crash

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 8:49 am

Spain's Alberto Contador abandons the Tour de France after crashing during the 10th stage Monday.
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These are not good days to be a former Tour de France champion on the roads of France. Spain's Alberto Contador left the race after suffering a heavy crash in a wet and foggy portion of Monday's mountain stage, five days after defending champion Chris Froome abandoned the race.

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Mon July 14, 2014

Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm



That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.


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Sun July 13, 2014
NPR Story

Germany And Argentina Face Off In World Cup Final

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 6:22 pm

The World Cup final takes place on Sunday in Brazil. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Russell Lewis in Rio de Janeiro about the match, which went into extra time with a score of 0-0.