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2:07pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Sports

An Indie Rock Baseball Tribute: 'Ichiro's Theme'

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:45 pm

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan, and such an Ichiro Suzuki devotee he wrote a song about the outfielder. Though he wrote it years ago, he decided this week — when Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees — was the right time to release "Ichiro's Theme."

1:48pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

Video Clip Previewing London 2012 Opening Ceremonies Is Released

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 3:13 pm

A scene from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony is seen in this screenshot, taken from a clip released Thursday.
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12:26pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

The Olympics Meet A Mall, And Make A Nightmare

The interior of London's Westfield Stratford City Mall measures some 1.9 million square feet. Many of them were recently walked by NPR's Tom Goldman.
Tom Goldman NPR

Y'know your local mall? The one you drive to whenever, or just as easily drive past? What would happen if you didn't have a choice — if you couldn't avoid going there? Would you walk right through without stopping and shopping? Or, a darker question: What if you could never get out?

Welcome to my Olympic nightmare.

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11:55am

Thu July 26, 2012
NPR Story

Water Polo Goalie Hopes To 'Get It Done' In London

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 1:40 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

With the 2012 Summer Olympics in London just over the horizon, it occurred to us that for every Lebron James and Michael Phelps, there are less heralded athletes who will be wearing the red, white and blue who are equally dedicated and proud to represent their country. We wanted to meet some of them, so today, we are joined by Tumua Anae. She's a goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's Water Polo Team, and she joins us from Los Alamitos, California, where she's been training.

Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us.

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9:34am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Egypt Rocks Pirate Brands, And Flag-Gate

Good morning, and welcome to "Day -1" of the 2012 Summer Olympics. That NASA-like designation is due to events already having begun in the soccer competition, before Friday's Opening Ceremony. Men's soccer begins play today.

Here are some stories that popped up overnight:

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9:24am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Cheer Up Toronto, 16-0 Loss Isn't A Major League Worst

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 3:03 pm

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero gave up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday night. It was a "complete embarrassment," he told the Toronto Star afterward. His team lost 16-0.
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As bad as the players on the Toronto Blue Jays must feel about losing to the Oakland Athletics by a score of 16-0 Wednesday night, they can at least take comfort in knowing that other teams have suffered worse losses in the past.

As Yahoo Sports recounted:

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8:39am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

Olympic Glitch Riles North Korean Players Before Soccer Match [VIDEO]

Supporters of North Korea's women's soccer team were dismayed to see the start of Wednesday's match delayed, after a video screen displayed the South Korean flag next to photos of the North Korean players.
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It didn't take long for politics to enter the fray of Olympic sports. On Day One of preliminary competition, members of the North Korean women's soccer team staged a short protest after a mix-up with their national flag.

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7:28am

Thu July 26, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

British Ambassador Mum On Olympic Opener

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 10:35 am

Renee Montagne interviews Sir Peter Westmacott, Britain's ambassador to the U.S., ahead of tomorrow's opening ceremonies for London's Summer Games.

7:28am

Thu July 26, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

At The Summer Games, A Hunt For Coveted Tickets

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 10:35 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

For months now, we've been hearing about people having trouble with their tickets for the London Olympics. People complained they couldn't get the tickets they wanted or the tickets are too expensive. Plus, some have had problems actually getting the tickets in hand. But maybe they're just not doing it right, as NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

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5:28pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Sports

Under Pressure, Universities Try Reining In Football

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:29 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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