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4:51pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Sports

In One-Sided Semifinal, Germany Hands Brazil A Devastating Loss

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:46 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The images out of Brazil right now are of fans in tears, faces with looks of disbelief, hands covering mouths in shock. In the first of two semifinal World Cup matches, the home team is losing and it's losing big. Germany is leading 5-0. Let's go to NPR's Tom Goldman in Rio de Janeiro. Tom, what's the scene where you are in Rio?

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7:59am

Tue July 8, 2014
The Two-Way

The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:35 am

Referee Mark Geiger will be the U.S. presence at the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
Clive Rose Getty Images

The United States will have a presence at today's semifinal World Cup match between Brazil and Germany. It won't be the U.S. National Team on the field, but American referee Mark Geiger. FIFA selected Geiger to be on the officiating crew of the high-stakes match. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.

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5:01am

Tue July 8, 2014
Sports

For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Brazil faces Germany today in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Deep into the tournament, Brazilian fans have developed a game day routine.

INSKEEP: So we present to you now, with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo, Brazil's World Cup ritual in four acts.

MONTAGNE: Act one - getting to the game.

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5:01am

Tue July 8, 2014
Sports

Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany?

4:19pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Sports

Nil-ism In America: When You Stare At The Pitch, The Pitch Stares Back

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:56 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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1:44pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Sports

Despite An Early Exit At Wimbledon, Serena Williams Still A 'Powerhouse'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we head to London, where the Wimbledon tennis wrapped up on Sunday, with Novak Djokovic beating former champ Roger Federer. On Saturday, Petra Kvitova beat out Eugenie Bouchard to earn her second Wimbledon title. It was a tournament with plenty of drama and upsets. Joining us to tell us more about that is Hugh Muir. He's an editor with The Guardian and he covered Wimbledon for them. He's with us now from a studio at the paper. Welcome, thank you so much for joining us.

HUGH MUIR: You're absolutely welcome, Michel.

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5:29am

Mon July 7, 2014
Sports

Djokovic, Kvitova Crowned Wimbledon Champions

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is back to number one in the world after winning Wimbledon yesterday. He defeated Roger Federer in five sets. Also winning her second Wimbledon title was Petra Kvitova. Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim was at the tournament. He joins us now from London. Hi, Jon.

JON WERTHEIM: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: So on the men's side, when you read the coverage of this win by Djokovic, you kind of sense the disappointment.

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4:51pm

Sun July 6, 2014
All Tech Considered

Yearning To Be A 'True Sport,' E-Sports Group Changes Gender Rules

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:28 pm

A tournament in Finland for the competitive digital card game Hearthstone raised attention last week when the invitation called for male players only.
Ina Fassbender Reuters /Landov

The world of e-sports was rattled this past week when an organization vying to become its governing body drew anger for organizing gender-divided tournaments.

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1:22pm

Sun July 6, 2014
The Two-Way

Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:43 pm

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Roger Federer in their men's singles finals tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years in a hard-fought contest that went five sets, denying Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth title.

Djokovic took the trophy in a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory.

USA Today says:

"Djokovic was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set but Federer broke him twice and won the set forcing the match to go the distance.

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5:14pm

Sat July 5, 2014
Sports

Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

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