Sports

3:40am

Wed July 2, 2014
Sweetness And Light

The Time Of Our Sports Lives: How Europe's Games Neglect The Clock

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:58 am

In sports, Americans only dilly-dally for crucial, life-affirming reasons: to allow commercials.
L.G. Patterson AP

Why is it that Europeans don't pay as much attention to time in sports as we do?

You American novices to soccer, who climbed on the World Cup bandwagon this summer –– you must have been completely baffled by how soccer has a thing called "stoppage time." That means that the game goes on after regulation time is up for an undisclosed period that only the referee knows.

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4:27pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Latin America

Argentinian World Cup Fans Plant Their Flag In Brazil

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:03 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now some World Cup news that is not about the U.S. team. Argentina played Switzerland today. The South American country won, scoring a goal in overtime. Argentina's fans were out in force in Sao Paulo, where the two teams faced off. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says supporters of Brazil's greatest rival are getting a lot of attention in the host country.

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4:25pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Sports

Belgians Bid U.S. Adieu In World Cup's Knockout Round

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 3:26 pm

In its first game in the knockout round, the U.S. soccer team played Belgium. The Americans defied expectations by escaping group play, but they've now been eliminated with a loss against Belgium. For more, Melissa Block turns to George Quraishi of Howler Magazine.

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

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1:48pm

Tue July 1, 2014
The Two-Way

5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

The return of U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, who had been sidelined by a hamstring injury, could help the Americans as they face off against a talented and young Belgian team Tuesday.
Marcos Brindicci Reuters /Landov

Today, players and fans of the U.S. and Belgium are building toward a decisive game that will send one team to the World Cup's quarterfinals and send the other packing. Two key questions are whether the U.S. can strike early, as it did against Ghana, and whether Belgium can pull away late, as it has in all its games so far in Brazil.

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11:06am

Tue July 1, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 1:27 pm

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard pumps his fist after qualifying for the next World Cup round following the team's 1-0 loss to Germany last week.
Ricardo Mazalan AP

Win or go home. Do or die. Lose and you're done. Choose your sports cliche, and for the United States team, it's true. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. EDT today in Salvador, Brazil. It's the Americans' first game in the knockout stage. The victor moves on to the quarterfinals, and the loser books a flight home.

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5:21am

Tue July 1, 2014
Sports

U.S. Plays Belgium In World Cup's Knockout Stage

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. It's all on the line today for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team at the World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. plays Belgium in the knockout stage of the tournament. Lose this one and America's World Cup is all over. But yesterday, some good news - a goal-scoring teammate the U.S. team has been missing nearly the entire term, maybe coming back. From Salvador, Brazil, NPR's Tom Goldman has the story.

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5:09am

Tue July 1, 2014
Latin America

Rivalry: Spanish Speakers Flood Portuguese-Speaking Brazil

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right, we're introducing you to a new word today. It's Portunol. It's a language - well, sort of. It's a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese and it is how many Spanish-speaking fans at the World Cup are communicating with their Portuguese-speaking, Brazilian cousins. The results are not always pretty. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has this reporter's notebook on South America's great language divide.

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4:17pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Sports

U.S. Readies To Step Onto Stage For Knockout Round Drama

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:01 pm

In its first match of the knockout round, the U.S. soccer team plays Belgium on Tuesday. NPR's Tom Goldman previews the game, explaining what to expect from the matchup.

2:04pm

Mon June 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Altidore Will Be Ready For Belgium, U.S. Soccer Says

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 3:31 pm

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore (left) works out with Fabian Johnson (center) and Jermaine Jones during a World Cup training session in Salvador, Brazil, Monday. The U.S. says Altidore is fit to play against Belgium in their elimination matchup Tuesday.
Julio Cortez AP

American forward Jozy Altidore, who missed the U.S. team's last two World Cup games with a strained hamstring, is "ready and available" to play against Belgium tomorrow, U.S. Soccer has announced.

The elimination game will start at 4 p.m. EDT. Tuesday; it'll be on ESPN and Univision.

Altidore is hoping to return from the injury that took him out of America's opening win over Ghana two weeks ago. In his absence, the team tied Portugal and lost to Germany, 1-0.

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1:47pm

Mon June 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting Rival At World Cup

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:37 pm

Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during last week's World Cup match between Italy and Uruguay in Brazil. FIFA has banned Suarez for nine games and four months over the incident.
Ricardo Mazalan AP

Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET

Controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez apologized Monday for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in last week's World Cup soccer game between their two countries.

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