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5:57 am
Sun July 5, 2015

The Week In Sports: The World Cup Conclusion

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 6:34 am

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5:57 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Sunday's World Cup Is U.S. Women's Chance For Payback

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 6:34 am

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5:03 am
Sun July 5, 2015

U.S. Women Head Into World Cup Final With Dominant Defense

U.S. players run drills during a practice Saturday under the open roof of BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The U.S. is scheduled to play Japan on Sunday.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 10:01 am

It's here. It's today. It's the game the United States Women's National Soccer Team has dreamed about for four years. A return to the final of the World Cup.

And, oh by the way, the team that beat the U.S. in the last World Cup is the same one they'll face today: Japan.

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Sports
3:06 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Metamorphosis On The Pitch: Americans Make Changes To Inch Closer To World Cup

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 4:42 pm

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Sports
5:54 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 9:04 am

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Sports
3:25 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Portland, Ore., Soccer Fans Gear Up For Women's World Cup Final

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 4:31 pm

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Sports
4:35 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Royals All Star Voting Echoes Last Time MLB Fans Stuffed The Ballot Box

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Thu July 2, 2015

U.S. Seeks Extradition Of 7 FIFA Officials From Switzerland

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 1:10 pm

U.S. prosecutors have sent Switzerland a formal request to extradite seven FIFA officials who had been arrested in May in Zurich in a corruption investigation of soccer's governing body.

The FIFA officials were arrested May 27, and the extradition request, submitted by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, came within the deadline laid down by the bilateral extradition treaty between the U.S. and Switzerland.

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Business
3:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Nike's Phil Knight, 77, To Step Down As Chairman

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 10:06 pm

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Sports
3:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

As The NBA's Free Agency Period Begins, LeBron James Has All The Power

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:22 pm

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Wed July 1, 2015

The 2 Goals That Gave The U.S. The Win Over Germany

Carli Lloyd (right) celebrates with Morgan Brian during the U.S. match against China at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.
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Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 12:36 pm

A 2-0 win over Germany on Tuesday night gave the U.S. a place in the Women's World Cup final.

You can construct a lot of hero narratives around last night's game: The American defense is unstoppable. (Julie Johnston has been a breakout player.) Midfielder Carli Lloyd owns the field.

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Sweetness And Light
3:07 am
Wed July 1, 2015

All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

A giant All-Star Game sign at Great American Ballpark during a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, on May 30 in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:06 pm

For those of you who haven't got your baseball All-Star ballot in, don't panic, you have until Thursday. It's convenient. You can get a ballot off the Internet, and here's the good news: You can vote 35 times.

Understand what I'm saying? Each fan can cast 35 votes. Where that magic figure comes from, I don't know. Why not 3,500 apiece? Or 35,000?

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Sports
3:07 am
Wed July 1, 2015

U.S. Reaches World Cup Final After Beating Germany 2-0

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 7:19 am

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2:39 am
Wed July 1, 2015

A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

Mindy Przeor founded an after-school and summer running club in Mesa, Ariz.
Jason Millstein for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 12:03 pm

First rule of Brinton Elementary School run club: Keep those legs moving. Second rule of run club: Have fun.

For 13-year-old Kaprice Faraci and her sister, Kassidy, inspiration to keep moving struck one after school afternoon in the third grade. Video games and TV bored the twins. They were outside when they spotted a small pack of children chugging down their street.

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The Two-Way
7:30 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Transgender Swimmer Given Choice Of Harvard's Men's, Women's Teams

Schuyler Bailar will swim on the men's team at Harvard this fall.
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Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:55 am

The Harvard men's swim team will have a new swimmer on their team this fall: Schuyler Bailar of McLean, Va. He will be the first openly transgender swimmer in NCAA Division I history, according to The Harvard Crimson.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Tue June 30, 2015

With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race

Gunhild Swanson, 70, clocked 29:59:54 in the Western States Endurance Run on Sunday.
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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:30 pm

The Western States Endurance Run is the world's oldest 100-mile race — and among its toughest. Runners begin the race in Squaw Valley, Calif., climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line in Auburn, Calif.

Here's what that looks like:

This year's male winner was Rob Krar, 38, of Flagstaff, Ariz., who completed the course in 14:48:59. That's an incredible time. But the loudest cheers at the finish line on Sunday were reserved for 70-year-old Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley, Wash.

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Tue June 30, 2015

U.S. Topples Top-Ranked Germany 2-0 To Reach World Cup Final

Carli Lloyd of the U.S. (in white) celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick Tuesday night in the Americans' 2-0 World Cup semifinal victory against Germany.
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Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:20 am

Updated, 9 p.m. ET:

In a battle between a fantastic attack and a fantastic defense, the latter prevailed, as two penalty kicks — one made, one whiffed — and a late insurance goal gave the U.S. a 2-0 win over Germany and a berth in the Women's World Cup soccer final.

After American forward Alex Morgan tumbled over a German defender — a foul that appeared to occur outside of the box — forward Carli Lloyd got a penalty shot past Germany's Nadine Angerer, whom the U.S. had kept busy all night.

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Author Interviews
3:12 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

Adonal Foyle (center) plays for the Orlando Magic against the Milwaukee Bucks in 2007.
Doug Benc Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 5:38 pm

According to Sports Illustrated, more than half of all NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. Most of the players come into professional sports totally unequipped to handle their own windfalls like cars, houses and fancy clothes.

Former NBA star Adonal Foyle is trying to help.

He offers financial advice for current and future professional athletes in his book Winning the Money Game: Lessons Learned from the Financial Fouls of Pro Athletes.

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Sports
4:22 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

ESPN Brings Betting Talk To The Mainstream

This year's ESPN NCAA basketball coverage did not shy away from talking about the ordinarily sensitive topic of betting as much as it has in the past.
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Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:20 pm

Walk into a bar or spend some time in an airport and there's a good chance ESPN is on TV. What happens on its ever-present SportsCenter, airing live 18 times daily, resonates with sports fans around the country. So it matters that over the past couple of years, ESPN has increased coverage of what's always been an extremely sensitive topic for leagues and TV networks — sports betting.

ESPN says it wants to be more direct about a topic broadcasters have dealt with circuitously, often with a wink and nod, rather than in the direct language of gambling.

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Fri June 26, 2015

U.S. Women Take Out China, Advance To World Cup Semifinals

Goalie Hope Solo of the United States celebrates with midfielder Carli Lloyd on Friday after defeating China 1-0 in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals in Ottawa, Canada.
Jana Chytilova Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 8:26 pm

Update, 9:30 p.m. ET:

The United States pulled out a victory against China on Friday night in the Women's World Cup, winning only 1-0 despite dominating the match.

Midfielder Carli Lloyd's header in the 51st minute made the difference, but the U.S. kept pressure on China all night long and had 17 shots to China's 7.

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The Two-Way
6:32 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns Is No. 1 NBA Draft Pick

Power forward Karl-Anthony Towns shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shortly after being taken first in the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 1:26 am

The 2015 NBA Draft took place Thursday night in Brooklyn's Barclay Center. Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky was the first pick, drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that ended last season with a 16-66 record. Nineteen-year-old, 6-foot-11 Towns only played one year at Kentucky, but during that season was named a 2015 Second-Team All-American. He also helped lead Kentucky to the Final Four.

In an interview shortly after his pick, Towns told ESPN, "This is what you live for." He continued, "I'm coming with a winning attitude. I just want to win."

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Goats and Soda
3:18 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

The Cycling World May Soon Bow Down Before Nairo Quintana

Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana poses for a snapshot during a training session this month in Colombia.
LUIS ACOSTA AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:17 pm

He began biking to get to high school. The return trip was a 10-mile uphill slog. That didn't deter Nairo Quintana. Sometimes he'd even attach a cable to his sister's bike and haul her up the mountain with him.

And now some pundits think that the 25-year-old Colombian athlete could win the grueling, three-week Tour de France, which kicks off on July 4.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Amy Poehler Asks A Critic Of Women's Sports, 'Really!?!'

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers took turns responding to a tweet that dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching."
YouTube

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:15 pm

Many people took notice when a Sports Illustrated analyst dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching" earlier this week. Unfortunately for SI's Andy Benoit, two of those who noticed were Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Yoink! Dad Nabs Foul Ball While Holding Baby At Cubs Game

A father who snagged a foul ball at a Chicago Cubs game Tuesday is getting praise — even though the play was overturned.
MLB

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 12:49 pm

It could have been a routine out in foul territory. Instead, a pop-up at a Chicago Cubs game was caught by a dad who was also holding a baby — and the crowd went wild. It didn't hurt that the fan momentarily robbed the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers of an out.

The play was eventually ruled to be fan interference, as Cubs fan Keith Hartley was found to have reached over into the field to nab the ball before it could land in the glove of the Dodgers' first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez.

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NPR Story
4:11 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Teenaged Female Shortstop Could Be Signed by MLB Team

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 10:31 am

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Sweetness And Light
3:09 am
Wed June 24, 2015

The Quieter Sports Season, And Why Tennis Needs Caddies

Marcel Granollers (left) and Roger Federer leave the court at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., last August. Commentator Frank Deford says with all that baggage, tennis needs caddies.
Leslie Billman Ai Wire/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:05 am

Ah, it's summer, and sport is of a sweeter sort now — don't you think? For instance, of all the jobs in sport, I think maybe the best is retrieving foul balls. The boys and girls in that job get to wear uniforms and gloves, but mostly they just sit and occasionally gather up a foul ball, then give it away to some happy fan. Isn't that a neat job?

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Sports
3:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

ESPN Report Finds Pete Rose Bet On Baseball As A Player

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:56 pm

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Female Shortstop, 16, Could Be Signed By MLB Teams In July

In what Major League Baseball says is a first, French baseball player Melissa Mayeux has had her name added to the list of international prospects who could be signed by clubs on July 2.

At age 16, Mayeux plays shortstop for two of France's national teams: the U-18 junior squad and the senior softball team. She's known as a smooth fielder who can also handle a bat.

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The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Pete Rose Bet On Baseball Games As A Player, ESPN Reports

Former Cincinnati Reds' player and manager Pete Rose watches a baseball game between the Reds and Washington Nationals on May 31 in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo AP

Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, bet on Cincinnati Reds games in 1986, during his last season as an active player, ESPN's Outside the Lines reports.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Gutting It Out: Tales Of Sports Heroics In The Face Of Injury, Illness

Jason Day of Australia is tended to by medical staff Friday after finishing the ninth hole during the second round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
Andrew Redington Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 3:04 pm

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