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U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle

The U.S. soccer team has a tough matchup Sunday against Portugal. Win, and the Americans are in. Lose or tie, and the road gets a lot tougher with next Thursday's game against Germany.


Redeeming A College Defeat, 25 Years Later

Jeffrey Mann finished dead last in a college hurdle race. Now, 25 years later, he tells NPR's Scott Simon that he was determined to exorcise that demon by racing again.

What To Expect In Sunday's U.S.-Portugal World Cup Match

On Sunday, the U.S. will play Portugal in the World Cup. NPR's Scott Simon gets a preview of the game from NPR's Tom Goldman in Manaus, Brazil.

Headaches For FIFA: Injuries On Field And Hate In The Stands

Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to discuss scrutiny that has recently befallen FIFA at the World Cup — both on and off the field.

There's No Run Like A Prison Run

In Oregon, organizers of a program that lets inmates of a maximum-security prison run with regular citizens say the goal is to provide a sense of purpose, and normalcy.

A Dangerous 'Ritual': Chewing Tobacco In Baseball

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's death has revived conversations about the use of smokeless tobacco in the sport. Tobacco and baseball researcher Ted Eaves discusses why so many players use it.

'Shop' Guys On The World Cup: Can The U.S. Come Out On Top?

The Barbershop guys weigh in on the World Cup, team switching during the NBA off season, electric Harley Davidson motorcycles, and the Washington football team.

Back At You: Batting-Practice Ball Lands In Pitching Machine

Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce hit a ball that caromed off the batting cage — and back into the pitching machine. The ball was quickly fired right back at the surprised outfielder.

Ecuadoran Province Churns Out Top-Notch Soccer Players

Ecuador produces some excellent soccer players, but they predominantly come from the same area. The sparsely populated Pacific coast province of Esmeraldas. What makes it Ecuador's soccer hotbed?

Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.