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Germany And Argentina To Finish Up World Cup

Mike Pesca of and NPR's Arun Rath discuss Sunday's World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina, and why luck plays an outsize role in soccer.

Soccer's Racism Problem In Need Of Follow-Through

Retired U.K. player Jason Roberts grew up facing racism on and off the pitch. More recently there have been efforts to combat discrimination, including at the World Cup, but he says it's not enough.

Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn?

The World Cup ends Sunday with the Germany-Argentina match. Brazil finished its run in the tournament Saturday after two consecutive losses that have set off some national soccer soul-searching.

Heading Home To Ohio, LeBron Returns To Cleveland Cavaliers

Four years after famously leaving, NBA superstar LeBron James has decided to return to the team where he started his professional career. Many fans in Cleveland say they're excited to have him back.

Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory

FC Barcelona — home to two of soccer's superstars, Messi and Neymar — has been indicted on tax fraud, a sign that the culture of impunity among Europe's top soccer clubs may be coming to an end.

Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys

From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports.

Rio's Statue Is Restored, But Brazil Team's Redemption Still Ahead

Restoration work on Rio's famed "Christ the Redeemer" statue is now complete. But can Brazil get redemption after not making it to the World Cup finals?

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.

In World Cup's Final Weekend, Messi Bears Brunt of Argentina's Hopes

Melissa Block talks to NPR's Tom Goldman about the final two matches in the World Cup: Brazil against the Netherlands in a fight for third place, and Argentina against Germany in the final.

Homeward Bound: Lebron James Declares His Return To Cleveland

Lebron James has made a decision: He's returning home to Ohio, to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer has been watching James play since his high school days in Akron, and he speaks to Melissa Block about the reasons behind the decision.