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

Eight Royals could start in the All Star game July 14. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Chris Eckes, curator of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, about the last time this happened.

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

Swiss prosecutors said the requests were delivered Wednesday evening. The FIFA officials were arrested in May in Zurich in a corruption investigation of soccer's governing body.

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

Nike co-founder Phil Knight helped to transform the company into a global behemoth. Linda Wertheimer talks to Allan Brettman, a reporter with The Oregonian, about Knight's exit as chairman.

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

There were a number of hero narratives around Tuesday night's takedown, which gives the U.S. a place in the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday.

Morning Edition

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

The U.S. team beat top-ranked Germany, 2-0, in a semifinal match Tuesday to advance to the Women's World Cup final. Renee Montagne talks to Grant Wahl, senior writer for Sports Illustrated.

Morning Edition

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

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game may be less starry than usual this year because of Kansas City fans' campaign to get as many Royals players as possible into the game.

Morning Edition

A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

Mindy Przeor founded an after-school program in Mesa, Ariz., to get elementary school kids up and running.

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

First accepted by the women's swim team, Schuyler Bailar decided to join the men's team this coming fall. He is believed to be the first openly transgender NCAA swimmer.

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

Runners have a 30-hour cutoff in which to finish the Western States Endurance Run. Rob Krar won the race in 14:48:59, but the loudest cheers were reserved for Gunhild Swanson who clocked 29:59:54.

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

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. the win.

Trap Shooting Hits Its Target In Minnesota High Schools

July 4, 2015
With 8,600 participants, trap shooting is Minnesota's fastest growing school sport. (Dan Kraker/OAG)

With more than 8,600 students competing, trap shooting is the fastest growing school sport in Minnesota. The reasons for its popularity might surprise you and now other states are copying the model. Reporter Dan Kraker visits with the Hermantown High School team to find out more.

‘Fanaticus’ Explores Why Sports Fans Get Unruly

July 4, 2015
Sports fans can get out of hand. Overpriced tickets, alcohol, and team success can contribute to rowdy, sometimes unruly fans. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

Put a group of people together. Make them overpay for tickets. Add booze. Then give them teams to root for. The result can be a disorderly collection of people — also known as fans. In her new book “Fanaticus,” ESPN producer Justine Gubar explores the phenomenon of fandom around the world.

Has The Wrong Coolidge Been Added To The Nats’ Presidents Race?

July 4, 2015
Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

Calvin Coolidge is joining the Presidents Race, the mascot competition held during the fourth inning of Nationals home games. Coolidge was in office the last time a club from Washington won the World Series. Even so, Ben Freed of the Washingtonian thinks a different Coolidge should be added to the race.

Trading Jerseys: Luke Ridnour And Other NBA Journeymen

July 3, 2015
In one week, Luke Ridnour has been traded four times. Ridnour has played for five different teams, which isn't nearly as many as some other NBA players. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Veteran guard Luke Ridnour was traded four times in less than a week. But Ridnour, who’s played for just five franchises in his 12-year career, still has a long way to go before he reaches the level of some other NBA journeymen.

Week In The News: Greek Crisis, Cuban Embassy, Overtime Expansion

July 3, 2015
Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Greece's European creditors were assessing a last-minute proposal Athens made for a new two-year rescue deal, submitted just hours before the country's international bailout program expires and it loses access to billions of euros in funds. (AP)

Overtime pay. Diplomatic ties with Cuba. Greece defaults. Iran deadline missed. Chris Christie jumps in. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Red Sox Rout Blue Jays, 12-6

July 3, 2015

The Red Sox scored eight runs in the first inning on their way to an away win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

U.S. Will Battle Japan In Women’s World Cup Final

July 2, 2015
Nahomi Kawasumi #9 and Mizuho Sakaguchi #6 of Japan celebrate after Laura Bassett #6 of England scored on her own team in the final minutes of the game during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada Semi Final match between England and Japan at Commonwealth Stadium on July 1, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Todd Korol/Getty Images)

After Japan beat England in a close game decided by an own goal from England, the stage was set for a tough match-up with the U.S.

Porcello's Struggles Continue As Blue Jays Rout Red Sox, 11-2

July 2, 2015

The Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays in Toronto yesterday. Starter Rick Porcello Gave up three homers before he was pulled after the second inning.

Commentary: La Liga Appeals To FIFA — On Its Own Terms

July 1, 2015
Picture of the World Cup trophy taken du

Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, filed an appeal to FIFA regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The competition is set to take place in November and December instead of during the summer, as is custom. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

Littlefield On Sports: World Cup And MLB All-Star Voting

July 1, 2015
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. (Getty Images)

We cover World Cup soccer and the MLB All Star voting with “Only A Game”‘s Bill Littlefield.

Former Patriots Player Pleads Guilty, Gets Probation In Hit-And-Run

July 1, 2015
Brandon Spikes talks with reporters in Foxborough in May. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Brandon Spikes will serve a year of probation in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people.

How Boston 2024’s Revised Olympic Bid May Shape City Development

July 1, 2015

David Anderson, a project manager at a Boston architectural firm, discusses how Boston 2024’s new Olympic bid plans would impact the city’s architectural landscape.

USOC Lauds Boston 2024’s Revised Bid, But Says ‘A Positive Trend’ In Support Is Needed

July 1, 2015
From left: United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, USOC Chair Larry Probst, Boston 2024 Chair Steve Pagliuca and Boston 2024 Vice Chair Roger Crandall speak during a news conference Tuesday in Redwood City, Calif. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Boston 2024 met with USOC officials in California to present its new bid. The group stressed public support could affect Boston’s Olympic future.

Ortiz And Bradley HR, Red Sox Top Toronto For 3rd Win In Row

July 1, 2015

The Red Sox have won three in a row. Last night, they beat the Blue Jays 4-3.

Boston 2024 Brings ‘Bid 2.0′ To Redwood City

June 30, 2015
Architect's rendering shows an athletes' village that is proposed to be built in Boston if the city is awarded the Summer Olympic games in 2024. (Elkus Manfredi Architects for Boston 2024 via AP)

Boston 2024 is presenting its “bid 2.0″ in Redwood City, California — the plan for the 2024 Summer Olympics came out on Monday and it includes an extension of the Emerald Necklace and an enormous development in Widett Circle, among other ideas.

Tennis Hall Of Famer Stan Smith On How The Game Has Changed

June 30, 2015
On July 10, 1972, American tennis champion Stan Smith kisses the cup after beating Romania's Ilie Nastase to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon, London. (Roger Jackson/Getty Images)

While watching a match between Rafael Nadal and Thomaz Belucci, the former champ discusses Wimbledon and tennis as a whole.

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