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

The U.S. women's national soccer team hasn't won the World Cup since 1999, but now they've won six games back to back. New York Times reporter Jere Longman explains the ways the team has changed.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon

The world's tennis greats are facing off at Wimbledon. Howard Bryant of ESPN is there and tells NPR's Eric Westervelt what's been happening on the grass courts.

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

It's the U.S. and Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada — a rematch of the 2011 championship. Soccer-crazed fans in Portland, Ore., who watched Japan's fortuitous win over England this week, provide plenty of insight about what it will take for the U.S. team to avenge it's loss four years ago.

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.

Morning Edition

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.

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

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to sportswriter Bob Ryan about the start of NBA free agency Wednesday, and the man with the most power in the NBA — LeBron James.

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.

Buchholz Tosses Complete Game, Red Sox Beat Astros 6-1

July 4, 2015
Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz pitches during the first inning in the Fourth of July game against the Astros. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

The Red Sox rebounded from a tough loss on Friday with a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

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. Other states are now 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.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

July 4, 2015
Most people felt sympathy for England's Laura Bassett when she scored an own goal this week during the FIFA World Cup. Not Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierc, who might have even laughed when it happened. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill Littlefield to discuss NBA free agency, cheating at Wimbledon, and one very sad own goal at the Women’s World Cup.

Commentary: Why Jose Canseco Really Regrets ‘Juiced’

July 4, 2015

Ten years ago, Jose Canseco published “Juiced,” the tell-all book in which he admitted his own steroid use and implicated others. This week Canseco told Sports Illustrated that he regrets the book. Bill Littlefield offers a list of other things Canseco might regret.

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 Washington Nationals home games. Coolidge was in office the last time a club from D.C. won the World Series. Even so, Ben Freed of the Washingtonian thinks a different Coolidge should be have gotten the call.

Physical Pain, Emotional Healing At U.S. Army ‘Combatives’ Tournament

July 4, 2015
Commanders at bases across the country have canceled combatives tournaments out of concerns over injuries. (Zachariah Hughes/Only A Game)

Borrowing techniques from mixed martial arts, the U.S. Army combatives program helps military personnel improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. Reporter Zachariah Hughes visited a military base in Alaska and found that some soldiers believe practicing this violent skill is a way to heal unseen wounds.

Dustin Brown: A Tennis Man With A Van

July 4, 2015
Dustin Brown, currently ranked 102, was previously best known for his hair. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Ranked No. 102 in the world, Dustin Brown was relatively unknown until Thursday, when he beat 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Now, the tennis world is fascinated by the German-Jamaican player who spent years traveling between tournaments in a camper van. Bill Littlefield speaks with SI’s Greg Bishop about Brown’s unusual road to success.

The NBA’s Most Interesting Free Agency Pitches

July 4, 2015
Anthony Davis resigned with the team that drafted him without much fanfare. Dwight Howard, on the other hand, Dwight Howard was courted by multiple teams when he entered free agency. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

If you’re an NBA GM trying to lure a top free agent, how do you land him? Pat Riley laid out all of his championship rings for LeBron James. The Magic got help from Tiger Woods to woo Tim Duncan. ESPN’s Arash Markazi joins Bill Littlefield to share some of the NBA’s most interesting free-agency pitches.

Flag Exchange For NASCAR Fans; Blatter’s Travel Plans And A-Rod’s Comeback

July 4, 2015
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Best-selling author George Vecsey and Fox Sports Senior Baseball Editor Rob Neyer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s installment of ‘3 Stories You Should Know.’

Tough MLB Debut For Noe Ramirez; Astros Beat Sox 12-8 In 10

July 4, 2015

First baseman Mike Napoli allowed Preston Tucker’s hard grounder to bounce past him for an error, and Carlos Correa followed with a tiebreaking single in a four-run 10th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Boston Red Sox last night for their fifth straight win.

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.

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