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United States' Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. The United States won the match 2-1. (AP)
United States' Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. The United States won the match 2-1. (AP)
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We talk with Bill about Team USA's big win over Ghana, the passing of a baseball icon and the disastrous season that has befallen the Boston nine.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game. He tweets at @OnlyAGameNPR.

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WBUR: Do Soaring World Cup Ratings Mark A Foothold For Soccer In U.S.?

  • "Less than a week into the World Cup, television ratings for the tournament are soaring in the U.S., where the opening games have attracted record audiences. Could this be an indication that the sport is finally gaining traction in the U.S.? Brian Steinberg, the senior TV editor at Variety, offers his take."

WBUR: Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres Hall Of Famer, Dies

  • "Gwynn, known as "Mr. Padre," flirted with a .400 batting average in 1994. By the end of the season, his batting average was .394. Gwynn earned eight National League batting titles and had 3,141 career hits, as well as an impressive .338 batting average overall."

This segment aired on June 17, 2014.

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