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4:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Belgians Bid U.S. Adieu In World Cup's Knockout Round

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 3:26 pm

In its first game in the knockout round, the U.S. soccer team played Belgium. The Americans defied expectations by escaping group play, but they've now been eliminated with a loss against Belgium. For more, Melissa Block turns to George Quraishi of Howler Magazine.

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The Two-Way
1:48 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game

The return of U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, who had been sidelined by a hamstring injury, could help the Americans as they face off against a talented and young Belgian team Tuesday.
Marcos Brindicci Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

Today, players and fans of the U.S. and Belgium are building toward a decisive game that will send one team to the World Cup's quarterfinals and send the other packing. Two key questions are whether the U.S. can strike early, as it did against Ghana, and whether Belgium can pull away late, as it has in all its games so far in Brazil.

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The Two-Way
11:06 am
Tue July 1, 2014

U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard pumps his fist after qualifying for the next World Cup round following the team's 1-0 loss to Germany last week.
Ricardo Mazalan AP

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 1:27 pm

Win or go home. Do or die. Lose and you're done. Choose your sports cliche, and for the United States team, it's true. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. EDT today in Salvador, Brazil. It's the Americans' first game in the knockout stage. The victor moves on to the quarterfinals, and the loser books a flight home.

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Latin America
5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Rivalry: Spanish Speakers Flood Portuguese-Speaking Brazil

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right, we're introducing you to a new word today. It's Portunol. It's a language - well, sort of. It's a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese and it is how many Spanish-speaking fans at the World Cup are communicating with their Portuguese-speaking, Brazilian cousins. The results are not always pretty. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has this reporter's notebook on South America's great language divide.

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Sports
5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

U.S. Plays Belgium In World Cup's Knockout Stage

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. It's all on the line today for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team at the World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. plays Belgium in the knockout stage of the tournament. Lose this one and America's World Cup is all over. But yesterday, some good news - a goal-scoring teammate the U.S. team has been missing nearly the entire term, maybe coming back. From Salvador, Brazil, NPR's Tom Goldman has the story.

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The Two-Way
2:04 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Altidore Will Be Ready For Belgium, U.S. Soccer Says

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore (left) works out with Fabian Johnson (center) and Jermaine Jones during a World Cup training session in Salvador, Brazil, Monday. The U.S. says Altidore is fit to play against Belgium in their elimination matchup Tuesday.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 3:31 pm

American forward Jozy Altidore, who missed the U.S. team's last two World Cup games with a strained hamstring, is "ready and available" to play against Belgium tomorrow, U.S. Soccer has announced.

The elimination game will start at 4 p.m. EDT. Tuesday; it'll be on ESPN and Univision.

Altidore is hoping to return from the injury that took him out of America's opening win over Ghana two weeks ago. In his absence, the team tied Portugal and lost to Germany, 1-0.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting Rival At World Cup

Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during last week's World Cup match between Italy and Uruguay in Brazil. FIFA has banned Suarez for nine games and four months over the incident.
Ricardo Mazalan AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:37 pm

Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET

Controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez apologized Monday for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in last week's World Cup soccer game between their two countries.

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Sports
7:08 am
Mon June 30, 2014

1950 World Cup Ticketholder Gets Tickets For 2014 Game

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:32 pm

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Sports
5:05 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Colombia Advances In World Cup, Two Decades After Infamous Murder

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 6:27 pm

The Colombian national team has reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time ever. It comes on the anniversary of the infamous murder of star Colombian player Andres Escobar, just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with John Rojas, a Colombian-American journalist whose new Spanish-language book Futbol de negro is a fictionalized account of those weeks.

Sports
8:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Die-Hard Fans Still Fill The Grids With Balls And Strikes

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:23 pm

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

And before R. A. Dickey headed off to the ballpark, I tossed him one more question about a decades-old baseball ritual - following the game with a pencil and a scorecard - keeping score.

R. A. DICKEY: I grew up watching WGN and TBS from my living room and having a scorebook there and, like, keeping score off the television. At the end of it, it's like you've put together this really neat puzzle and woven this story, and you've somehow played a part in it.

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