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12:27 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

A Bomb Took His Leg, But Not His Racing Spirit

Liam Dwyer makes adjustments before his professional racing debut with Freedom Autosport at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Courtesy of Mazda Sports

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 1:56 pm

Update: As this story was being produced, Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer and co-driver Tom Long won their race at Lime Rock Raceway in Lakeville, Conn.

May 22 was Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer's "Live Day." That's the term service members use for the anniversary where one is catastrophically injured in a war zone. "Some of us, many of us die," says Dwyer, who is still an active-duty Marine. "For those of us that don't, Live Day is our new birthday."

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Simon Says
8:13 am
Sat May 24, 2014

He Gave His Life For The Nation And His Name To An Airport

Navy Lt. Edward O'Hare, for whom Chicago's O'Hare Airport is named, sits in the cockpit of the plane in which he shot down six Japanese heavy bombers in WWII.
Associated Press

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 2:09 pm

There's a man whose name is part of millions of lives, but many of us don't know his story. This Memorial Day weekend may be a good time to hear about him.

Butch was the son of a lawyer who worked for Al Capone. The father wound up testifying against the legendary gangster in a 1931 tax evasion trial that sent Capone to prison.

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Sports
7:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Donovan Is Off U.S. World Cup Team And Other Sports News

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 2:09 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Let's open the toy department. Time for sports.

SIMON: Goal! Just warming up for the World Cup in soccer three weeks away. Didn't sound like it, did it?

The U.S. roster was announced on Thursday and made news with who is not on the list. Landon Donovan, the U.S. team's biggest star, won't play in Brazil. Why not? Who did he possibly offend? Not NPR's Tom Goldman. Tom, thanks for being with us.

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Sports
7:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Wrigley Field, The Much-Imitated, Never Duplicated Ballpark

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 2:09 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

We went to a ballgame this week. Cubs versus Yankees at Chicago's Wrigley Field, which is observing, no, celebrating its 100th anniversary. Now the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids are wonders of the world and older by a few centuries, but you can't get a Chicago dog with celery salt and hot peppers there.

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Sports
5:14 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Soccer Star Landon Donovan Didn't Make The World Cup Cut

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:04 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The United States is not soccer-mad but it does have some pretty dedicated fans. And they are up in arms over news about the guy behind the most famous goal in U.S. soccer history.

(SOUNDBITE OF SOCCER GAME)

ANNOUNCER: Landon Donovan (unintelligible) for the USA. Can they do it here? Of course (unintelligible) and Donovan has scored. Oh, can you believe this. Go, go USA.

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Latin America
5:14 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

As World Cup Looms, Brazilian Cities Paralyzed By Protests

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:04 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Reports: Clippers Owner Sterling Agrees To Sell Team

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has reportedly agreed to sell the team, allowing his wife, Shelly, to broker a deal. They're seen here at a 2012 game.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:19 pm

Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner who has been banned for life by the NBA for making racist remarks, has agreed to sell the team, according to reports. Both ESPN and TMZ say that Sterling will allow his wife, Shelly, to negotiate the deal.

Sterling "has signed the Los Angeles Clippers over to his wife," ABC News says, citing a source "close to the team."

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Barbershop
11:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Did Dallas Mavericks Owner Drop The Ball On Sterling Controversy?

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:18 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are writer Jimi Izrael with us from Cleveland, Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of themuslimguy.com, is with us from Chicago. In New York City, Kevin Williamson, roving correspondent at the National Review. And here in Washington, D.C., Paul Butler, law professor at Georgetown University. Take it away, Jimi.

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Sports
5:01 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Spanish Soccer Fans Rejoice, 2 Madrid Teams In European Final

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 7:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been hearing a lot lately about the World Cup which kicks off in Brazil next month. It comes every four years. Soccer's most important annual match kicks off this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. It's the Champions League and for the first time in history, that competition is between two teams from the same city - Madrid. If you didn't know how obsessed Spaniards are with soccer, you're about to find out with this postcard from Lauren Frayer, in Madrid.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHAMPION LEAGUE THEME SONG)

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The Two-Way
6:44 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

U.S. Soccer Star Landon Donovan Fails To Make World Cup Cut

Landon Donovan practices with the U.S. Men's National Team in Stanford, Calif., last week. U.S. Soccer announced Thursday he had not made the roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Josh Edelson AFP/Getty Images

Landon Donovan, the all-time leader in scoring and assists for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, will not be part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster in Brazil, U.S. Soccer says.

ESPN writes: "Donovan, 32, has played for the U.S. in the past three World Cups dating back to 2002. He has been the face of the national team for most of the past decade, but spoke in recent months about how his body is no longer what it had once been."

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