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4:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions

If parents won't bench a child after a concussion, is it OK for the doctor to tell the coach?
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Doctors have gotten much better at diagnosing and treating sports-related concussions, which is a good thing since Americans suffer up to 4 million sports-related concussions a year.

But we're not so good at is following their advice.

Student athletes and parents sometimes balk at doctors' recommendations to avoid play until concussion symptoms are gone, or to cut back on schoolwork. Both have been shown to speed recovery, and getting another hit on a vulnerable brain increases the risk of long-term problems.

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Latin America
4:02 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The Conundrum Of The Cup-Deprived: Brazilians Wonder Who To Root For

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:04 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Yesterday, in the streets of Argentina - jubilation.

(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD CHEERING)

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Goats and Soda
2:42 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

He Never Really Liked Soccer Until He Made A Movie About It

Amputees in Sierra Leone have started their own soccer league.
Courtesy of Netflix

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:24 pm

Juan Rendon never really liked soccer.

Sure, he played the game and followed the professional leagues a bit when he was growing up in Colombia in the 1980s and early '90s. But he thought soccer was boring. And he came to believe it was corrupt as well, in an era when drug cartels and soccer clubs often had close ties.

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The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Wham! McIlroy Tees Off, Reaches Green On 436-Yard Hole

Rory McIlroy hits a drive during the Scottish Open Thursday, in a round that saw him set a new course record at Royal Aberdeen. McIlroy drove the green on the 436-yard 13th hole.
Andrew Redington Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:31 pm

Golfer Rory McIlroy had an outstanding first day at the Scottish Open, finishing with a seven-under-par 64 to break the Royal Aberdeen course record Thursday. But he hit one shot that staggered spectators: a drive on the 13th hole that streaked down the fairway before rolling onto the green 436 yards away, as the Golf Channel reports.

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Sports
12:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Twitter Turns World Cup Into A 'Global Sports Bar'

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad

Gambling-control ad put out by Singapore.
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) - Singapore

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:23 pm

We bet that the folks in Singapore who produced this anti-gambling TV ad wish they could have a do-over:

The 30-second public service announcement features a group of boys talking about the World Cup. They each support a different team. Then the mood quickly turns as one boy says he hopes Germany wins because, "My dad bet all my savings on them."

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Sports
5:19 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Argentina Steps Past The Dutch In Penalty Kicks

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:39 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Brazil and the World Cup now and the final match up is set. Argentina will face Germany for the title on Sunday, having defeated the Netherlands today on penalty kicks 4-2. The Germans absolutely dismantled Brazil yesterday, and the reverberations of that game are still rattling around Brazil and the world. NPR's Tom Goldman is no doubt feeling them where he is in Rio de Janeiro. And, Tom, let's start with today's game. No goals after 120 minutes so penalty kicks, and Argentina came out on top. Describe the action for us.

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The Two-Way
5:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Argentina Ditches Dutch On The Way To World Cup Final

Players go for the ball during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday.
Fabrizio Bensch AP

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:46 pm

Updated at 6:56 p.m. ET

Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in penalty kicks to reach the final of the World Cup, where they will play Germany on Sunday.

The two teams were tied 0-0 at the end of extra time.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder. Maxi Rodriguez put away the winning kick.

The last time a World Cup semifinal was decided by penalty kicks was 1998 when Netherlands played Brazil. Brazil won that encounter.

The Associated Press reports:

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Can I Just Tell You?
12:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

After A Bad Bike Crash, Lessons In Limits And Love

Tell Me More producer Amy Ta in racing mode.
John Clark Jr. Courtesy of Amy Ta

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 1:50 pm

My last hill ride was epic — just not in the way I'd hoped it would be. I'll always remember the date: June 7. The route was called "Hell's Delight." Seventy miles of the steepest hills I had ever done. And trust me, I've done a lot.

But "Hell's Delight" was a new kind of suffering. And, although we road racers enjoy suffering, that day I went too far. About 5 miles before the finish, I crashed. My jaw and left cheekbone broke. Half my face was bleeding; so was my brain. There were abrasions on my arms, shoulders, neck, and left leg. I needed surgery to fix my jaw.

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Sports
12:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

NFL Players Association Still Not Satisfied By Concussion Settlement

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