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5:29 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Djokovic, Kvitova Crowned Wimbledon Champions

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is back to number one in the world after winning Wimbledon yesterday. He defeated Roger Federer in five sets. Also winning her second Wimbledon title was Petra Kvitova. Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim was at the tournament. He joins us now from London. Hi, Jon.

JON WERTHEIM: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: So on the men's side, when you read the coverage of this win by Djokovic, you kind of sense the disappointment.

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All Tech Considered
4:51 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Yearning To Be A 'True Sport,' E-Sports Group Changes Gender Rules

A tournament in Finland for the competitive digital card game Hearthstone raised attention last week when the invitation called for male players only.
Ina Fassbender Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:28 pm

The world of e-sports was rattled this past week when an organization vying to become its governing body drew anger for organizing gender-divided tournaments.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Roger Federer in their men's singles finals tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:43 pm

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years in a hard-fought contest that went five sets, denying Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth title.

Djokovic took the trophy in a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory.

USA Today says:

"Djokovic was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set but Federer broke him twice and won the set forcing the match to go the distance.

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Sports
5:06 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

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Arts & Life
5:06 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Pigeons Fly In Fear As Rufus The Hawk Guards Wimbledon's Grass

Imogen Davis catches Rufus, a Harris hawk, in the stands above Centre Court at Wimbledon. Rufus scares off pigeons who try to eat the ryegrass on the tennis courts.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

At Wimbledon, maintaining the iconic grass courts is as important as the tennis matches themselves.

Every day during the Championships, Centre Court is cut to a precise measurement of 10 millimeters and the white chalk lines are re-drawn.

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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Shootout Victory Sends Netherlands To World Cup Semifinals

Netherlands' footballers celebrate after defeating Costa Rica during the penalty shootout after the extra time in the World Cup quarterfinal football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica on Saturday.
Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:39 pm

The semifinals of the World Cup have been decided. Saturday's winners, Netherlands and Argentina, will meet each other on the field in Sao Paulo on Wednesday for a shot at the title.

The other half of that final match will be decided when Germany plays Brazil on Tuesday.

Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

In a match-up where Costa Rica was labeled the underdog, they held their own against an aggressive Dutch team and brought the game to a penalty shootout.

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The Salt
1:08 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside

Acaraje are a regional food in Brazil made from fried balls of mashed-up beans, onions and salt. The balls are sliced in half, slathered with a spicy pepper sauce and cashew paste, and then topped with shrimp.
Russell Lewis NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:53 am

The stadiums of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all different, constructed to reflect the region. Natal's arena has a wavy beach-dune style, while the stadium in Manaus looks like a woven basket.

Inside those stadiums, however, you'd never know you're in Brazil. Budweiser is an official beer seller, and Coke has the soda market cornered. Other menu items include hot dogs, cheeseburgers and turkey sandwiches. It's almost impossible to find any Brazilian fare on the menu.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Czech Petra Kvitova Wins Wimbledon Title

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 11:51 am

Czech Petra Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard in a lopsided victory to win a Grand Slam in the women's singles final at Wimbledon, besting her opponent 6-3 6-0.

The Associated Press says that in her match with Canadian Bouchard, Kvitova, who won the championship in 2011, "dominated play with her big serve, aggressive returns and flat groundstrokes."

The AP writes:

"The Czech player broke serve three times, including in the final game of the set, which lasted 32 minutes."

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Sports
10:28 am
Sat July 5, 2014

A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI

Sprinters Mark Cavendish of Britain (second left) and Germany's Andre Greipel, (right) shake hands as Britain's Christopher Froome (second right) and Spain's Alberto Contador (left) wait for the start of the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.

It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with L'Equipe sports newspaper.

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Sports
7:52 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Tour De France Braves Blustery Weather Of Yorkshire

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

As we just heard, the Tour de France begins today in Yorkshire, England. To understand how England's largest county is handling the influx of spectators and media, we called up BBC Yorkshire anchor Harry Gration.

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