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June 18th, 2014

World Cup Delivers Surprises On And Off The Field

Each day’s action in Brazil changes speculation about what will happen next at the World Cup. And with every development Bill Littlefield finds surprises on and off the pitch.

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June 14th, 2014

‘The Big Fix’ Explores Soccer’s Betting Scandals

During the World Cup, gamblers worldwide bet on every facet of the month-long contest. But is the Cup safe from the match-fixing that plagues the lower levels of soccer on every continent? Brett Forrest, author of ‘The Big Fix’ joined Bill Littlefield.

June 14th, 2014
By Matthew Nelson

Angel With The Bent Legs: Garrincha’s Brief Reign Atop The Soccer World

He made his World Cup debut in the same game as Pele and helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1958 and 1962, but Garrincha is unknown to many soccer fans. Matthew Nelson brings us the story of the right winger who overcame physical disability to reach stardom — only to quickly lose his spot at the top.

June 14th, 2014

World Cup Reactions With ESPN’s Roger Bennett

The World Cup has finally begun, as host country Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1. ESPN’s Roger Bennett joined Bill Littlefield to talk about the upcoming matches.

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June 11th, 2014

An Ode To The World Cup

Bill Littlefield offers his lyrical musings on the upcoming World Cup.

June 7th, 2014
By Eilís O’Neill

For Chile’s Homeless, Soccer Is More Than A Game

The organization Homeless Soccer works to provide sports to Chile’s homeless and has been enjoying huge success — including a berth in the 2011 Homeless World Cup. Eilís O’Neill has the story.

In Depth
June 7th, 2014

Skip The Sex … Win The World Cup?

Since the days of the ancient Greeks, there have been theories about sexual abstinence improving athletic performance. Now the topic is on the mind of many World Cup teams. Josh Goodman of the Associated Press joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

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June 7th, 2014

‘Eight World Cups’ Finds Missteps And Joy In Soccer’s Grand Tournament

In ‘Eight World Cups’ George Vecsey chronicles his travels to past World Cups, as well as his analysis of soccer’s big-picture concerns and controversies. The author joins Bill Littlefield.

May 31st, 2014
By Emily Files

Tough Travel Schedules For Alaskan Sports Teams

In southeast Alaska, high school sports teams must travel by air or water to compete against each other. It’s difficult, but also a unique bonding experience. Emily Files spent time with the high school JV girls soccer team, the Lady Kings of Ketchikan.

May 8th, 2014

World Cup Runneth Over With Unfulfilled Promises

As Brazil prepares for the World Cup, the enthusiasm has been palpable, but so has the dismay at promises broken and needs unmet. Bill Littlefield looks at the complexities of coordinating major sporting events.

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