Clemens' Mistrial, NFL Talks, And Finally, World Cup Baseball is in the courtroom and the NFL is at the negotiating table. Soccer, at least, is on the field; the U.S. women's team is in the World Cup final on Sunday. Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine about the week's sports news.
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Clemens' Mistrial, NFL Talks, And Finally, World Cup

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Clemens' Mistrial, NFL Talks, And Finally, World Cup

Clemens' Mistrial, NFL Talks, And Finally, World Cup

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Baseball is in the courtroom and the NFL is at the negotiating table. Soccer, at least, is on the field; the U.S. women's team is in the World Cup final on Sunday. Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine about the week's sports news.

SCOTT SIMON, Host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

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SIMON: Morning, Howard.

HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning, Scott. How are you?

SIMON: I'm fine. Thanks. How are you?

BRYANT: Terrific.

SIMON: Well, because you didn't have to cover the Roger Clemens trial, which I know you'd cleared time to do.

BRYANT: I was on my way to down there and got a call saying stand down - mistrial.

SIMON: Well, so I - a mistrial. Huge error by the prosecution.

BRYANT: Gigantic.

SIMON: Judge called it with incredulity, a mistake a first year law student would make when the put some inadmissible evidence into a video. Is the case over? Is this story over for Roger Clemens?

BRYANT: If Judge Reggie Walton decides that on August 6th, then it's over. There won't be another trial. If he determines that there will be a chance for a new jury to come in and give Roger Clemens a fair trial then we'll do this all over again at taxpayer expense and you will pay the bill.

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SIMON: Personally, I understand.

BRYANT: You personally, Scott, will pay the bill for this.

SIMON: I want to ask you about the British Open. I don't think anybody's alleged that Tom Watson's wonderful shot yesterday has anything to do with performance-enhancing drugs. At the age of 61, he hit a hole-in-one.

BRYANT: So it's going to be a great tournament, obviously. The next two days are going to determine the whole thing.

SIMON: Are they putting drivers in the baby basinets in Northern Ireland now? I mean, this proliferation of great Irish golfers is amazing.

BRYANT: Well, it's like the Spanish with tennis. There are certain generations where countries just begin to dominate - or the Kenyans when it comes to marathoning. And this is this generation where you've just produced a great run of golfers.

SIMON: Are they getting close to a deal to end the National Football League lockout?

BRYANT: I think this is the big thing in football - control over players and control over salaries. It's the only sport where you have a hard cap, where you control players' salaries and you don't have completely unrestricted, unlimited free agency when a player's contract is up. This is the line in the sand on top of trying to split up $9 billion of revenue.

SIMON: Well, they don't have that problem in the U.S. women's soccer league. And the U.S. women's team is going to face Japan in the World Cup final tomorrow in Frankfurt. You like their chances?

BRYANT: Now, they've never beaten the Americans. They're 0-22-3 all time. The Americans beat them twice as well. And so it's going to be a great battle. But once you get into a championship all that history kind of goes out the window. And you have to go out and play for 90-plus minutes.

SIMON: Howard Bryant of ESPN. Thanks so much.

BRYANT: Have fun, Scott.

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