June 30, 2006 With defenders like this, Italy didn't really need spectacular offense to get past Ukraine and into the World Cup semifinal. With an early strike, a goal-saving scramble and an assist from defender Gianluca Zambrotta, Italy held off the World Cup newcomer 3-0, setting up a Tuesday match against host Germany.
June 30, 2006 A doping scandal knocked Tour de France favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso out of the race Friday and threw the world's most glamorous cycling event into chaos. The decision to bar riders implicated in a doping probe in Spain sends a strong signal that cheating will not be tolerated.
June 30, 2006 A doping scandal has rocked the Tour de France before the cyclists have begun peddling. Favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso are among a list of cyclists who have been banned from the competition, which starts Saturday. Ullrich won the race in 1997.
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June 30, 2006 The Germans relentlessly wore down Argentina, scored a tying goal in the 80th minute Friday, then won it 4-2 in a penalty-kick shootout as goalkeeper Jens Lehmann stopped two shots and the hosts made all four of theirs.
June 30, 2006 The Smithsonian American Art Museum reopens Saturday after a 6-year renovation. One new feature is an conservation lab with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Conservators accustomed to careful, detailed and solitary work on fragile art will now have an audience.
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June 30, 2006 Those who love bicycle racing stay enthusiastic about the Tour de France in the face of a new doping scandal. Phil Jahnke, an assistant manager of Gotham Bicycles in New York, talks with Madeleine Brand.
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June 30, 2006 The U.S. military has had to withdraw its participation in a UFO festival. It's the "Lights in the Night" event in Roswell, New Mexico. Apache and Blackhawk helicopters were supposed to take part in a fake "alien invasion." Or at least they say it's fake. In any case, the choppers aren't available. The government says they're on standby to help fight the region's wildfires. But is it really coincidence that the wildfires broke out just now?
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June 29, 2006 Texas Icehouses — part town hall, part tavern, icehouses have been a South Texas tradition since the 1920s. Once a vital part of everyday local culture, a cornerstone of every neighborhood in San Antonio and Houston, they are a rapidly diminishing, endangered species. A journey into this Mexican, German, Tejano, Anglo tradition.
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June 29, 2006 President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the shrine of the King today. Memphis Commercial Appeal reporter Zach Macmillan talks about what they did on their trip to Graceland.
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June 29, 2006 It would have been a classic World Cup final: Germany vs. Argentina in Berlin's 72,000-seat Olympic Stadium, a showdown between two soccer powers with five titles between them. Instead, Friday's match is only a quarterfinal. But it's still special.
June 29, 2006 Portugal's Luiz Felipe Scolari and England's Sven-Goran Eriksson are top international soccer coaches. The resemblance pretty much ends there. The World Cup paths of Scolari, a hot-blooded, mustachioed South American, and Eriksson, a cool, fair-haired Scandinavian, cross in the World Cup quarterfinals Saturday.
June 29, 2006 A look at five decades of roadside America. Guests discuss the impact that the interstate system has had on the American economy, landscape, lifestyle and culture.
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June 28, 2006 Senior English and Russian referees have been cut from the World Cup roster, after their controversial handling of previous matches. Graham Poll, who issued three yellow cards to one player in a match, and Valentin Ivanov, who worked the Portugal-Netherlands second-round match, were omitted.
June 28, 2006 The online world of linguistics is fast, funny, and bears no resemblance to hours spent in a classroom prying adjectives and nouns from a sentence. Linguists and wordsmiths talk about new words, new blogs and new usage.
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June 28, 2006 Farai Chideya tours a grocery store with nutritionist Rovenia Brock, aka Dr. Ro, for some aisle-by-aisle advice on how to shop for a healthful diet. Here's a couple of tips: don't shop hungry, and stay close to the produce section.
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