July 1, 2006 Bicycling's premier event is underway, but a doping scandal has removed some of its biggest stars. One day before the start of the race, officials withdrew Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich and a number of other riders implicated in a doping investigation that first erupted in May. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Daniel Coyle about the scandal.
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July 1, 2006 NPR's Scott Simon talks to the editor-in-chief of Formula 1 racing magazine Matt Bishop about this weekend's U.S. Grand Prix. There is added excitement around this year's race as there an American driver, Scott Speed, for the first time in 15 years.
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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 Forty-two years after 57-year-old Patrick Reynolds of Los Angeles lost his boyhood baseball glove, he has it back. And it still has his name on it. His brother, Jeff Reynolds found it at a swap meet last week and paid $5 for it. Melissa Block talks with the Reynolds brothers by phone.
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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 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 A day before the start of the Tour de France, star riders Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso have been banned from cycling's top event over doping allegations. Other competitors are also implicated. Phil Liggett of the Outdoor Life Network details the scandal for Madeleine Brand.
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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 Stop to think about the quality of Brazil's players -- its record five World Cup titles, or its two Golden Ball winners -- French striker Thierry Henry says, and already you have lost the match. Henry says Les Bleus will not be thinking about Brazil's achievements in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal.
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 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 Commentator Frank Deford takes issue with the playing of the national anthem at U.S. sporting events. To his ears, the practice has become obligatory, even tired.
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June 28, 2006 Here's a statistic to strike fear in the heart of the French. Ten of the last 20 Tour de France races have been won by Americans. This year's race begins Saturday without Lance Armstrong, responsible for many of those American victories. Susan Stamberg talks to cycling journalist James Raia for a look at the competition in the post-Armstrong era.
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