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In the NBA, Boston topped Phoenix 115-110, Brooklyn won against Denver 110-82, Miami bested Philadelphia 119-108, Chicago beat Milwaukee 87-71, Houston defeated Minnesota 113-102, New Orleans edged Toronto 100-97, Utah beat San Antonio 90-81, and it was Memphis over the Clippers 90-87.

7/14/14 Panel

Jul 14, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Elusive Cease-Fire
Iraq Stalemate
Immigration Politics
DEA Pot Fight
World Cup Over

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the World Cup, Germany and U.S. relations, and terrorism in the Middle East.

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Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.

With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title — and denied Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among soccer's all-time greats.

Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a tight and tense World Cup final. Goetz beat Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute.

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For the third time, it will be Argentina-Germany in a World Cup final after the Argentines advanced to Sunday's championship with a semifinal victory over the Netherlands in a match decided by a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks. Argentina beat Germany in the 1986 World Cup final and Germany returned the favor in 1990. Argentina will take on Germany in the title match on Sunday.

Keith Strudler: A World Cup Blowout

Jul 9, 2014

Having played my share of youth soccer, the vast majority for the JCC, I’m well familiar with blowout losses. We once lost a game 14-0. I’ve seen countless scores that looked like they were from football – the American kind. And now that I’m paying attention to underage soccer once again, this time for my kids, I’ve grown to accept that soccer can be a lot like an episode of Dallas. A lot of scoring, and hard to watch.

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Germany stunned host Brazil with five goals in the first 30 minutes and went on to a shocking 7-1 win to earn a spot in the title game. The result set World Cup records for most goals by one team and largest margin of victory in the semifinals. It was Brazil's worst loss in World Cup play and their first home loss in a competitive match since 1975.

7/2/14 Panel

Jul 2, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, and Executive Editor of The Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include:
US Out of FIFA World Cup
Cannibal cop case blurs the line between fantasy and reality
Libous indictment
Bubble about to burst?

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Goalie Tim Howard made 16 saves, but the United States is done at following a 2-1 loss to Belgium. It was a scoreless game until Belgium scored in the 93rd minute and made it 2-0 just 12 minutes later. Julian Green got the Americans within a goal in the 107th minute, but they couldn't put away several quality chances. Elsewhere Argentina slid past Switzerland in extra time 1-0. Belgium and Argentina will face each other in the quarterfinals.

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The United States were able to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite falling to Germany in yesterday’s match 1-0. The Germans finished first in Group G, while the U.S. took second based on goal differential. The Yanks were helped out by Portugal's 2-1 win over Ghana, which needed a victory to unseat the Americans in the second round. In other World Cup action, Russia tied Algeria at 1, and Belgium defeated South Korea 1-0.

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In World Cup action, Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Iran 3-1, Argentina edged Nigeria 3-2, France tied Ecuador at 0, and Switzerland bested Honduras 3-0.

The United States has their final first round game against Germany today at noon on ESPN. Meanwhile at the same time Portugal will play Ghana. The outcome of both games will determine who will advance in Group G.

Keith Strudler: Another Biting Commentary

Jun 25, 2014

Having my youngest of two boys three years into daycare and headed to pre-K, I’m well familiar with the kinds of behaviors that earn you a note sent home to parents. Hitting’s one. Certain adult language is another. But the gold standard of all pink slips is, of course, biting. Bite another kid, and your parents get something approaching a police report, and the other parents get a note branding you a common criminal. Hitting and name calling are bad, but biting is flat out felonious.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock talks about recent news in the World Cup, sanctions on Putin, and primaries in New York.

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In World Cup action, England scored a draw with Costa Rica 0-0, Uruguay edged Italy 1-0, Greece defeated the Ivory Coast 2-1, and Colombia beat Japan 4-1.

6/23/14 Panel

Jun 23, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Iraq Update
Kerry on Ties to Egypt
Clinton - Imperial Image?
Honey Bee Initiative
US World Cup Draw

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Belgium advanced to the knockout round with a 1-0 win over Russia, Algeria doubled up South Korea 4-2 for their first World Cup victory since 1982, and the United States scored a draw against Portugal tying at 2. The U.S. fell behind 1-0 just five minutes in and continued to trail until Jermaine Jones slammed a curling shot into the net in the 64th minute. Clint Dempsey put the Yanks ahead in the 81st minute, his second goal in two games. But the Americans had to settle for a the tie as Varela scored on a header in the fifth extra minute to keep Portugal alive in the tournament.

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The Netherlands topped Australia 3-2, Chile beat Spain 2-0 successfully taking out the defending World Cup champions, and Croatia shut out Cameroon 4-0.

Keith Strudler: U.S. Gets A Win At World Cup

Jun 18, 2014

Take that, Ghana. After ending the run for the US men’s soccer team in the last two World Cups, we’ve finally struck back, defeating the Black Stars in our opening match of this event – and yes, national soccer teams do in fact have official names. That precious victory puts them in reasonable standing to survive their competitive preliminary group, known as the group of death, and advance to the round of 16. They’ll be up against Germany and Portugal, both of whom are more highly regarded than the Yanks. Regardless, the US took a critical first step in beating both the competition and their demons, reminding the soccer world that the last remaining superpower could in fact defeat a team from the world’s 85th largest economy.


Marist College men’s hoops has a new coach and he comes from Williams College. Mike Maker posted a record of 147-32 in his six years at the school. He helped the team make it to the Final Four three times including two berths in the Division III national championship. Maker replaces Jeff Bower who left after one season to become the general manager of the Detroit Pistons.

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Germany shut out Portugal 4-0, and Nigeria tied Iran at 0, for the first scoreless draw in the 2014 World Cup. The United States topped Ghana 2-1 for a comeback victory after Ghana eliminated the U.S. from the last two tournaments. John Brooks came off the bench to score the game-winner in the 86th minute and give the Americans a much-needed 2-1 win over Ghana in the World Cup opener for both teams. Graham Zusi sent a corner kick toward the net and watched as Brooks headed it in, four minutes after Ghana tied the score. Brooks became the first substitute to score a goal for the United States in World Cup competition.

Bruins Blank Hawks And Take 2-1 Series Lead

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In the NHL, Daniel Paille scored in the second period and the Bruins blanked the Hawks 2-0. The game was scoreless until Paille tallied 2:13 into the middle period, two nights after providing the overtime goal in Boston's 2-1 victory at Chicago. Patrice Bergeron doubled the Bruins' lead with 5:55 left in the period.