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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Team USA's loss to Ghana, the future of American soccer, the continuing refereeing controversies at the World Cup, the epic match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, and LeBron James' imminent free agency.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Slate's Luke O'Brien on the U.S. national team's inspirational, disappointing World Cup run.
Coach Bob Bradley's future is tenuous after Team USA's loss to Ghana.
Soccer America's Paul Gardner wonders if it's time for Bradley to go.
The latest World Cup refereeing controversies: England was robbed of a goal against Germany, and Argentina was improperly awarded a goal against Mexico.
FIFA has decided it will no longer show controversial replays at its World Cup venues.
The Guardian's editorial on Monday: "English Football: The End of the World."
The Wall Street Journal's Carl Bialik figures out the odds of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut playing a 138-game set.
Xan Brooks' Guardian live blog of the Isner-Mahut match.
The New York Times' Leonard Cassuto says the Isner-Mahut match—and the 2009 Roddick-Federer Wimbledon final—featured great competitiveness but not great tennis.
In 2007, USA Today handed out wooden rackets to contemporary tennis players.
Slate's Nick Schulz wrote in 2004 that high-tech equipment is ruining tennis; the Atlantic's Tom Perrotta argues the opposite.
The New York Times reports that the Chicago Bulls are the favorites to get LeBron James.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's LeBron rumor mill.
The Knicks are sending Allan Houston to meet with LeBron in Ohio.
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