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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest David Plotz discuss Team USA's draw with Slovenia, chaos in the English and French World Cup camps, and the end of the NBA Finals.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Stefan's Slate piece on the USA-Slovenia game and the state of the American soccer.
Referee Koman Coulibaly, who wrongly took away a goal from the United States, will not be officiating in the next group of World Cup matches.
The French national team ended its one-day strike and has gone back to practicing.
The English team is also in the midst of crisis.
Portugal beat North Korea 7-0 on Monday.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly half-volley toe-touches:

Mike's half-volley toe-touch: the strange nicknames of national soccer teams.
David's half-volley toe-touch: memories of 7-foot-7 basketball player Manute Bol, who died last week at age 47.
Josh's half-volley toe-touch: Do the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl rings really "eschew gaudiness"?

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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