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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Uruguay's controversial handball, Germany's World Cup success, the NBA free agency saga, and the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
The Wall Street Journal's Carl Bialik on how likely Luis Suárez's handball ploy was to be successful.
The debate over whether Suárez's handball was an ethical maneuver.
English referee Graham Poll says Ghana should've been awarded a penalty goal.
Much of Germany's success in the World Cup has been on account of the team's "immigrant kids."
The dark side of soccer and immigration: the anger and recriminations in France over the team's World Cup debacle.
Amar'e Stoudemire has agreed to sign with the New York Knicks.
Deadspin documents ESPN's reliance on anonymous sources.
Stephen A. Smith reports that LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade were going to Miami.
Adrian Wojnarowski chides LeBron James for his behavior during the free agent frenzy.
Another reason for Germany's revitalization: a new focus on youth development.
Joey Chestnut won the Nathan's hot dog eating contest; his rival Takeru Kobayashi was arrested after storming the stage.
Kobayashi's contract dispute with Major League Eating.
The history of the Nathan's contest.
An excerpt from Jason Fagone's book Horsemen of the Esophagus.
Fagone's Slate piece on competitive eating injuries, including the "dreaded ruptured stomach."
Hang Up and Listen's weekly shrimp wontons:
Mike's shrimp wonton: The short, strange history of the United Soccer Association.
Stefan's shrimp wonton: French soccer legend Just Fontaine. (Watch this Fontaine goal compilation.)
Josh's shrimp wonton: What is the optimal strategy to defend against penalty kicks?
Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.