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Slate’s sports podcast on the World Cup and how to build a basketball and baseball team. 

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the end of the group stage and the beginning of the knockout round at the World Cup, the rational strategy of diving, and whether the American team’s success has vindicated Jürgen Klinsmann. They also talk about the Philadelphia 76ers’ attempt to tank their way to the playoffs, the NBA’s choreographed free agency dance, and whether the league’s salary cap limits the paths teams can take to success. Finally, they compare the Houston Astros’ rebuilding effort to the 76ers’ and explore how baseball’s salary structure allows teams like the Astros and Oakland A’s to employ very different team-building strategies.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Wilson Phillipses:

Mike’s Wilson Phillips: Ranking each baseball team’s Way of doing business.

Stefan’s Wilson Phillips: Defending Greek soccer’s defensiveness and questioning what it means to be cynical.

Josh’s Wilson Phillips: Exploring the two ways that ESPN’s Taylor Twellman calls World Cup goals.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca talked about Michelle Wie’s U.S. Women’s Open win, the reaction to 11-year-old Lucy Li’s U.S. Open appearance, and what we should think about children and teenagers playing alongside adults. Slate Plus members get an ad free version of this podcast with bonus segments. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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.

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