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July 14 2014 4:47 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Ohio Player Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Germany’s World Cup win and LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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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 Germany’s World Cup win and whether the U.S. can follow the same model, the unfair expectations placed on Lionel Messi, FIFA’s poor response to head injuries, and what the heck happened to Brazil. They also talk about LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the media’s reaction to the way the announcement was made and his subsequent decision to sign with Cleveland for only two years, and how the best-laid plans of the Houston Rockets didn’t pan out.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Louis Podolskis:

Mike’s Louis Podolski: To inflate or not to inflate? That is the question for the unequally 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas

Stefan’s Louis Podolski: Why the Brits are to blame for one of the most grotesque acts in sport.

Josh’s Louis Podolski: Introducing Sergei Lishouk, a well-traveled NBA player who has never been an NBA player.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the first half of the baseball season, including the preponderance of pitching and the upside-down AL East. 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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