World Cup 2014, Mac vs. PC, NBA Free Agency, LeBron – WFNY Podcast – 2014-07-03

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Mac vs. PC World Cup 2014 USMNT and Klinsmann’s goals for the future Landon Donovan’s comments about Klinsmann’s strategy NEOMG posts Cavs beat job on Craigslist NBA Free Agency Miami Heat LeBron, Wade, Bosh opt out Cavs Free Agency Kyrie Signing the max extension immediately Tyronn Lue leaving Doc Rivers for David Blatt and the

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Landon Donovan critical of Klinsmann’s World Cup strategy

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While praising his USMNT brethren for their accomplishments in the World Cup, Landon Donovan was also somewhat critical of the gameplan set out by Jurgen Klinsmann. It’s obviously like any sport where you can deconstruct a strategy, especially after it fails to land you in the next round. Specifically, Donovan was critical of how Clint

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World Cup 2014 – USMNT bids farewell – WFNY Podcast – 2014-07-02

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For one last time for the 2014 World Cup, I talk to Pete Barr about the USMNT and their run to the knock-out round and eventually out. Tim Howard is a sports hero Did Clint Dempsey play out of position? Discussion of Keith Olbermann’s seven suggestions for American soccer Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi and Wondo’s

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United States bows out of World Cup with 2-1 loss to Belgium

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I’m just not ready. I’m not ready for this World Cup to be over for the United States. I’m not ready to be rational about what it is they achieved in this World Cup. I watched at a completely packed Winking Lizard on the east side of Cleveland with a friend of mine and he

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Kyrie’s staying, Klinsmann’s “American-ness”, and The Leftovers, While We’re Waiting

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Happy Tuesday, WFNY! And Happy July! Sometimes July can be a bit of a dull sports month for me. I’m not exactly the world’s biggest baseball fan, so sometimes the month can be a bit of a drag for me. But not this July. The World Cup has been the most exciting World Cup in

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WFNY on the World Cup: Move over Heath Ledger, Luis Suárez is my new favorite villain.

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Luis Suárez bit a man yesterday during a soccer match. That’s pretty weird…right? I’ve wanted to do a lot of things to other people while playing against them, but never had I ever, even for a moment, considered cannibalism.

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USMNT vs. Portugal was most-watched U.S. soccer game ever

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Posts like these make me feel like I’m trying to sell something to people who aren’t watching the USMNT in the World Cup. I really don’t care that much if someone’s not watching and I have little to no stake in anyone else watching more. Obviously I want posts about soccer on WFNY to do

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Scott Raab on Johnny Manziel, LeBron James and Cleveland’s savior complex – WFNY Podcast – 2014-06-23

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Whenever the bat signal goes up and Scott Raab wants to go long-form on Cleveland sports I jump at the chance. This morning I talked to him for over an hour on the following topics. The World Cup and the USMNT’s tie to Portugal Cleveland’s “savior” complex Johnny Manziel and his personality LeBron James and

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Watch Tim Howard play hero ball against Portugal

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There’s little doubt which players on the USMNT are absolutely the best in the world at their positions. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard undoubtedly is one of those guys. Lost in the USMNT’s gut-wrenching tie yesterday was the amazing work that Howard put in at the end of the first half to keep the game in

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Watch: USMNT vs. Portugal goal GIFs

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The USMNT goes down early in the fifth minute of the game thanks to a very sloppy “clear.” Jermaine Jones shocks the world with his long bender into the net. I never expected this player to score this goal in a million years. The play broke down in the box and Graham Zusi ended up

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World Cup, Ed O’Bannon, LeBron’s choice and more… While We’re Waiting

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It’s Friday, the World Cup is happening and it’s summer time. What are we really waiting for? The time is now. ***** I thought I’d start this week with something personal. I know nothing about parenting really. Like most of the rest of you who have done this or are doing it, there are a

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Johnny Manziel, World Cup, USMNT, and more with Tom Reed – WFNY Podcast – 2014-06-19

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Tom Reed was kind enough to join me today to talk about the World Cup, the Browns and much more. Jozy Altidore’s injury Landon Donovan left off the roster The matchup with Portugal The ugly win over Ghana Who will replace Altidore and what will Deuce be like with his broken nose? Johnny Manziel and

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Jozy Altidore out for Sunday’s World Cup game against Portugal

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Sure, the USMNT was able to defeat Ghana in their opener without much playing time from Jozy Altidore who pulled his hammy pretty early in the contest, but that’s not ideal. If the team wants to keep their positive momentum on Sunday against Portugal, they’ll have to do it again without their first string striker.

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World Cup TV ratings up in U.S. over 2010

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In many ways I dislike talking about TV ratings in sports. TV ratings are usually used as a reason why Cleveland teams would torture television executives if they advanced to either the World Series or the NBA Finals. The NFL doesn’t care much which geographies are represented in the Super Bowl, I don’t think. That

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WFNY on the World Cup: Germany/Portugal and what it means for the USMNT

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WFNY’s World Cup Diary: The Arrival WFNY on the World Cup: Group G Breakdown WFNY World Cup Diary: The Departure WFNY in Spain, champs thumped by Netherlands WFNY on the World Cup: Group F Breakdown USMNT win leaves questions looming WFNY Podcast: Breaking down the roster Klinsmann opts for potential on final roster Landon Donovan left

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Watch Clint Dempsey’s goal vs. Ghana

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The first goal for the United States of the 2014 World Cup occurred within the first minute of the opening game against Ghana. A great individual effort and finish by Clint Dempsey sure set the tone! [Related: What a start! – United States defeats Ghana 2-1]

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WFNY on the World Cup: Group E Breakdown

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(This breakdown is brought to you by Stepien Rules blogger Alex Raffalli, who is also a native of France.) Group E might be the least competitive group of this World Cup. France, who came into the World Cup draw with absolutely no reason to be hopeful given their recent past, ended up the favorite of

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WFNY on the World Cup: Group D Breakdown

Group D is my choice for “The Group of Death”, but I must admit a slight bias as I type this while wearing my Italian National Team jersey. Even the neutral would argue for the strength of this group as the odds on favorite to finish last, Costa Rica, is close in level to the

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United States 2, Turkey 1: A Better Showing, But Many Defensive Questions Remain

The United States Men’s National Team continued their World Cup Send-Off Series Sunday afternoon as they took on Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Five days removed from a sloppy 2-0 victory over lowly Azerbaijan in San Francisco, Jürgen Klinsmann’s squad looked brighter going forward, but continued to display some uncomfortable defending

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