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Littlefield On Sports: World Cup, Olympics And Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez has signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs (Wikimedia Commons)

Manny Ramirez has signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs. (Wikimedia Commons)

Our weekly sports round-up with Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield. We dive into Manny Ramirez signing with the Cubs, the World Cup in Brazil next month and why nobody wants to host the Winter Olympics.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game. He tweets at @OnlyAGameNPR.

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The Boston Globe: David Ortiz: Manny Ramirez Will Be Good For Cubs

  • “Ramirez, who turns 42 Friday, once starred in the middle of the Red Sox lineup with Ortiz. But he forced a trade from team in 2008 by essentially quitting on his teammates, an act that enraged team executives. Ramirez later was suspended twice for using performance-enhancing drugs.”

Wall Street Journal: Hope Fades In Brazil For A World Cup Economic Boost

  • “Not too long ago, Tarcísio Monteiro was so obsessed with World Cup soccer he bought a plastic World Cup trophy for his room in a cramped Rio de Janeiro slum.”

ABC: No Countries Want To Host The 2022 Olympics

  • “Add Krakow to the growing list of cities who do not want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Polish city withdrew its bid this week after residents overwhelmingly voted against the plan, according to the Associated Press.”

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