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Final exam: World Cup questions

Japan beat the U.S., but that's a simple answer among some very complex questions

Originally Published: July 19, 2011
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

The founding premise of this column is a question.

What are sports for?

Open with an establishing shot of that stadium in Frankfurt, Germany. The Women's World Cup broadcast Sunday. In the last of the sunlight, the wide line of the arena is white against the green of the trees. Hours later, the stadium is a bright island of fireworks on a broad and lightless plain.

What begins in daylight ends in darkness. In between is the game, and in the game is ...

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